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Pilsen avoided longer skids so far and aims high in spring

The Marlins have managed to get through the first part of the season without any longer loosing streaks and that helped them to stabilize their position on 3rd place of current league standings.

14.03.2015 | Marek Kratochvil

Pilsen showed quality in autumn losing only once two games in a row. It was during one weekend in October, when Pilsen played against two top teams in the league, Kladno and Vlašim and lost both in the end – to Kladno after shoot-outs and to Vlašim with two quick goals in the third period.

“We have a good defense and are not letting too many goals against. On the other side, we started to score a bit more than in the previous seasons,” Josef Kadaně said after the 2014 part of the season.

“Our game system for away matches has been changed a bit, so we can get better results on different surfaces. We co-operate with Třemošná and have some practices on their ground before going on a trip.

This was visible on the results as well. All away games were tight and Pilsen won 4 of them with a 4-2-1* record. All but one of the games finished in a one-goal difference or shoot-outs and with 7 goals for and only 1 against.

Actually, these two games [Kladno and Vlašim] now lie ahead of the Pilsners again for an upcoming weekend schedule. The Marlins started spring season well with a win over Třinec at home. They were up 3-0, but then dropped the leash and let the opposition to come back and equalize. Jaroslav Kejř then appeared to be the savior scoring the game-winning goal inside last minute.

Next game was away in Pardubice against a team that is placed right one below. Pilsen shook off a bad start and turned the game around in their favor. For a long time, the Marlins were in front. However, last ten minutes were like a nightmare with three goals against including one empty netter.

One stable point by performance in the squad of Pilsen is most definitely the goalie – Petr Kráčina. Despite his young age [18 years], Kráčina managed to get some terrific numbers going into his first season as a number one net minder in Pilsen. Currently second best goalie of the CCM Extraliga with saves percentage over 93 and average of 1.24 goals against per match, he was chosen the MVP of the league for autumn in fans’ poll. As a cherry on top, he also got his first [senior] national team invitation.

Petr Kráčina

“Before this season, we have became the Champions in Junior Extraliga and I’ve managed to break through into the squad for Junior Worlds. Now I am a number one goalie in Pilsen and I got my first invitation into senior national team. It has been for sure my best year so far,” Kráčina admitted.

“We proved to be capable of besting anybody when following our coaches’ tactics. Third place after regular season would be great.

Josef Kadaně is quite clear with team’s ambitions for the rest of the season: “We want to hold our position for the play-offs. Any medal would be a success.”

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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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