< /p> Illustration photo – Match of the 59th round of the hockey extra league: Motor České Budějovice – White Tigers Liberec, March 6, 2022 in České Budějovice. From left, České Budějovice goalkeeper Dominik Hrachovina, Sebastian Čederle from Liberec, Petr Šenkeřík from České Budějovice and Mislav Rosandič from Liberec.
České Budějovice – The Liberec hockey players can come within a single point of placing in the top four, as they will present themselves on the ice of České Budějovice today in the preliminaries of the 49th round of the extra league. However, the home team will also have great motivation, as they are only one point ahead of last place Kladno four rounds before the end of the regular season. Motor is threatened with a play-off, but at the same time he can still think about participating in the preliminary round, as he loses a single point to twelfth Litvínov.
Photogallery: Hockey extraliga 2022/23
The match will be festive for Motor. The České Budějovice club will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1987/88 season, in which it dominated the basic part of the then Czechoslovak league. Therefore, the home team will start in retro jerseys. They will try to end a streak of three defeats in front of their own audience, during which they scored a single point and conceded 14 goals in total. In October, they took away a 1:6 debacle from Liberec, but then they won 4:1 at home and won 3:2 in extra time in the second match under Ještěd.
Statistics before Wednesday's pregame of the 49th round of the Hockey Tipsport Extraliga:
HC Motor České Budějovice (13th) – White Tigers Liberec (5th).
Start of the match: 17:30 (O2 TV Sport).
Head-to-head matches in this season: 1:6, 4:1, 3:2 in extra time.
Most productive players: Lukáš Pech 48 games/46 points (8 goals + 38 assists) – Oscar Flynn 47/35 (20+ 15).
Goalkeeper statistics: Jan Strmeň average 2.41 goals conceded per match, save success rate 92.06 percent and kept a clean sheet once, Dominik Hrachovina 2.99 and 89.57 – Petr Kváča 2, 12, 92.57 and once kept a clean sheet, Jakub Neužil 3.11, 90.09 and once kept a clean sheet, Daniel Král 3.84 and 85.45.
< p>– České Budějovice, after a series of five defeats, during which they gained only two points, won on the ice of Vítkovice 4:1 on Sunday.
– Motor lost three times in a row at home and gained only one point.
– Liberec won five times in a row and lost only two points.
– The White Tigers scored twice in a row after a series of four defeats.
– České Budějovice won five of the last ich of six mutual matches.