The Austrian national ice hockey team also lost their second international test match against the top nation of the Czech Republic within a few days. After the home 0: 5 on Thursday The ÖEHV team even took the lead twice at 2: 7 on Saturday in Jindrichuv Hradec. Roger Bader’s team summed up the clear defeat in the final third (0: 5), when they conceded four goals in the last five minutes.
Red-white-red got off to a dream start, Davos legionnaire Baumgartner scored 1-0 in the power play after 99 seconds. The lead lasted into the final minute of the first third and Baumgartner, Austria’s Player of the Year 2019, later even brought his colors back in front (31st). With two goals in numerical superiority (36th, 48th), the Czechs turned the game in their favor and in the finish led to the preliminary decision with the 4: 2 (56th).
Then it happened in quick succession. The six-time world champion added three more goals in the last 100 seconds of the game. Only five seconds passed between the 6: 2 and 7: 2. “Unfortunately, the last minutes of the game cost us a good result”, team boss Bader knew. “We played 50 to 55 minutes really well and we improved enormously compared to the first duel.”
Austria’s next international matches planned for May
For the Czechs another seven tests will follow up to the A World Cup from May 21st to June 6th in Riga. The Austrians are not represented there and will meet another participant in the A-WM in their next international matches on May 1st and 2nd in Piestany with Slovakia. After two appearances a week later in South Tyrol against Italy, the substitute tournament for the B World Cup in Ljubljana, which was canceled by the world association, will follow in mid-May at the end of spring. The main goal of the year is the Olympic qualification in Bratislava at the end of August.
Result of a friendly international ice hockey match on Saturday in Jindrichuv Hradec: Czech Republic – Austria 7: 2 (1: 1.1: 1.5: 0). Goals: Plasek (20th), Dufek (36./PP), Suchy (48./PP), Kodytek (56./SH), Fleck (59./PP), Stransky (60.), Horky (60. ) or Baumgartner (2./PP, 31st).