Unfinished 1st match of the preliminary round of the hockey extra league play-off: HC Olomouc – HC Energie Karlovy Vary, March 9, 2023, Olomouc.
Olomouc – The hockey players of Olomouc defeated Karlovy Vary 4:1 in the first match of the preliminaries of the extra league playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals. The teams played the match already on Wednesday, but after the first period it was prematurely ended by an unfit playing surface. At 2:0 for Hanáky, the game continued today and they brought the home duel to a successful end. Attackers Pavel Musil and Jakub Orsava signed their win with a goal and an assist. The three-game winning streak continues on Saturday in Karlovy Vary.
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On Wednesday, the home team managed to get into the game when they opened the scoring after 50 seconds, when Kusko was left alone in front of Lukeš and twice got the puck past the goalkeeper. Karlovy Vary could have equalized during the power play, but home goalkeeper Lukáš moved in time against Koblas' first shot.
Then visiting goalkeeper Lukeš made a mistake and Kusko could have scored his second goal after Bambul's pass, but Energie's goalkeeper corrected the hesitation. Olomouc, however, took advantage of the first power play and thanks to the successful stop of Orsav's shot, Musil increased the difference to two goals.
Today, the start was marked by several exclusions, the referees awarded the first penalties after only 25 seconds of the game. The numerical advantage helped the home team to another goal. In the 31st minute, he punished the foul of Energie Černoch's captain with a shot from the first Orsav.
“I didn't start the match well today, we got a goal from a power play. We were probably overmotivated. We said something about it, the third period was I think better and I hope that we will start the next match much better than this one,” forward Martin Kohout said on the club's website.
Káňa and Kucsera had other chances, but they did not hit Lukeš's goal. At the beginning of the third part, the home team threatened to outnumber the home team two to one, but the Karlovy Vary goalkeeper excelled against Klimek.
The West Czechs also dramatized the duel when Kohout beat Lukáš after an independent escape and reduced the score to 1:3 from the visitors' point of view. Olomouc regained a three-goal lead quickly when Plášk's shot from the crossbar was knocked down by defender Stříteský behind his own goalkeeper's back.
“Even though the game was spread over two days, all three periods from us were exactly what they should be in the playoffs. We have to continue to do that and prepare for the next games away because it's only one game so far. It's still open, ” said the coach of the home team, Jan Tomajko.
Votes of the coaches after the first match of the preliminary round of the play off of the first hockey extra league HC Olomouc – HC Energie Karlovy Vary (4:1):
Jan Tomajko (Olomouce): “Although the match was divided into two days, all three thirds from us were exactly what they should be in the playoffs. We have to continue and prepare for the next away matches, because this is only one match so far . It's still open, because Karlovy Vary is a tough opponent who skates very well. We didn't spare Marody completely in the regular season, but we didn't let them into games until they were 100 percent ready. We aimed to make them ready mainly for the playoffs . Whether it paid off remains to be seen. The decision of the director of the extra league is something, we all respect it and there is no need to comment any further.”
David Bruk (Karlovy Vary): “We lost the first point in the series. The home team were better, they scored four goals and we only scored one. We can't think about winning with that. Olomouc was consistent and strong in personal battles and we will have to find a way to deal with it. We didn't convert any power play and on the contrary we conceded two goals in a weakening. The truth is that we always play what the opponent allows us to do. And today he didn't allow us much. We wanted to play a new game from the beginning, divided like this we didn't like the match. It was similar to other matches in everything, it just went a bit faster. But we accepted the decision of the competition director. After losing the first match, I hope it will be a long series.”
Preliminary round of the play off hockey extra league – 1st match:
HC Olomouc – HC Energie Karlovy Vary 4:1 (2:0, 1:0, 1:1)
Goals and records: 1. Kusko (Bambula), 12. P. Musil (J. Knotek, Orsava), 31. Orsava (P. Musil, J. Knotek), 47. Plášek (Navrátil) – 44 . Rooster (Dlap and, M. Rohan). Referee: Veselý, Šindel – Brejcha, Špůr. Exclusion: 7:7. Usage: 2:0. Spectators: 4735. Series status: 1:0.
Olomouc: Lukáš – Ondrušek, Dujsík, Škůrek, Rašner, Švrček, Řezníček, Mareš – Orsava, P. Musil , J. Káňa – Bambula, J. Knotek, Kusko – Navrátil, Klimek, Plášek – A. Rutar, Strapáč, Kucsera. Coach: Tomajko.
Karlovy Vary: Lukeš – D. Mikyska, Huttula, Stříteský, Kočí, Havlín, Dlapa, M. Rohan – O. Beránek, Černoch, Koblasa – Hladonik, Gríger, Rachůnek – Kohout, Jiskra, Redlich – Kofroň, Koffer, Kružík. Coach: Bruk.