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Losing streak ends with a win over Kert Park

Pilsen season turned worse recently with three straight losses against three top teams of the league as Pardubice slipped above in League Standings. However, with a Saturday win over Kert Park and three more games to go in regular season, the Marlins still can fight for third.

30.03.2015 | Marek Kratochvil

One week after a harsh defeat in Pardubice, the Marlins had two more difficult games in front – on Saturday at home against Kladno and very next day on a trip to Vlašim. Both of these teams are safely placed on top of the table with 52 and 50 points; currently 14 points ahead of third Pardubice.

Pilsen struggles with bad first periods this year and it was the same against Kladno. Current Champion scored already inside first minute and added two more still in the first period. Youngster Martin Kukrál who stood in goal instead of Kráčina could do just a little stopping those. “We played another really bad game, third in a row,” Kadaně said after the game.

Radim Štěpáník celebrates one of his goals in Pilsen. (4-0 L)

His team conceded another goal in the second period and was closest with a post hit by Jaroslav Kejř. “We have 13 goals against already after three games. During whole autumn part of season, we had 14… That says it all,” he revealed unpleasant statistics of Pilsen defensive work.

Next game in Vlašim was a better one for sure. At least with a better start as the Marlins took lead after Ondřej Benedikt’s surprising attempt. Anyway, Vlašim is a league leader for a reason and proved it right there. Despite a fortunate power play equalizer by Jan Blaško and individual mistake that lead to second goal and turnover, they managed to win it.

Pilsen had a short 5-on-3 power play in the final minute, which added a dramatic ending, but they didn’t take advantage of it. Penalty killing of Vlašim was brilliant during whole game.

No points from that weekend were a disappointment, but not such a big surprise. “We need to play one good game like we played last year. I hope that could give us a boost,” Kadaně said after Saturday’s game. Pilsen hoped that Kert at home the very next week could be the game.

The home side had to go without five experienced players [M. Edl, O. Malý, O. Kejř, J. Kejř, J. Benedikt], but it might work for the best in the end. Martin Kruček put first one on board with a precise long range shot, but Michal Slanec equalized just three minutes later and another defenseman Adam Vágner turned the scales over in second period with a hard shot, that went off the post and in.

Petr Kráčina in a game against Kert. (5-1 W)

The Marlins were determined to go for it and that is what resulted in an easy-looking third period. Kert Park had simply too many penalties and the home players were on fire turning them into goals.

“We had a bad start again, but we improved with time and finished strong. We had six players injured, but the youngsters and Adam Vágner managed to make up for them quite well,” Kadaně said.

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This year´s Pilsen Cup is over! It saw West Coast Express´ triumph in under-17s while Spišská Belá took gold among under-15s with a win over hosts HBC Plzeň. Their older clubmates finished 3rd after Sunday playoffs.

Team GP S P
1. Plzeň 22 79:34 54
2. Pardubice 22 78:43 52
3. Kladno 22 69:45 44
4. Most 22 65:48 44
5. Kert Park Praha 22 83:57 42
6. Sudoměřice 22 48:62 27
7. Ústí n/L 22 53:70 27
8. Třinec 22 60:69 26
9. Letohrad 22 49:59 25
10. Kovo Praha 22 53:65 21
11. 22 38:77 20
12. Hradec Králové 22 45:91 14
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