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This is how the people of Merano celebrate making it to the playoffs. © BK Photo

It's done: Meran is in the quarter-finals

Celebrations at HC Meran: The Adler reach the quarter-finals of the Alps Hockey League for the first time. In the third game of the pre-playoffs against EC Kitzbühel, the South Tyroleans prevailed and thus completed the field of the last eight.

It's done! At the third attempt, the HCM qualified for the quarter-finals of the Alps Hockey League for the first time. In the decisive game against EC Kitzbühel, the South Tyroleans won 2-1.

The game in the Kitzbühler Sportpark started quite slowly. You could tell the pressure on both teams. Nobody wanted to make the first mistake and fall behind. Neither team really wanted to take any risks in the middle third. It took 33 minutes until the first goal of the evening was scored: Kitzbühel's Matic Podlipnik got the target in the offensive third and gave both the defense and the HCM goalie a 1-0 lead.

Pascal Brunner (in white) played great. © BK Photo

The people of the spa town now tried to react and increasingly took the scepter into their hands. The South Tyroleans were rewarded for this in the 39th minute. After a pass from Christian Borgatello, Joseph Garreffa reacted quickest and equalized to 1-1.

Pascal Brunner's golden goal

In the last 20 minutes, the hosts from the posh ski resort took the reins again. Meran seemed flat, but the defense and goalie Makarov kept the Eagles in the game. When the first spectators were already expecting extra time, the Passerstadt team struck coldly: after winning a goal in their own third, HC Bozen loanee Pascal Brunner moved towards the goal from the left side and scored coldly to make it 2-1 for the HCM. Despite several good chances for the hosts, Meran defended its narrow lead over time.

In addition to HC Meran, the Rittner Buam, the Wipptal Broncos and the HC Unterland Cavaliers have already qualified for the quarter-finals. You will find out who meets who on Sunday morning when the “Pick” takes place.

AlpsHL, the results from Saturday:

Kitzbühel - Meran 1:2
1:0 Podlipnik (32.55), 1:1 Garreffa (38.56), 1:2 Brunner (56.50)
Audience: 1223
Standing in the series: 1: 2


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