Sunday, March 13, 2011

Vítkovice knocks off Budějovice

Two of the four semifinalists in the 2011 Czech Extraliga playoffs have now been established. First, Eaton Pardubice swept PSG Zlín, and on Sunday they were joined by Vítkovice Steel, who completed a six-game victory over Mountfield České Budějovice.

After getting first period goals from Lubomír Vosátko and Marek Malík, Vítkovice weathered the storm the rest of the way in enemy territory, earning a game 6 victory at Budvar Arena to finish off the series.

"For us, it was very important that we survived those five penalties in the first period and we still scored two goals," said Vítkovice coach Zdeněk Moták. "From our perspective, it was an excellent period. From that point on, it was a very close game, just like the whole series. We are very pleased we got the last win today and have more time and space for rest and recuperation from injuries."

The remaining semifinalists could be revealed on Monday, as the last two quarterfinal series play potentially series-ending sixth games. Slavia Praha will try to finish off Bílí Tygři Liberec on home ice at 18:10 on ČT4 television and Oceláři Třinec will make the trek into Litvínov and try to end that series.

1 comment:

  1. I don´t think any words can describe how sad I am feeling about Kuba Kovář, the Budějovice´s goalie. He has gone throught a fantastic season and that´s really tearful that he is off the race for the cup. :/

    PS: Of course, the prices are girly but everyone can join, do you want me to count you in? :)