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Are the Steinbach Black Wings taking advantage of the moment? Innsbruck’s “Haie” have been a bit toothless in the last three ice hockey rounds and suffered three narrow defeats without gaining points – 2:3 in Salzburg, 5:6 against the Vienna Capitals and 2:3 against KAC.

Tomorrow (7.15 p.m., in the live ticker on nachrichten.at) the Linz cracks will be arriving, who want to further strengthen their position in the top six, which means a play-off quarter-final ticket.

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“We have to be better at it from the start and also more disciplined,” emphasized Black Wings coach Philipp Lukas, whose team got away with a black eye on Sunday. The EHC defeated the bottom Pioneers Vorarlberg in Feldkirch after a 0:2 deficit and a weak start third with 4:3.

“In the first 20 minutes we forgot our foundations – that’s the work. We were missing something on all levels – intensity, pace, everything that is the cornerstone of our game,” said Lukas.

Special praise for St-Amant

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Did the people of Linz take the latecomer lightly? “I hope not. If you look at the record of the season, which is pretty balanced, we couldn’t have afforded it. The fact is that we couldn’t have started worse.”

Nevertheless, the Black Wings can also take something positive with them on the trip to Tyrol. For example, the performance in the majority, which was crowned with three power play goals.

“It was commendable that we found a way to win the game,” added Lukas, who, in addition to the long-term injured Gerd Kragl, will also have to play (again) for Andreas Kristler tomorrow.

The forward is serving the second and final match of his suspension. Whether Brodi Stuart and Matt Murphy will be operational will be decided at short notice. The two were recently absent due to illness.

Lukas had special praise for Shawn St-Amant in Ländle: “He was our best player.” And the man who scored the important goals to make it 3:2 (34th) and 4:3 (57th). For the Canadian it was goals twelve and 13 of the season.

The people of Linz still have a bone to pick with the “Haien”, they ruined their New Year’s match. The Black Wings lost 3-1 at home on January 1 and Brian Lebler with a shoulder injury. Now the captain is fit again, he is bursting with energy.

The Upper Austrians have fond memories of their recent guest appearance in Innsbruck. On October 1, they won 5-2. At the time, Lebler entered the shooting list, and St-Amant even scored twice. For a new one?

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