November 28, 2011

Continental Cup Day 3 – HC Asiago And Donbass Donetsk Qualify!!

The afternoon games in both Group D and E didn’t equate towards the outcome of the qualifiers as Both HC Asiago of Italy and Donbass Donetsk finished off the evening games with the wins that they needed.

Dunaujvaros Acelbikak of Hungary could still qualify from Group D if they beat the Sheffield Steelers of Great Britain in the afternoon face off and they put the pressure on the Italians to win the evening game as they won their game 6-3. Sheffield ran into penalty trouble again towards the end of the 1st and at the start of the 2nd. The Hungarians capitalised and scored 6 times before Sheffield pulled 2 back in the 3rd to make the scoreline more respectable.

This meant Herning couldn’t qualify whatever the outcome of their final game but HC Asiago needed at least a point and they got it despite losing in overtime against their Danish Hosts.

It seemed over the 3 game weekend that HC Asiago had the tougher games but pulled through when they needed to. Their games weren’t decided by refereeing decisions and they fully deserve their place in the Super Finals come January.

Joining them from Group E are the hosts Donbass Donetsk of the Ukraine as they won their evening decider against Rubin Tyumen 3-1. It looked a close game as the 3rd goal came on an empty net with just 5 seconds left. That means the line up for the Super Final will be Donetsk, Rouen, Asiago and Minsk and will be played over the weekend 13th – 15th of January.

Cracovia beat Liepaja 3-1 in the afternoon game of Group E, meaning the Polish team gained some pride and bragging rights against their Latvian counterparts.

- Adam Yates

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