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
Following a huge 8 – 2 win over the Kingston Frontenacs, the Peterborough Petes prepared for their first game in less than 24-hours with a meeting against the Erie Otters on Saturday night, before taking on the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
The Petes entered the meeting with five wins in their last 10 games, while Liam Kirk had seven points in his last eight games since snapping a 13-game pointless streak.
Continue reading Highlight reel goal in another two goal performance for Liam Kirk
After a tough weekend saw the Peterborough Petes on the wrong end of big score lines against the London Knights and Sarnia Sting, they faced the Kingston Frontenacs at home with a chance to bounce back on Thursday night.
It was the third meeting of the year between the two sides, with the Petes picking up wins in the first two encounters with a 4 – 0 in their season opener, as well as a 4 – 3 win on November 2nd.
Kingston entered the matchup just days after completing a blockbuster trade with the Niagara IceDogs, sending forward Jason Robertson and defenseman Jacob Paquette to the IceDogs and receiving two players back and a staggering 11 draft picks between 2019 and 2024, with the pick in 2024 meaning the player the Frontenacs will take with that pick is currently nine-years-old, and losing Robertson means they traded away their leading scorer who had 23 goals in 24 games for the team.
Continue reading Two goals for Liam Kirk in huge win for the Petes
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.
Continue reading What we learnt from the Devils overtime loss to Växjö
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.
Continue reading What the Devils have to do to beat Växjö
It’s no secret that coming into this years Champions Hockey League, the Cardiff Devils had a tough test ahead of them.
They had a back-to-back SHL and NLA champion in their group with the Växjö Lakers and SC Bern, as well as the back-to-back EBEL runners up with Red Bull Salzburg, who had won the league three times in the years before their consecutive second place finishes.
Continue reading Champions Hockey League Group G all but decided heading into final game day
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.
Continue reading Cardiff Devils need just a point to stop Växjö from advancing