|Třinec's Bryan McGregor of Niagra Falls, ON gets ready for a|
faceoff against Liberec on Sunday. Photo: Marian Ježowicz,
In East Moravia, PSG Zlín hosted Vítkovice Steel in a battle for third and fourth places. Vítkovice was coming off an impressive victory over Kometa Brno on Friday, but they couldn't duplicate their performance in Zlín, falling 5-1. The home team was led by 3 points from Petr Leška.
Mountfield Česke Budějovice and Eaton Pardubice were both winners on the road, and remain tied for fifth. Mountfield went into Prague and spotted Sparta a 3-0 lead in the first period before rallying for a 5-3 win. Pacing their offence was Milan Gulaš with 4 points and Tomáš Mertl with 3. Pardubice won 4-1 in Brno, as Kometa's chase for a playoff spot takes another beating. Kometa scored first, but Holyoke, MA's Adam Pineault ignited a run of 4 unanswered goals for Pardubice.
Energie Karlovy Vary did their playoff chances a favour, winning 3-2 in Litvínov. They now have a 4-point cushion over Brno and trail Litvínov and Plzeň by 2. Plzeň won 4-2 in Mladá Boleslav, who remain in last place.
Finally, Slavia Praha and Vagnerplast Kladno were tied 2-2 late in the third period and then traded goals in the last two minutes of regulation time to go to overtime tied at 3. Slavia won in a shootout, but lost a bit of ground on České Budějovice and Pardubice in the elusive chase for a top-6 position. With the single point, Kladno opens up a 5-point lead on Boleslav in hopes of avoiding a relegation series with the First League champion.
Sunday was the last day of action for the league until Tuesday, February 15, as they take a break for the LG Hockey Games in Stockholm, Sweden, the third of four tournaments in the 2010-11 Euro Hockey Tour. Czech national U19, U18, U17, and U16 teams will also play in tournaments during the break.
Until the resumption of play, here are the standings, with 3 games remaining for each team:
|1.||HC Oceláři Třinec||49||169:129||93|
|2.||Bílí Tygři Liberec||49||149:130||90|
|4.||HC Vítkovice Steel||49||150:130||83|
|5.||HC Mountfield České Budějovice||49||149:123||80|
|6.||HC Eaton Pardubice||49||135:120||80|
|7.||HC Slavia Praha||49||133:128||78|
|8.||HC Plzeň 1929||49||148:140||71|
|9.||HC Benzina Litvínov||49||122:151||71|
|10.||HC Energie Karlovy Vary||49||148:147||69|
|11.||HC Kometa Brno||49||123:136||65|
|12.||HC Sparta Praha||49||108:135||52|
|13.||HC Vagnerplast Kladno||49||98:155||35|
|14.||BK Mladá Boleslav||49||121:154||30|