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Sonntag, 17.Dezember 2017 - 9:10 - On third Advent Sunday four Erste Bank Eishockey Liga games are played. With 98 goals scored the Black Wings from Linz have the best offense available and can be the first team to score 100 goals this season. On Monday Round 29 will be completed with the game Innsbruck against Fehervar.

Sun, 17.12.2017: Moser Medical Graz99ers - EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz (16:00)
Referees: M. NIKOLIC, TRILAR, Bärnthaler, Seewald
With yesterday's home win against Zagreb the second-placed Black Wings have a five-game winning streak (last time they had such a run was between October and November 2016
Graz, who rank 8 with only a two-point deficit to the upper half of the table, lost four of their last five games
With 98 goals scored the Black Wings from Linz have the best offense available and can be the first team to score 100 goals this season
Linz decided both season meetings with Graz to their favour and now the teams will meet twice within only three days (on Tuesday the 99ers come to Linz)
The 99ers have won ten out of 14 home games this season but have a very bad record against the Upper Austrians who won the last seven games in Graz
Doug Mason (Coach Moser Medical Graz99ers): „I'm really pleased that our power play has worked better lately. The games before we were not efficient enough.“

Troy Ward (Coach Liwest Black Wings Linz): „I expect us better than in the Zagreb game. After Jake Dowell's injury (he's out for the remainder of the season) other player will get the chance.“

Sun, 17.12.2017: EC Red Bull Salzburg - EC VSV (16:00)
Referees: BABIC, STOLC, Nemeth, Pardatscher
The 4:3 overtime win in Klagenfurt was Salzburg's fourth successive victory
Villach ended their losing streak with a 4:3 win in Dornbirn and climbed to 10th place again
In the previous two season meeting the away teams took the points - early November Villach came back from an early 2:0 deficit to win 5:3 at Volksgarten Miha Verlic scored in both games against the Red Bulls this season
In the previous two meetings the PK units were very successful: In 14 power play's just one goal was scored Dominique Heinrich in a 3:1 road win for Salzburg)
Greg Poss (Coach EC Red Bull Salzburg): „Last time Villach came to us they hit us on some breakaways. We have to play more solid and avoid these situations.“

Absentees: Dominique Heinrich, Matthias Trattnig, Layne Viveiros, Alexander Rauchenwald, Alexander Pallestrang and Daniel Jakubitzka
Markus Schlacher (EC VSV): „Our defense will be the key. We have to be focussed and give everything to beat them.“

Absentee: Kyle Beach
Doubtful: Valentin Leiler

Sun, 17.12.2017: EC-KAC - HC Orli Znojmo (17:30)
Referees: LEMELIN, SIEGEL, Kaspar, Rakovic
On Friday KAC also lost the fourth season meeting with Salzburg (3:4 after overtime at home) but remain on third place
With two narrow victories against Villach and Graz the Czechs earned two successive wins again (last time in early October)
The Carinthians won both season meetings with Znojmo (3:1 at home, 3:2 away)
On the road Znojmo has only beaten the three teams who are behind them in the standings
Klagenfurt won the last seven games against Znojmo who have not had three wins in a row this season Marco Richter (EC-KAC): „We really like to play Znojmo but won't underestimate them. We had to fight hard for our last 3:2 win and they surely will be ready again.“

Absentees: Regehr und Neal
Adam Miller (HC Orli Znojmo): „I'm happy about my first three goals. That's why the club signed me. It will not be easy to make the top six, we have to steadily earn points.“

Sun, 17.12.2017: KHL Medvescak Zagreb - HCB Südtirol Alperia (17:45, servushockeynight.com, Video33.it and HRT live)
Referees: GRUBER, PIRAGIC, Ettlmayr, Zgonc
After the 4:3 overtime defeat in Linz Zagreb is six games without a win
Bottom-placed club Bolzano faces medvescak 24 hours after today's game in Szekesfehervar
In the previous two season meeting the home teams took the points
In the 7:3 win Zagreb's Mahbod, Morley and Zanoski each scored a brace
Connor Cameron (Coach Medveascak Zagreb): „We played a good gamein Linz, we just had too many mistakes at the wrong time.“

Luca Frigo (HCB Südtirol Alperia): „We have to support each other for scoring goals because without scoring you can't win games.“

Absentees: Anton Bernard, Mat Clark, Austin Smith, Matt Climie and Chris Carlisle

Mon, 18.12.2017: HC TWK Innsbruck 'Die Haie' - Fehervar AV 19 (19:15)
Referees: BERNEKER, LEMELIN, Nothegger, Verworner
Despite outshooting the leader Vienna 39:18, Innsbruck conceded the second defeat in a row on Friday
Fehervar has one day off after today's home game against Bolzano before facing the sharks
Innsbruck has won the previous two season meetings 4:2 each
Innsbruck's Andrew Clark (3 goals) and John Lammers (2) as well as Fehervar's David Gilbert (2) have scored in both games

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