In Sunday morning's draft, the Rittner Buam have chosen Cortina as their opponent for the quarter finals. Against Ampezzo this season, Santeri Heiskanen's team has obtained three victories and cashed one defeat. Since the Alps Hockey League was born (2016/17 season), the blue-reds have won 16 games and have come off the ice defeated 8 times. The statistics of all meetings between the two teams are much more balanced: in 160 challenges 77 went to Rittner Buam and 72 to Cortina, while 11 meetings ended in a draw.
Rittner Buam sporting director Adolf Insam expects a very hard-fought series against the fifth-place finishers after the Master Round. "After this week's break we are rested and start the series against Cortina in good shape. Nevertheless, it will be a hard work. The games against Ivo Machacka's team have always been tight. That's why our guys have to be careful. However, I am confident that we will get through the round if we act focused. We have to play as a team, show tactical discipline and prevent individual actions", says Insam.
The Rittner Buam defense will have to pay special attention to Carlo Finucci, who has scored 44 points in 36 games. Equally strong is Mikael Johansson, who has scored 36 points in 33 games. The best scorers of the South Tyrolean team are captain Simon Kostner and MacGregor Sharp, both with 37 points in 38 games. From a statistical point of view, the balance of power between the two goalies, who could be decisive in the playoffs, is balanced. Cortina's De Filippo has a slight advantage on Jake Smith as far as saves are concerned, while the Rittner Buam's goalie has taken in less goals on average (2,29:2,35).
Game 1 of the quarterfinal series will take place on Tuesday, March 15 at the Ritten Arena. The first engagement will take place at 8 p.m. The game will be streamed live by valcome.tv.
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Collalbo, March 14, 2022 - The fifth season of ice hockey can begin. In the quarterfinals of the Alps Hockey League, the Rittner Buam will have to deal with S.G. Cortina Hafro. Game 1 of the best-of-five series will take place on Tuesday, March 15 at the Ritten Arena with the first engagement at 8 pm. All the blue-red will be present at the game.