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Patrick Bolterle shows no consideration and crashes into Andrei Makarov. © EC Kitzbühel

Brutal check: Meran goalie injured

He is the big star in the ranks of HC Meran, but was injured in the first game of the new season. We're talking about goalie Andrei Makarov, who was brutally struck down in Kitzbühel on Saturday.

It's a scene that makes you shake your head: in the game between EC Kitzbühel and HC Meran It's 5:1 when Patrick Bolterle starts. Meanwhile, Andrei Makarov leaves his box to accept an abandoned puck. The Austrian striker sees the Russian but doesn't slow down. Instead, he crashes into Makarov at full speed, leaving him dazed. Bolterle gets off with a minor penalty for obstruction and some beating from Adler defender David Pföstl. However, Makarov has to make room for Matteo Calvi.

On Saturday evening, the fears were confirmed: Makarov will be out for several weeks, according to the club. “He had to be taken to the hospital during the game,” writes the HCM, for whom the injury to his most important player is much more painful than the bitter 1:10 defeat.

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