The people of Mozart town lost 3-0 in Rouen last week and want to turn the round of 16 in their local Volksgarten on Wednesday from 8:20 p.m. in their favor.
Rouen Dragons show Salzburg’s borders
The disappointment after the defeat in France was obviously great. In a game in which Salzburg had more target possession, more shots on goal and more blocked shots, only the top chances were missing.
Nevertheless, the Dragons clearly won 3-0. The task becomes a mammoth project for the ice cops: In regular time, Matt McIllvane’s crew must win by at least three goals in order to achieve extra time. The Salzburg team has already succeeded in doing this nine times this season. With a fourth goal more than Rouen – can then also fall in extra time – they would reach the quarter-finals.
Huber believes in catching up in CHL
The Red Bulls accept the challenge and want to make the seemingly impossible possible. The Rouen Dragons undoubtedly have their qualities, but at the Red Bulls a lot did not go as planned in the first leg and the boys want to correct that. They showed how it works with the two subsequent victories on Friday against Ljubljana (7: 2) and last Sunday against Graz (2: 0) in the ICE Hockey League.
“We are convinced that we can beat Rouen. We just have to act like we did in the last two games: play easy, hard and fast, don’t make any stupid mistakes in the neutral zone and give up the disc. Then it is also possible to make up three goals, “said Bullen striker Paul Huber.
Seven cracks are missing from Salzburg
There is little relief in the personnel area. The Austrians have to master the task without convalescents Thomas Raffl, JP Lamoureux, Peter Hochkofler, Danjo Leonhardt, Mario Huber, Nicolas Wieser and Aljaž Predan. Overall, the Bulls are missing seven players – also due to Corona. Ty Loney, who recently did not play against Graz, is fit again.
Tolvanen guards the Bull Gate
In goal, the Red Bulls continue to rely on Atte Tolvanen, who is 27 years old today. The Finn has played in the last 16 league games as well as in Rouen in the CHL and is the second best league goalkeeper with a catch rate of 93.5 percent. He celebrated three of his four ICE shutouts in the Salzburg ice arena.
Defender Kilian Zündel on the starting position: “The tension is definitely there. But we are well prepared, have analyzed all the mistakes and have shown in the past that we can win games by more than three goals or catch up. We the French must not let their transition game come. We have to bring the disc deep, put pressure on and just play more aggressively. “