Team NAHL edged by Trinec in round-robin finale, 3-2
August 28, 2019
Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup, Round-Robin Game #3: Team NAHL 2 vs. HC Ocelari Trinec 3 – Team NAHL’s bid for a Semi-Final spot in the World Cup came up just short on Wednesday night as they fell to Trinec in the final game of the round-robin by a score of 3-2.
Team NAHL dominated the 1st period, putting up a 14-3 shots advantage, but unfortunately they could not find the back of the net. Team NAHL thought they had scored as a bouncing puck found its way on the back of Trinec goaltender Patik Svancara, who appeared to be inside the goal. However, video review could neither confirm nor deny the presence of the puck over the goal line and the goal was waived off.
Trinec took advantage of a Team NAHL penalty in the 2nd period to score the game’s first goal as Maxim Mastic found himself uncovered in the low slot and buried a shot over the shoulder of Team NAHL goaltender Mattias Sholl (Fairbanks Ice Dogs).
The Trinec lead increased to 2-0 as a mad scramble in front the Team NAHL net saw several players try and clear the puck, but after a few saves by Sholl, Marek Havranek popped home the loose puck for a 2-0 lead after two periods. The best chance for the NAHL came on a breakaway by Tyler Love (Corpus Christi IceRays), but his attempt hit the post and stayed out.
In the 3rd period, Team NAHL tried to get on the board, but time after time Svancara was there to keep the puck out of the net. Trinec took a 3-0 lead as they converted on a rush up the ice which saw Sholl get run over and got up only to face a shot from the high slot that went off the post and hit the top of the net.
Down 3-0 with under five minutes remaining, Team NAHL didn’t give up and finally broke through as a centering pass it front found the stick of John Jaworski (Northeast Generals), who shuffled home a loose puck to make it 3-1 with just over three minutes remaining.
Needing two more goals, the NAHL found the back of the net again with just under two mintes remaining as Killian Kiecker-Olson put home a rebound from the low slot to make it 3-2.
With Sholl pulled for an extra-attacker, Team NAHL put several shots on goal in the final minute, but could not find the equalizer and extra point in the standings in order to advance to the Semi-Finals. The final shots on goal favored Team NAHL by a 41-26 margin.
With the loss, three teams finished 1-2 in the pool, however Red Bull Salzburg advanced thanks to the best goal differential.
Team NAHL finished 3rd in the pool and will play in the 5th place game on Thursday, August 29th at 7pm local time.