Great battle with the Trentino team, decided only in overtime Finucci also scores with a brace, De Zanna and Barnabò
Precious comeback victory for Cortina. The Ampezzo players have the better of the overtime against Fassa for 5-4 and thus keep the hopes of qualifying for the final four of the Italian Scudetto alive.
A success built in the last minutes of the match when Finucci’s two goals allowed the squirrels to equalize the scores and then win in extra time with Michael Zanatta’s goal.
In front of the few spectators of the Olimpico, coach Machacka deploys a front line with Kaskinen and Larcher in defense in front of De Filippo and with Riccardo Lacedelli, Johansson and Finucci in attack.
Still absent Adami, Alverà and Colli. He struggles to take off the match in the first minutes with the hosts who in powerplay fail to create any headaches for the host defense. The Fassa thus took the lead in the 10th minute and the match came alive. De Zanna immediately responds who signs the 1-1 but in the final part it is McParland who brings the Falcons back forward with a nice descent on the balustrade and a precise shot at the far post. Hafro struggles to produce noteworthy chances and even at the start of the second straight is forced to suffer the pressure from Fassa with De Filippo who manages to save in extremis on a close shot by McParland.
Coach Liberatore’s team lacks precision and squirrels’ maneuvering increases. In powerplay this time the Biancocelesti manage to score with a personal initiative by Barnabò who puts the puck under the most distant intersection for the 2-2. At 27 ‘a mistake by Larcher, who is unable to control a record, paves the way for Iori. The ex of the day is cold and swells the net.
Machacka changes the goalkeeper, inserting Lancedelli. Cortina defends itself well with the less man but before the siren it is still Fassa who find the way to the goal with determination.
Rossi from distance ends perfectly and leaves no chance for the young home goalie, signing the 4-2. Upon returning from the locker rooms, Finucci devours the chance to score while shortly afterwards Iori hits a post on the other side. At 54 ‘Kaskinen takes the team on his shoulders, enters the third offensive and serves Finucci who pulls first and shortens the distance. Meanwhile Lancedelli keeps the celestial whites afloat with his parades.
A little more than 1 ‘from the end, Finucci still concludes from the blue surprising Vay who sensationally lets the puck enter the net for the 4-4. The challenge proceeds to overtime where Michael Zanatta gives two precious points to Cortina, scoring on the goalkeeper’s rebound after De Zanna’s shot.
On Thursday, the Ampezzo players will play at Kitzbuhel’s home. –
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