Bolzano Foxes broke the spell late to get a home win against Dornbirn

January 29th, 2015 | A Story by cdmediateam | Fotos: cdmediateam

In the Pick-Round of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga the Dornbirn Bulldogs had to acknowledge defeat by the HCB Südtirol, the match ended 2:3 in overtime.

Both opponents were playing on the safe side at the beginning of Friday night’s match, for the most part defensively. Sixteen minutes into the game it was Matt Siddall (16.), who — from a sharp angle — overcame Jaroslav Hübl for the first time. Slowly but surely the home team got stronger, and eventually worked out twice the chances than the guests did. For a while the Bulldogs were able to hold on to their lead, thus it was still 1:0, when the teams left the ice for the first intermission. The Foxes were full of vim and vigor, when they returned for the second round. Foster, Oberdörfer and Bernard eagerly tried to defeat David Madlener, but for the time being the Bulldogs-goalie kept a clean sheet. Contrary to the course of the game it was the visiting team, who scored. A Jonathan D’Aversa shot from the blue line got deflected by Jamie Arniel (34.) and went right in, unsaveable for Hübl. The Bulldogs, encouraged by the lead, wanted more.

Decision in overtime

In the third period the Foxes took over. Twice David Madlener got lucky, cause the goal post saved him from taking a goal against. The team of HCB head coach Tom Pokel didn’t throw in the towel though. They were dominating the match now, and trying everything to score. With only four minutes left in the game the home team succeeded for the first time: Jerry Pollastrone (56.), with his goal from the face-off dot, launched a dramatic finish in the Eiswelle. Dornbirn had a powerplay, but missed out on securing the win. Right after, with only seconds left, Pope Matthew (59.) made for the tie. The game went into overtime. For the third time of their first ever Pickround participation the Dornbirn Bulldogs had to work overtime. Nicholas Palmieri (65.) was the lucky one to secure the 3:2-OT-win for his Foxes.

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