Swedish teams Frölunda Indians and Djurgården together with Czech newcomers HC ?SOB Pojistovna Pardubice made it two wins out of two and a perfect start to the European Trophy 2011.
Djurgården had the smothest ride on their way to the second win in three days against a team from the Czech capital. On Thursday they defeated Slavia Prague (5–2) and they followed that win up with a win against Sparta Prague on Saturday. The game ended, 4–2 with Djurgården going 3–0 up midway through the second period. The homeside closed the game when Mathias Tjärnqvist scored his third goal on the night giving Djurgården a 4–1-lead 6:48 into the third period.
”It was a while since I scored three but it was really nice to prove what you can” Tjärnqvist said after the game. Pleased with his game, and with the way the team played. ”We are getting better and better and hopefully we can build from this” he continued, looking forward to Sundays game, looking for a third straight win when Red Bull Salzburg visit Stockholm.
HC ?SOB Pojistovna Pardubice recorded a second 3–2-win when they defeated HV71 of Sweden. Tre Czechs took a 1–0-lead into the third period after Tomas Noseks opener midway through the first third. But HV71 cancelled out that lead within 34 seconds of the third, goal scored by Jesse Joensuu. But just one minute and 14 seconds later Lukas Radil had restored the homeadvantage with his first goal of the tournament.
”It was important for us to regain the lead as quickly as we did” said Czech coach Ladislav Lubina after the game. ”Then we defended very well after going ahead.” Especially after Tomas Zohorna increased the homeadvantage five minutes into the period. HV71 got one goal back, thanks to Jesper Thörnberg with eight minutes left, but that was as close as they came
Frölunda Indians also recorded a 3–2-wins as they came from behind in the final period to keep their 100-percent-record intact. Red Bull Salzburg, who also came from aa win on Thursday, took a 2–1-lead early in the second period and got a golden opportunity to increase the lead when they got the chance to play five-on-three for two full minutes. But Frölunda defended well, kept the Austrains scoreless, despite Red Bull winning the shots in the second period 20–9.
In the third, Frölunda came out flying, scoring twice through Fredrik Eriksson and Mika Pyörälä, hitting the bar once and the post once to win a fast and entertaing game 3–2. ”We faced much toughr opposition today than we did on Thursday and we were not as alert as we were then, but I’m very pleased with two wins in the first two games. It couldn’t have started any better for us” said Frölundacoach Kent Johansson.
The only Slovak representative in the competition, Slovan Bratislava, also made it two wins out of two when they beat Finnish side Oulun Kärpät. But this time there were no penalties needed. Slovan won in regulation, 4–1, three of the goals coming on power-plays with Milan Bakos – the star of the game – scoring two and assisting on a third in front on 4 316 spectators in the Slovnaft Arena.
Elsewhere reigning Finnish champions HIFK from Helsinki won the capitalderby against Jokerit. The repeat of last seasons quarterfinal in the Finnish championship-play-off ended with the same winners when HIFK went 4–0 up midway through the second period and held off the challenges from their local rival, winning 4–1 despite losing the shots on goal, 28–21. But HIFK-goalie Jan Lunell came up big on a lot of occasions and played a big part in the win.
In the same division, the north, Slavia Prague picked up their first points of the campaign as they won 2–1 against Luleå of Sweden. Dimitrij Jaskin scored a late winner with a little over three minutes to go after Tomas Svoboda hade given Slavia the lead in the first period and Joonas Vihko had equalized for Luleå midway through the third on a power-play.
Finnish side KalPa recorded their first win in the tournament when they defeated Vienna Capitals 4–2 with all sex goal coming in the first period, four of them on power-plays and a fifth playing four-on-four.
The two remaining games of the night both went into overtime. Färjestad and Eisbären Berlin picked up their first points of the season respectively after playing out a 3–3-draw in Karlstad, Sweden. Färjestad got the chance to bring home all three points when they played five on four for the final minute and a half of regulation-time, but failed to do so. When they got a four-on-three-powerplay in overtime though, the winner came when Magnus Nygren scored from the blueline.
Kometa Brno and Linköping also drew, 4–4, after Brno had been two goals down at the start of the third period, but two goals in 58 seconds late in the final period took the game into a goalless overtime, despite Linköping playing with a one man advantage for 2:33. The game had to be decided in a penalty-shoot-out. Tomas Pospisil, who had scored twice in the game, was the only played to find the net and won the game for Brno.Per Csongrádi