THE SUMMARY: The dress rehearsal of the final round of the IHL Serie A, which will be staged next week, starts really bad for the Rittner Buam. After two minutes of play, Giliati shoots from a defiladed position and surprises Treibenreif, between the posts in this game. Despite the disadvantage in the first minutes the hosts remain active and play with courage forward, but after eight minutes the guests score again. This time Giliati sees Michele Marchetti lurking in the right engagement circle. From there, the number 68 only has to thread the puck into the goal. This is the best phase for the Venetian club. Treibenreif manages to keep the blue-reds in the game, who have to do without Frei, Sailio, Ramoser, Giacomuzzi and Osburn. 38 seconds before the siren, Heiskanen's team shortens the distance. Vallini's rebound on a Sharp's shot ends up in front of Manuel Öhler, who takes advantage of it and scores the 1:2. His seventh goal of the season brings back some life among the Rittner Buam.
In fact the house masters, who after 30 seconds lost Simon Kostner, forced to leave the ice injured, equalized at the 23rd minute. On the powerplay, Lutz skates unleashed for half the ice, shoots and the puck and it ends up in the goal. But the Rittner Buam's joy lasted only five minutes. While Lang is in the penalty box, Vankus shoots, Treibenreif doesn't keep the puck and Mantenuto finds himself in the right place. But the new draw of the blue-red doesn't take long: at the half-hour of the game Kevin Fink successfully deflects a shot of Di Perna. The match is a continuous back and forth. It is not surprising that almost three minutes later, Asiago takes the advantage for the third time. This time Salinitri is perfectly served by Iacobellis on the far post (32'51"). The Rittner Buam try to draw, but the second siren precedes them.
Also in the final period, Heiskanen's boys continue to give everything. But Asiago defends itself with ability and also has luck on its side, when, five minutes before the end, the Rittner Buam take a post. Almost in response to this action comes the decisive goal. Stevan makes his way undisturbed to the attack zone and with a wrister sends the puck to the cross of the posts (55'40"). The goal of the 3:5 closes the game and establishes the final result of the match.
For the Rittner Buam next week will be the time of the final tournament of the IHL - Serie A. On Tuesday, HC Gherdëina will be the guest team at the Ritten Arena, while on Thursday Cortina will arrive in Collalbo and finally on Saturday the blue-reds will be guests in Asiago.
Rittner Buam - Migross Supermarkets Asiago Hockey 3:5 (1:2, 2:2, 0:1)
Goals: 0:1 Giliati (2'00"), 0:2 Michele Marchetti (8'00"), 1:2 Manuel Öhler (19'22"), 2:2 Andreas Lutz (22'26" /PP), 2:3 Mantenuto (27'53" /PP), 3:3 Kevin Fink (30'07" /PP), 3:4 Salinitri (32'51" /PP), 3:5 Stevan (55'40")
MVP of the match powered by Loacker: Michele Marchetti (ASH) and Di Perna (RIT)
Photo: Max Pattis