Henrik Nilsson (in white) holds HCP captain Raphael Andergassen on the ground. Can the Wolves get back up and force a Game 7? © Ivan Foppa

Win or fly: Wolves are fighting against the end of the season

Game 6 of the quarter-final series between HC Pustertal and Fehervar will take place on Wednesday. After the 3:5 defeat in Game 5, the Wolves want and have to fight back - otherwise it was the last HCP game of the 2023/24 season.

When HC Pustertal asks AV Fehervar to dance hotly in the Intercable Arena on Wednesday evening for Game 6 of the quarter-final series, the home team's motto is: win or fly. In the event of a defeat, the Pusterer Wolves' season is over.

The fact remains: the Gabor-Okay ice arena in Fehervar is an impregnable fortress for HC Pustertal. After the first two defeats, the Wolves fought back with two wins at home and leveled the quarter-final series at 2-2. Game 5 followed on Monday in the distance – but the Pusterers suffered another defeat. The reasons? A weak defensive performance, a messed up evening for defender Wyatt Ege and an offense that was too harmless (for a long time).

“We slept too long”

“My boys showed a lot of character, but we also know that it is a very tough and close series. We started the game well and knew that a difficult game awaited us, but we slept too long and gave them the goals on a silver platter. Of course that shouldn't happen," HCP coach Kasper Vuorinen analyzed game 5. "In the third third we showed morale again and scored two goals, but the 1:5 deficit was impossible to catch up with. It doesn't matter how you play, the only thing that matters is winning. We didn't win Game 5, and that's why it's even more important to fight back at home," said Vuorinen, looking to the future on Monday after the lost game.

Wyatt Ege (front) had a bad day in Fehervar on Monday. © Ivan Foppa

The Wolves will play with almost their best line-up on Wednesday - only the injured Dante Hannoun will have to watch. One thing is certain: it will be the last home game of this quarter-final series. If the Wolves win, the series will move to Hungary one last time for the decisive Game 7. But if the Pusterers lose on Wednesday, the season of captain Raphael Andergassen & Co will end.

Game almost sold out

How important this game is for the entire valley is shown by the fact that there are only a few remaining tickets left - so the Wolves will fight against the end of the season in front of full stands in the Intercable Arena. Wednesday's game starts at 19.45:4 p.m. HC Bozen won its quarter-final series against Villacher SV 1-4 and is already in the semi-finals. And Red Bull Salzburg also made it to the semi-finals on Monday. The Linzers were also defeated 1-5, and on Monday a 1-XNUMX win sent them on their summer vacation.

ICE Hockey League, Wednesday's games

Pioneers Vorarlberg – Klagenfurter AC (19.30 p.m.)
Status in the series: 2:3

HC Pustertal – Fehervar (19.45 p.m.)
Status in the series: 2:3


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