< /p> Quarterfinals of the hockey extraleague playoff – 1st match: HC Sparta Prague – HC Oceláři Třinec, March 19, 2023, Prague. From the left, Olavi Vauhkonen from Sparta and Miloš Roman from Třinec.
Prague – Sparta and Liberec ice hockey players entered the quarterfinals of the extra league playoff. Prague beat Třinec 3:2 at home in a replay of last season's final, Liberec won 4:2 in Hradec Králové after a turnover at the end of the third period.
Photogallery: Play off hockey extraliga 2023
Sparta went for success right in the first period, winning 2:0 after goals from Ostap Safin and Olavi Vauhkonen. Another goal was added by Pavel Kousal in the second half, and only after that did the Steelers prevail. Martin Růžička and Tomáš Marcinko reduced the deficit in the third period, but the visitors were unable to equalise.
Hradec Králové, which, like Sparta, advanced directly to the quarter-finals, twice led Liberec, but after conceding three goals at the end of the third period, he eventually lost. First, in the 56th minute, Jakub Rychlovský equalized, and then in the 59th minute, Oscar Flynn and Petr Jelínek scored.
Both series continue on Monday, from 17:00 the game will be played in Hradec Králové, two hours later the match will start in Prague.
Quarterfinals of the Hockey Extraliga play off – 1st match:
< strong>HC Sparta Praha – HC Oceláři Třinec 3:2 (2:0, 1:0, 0:2)
Goals and assists: 12. Safin (G. Thorell), 15 Vauhkonen (Tomášek, P. Kousal), 26. P. Kousal (Krejčík) – 44. M. Růžička (Marcinko, Nestrašil), 54. Marcinko (Daňo, M. Adámek). Referee: Hribik, Pilný – Brejcha, Lhotský. Exclusion: 3:2. Usage: 1:1. Spectators: 13,250.
Mountfield Hradec Králové – White Tigers Liberec 2:4 (0:0, 1:1, 1:3)
Goals and recordings: 21. Cingeľ (Lev, Eberle), 44. Kevin Klíma from penalty kick – 31. Balinskis (Frolík), 56. Rychlovský, 59. Flynn (A. Najman, Balinskis), 59. P. Jelínek (Derner). Referees: Hejduk, Ondráček – Hynek, Klouček. Exclusion: 3:2. Usage: 0:1. Spectators: 6182. Series status: 0:1.
Next program – Monday, March 20, 2nd matches:
17:00 Mountfield Hradec Králové – White Tigers Liberec,
19:00 HC Sparta Prague – HC Oceláři Třinec.