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Semifinals, Second Leg

Tuesday 14.1.2020 - Results


18:00  Luleå Hockey (SWE) - Frölunda Indians (SWE)  1-3 (4-5 on Aggregate)

18:00  Mountfield HK (CZE) - Djurgården Stockholm (SWE)  3-0 (6-1 on Aggregate)



2019/2020 Champions Hockey League, the Final


Tuesday, February 4th, :CZE Mountfield HK vs :SWE Frölunda Indians

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:SWE Luleå Hockey, 1 vs :SWE Frölunda Indians, 3 (Aggregate Score: 4-5, Indians advance to the Final)


Another comeback books Final place for Frölunda


Tonight was crunch time in the Champions Hockey League Semi-Finals, and in Sweden two former champions went head to head to try and secure their place as Luleå Hockey played host to the reigning champions the Frölunda Indians after Luleå took a 3-2 victory in the first leg.


With a one-goal advantage, Luleå were entering the second leg on home ice and looking to use that to their advantage, and they found a way to strike first.


After going close a few times, Juhani Tyrväinen wouldn’t be denied forever, eventually opening the scoring on the night, and giving the hosts 4-2 aggregate lead, jumping on the puck after a long shot went wide and bounced off the boards, beating Johan Mattsson who was sprawling to take away the angle, but couldn’t stop it from cross the line for the only goal of the opening period.


Frölunda had a few chances early in the second period, but couldn’t get anything to really challenge Joel Lassinantti, until midway through, when Lassinantti denied Frölunda captain Joel Lundqvist who was left alone in the slot, but in his 1000th appearance for the club, couldn’t tie things up.


If you give Frölunda too many chances eventually they’ll strike, after a few near misses, the reigning champions found themselves on the powerplay, and after Lassinantti made an initial save, the puck sprawled loose to captain Lundqvist who found Rhett Rakhshani, sending it into the gaping net to tie things up on the night, but still Frölunda trailed by one overall.


It didn’t take long in the third for things to be evened up on aggregate, a good forecheck kept the play alive for Frölunda, and then in his 1000th game for Frölunda, Joel Lundqvist redirected a shot past Lassinantti to make it 2-1 to the visitors on the night, but 4-4 overall, setting up a very interesting final 20 minutes of action.


Frölunda kept on pushing, looking to take the lead overall, and just after the midway point, Ryan Lasch wired a shot past Lassinantti, placing it past the blocker and into the net, giving the reigning champions a lead on the road, and meaning the hosts Luleå had less than 10 minutes to try and regain control of the tie to either advance, or force overtime.


Try as they might, it just wasn't to beat for Luleå who couldn't find anything to get past Johan Mattsson who stood tall in net in the last moments of the Semi-Final, helping defend the lead all the way to the final buzzer to secure a fifth Champions Hockey League final for the Frölunda Indians, as they came from behind in each of their playoff series' on the way.


It'll be a Group H affair and a rematch when the final gets underway as Frölunda take on Mountfield HK to see who can be crowned this years Champions.


Match Highlights


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:CZE Mountfield HK, 3 vs :SWE Djurgården Stockholm, 0 (Aggregate Score: 6-1, Mountfield advance to the Final)


Another Mazanec shutout, Mountfield on to the Final


For the third straight Champions Hockey League Playoff round, Marek Mazanec and Mountfield HK conceded just one goal over 120 minutes.


As a result, Mountfield are off to the CHL Final for the first time following a 3-0 home-ice victory over Djurgården Stockholm, giving them a 6-1 win on aggregate.


For the last several games, Mountfield have shown the ability to play solid defence and wait for their opportunities, and the two-goal lead to start this game played right into their hands in that regard.


The return game remained scoreless after an evenly played first period, but Mountfield remained with 53 seconds left of power play time at the start of the second and that paid off for them.


Jakub Lev took a pass in his own zone and took it coast to coast, completely undressing defenceman Jesper Pettersson inside the blueline and then going high glove side on Niklas Svedberg.


Considering Mountfield had only conceded three goals in their last 16 CHL periods, Djurgården now faced a critical situation, needing to score at least three in a little under two periods.


However, try as they might, they just couldn’t penetrate the stifling Mountfield defence to generate any quality scoring chances.


When Richard Nedomlel kept the puck in the Djurgården zone and then fired a rocket from the top of the circle past Svedberg early in the third period, the Swedish team’s situation went from bad to worse.


Halfway through the third period, coach Robert Ohlsson pulled Svedberg for a sixth attacker in a desperation move, but Aleš Jergl’s empty-netter less than a minute later put an exclamation point on the Mountfield victory.


The only question to be answered was if Mazanec would post his third shutout in the last six CHL games, and Djurgården were awarded two penalty shots in the last eight minutes.


On the first, Mazanec stared down Jacob Josefson and then on the second, Patrik Berglund hit the crossbar.


But the fans in Hradec Králové knew their team had its place in the CHL Final firmly in hand and celebrated the final moments away.


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Final confirmed: Mountfield HK will host the clash against Frölunda indians


What started out with 32 teams in late August is now down to just two teams in mid-January.


In three weeks' time we'll know which team has been crowned Champions of Europe in 2019/20.


This season's Champions Hockey League Final will take place on Tuesday, February 4th in Hradec Kralové, the home of Mountfield HK, marking the first time the CHL's climax is held in the Czech Republic.


They will face defending champions, three-time winners, and fifth-time finalists Frölunda Indians.


Mounfield HK earned the right to host the showpiece event by having the better overall record during this CHL season of the teams left to contest the final.


Mountfield clocked 26 points en route to the final, while Frölunda picked up 22.


The spectacular setting offered by Hradec Kralovè arena for the Champions Hockey League matches:


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