Match of the 50th round of the hockey extra league: Mountfield Hradec Králové – BK Mladá Boleslav, February 26, 2023, Hradec Králové. Tim Söderlund from Mladá Boleslav scores a goal, left Hradec Králové goalkeeper Henri Kiviaho.
Hradec Králové – Hockey players Mladá Boleslav have definitively secured both survival in the extra league and advancement to the preliminary round of the playoffs. In the 50th round, they won on the ice of Hradec Králové 4:3 after separate raids, the difference attempt was converted by the former opponent's player Kelly Klíma. Mountfield thus failed to equal Liberec's record feat from 2016/17 and fell behind after ten wins in the regular season.
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East Bohemia was helped to take the lead in the 38th second by goalkeeper Novotný's kick, who played the puck in a tight spot and defender Jank easily swept it into the empty net. But an easy goal lulled the home team, they started to make defensive mistakes and Boleslav turned the score around during the first period.
Lantoši stood out for his performance in their ranks, who did not convert two chances, but just after the end of the power play, his shot reached the Roman goal. When, on the other side, Eberle failed to escape, Söderlund penetrated between the Hradec fullbacks and after a long pass from Pýcha beat Kiviah with a backhand bluff.
The strong start of the East Bohemians from the cabin was confirmed 22 seconds after the start of the second period by another fullback McCormack, whose attempt surprised Novotný at the far post from a distance. Hradečtí already got the game under control, they outshot Mlada Boleslav 19:4 in the middle part.
They took the lead back thanks to the attacking pair of Okuliar – Radovan Pavlík and Zachar's accurate strike. However, the team with the best form in the extra league retreated too much and allowed Boleslav several opportunities to equalize. What Malát and Bičevskis failed to do was managed in the 54th minute by defender Pláněk, whose cannonball in a power play was knocked under the crossbar by Kiviah's stick. Not a single attempt for Novotný. Accurate shots by Kelly Klíma and Šmerha were enough for the guests to win and seal their advance to the preliminary round of the playoffs.
Hradec Králové is still in fourth place and is in a position to ensure direct progress to the quarterfinals, Liberec is five points ahead of fifth place. But the White Tigers have a good match.
50. hockey extraleague round:
Mountfield Hradec Králové – BK Mladá Boleslav 3:4 after sam. rent (1:2, 2:0, 0:1 – 0:0)
Goals and assists: 1. Jank, 21. McCormack (Eberle), 31. Zachar (R. Pavlík) – 7. O. Roman (Lantoši, Malát), 15. Söderlund (Pýcha, Lintuniemi), 54. Pláněk (Lintuniemi, Bičevskis), decisive raid by Kelly Klíma. Referee: A. Jeřábek, Ondráček I – Ondráček II, Hnát. Exclusion: 4:2. Usage: 0:1. Spectators: 4274.
Hradec Králové: Kiviaho – McCormack, Jank, Blain, Kalina, F. Pavlík, Rosandič, Marcel – Lev, Cingeľ, Eberle – Werek, Lalancette , Okuliar – Jergl, Kevin Klíma, Perret – Smoleňák, Zachar, R. Pavlík. Coach: T. Martinec.
Mladá Boleslav: F. Novotný – Lintuniemi, Pýcha, Pláněk, Jánošík, R. Jeřábek, Štich – Lantoši, O. Roman, Malát – Kelly Klíma, Bičevskis, Söderlund – Šťastný , O. Najman, Šmerha – J. Stránský, Dvořáček, Lunter – D. Přibyl. Coach: Kalous.