Day 2 is done here in Der Club an der Alster in Hamburg, and tomorrow’s decider for the EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup will be between LMHC Laren and Dinamo Elektrostal.
Match 13: GHC Ritm Grodno 3-2 Waterloo Ducks HC
The afternoon games got off to a scintillating start here in Hamburg. In the Pool C opener, Shyntar fired home from a PC to give Grodno the lead early on, and the Belarusians added another swiftly afterwards to earn a two-goal cushion which they held leading into the break. Midway through the second half Kurhanskaya added to Grodno’s lead with a smart finish to make it three. Wat Ducks had kept the pressure on, and looked to be pulling it back at the end with Gose and Ronquetti firing home. The comeback fell short unfortunately, with the Belgians running out of time to find a third.
Match 14: MSC Sumchanka 2-2 HC Rotweiss Wettingen
This was the day’s second Group C tie, with the winner to face Ritm Grodno tomorrow morning. Wälti opened the scoring for Wettingen with a bullet of a PC, but Shevchenko would swiftly get the equalizer at the other end. Shevchenko struck again to bring her team ahead in the fifteenth minute. Wettingen dug deep and stayed in contention, with Trösch making it 2-2 at the stroke of half time. Both teams dialed down the intensity, and played out a scoreless second half to see the match finish even, with Sumchanka and Wettingen now level at the top of Pool C.
Match 15- Semi-Final 1: LMHC Laren 5-3 Der Club an der Alster
The first of the today’s semi-finals got off to a roaring start, not in small part due to the raucous home crowd and the atmospheric walk-out under spotlight. The Dutch outfit took the lead early thanks to a quick free hit and a tidy finish from Lisanne de Lange. Maxime Kerstholt doubled the lead within moments for Laren. Alster fought back and were rewarded when Huse fired a penalty corner home.
The Dutch got the second half off to a perfect start as Mila Muyselaar made it 3-1 with a pc into the top left corner. Laren pulled further out of reach, with Kerstholt (for her second) and van Asperen getting on the scoresheet. A frantic final period ensued, with Valentin for Alster making it 5-2 in the 30th minute, and Alster pulling the goalie out. The host club had left themselves a mountain to climb and though they kept the Laren defence busy, the 37th minute goal from Hanna Valentin was as close as they could pull back.
Match 16- Semi-Final 2: Dinamo Elektrostal 4 – 2 Club Campo de Madrid
The second of today’s semi-finals was no less intense than the first, with both sides eager for the chance to meet Laren in tomorrow’s decider. The Spanish opened the scoring through Perez Lagunas in the 9th minute. The Russian response came two minutes later, thanks to a suberb effort from Iuliia Sartakova, turning over possession and evading two opponents to carry the ball and bury it into the bottom corner. Elektrostal would go on to take the lead thanks to a great goal from Svetlana Eroshina to bring her personal tournament tally to 7. Campo drew level just after the restart with a rocket pc from Laura Barrios. This was as close as they would come; the Russians played a dominant final ‘quarter’ to which the Spanish just could not find a response. With 28 minutes gone Diagileva managed to thread the ball between two sticks to find Eroshina who had a simple finish to make. Sartakova sealed the win two minutes before the close.
Pool C Ranking:
|1||HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)||2||1||1||0||1||7|
|2||MSC Sumchanka (UKR)||2||1||1||0||1||7|
|3||GHC Ritm Grodno (BLR)||2||1||0||1||0||6|
|4||Waterloo Ducks HC (BEL)||2||0||0||2||-2||2|
|10:10||SUMCHANKA – WATDUCKS||Pool C||–|
|11:20||WETTINGEN – GRODNO||Pool C||–|
|13:00||ALSTER – CAMPOMADRID||3rd/4th Place||–|
|14:30||LAREN – ELEKTROSTAL||Final|
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