Thursday, 17. April 2014
21. 12. 12. - 13:00
The UPC Vienna Capitals and Medvescak Zagreb have confirmed their position as top-teams of the Erste Bank Hockey League during the playoff games of the 31st round.
The Capitals retained their lead with a 3:2 win (1:0, 2:1, 0:1) at home against HC Orli Znojmo.
Zagreb remains very close behind the Viennese with a secure 3:0 win at home to bottom-of-the-league HC TWK Innsbruck. One point separates the two front-runners.
The Capitals had to do without their new acquisition, Justin Keller due to the late arrival of the permission for the Canadian forward to play.
Nevertheless, the Viennese team landed their third league victory after recently playing the semi-final of the European Trophy.
The Capitals had a slow start but Markus Schlacher put the league leaders in front just before the first intermission (20th minute).
After Martin Planek’s equaliser in the 23rd minute, Capitals captain Benoit Gratton directed a shot from Jamie Fraser into the goals with his chin (27th minute).
The Canadian’s spectacular goal cost him a bleeding cut on the chin. Markus Olsson brought the score further up to 3:1 in a strong second period (39th minute). The Capitals took control of the game in the final period. Jan Lattner’s final goal came 57 seconds before the horn – which was too late for Znojmo to equalise. With this defeat, the Czechs lost their third meeting against the Capitals this season.
Capitals head coach Tommy Samuelsson was relieved after the game: "A very, very important win and I am completely delighted because it was a difficult game for us. It wasn’t easy to get motivated after the European Trophy. That’s why the first period wasn’t ideal – for 60 minutes though, we constantly improved and had control of the game in the end.
Gratton’s injury is upsetting of course, especially because it was so unlucky. I’ve never seen such a goal. Ben[oit Gratton] is a player who luckily never complains. The fact that he came back on once again gave the team an extra boost", the Swede said.
Innsbruck lost out in Zagreb. The bottom-of-the-league team saw opportunities, but the offensive was too feeble to take the chances. Adam Miller (18th minute), Brandon Buck (22nd minute) and Gal Koren (42nd minute) scored the goals for the host team – making it the sixth defeat in the series for the Tyrolean.
Continues Friday at VSV in Villach. The Capitals are away at Szekesfehervar, Hungary.
Erste Bank Hockey League
Vienna Capitals – Znojmo 3:2
(1:0, 2:1, 0:1)
Einssportzentrum Kagran, 4010 spectators, Referees Fajdiga/Gebei
Goals: Schlacher (20th minute), Gratton (27th minute), Olsson (39th minute) / Planek (23rd minute), Lattner (60th minute)
Penalty time (in minutes): 4 / 6
Zagreb – Innsbruck 3:0
(1:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Zagreb, 5200 spectators, Referees Fussi/Trilar
Goals: Miller (18th, penalty point), Buck (22nd minute), Koren (42th minute)
Penalty time (in minutes): 11 / 21
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
Austria Accused Of Ignoring Giant Nazi Swastika
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Jetflyers Take The Jet Ski Onto The Road
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Nuns invite young women to get a taste of Abbey life
In a bid to revive their Austrian abbey that doubles up as a health resort, a group of nuns are inviting young women to come and stay with them to get a taste of nun life.
Austrian women earning over fifth less than men
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Exploring photography and art through 1960s cult film Blow-Up
Vienna's Albertina is putting on an photography exhibition featuring stills from the cult sixties photography film Blow-Up by Michelangelo Antonioni.
Turtle flies from Vienna to India to try his luck with the ladies
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What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (17 April - 23 April)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 17 April and 23 April:
Two teenage girls go missing as they fly from Austria to fight in Syria
Two teenager girls who say they have left Austria to fight in Syria have trigged an international search operation from the Austrian police. The two - a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old - left identical letters behind telling their families goodbye and that "we will meet in in Paradise". The letters told of their plans to go to Syria to "fight for Islam". The parents of the girls reported that their children had gone missing last week and since then the police tracked them to Turkish city of Adana, where they had flown to from Austria - after that the police lost track of the girls. Adana is 75 miles northwest of Aleppo, a city that became a major battleground during the civil war taking place in Syria. Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger say that the police are taking the farewell letters "very seriously" and are now conducting an international search for two teenage girls who left farewell letters announcing plans to "fight for Islam" in Syria. Both girls come from families who immigrated from Bosnia but have not been fully identified by Austrian police.
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