Victory against landsberg: hec doesn’t let it get them down

Important victory for the HEC: the hochstadter bite themselves before 652 visitors by a play against a strong opponent and get themselves a sense of achievement.

Interlocking round

Hochstadter EC – HC landsberg 5:3 (1:1, 3:2, 1:0)

The first minutes of the game seemed like a finding phase on both sides, but the landsbergers declared it over with a bang: jonas schwarzfischer came through strongly and overcame HEC goalie benjamin dirksen with the first shot (3.). The first hochstadter attempt by jari neugebauer sailed past.

The alligators demonstrated their weak power play several times in the first period. In a full minute of five-on-three, neugebauer had two shots, but overall there was not enough traction in the HEC’s overtime game. The guests always remained dangerous through counterattacks and could rely on goalie david blaschta. A counterattack was almost successful, but veteran vitalij aab intercepted a cross-ice pass from the riverkings in front of the goal.

If it doesn’t work out in overtime, it’ll work out in shorthanded: nick dolezal was serving a penalty for too many players on the ice for the HEC when jiri mikesz sent neugebauer on his way. Hochstadt’s number 23 skated alone towards the goal and put the shot against the post, but from blaschta the puck bounced into the goal (17.).

Into the second period, the HEC went with twelve seconds of double deficiency still from the first period. It still went well, but with one man less the goal was conceded: a pass into the back area after a weak attempt at clearing was converted by adriano carciola (21.). As after the 0:1 hochstadt could have equalized directly, but this time mikhail nemirovsky failed to do so. In the 26. The landsberg bench cheered again in the 38th minute, but was too hasty: dirksen had somehow parried on the line in the one-on-one. A minute later, the disc was really in on the other side: nemirovsky served aab, who played his great quality: stand right and execute – 2:2.

It was a game of equals, but when anton seewald decided to just pull the trigger in overtime, hochstadt (37.) the ex-kissinger seemed almost surprised himself (assist: nemirovsky). In a penalty-filled second period, aab had a chance to take a bigger lead on the next power play with a long-range shot, but instead the HEC lost a one-on-one at its own blue line shortly after and landsberg’s dennis sturm scored shorthanded (38.). A few seconds with one man more remained for hochstadt, however, and martin vojcak finally found the gap and a teammate: robin maly scored to make it 4:3 at the break (38.).

At the start of the final period, aab conceded a penalty for tripping, but the hochstadters prevented any landsberg chance. Shortly thereafter dirksen distinguished himself another time. Again and again it was still dicey in front of the alligators goal. Neugebauer let lie the decision after pass from seewald (58.), but juris upitis made the rink shake in the last minute of the game with a goal into the empty net (assists: neugebauer, seewald).

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