ELEKTROSTAL – 2017 EuroHockey Club Trophy Men
Foto:HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)
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A 14-goal fest was the highlight of a great third day of action at the men’s EuroHockey Club Trophy in Elektrostal, Russia, as the eight teams all vied for the highest finishing position in their pool matches. The results mean that Rotweiss Wettingen and SV Arminen are playing for top spot, with the home side in the race for a podium finish.
Paolo Bonomi vs Menzieshill 3-1
Grove Menzieshill secured themselves second place in Pool B after their strongest display of the competition so far saw the Scottish side beat Paolo Bonomi 3-1.
It was a chilly day in Elektrostal at the EuroHockey Club Trophy but Menzieshill were quickly into their stride and a good period of build-up play resulted in a goal for Adam Fallis in the 11th minute. Falls showed a poacher’s instinct to deflect a blistering shot from Oliver James over the keeper into the roof of the net.
Euan Cuthill scored Menzieshill’s second, a diving deflection from a cross from Gavin Byers, after the Scottish international had danced his way past several Italian defenders.
The third goal came in the 42 minute after incessant pressure by Grove Menzieshill put Bonomi under all sorts of pressure. Albert Rowling was on hand to score his third goal of the tournament.
There was a consolation goal for Bonomi in the 45th minute when Fabio Cavallini was able to evade the Scottish defence but after that slip-up Menzieshill shut up shop and saw the game out.
Captain Gavin Tomlinson said: “I am very proud and delighted with this young team’s performance and now we look forward to tomorrow’s match.”
In the match to determine third place, Menzieshill have the unenviable task of playing Dinamo Elekstrostal, who will have home advantage and a partisan crowd to cheer them on.
SV Arminen vs Navax AHTC Wein 9-5
In the highest scoring match of the tournament so far, SV Arminen made sure they would be contesting the final tomorrow by putting an emphatic nine goals past fellow Austrian club AHTC Wein. Worryingly for the coach and defence, they conceded five goals in the process.
It might not have been a lesson in defence but it made for exciting viewing. Daniel Fröhlich opened the scoring for Arminen in the second minute of the match but then Wein came back with two quick goals from Maximilian Monghy and captain Dominik Monghy.
Pit Rudofsky and Patrick Schmidt re-established Arminen’s lead, Pit with a goal from open play and Schmidt from a penalty corner. Arminen continued to push forwards and were rewarded with three more goals before half-time – Alexander Bele, Schmidt and Alistair Stenfert all finding the net.
Dominik Monghy scored his second just before the half-time whistle, making it 6-3 as the teams trooped off.
After the break, Stenfert scored his hat-trick and Sebastian Eitenberger hit Arminen’s ninth and final goal.
For Wein, Ulrich Fischer scored in the 51st minute and, proving they never give up, Monghy scored his hat trick with three minutes left on the clock.
Arminen’s hat-trick scorer Alistair Stenfert said: “The last game of our group stage was a must-win for us. We started great and scored a goal right at the beginning, but after that we conceded two goals in a row because we lacked sharpness.
“We managed to pick up our game and rolled over our opponent, by making the most of our scoring opportunities. Rest and regeneration is an important part of our preparation for our game tomorrow so that’s what we will focus on now. We are playing for first place, so we are all very pumped. We want to do our best to reach the goal that we set before we came to Russia.”
Rotweiss Wettingen vs SK Slavia Prague 3-2
Wettingen were made to work hard in the third match of the day when they encountered a Slavia Prague side who were determined to record at least one win at this event. In the final minutes, Wettingen made the task doubly tough as two of their players – Jan Hödle and Silvan Steimer received yellow cards and the Swiss team had to see the game out with nine men on the pitch.
Wettingen took the lead in the 10th minute through a field goal from Robin Aebi, but that lead was cancelled when the Prague side scored twice to take a 2-1 lead into the half-time break. Zuna Cenek got on the end of a ball in the circle to crack home the first and David Vacek made the most of a penalty corner.
Motivational words from coach Marcus Ventar saw Wettingen came out with renewed purpose and a goal from Raphael Brunner then Florin Schnyder put the game out of Slavia Prague’s reach and sent Rotweiss Wettingen into tomorrow’s final against SV Arminen.
Elektrostal vs Minsk 3-1
It seemed that Minsk had not read the plot when they waltzed into a 1-0 lead in the second minute of the game in this crucial Pool A game. The goal, from open play, was scored by Yauheni Mikheichyk and for the next 12 minutes, Minsk defended their lead with steely determination.
Elektrostal got themselves back into the game through a penalty corner conversion from Georgii Arusiia and this gave the home side the confidence to push forwards and seek more goals.
The home team extended their lead in the 25th minute when Mikhail Proskuriakov converted a second penalty corner, flinging the ball past the outstretched body of Iaroslav Hordey in the Minsk goal.
The game swung from end to end for the next 20 minutes with Minsk frantically chasing an equaliser and Elektrostal defending the ball and looking to keep possession. The final blow to Minsk came from a third penalty corner; this time it was Dmitri Azarov whose rasping shot found the back board and dashed Minsk’s hope of a medal.
The results means Elektrostal will face Grove Menzieshill for a third place finish, while Minsk will take on the Austrian team Wein.
Monday 5 June
Fixtures (local time)
09:00 Slavia Prague vs Paolo Bonomi (7th/8th)
11:15 Minsk vs AHTC Wein (5th/6th)
13:30 Elektrostal vs Grove Menzieshill (3rd/4th)
15:45 Rotweiss Wettingen vs SV Arminen (Final)
EuroHockey Club Trophy 2017 Men – Elektrostal, Russia – Day 3