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Pilsen finished in Semis falling short of two points for Bronze

HBT Vlašim has become a nemesis for the Marlins who faced the side five times and lost every single time. Therefore after two losses in regular season, the semi-final series offered sadly a one-sided deal. Photo by Pavel Kotyza.

 
 
23.05.2015 | Marek Kratochvíl

The Pilseners started their first semi-final game against Vlašim pretty well. They killed an early penalty and gained some confidence with time pressing the opposition deep into defence by the final minutes of first period.

As the time went by and match remained goalless, it was sure that the one who scores first would grab it all. The Marlins didn’t take advantage of their power play late in the third period and Vlašim made them pay.

Former Marlin Martin Průcha scored with a fortunate attempt right after his side won an important face off in the offensive zone with :53 to go. Švanda then sealed the first point with last-second empty netter.

Erik Polívka celebrates after scoring an equaliser in game 2 – (6-1 L). Photo by Pavel Kotyza.

Second game was scheduled for the very next day. It started in the same way, as there were no goals in the first part.

However, Vlašim took over the game in the second and third period with three power play goals and six in total. Polívka’s equaliser right after first goal for Vlašim didn’t stop the opposition from winning the game.

“Vlašim played hard; they injured four of our players and didn’t get a single penalty for it. On the other side, we were called so often for little things and Vlašim showed how strong its power plays are. I have mixed feelings right now, but we will try hard at home to return back here,” Tomáš Semera said after game 2.

Bench of Vlašim shortly after Topolánek´s goal to make it 2-1 – (6-1 L). Photo by Pavel Kotyza.

Unfortunately, the third encounter did stay the last game of the season for Marlin army. Bad start to the game sent Vlašim five goals in front and despite finishing hard in the third period and scoring three goals straight, it was sadly too little, too late kind of thing for Pilsen.

Because Pilsen was below Pardubice – another team eliminated in the Semifinals – after regular season, it finished fourth also in the final rankings falling short of two points only for the third place.

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