Second match of the quarter-finals of the hockey extraleague play-off: HC Dynamo Pardubice – HC Olomouc, March 18, 2023, Pardubice. From left, Jiří Ondrušek from Olomouc, Lukáš Radil from Pardubice and Olomouc goalkeeper Jan Lukáš.
Prague – The hockey players of Pardubice confirm the role of a big favorite in the quarterfinals of the extra league playoffs. In the series against Olomouc, they also won the second home match, although this time they decided in front of a sold-out audience only in the last minute. The series between Vítkovice and Brno is tied 1:1. Kometa won 3:0 today and turned the advantage of the home environment on their side. Both series will continue on Tuesday in Olomouc and Brno.
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Pardubičí won the second match against Olomouc 2:0. At 59:40, defender Peter Čerešňák decided Dynamo's win, and five seconds later, another defender, Tomáš Dvořák, scored into the empty net. Goalkeeper Roman Will kept a clean sheet thanks to 18 hits. The East Bohemians, who played the duel in front of 10,194 spectators without a single expulsion, lead the series 2:0.
“I didn't know exactly how much time was left. One of our attackers pulled two players in front of the goal, a window opened for me and I drove into it. Lukáš Radil sent it to me, I had to hit the puck and the goal. Fortunately, it fell there, Čerešňák described the key moment of the match.
Goalkeeper Dominik Furch, who kept a clean sheet, was largely responsible for the victory of Kometa, who lost narrowly 2:3 in Ostrava on Friday. He needed 33 successful interventions for that. Luboš Horký scored the winning goal in the 38th minute, Jakub Flek and Kim Strömberg scored during the home team's final power play.
“We were probably happier, it was about who would score the first goal. The goalkeeper held us up, he had a lot of great saves there and after we managed to score a goal in a four-man game, it was about the dedication of our players and we were able to defend it,” said the coach of the winners, Patrik Martinec.
Quarterfinals Generali Česká pojišťovna play off Tipsport extra league – 2nd matches:
HC Dynamo Pardubice – HC Olomouc 2:0 (0:0, 0:0, 2:0)
Goals and assists: 60. Čerešňák (Radil, R. Kousal), 60. T. Dvořák (L. Sedlák). Referee: Jeřábek, Jaroš – Kajínek, Špůr. Exclusion: 0:2. No use. Audience: 10,194 (sold out). Series status: 2:0.
HC Vítkovice Ridera – HC Kometa Brno 0:3 (0:0, 0:1, 0:2)
Goals and assists: 38. Horký (Holík), 59. Flek (Vincour), 59. Strömberg (Holland). Referee: Kika, Veselý – Lhotský, Hnát. Exclusion: 4:3, plus Koch – Pospíšil both 5 min. No use. Viewers: 9725. Series status: 1:1.