When Yevgeni Gaskinov scored past Tyler Beskorowany in the sixth round of the penalty shootout, it sparked joy for Arlan Kokshetau and despair for Adam Keefe’s Belfast Giants. It was a heartbreaking end to the Teal Army. However, this morning that despair has turned to joy in the Northern Irish capital.
After months of hockey among some of the best Europe has to offer, the Champions Hockey League draws to a close tonight as the Frölunda Indians search for their third CHL title in four appearances over the past five seasons, and they’ll be taking on Red Bull Munich of Germany who are making their debut in the final, being the first German representative to make it to this stage of the tournament.
Last year was the first time ever a Swedish side hasn’t won the competition, as Finnish side JYP Jyväskylä won a close fought final over the Växjö Lakers, shutting out the Lakers who also hosted the final in a 2 – 0 final score.
It was the first time Frölunda haven’t made the final as well, crashing out in the first knockout round after an impressive group stage performance, while Red Bull Munich also crashed out in the first knockout round for the third straight year, before finally breaking their curse this year and winning a playoff series for the first time.Continue reading CHL FINAL SUPER PREVIEW: Frölunda chasing third Champions Hockey League title in final against Munich
The Cardiff Devils couldn’t quite get the win against the Växjö Lakers in their final Champions Hockey League game of the 2018/19 campaign meaning the EIHL side ended this group stage with two points from two overtime losses, and four regulation losses.
Now before the criticism comes, we can honestly learn a lot from the Devils from this. They didn’t quite reach the successes of their previous campaign but this was a huge step up from last year.
It’s now or never for the Cardiff Devils, after a promising Champions Hockey League campaign last year where they managed to rack up home wins against HC Davos and the Växjö Lakers, they find themselves coming into the final group game still searching for their first win.
The Cardiff Devils finish up their 2018/19 Champions Hockey League campaign over the next week as they face the Växjö Lakers at the Vida Arena tonight, before returning home to play host to the reigning SHL champions at Ice Arena Wales next week.
Cardiff are already out of contention for advancing to the next round of the competition after four losses to open their campaign in August and September, but they were never outmatched in their first games against SC Bern and Red Bull Salzburg, keeping the score lines close and even forcing overtime against Bern when they hosted them at IAW.
The Cardiff Devils began their Champions Hockey League campaign in much better fashion than they did last year.
They were made to look silly in their opening game last year which ended in a 10 – 1 scoreline to HC Davos in the Valiant Arena in Switzerland, before picking up a second loss days later against Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech Republic, in a 5 – 2 loss. But we all know what happened when the Welsh side returned home, picking up shock wins against Davos and Sweden’s V
The 2018/19 Champions Hockey League is in full swing now, and after four days of competition, some teams are flying out of the gates as expected, while other teams have really surprised the hockey world with performances you wouldn’t expect.
In this post, we’ll discuss some of the top moments from the opening weekend of the CHL.