Bulldogs defending third place

December 22, 2015 | A Story by cdmediateam | Photos: GEPA Pictures.

In round 34 of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga the Dornbirner Eishockey Club had to accept a 3:4-shootout-loss against the HC Orli Znojmo. Nevertheless the team from Vorarlberg is still third in the standings, Znojmo remains fourth.

The top game of this last matchday before Christmas took place in the Messestadion Dornbirn. The league’s third from Vorarlberg — currently the best home team in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, and also the best defense — was hosting the fourth-placed from Moravia, the team with the league’s best offense.

Contrary to expectations the visiting team started off reservedly, evidently trying to avoid walking right into a trap. Still the Eagles seemed to be dominating the play. The Bulldogs on the other side were demonstrating their best skills, fighting power and responding with fast-breaks. It took some time until Jiri Beroun (16.) made for the first goal of the night. The Bulldogs responded immediately by scoring the tie. Kyle Greentree (17.) took the puck volley and put it in the net. The score was still 1:1, when the teams left the ice for the first intermission.

The second period was pretty much a copy of the first. Once more the visiting team from Znojmo set the pace. During the first powerplay Jan Lattner (25./pp1) poked the puck home. Subsequently the DEC was playing more aggressively, trying to get back into the game. The Moravians kept it tight at the back though, and although both teams had about the same amount of chances, it took quite some effort for Dornbirn to break through the guests’ solid play. In the final period the Bulldogs were eagerly fighting for the tie, time and again they were bombarding the goal of Patrick Nechvatal. But the Czechs remained dangerous as well.

A beautiful move by Antonin Boruta (52.) gave the Eagles a two-goal-lead. But the home team didn’t give up, and immediately responded with their second goal of the evening: Matt Siddall (53.) made for the 2:3. With 20 seconds left the Bulldogs notched up the tie. Jonathan D`Aversa (60.) was the lucky one to make the DEC stay in the game. However the Czechs ended up winning: Peter Pucher (67./ps) took care of the match-winning penalty shot.

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