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The Rittner Buam also want to attack fully in the Master Round. © Max Pattis

Before the start of the Master Round: “We want to be at the top”

The intermediate round in the Alps Hockey League starts this Wednesday. The Rittner Buam want to pick up in the Master Round exactly where they left off in the basic round.

Ritten played a superlative first phase of the season and ended up in first place with 69 out of 90 possible points. Overall, the Buam only suffered seven defeats, five of them after regular playing time. Now the regular season dominators will meet Cortina at the start of the Master Round. We spoke to Captain Simon Kostner about this.

Simon Kostner, how satisfied are you with the Rittner Buam's regular season?

“Of course I’m extremely happy with the first half and how my team played. If you end up in first place, then you haven’t done much wrong.”

Marco Insam meets Cortina at the start. © Max Pattis

Where do you see your team at the end of the season?

“Our goal is to be at the top at the end. We have seen that we can achieve this goal. In order for us to succeed, we as a team have to continue as before and learn from the things we can do better. We saw last week against Unterland that not everything is always as easy as you might imagine. Above all, we have to stay disciplined and look after ourselves. If we just play, we’ve proven we’re effective.”
“Everything is not always as easy as you imagine.” Simon Kostner, Captain Rittner Buam

What do you expect from the next games against Cortina and Zell am See?

“I'm certainly expecting two hard-fought games. We will also play against Cortina in the Serie A final next week. It will be a good test that will prepare us for what awaits us there. With this in mind, both teams certainly want to set an example tomorrow. Zell am See is a really strong team. It’s not without reason that they ended up in second place in the regular round.”

Val Gardena meets the defending champions

In the Qualification Round, the top two of both qualifying groups reach the pre-playoffs, in which the remaining two playoff participants are determined in cross games. HC Gröden will face defending champion Jesenice in Group A at the start. On Saturday, HC Meran will also take part in the action at home against Celje.

HC Gröden will face defending champion Jesenice. © Studio Kostner

In Group B, the Unterland Cavaliers welcome the Adler from Kitzbühel at home. The Unterlanders ended up in ninth place in the regular season, one place behind the Eagles. The two previous season duels were secured by Kitzbühel in the regular round. The Cavaliers will be visiting Lustenau on Saturday.

Master round

Wednesday January 17th:
EC Bregenzerwald – Red Bull Hockey Juniors (19.30 p.m.)

Thursday January 18th:
EK The Zeller Eisbären – Wipptal Broncos (19.30 p.m.)
S.G. Cortina – Rittner Buam (20.30 p.m.)

Saturday January 20th:
Rittner Buam – EK Die Zeller Eisbären (18 p.m.)
Wipptal Broncos – Red Bull Hockey Juniors
EC Bregenzerwald – S.G. Cortina (19.30 p.m.)

Qualification Round A

Thursday January 18th:
Jesenice – HC Val Gardena (19 p.m.)
Steel Wings LINZ – Celje (19.15 p.m.)

Saturday January 20th:
HC Meran – Celje (19.30 p.m.)
Steel Wings LINZ – Jesenice

Qualification Round B

Thursday January 18th:
KAC Future Team – Fassa Falcons (19 p.m.)
Unterland Cavaliers – Kitzbühel (20 p.m.)

Saturday January 20th:
EHC Lustenau – Unterland Cavaliers (19.30 p.m.)
Fassa Falcons – Kitzbühel (20.30 p.m.)

The final table of the basic round

1. Rittner Buam302307122:6869
2. Zell am See302109113:8461
3. Salzburg II3019011117:8657
4. Wipptal Broncos3017013111:8556
5. SG Cortina3018012105:8254
6. Bregenzerwald3017013115:9354
7. Jesenice3017013107:8452
8. Kitzbuhel301501598:10446
9. Underland Cavaliers3013017105:10541
10. HC Meran3014016107:12641
11. HC Gherdëina301401699:11740
12. Lustenau3013017112:12238
13. HC Fassa301401698:11238
14. Linz II301101977:10032
15. HK Celje30802274:12123
16. Klagenfurt II30602466:13718

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