For the Foxes, the new year begins with the Brenner derby against the Haie © HC Bozen

2024 begins for the HCB with the Brenner Derby

No breather in the ICEHL after the turn of the year. On Monday evening, HCB Südtirol welcomes HC TIWAG Innsbruck to the Sparkassa Arena.

The Sharks come to Bolzano on New Year's Day with a big chest: On the last match day of 2023, Innsbruck made short work of the Pioneers from Vorarlberg 4-2 in front of their home crowd. For the first time since October, the Sharks achieved two wins in a row. New signing Zach Magwood, who was on the bench against Vorarlberg, could play in Bozen.

The starting position at HCB is somewhat different. The runner-up had to admit defeat to champions Salzburg 2:5 on Saturday evening. After 5 wins in a row, the Foxes ended the year with a clean sheet. The Hanlon troops are looking for redemption and want to start the new year with a home win.

On paper, the HCB is the clear favorite with 20 wins, only leaders Fehevar (22) and defending champions Salzburg (21) have won more matches so far, and the Haie storm is a bit tame with only 87 goals - only the teams in the bottom of the table, Vienna Capitals (77), Asiago Hockey (76) and the Graz99ers (64) scored fewer goals. However: In the first round in mid-September, the Haie swept the guests from Bolzano off the ice 1-5.

The sharks celebrated in Innsbruck © HCI / Georgios Papaconstantis

In the regular season table, Bozen is in 56th place with 5 points, Innsbruck is in 50th place with 7 points. With a win, the HCB could overtake the Black Wings, who are tied on points, if Linz stumbles against Villach. The struggling HCP is free of play.

Monday's games

Graz99s – Red Bull Salzburg (17.30 p.m.)
Villach – Black Wings Linz (17.30 p.m.)
Fehevar – Olimpija Ljubljana (17.30 p.m.)
KAC – Vienna Capitals (19.30 p.m.)
Asiago Hockey – Pioneers Vorarlberg (19.45 p.m.)
HCB – HCI (19.45 p.m.)

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