HC Sparta take crucial advantage to Finland in CHL playoffs
impressive 4-2 victory against Karpat Oulu in the CHL
HC Sparta scored an impressive 4-2 victory over their Finnish counterparts in the CHL playoffs last night. It was as dramatic as it was unexpected.
Karpat Oulu are arguably one of the form teams in Europe right now after six consecutive wins in the Champions League. Their defence is just as solid as their reputation and there must have been a sense of trepidation for the Spartans heading into this clash. And that would have be confirmed after the first period when Karpat took a 1-0 lead thanks to Nutivaara.
Sparta, however, took the initiative from here on in and dominated the tie by racing into a 3-1 lead with just ten minutes remaining. There was still time for the visitors to make it 3-2 despite the host’s domination but Jaroslav Hlinka restored the two goal cushion to take to Finland later this month.
“It was a great match against a great opponent. We are very happy that we made it a victorious end.” Michal Čajkovský told the HC Sparta website after the game “We have a strong offensive team. We proved that in the ExtraLiga and I am glad that today we also proved that in the Champions League.”
Match highlights: championshockeyleague.net
If you missed out on last night’s action at the O2 arena, the next match for Sparta on home ice against Liberec on Wednesday 18th November. For a full schedule of matches please visit www.hcsparta.cz
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