Der Club an der Alster are European Champions!
A hard-fought final in front of a packed stadium saw a high-intensity but nearly scoreless first two quarters. The deadlock was broken in the dying seconds of the half, with Niklas Bruns slotting home to give Alster the lead. They pushed hard straight from the off for their second, and were rewarded three minutes later with an Anton Boeckel strike. There was no let-up from the German side, and Arminen struggled to break through and create opportunities. At the close of the third quarter, Patrick Schmidt made it three from a penalty corner.
An intense fourth period saw Arminen pushing hard and capitalising on their building momentum with a 38th minute goal from Alexander Bele. Some nervy moments ensured for Alster but their defence held, and the Austrians couldn’t break through. Der Club an der Alster are our 2020 EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup winners.
The bronze match had a tightly contested first half. Both teams had a few chances but demonstrated an impressive level of defence. Hutek scored for Grunwald and Kavalski scored for Minsk. Minsk managed to get a two-goal cushion as Mikheichyk scored twice, but a goal from Mikula pulled Grunwald right back in the match. Hancharou made it two again, but not for long as Kasprzyk scored half a minute later. Grunwald had a penalty corner right at the end, but Ramanishkin made some crucial saves and secured the win for Minsk. Minsk finish 3rd and Grunwald 4th.
Earlier today the Pool C matches took place:
The first match of the day was a big one for Dinamo as they had to win or would be relegated. Borisov stepped up and scored early in the game to give Dinamo the lead and in the second quarter Zamalutdinov doubled their cushion. Skiperskiy converted a penalty stroke, but a brilliant hattrick from Simar gave White Star the lifeline. Level at the start of the fourth quarter the teams traded the lead- first White Star through Simar got his fourth goal at the start of the fourth quarter and put White Star in the lead, but a quick reaction from Dinamo (Skiperskiy penalty stroke, Agafontsev goal) made it 5-4 to Dinamo. With three minutes left on the clock, tournament top-scorer Simar got his fifth of the day (and 20th of the event). Dinamo pushed back hard, and two in the dying minutes from Artur Nadyrshin won it for Dinamo, Dinamo has secured their place for next year and the Belgian team are relegated.
The last match of Pool C featured the already-safe Complutense taking on Partille. The Spaniards started off well as Cobos scored a first-minute goal. Before the first quarter could end, Björkman scored two to put Partille ahead. A two-minute window of the second quarter was enough for Complutense to take back the lead, with Sanz del Campo scoring one and Prol two. In the second half, Muñoz and Sanz del Campo increased their lead, so Partille took out their goalkeeper. The tactic wasn’t enough to pull it back, though they got the deficit to two through Grand and Hellstrand, but couldn’t hold out and goals from Rodrigez and Muñoz were more than enough for a Complutense win. Complutense finishes 5th and Partille bottom.
FINAL RANKING POOL C:
|1||C.H. SPV Complutense (ESP)||3||3||0||0||6||15|
|2||Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinburg (RUS)||3||1||1||1||1||8|
|3||Royal White Star HC (BEL)||3||1||0||2||0||7|
|4||Partille SC (SWE)||3||0||1||2||-7||2|
Sweden and Belgium are relegated to the Trophy Division in 2020.
|Der Club an der Alster (GER)||1|
|SV Arminen (AUT)||2|
|HC Minsk (BLR)||3|
|WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL)||4|
|C.H. SPV Complutense (ESP)||5|
|Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinburg (RUS)||6|
|Royal White Star HC (BEL)||7|
|Partille SC (SWE)||8|
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