Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Extraliga after round 8

by Petr Polák

The eighth round was filled with many close games. Vítkovice tied its game in the last ten minutes for the second-straight time, Tomáš Hertl scored an amazing goal for Slavia, Třinec won thanks to 4 goals in 4 minutes, Mladá Boleslav scored with 7 seconds left to win (and earlier tied the score with two goals in 28 seconds) and finally, Pech scored 4 goals in one game. The only “ordinary” game was the battle for first between Plzeň and Zlín.

Round Eight: Oct 4-5

Vítkovice – Brno  2:3 SO

Vítkovice did it again. On Sunday, Vítkovice came back from 2 goals down in Karlovy Vary in last ten minutes of the third, and they did it again Tuesday on home ice against Kometa. In the first period, Vítkovice out-shot Brno 15-6, but went to the dressing room down 1-0. Brno added another goal in the second period and held that lead until the 50th minute, when Tom
áš Kudělka gave hope to the home side. Later, just 63 seconds before the final horn, Viktor Ujčík sent the game to overtime, but in contrast to the game in Karlovy Vary, this time the Ostravian team wasn’t able to take the extra point.

Kladno – Slavia Praha  1:4

Slavia ended a 4-game losing streak with the win in Kladno. The most interesting moment of this game was the opening goal by Tomáš Hertl. Hertl’s shot missed the net, rebounded off the end boards, hit the skate of Kladno goalie Jan Chábera and went into the net.

Litvínov – Třinec  0:4

It looked like Třinec players were in a hurry to wrap this one up. They scored all four goals in the first period – in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th minutes. Another would not be scored over the last 40 minutes. The defending champions wouldn’t have had such an easy time of it, however, had Litvínov
’s Martin Ručínský not hit the post on a 2-man advantage early in the game.

Plzeň – Zlín 3:2 SO

The game in Plze
ň featured one of the pre-season favourites against the current (and unexpected) leader of the standings. Thanks to the 2 points they earned from this game, Plzeň is a little bit closer to the top. The Indians now sit in second place, just 1 point behind Zlín.

Pardubice – Mladá Boleslav  2:3

This was really unbelievable game. Pardubice opened the scoring after only 30 seconds and then made it 2-0 in the 8th minute. But the lead was erased in a span of 28 seconds in the 15th minute. From that point, the snipers from each team took most of the game off, with the 2-2 score lasting into the final minute of regulation time. The decisive goal was scored by Jaroslav Bala
štík with only 7 seconds left on the clock. What makes the result more surprising is that Mladá Boleslav entered the game in last place with a record of 1-1-0-5, while home team Pardubice was in 4th with a 3-1-0-2 mark.

Sparta Praha – Karlovy Vary  3:5

Petr Kumstát scores one of his 4 goals Tuesday. Photo: Jan Beneš,
Hockey is a team sport, but sometimes one or two players is enough to win a game. Petr Kumstát scored 4 goals on the road at Tesla Aréna, earning his first career hat trick. Lukáš Pech assisted on 3 of Kumstát’s goals. The two linemates sit first and second in individual scoring after the eighth round.

Liberec – České Budějovice  4:2

On Wednesday night, veteran Petr Nedvěd scored twice early to give Bílí Tygři the early two-goal lead at home, while Milan Bartovič added 3 assists to help Liberec double visiting České Budějovice 4-2.


Team Leaders:

Offence: Plzeň (26 goals)
Defence: Vítkovice (11 goals)
Power Play: Vítkovice (16.2%)
Penalty Killing: Třinec (96.5%)
Shooting Percentage: Plzeň (11%)

Individual Leaders:

Points: Lukáš Pech (Karlovy Vary) 12 in 8 games
Goals: Lukáš Pech (Karlovy Vary) 6  in 8 games
Assists: Jiří Burger (Vítkovice) 6 in 6 games
Game-Winning Goals: 4 players (Holík; Bartek; Bárta; Hanzlík) 2 in 7 games
Power-Play Goals: Petr Čajánek (Zlín) 3 in 6 games
Short-Handed goals: Yorick Treille (Sparta Praha) 1 in 5 games
Penalties in Minutes: Petr Kalus (Slavia Praha) 45 in 6 games

Save Percentage: Luboš Horčička (Zlín) .946 in 6 games
Goals-Against Average: Luboš Horčička (Zlín) 1.71
Shutouts: Peter Hamerlík (Třinec) 2 in 7 games

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