The EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup opened this morning in Poznan with Pool B, and the close of the day sees SV Arminen topping the group, with Complutense and Alster tied and on the same goal difference in second.
Hosts Grunwald Poznan top Pool A after two storming wins, two late goals versus HC Minsk assuring them their place in the semis to the delight of the home crowd. Holders Partille SC have a tough task tomorrow, currently sitting at bottom of the group, but showed their mettle today salvaging a draw from a 6-1 deficit.
Match 1: SV ARMINEN 5-1 ROYAL WHITE STAR HC (Pool B)
Arminen got their tournament off to the perfect start this morning in Poznan, with Losocni opening the scoring after three minutes, and doubling their lead early in the 2nd quarter thanks to a neat finish from Michael Minar. Steyrer added two more, while Dykmans pulled one back for White Star, but another from Gradits saw out the game for SV Arminen.
Match 2: DER CLUB AN DER ALSTER 5-4 SPV COMPLUTENSE (Pool B)
Carl Alt opens the scoring for the German side, tapping in at the back post in the final moments of the first quarter. Mundorf and Kamlade extended the lead to two then three during a busy second period, though the Spanish side battled hard. The only score of the third quarter came from a pc hit by Manuel Prol (3-1). Two goals in quick succession at the opening of the final quarter gave the German side the cushion they needed against a strong press in the final period-a penalty stroke converted by Ignacio Cobos, a narrow miss from Pedro Arqués, and two late goals (Cobos, Prol) meant a tight finish to the match.
Match 3: PARTILLE SC 3 -8 HC MINSK (Pool A)
The opening match of Pool A between holders Partille and HC Minsk was end-to-end. The Swedes opened the scoring (Hemvik, Grand), with Minsk pulling it back to 2-1 through Belavusau. Five (Hancharou 2, Kochkin, Khatyliou, Liakh) from HC Minsk went unanswered until the 30th minute, but two more from Belavusau sealed a straightforward win for the Belarus side.
Match 4: DINAMO STROITEL EKATERINBURG 4-5 WKS GRUNWALD POZNAN (Pool A)
The stands were packed with people as everything was set for the host to play their first match. Grunwald got off to a good start with a goal from Hulboj Mateusz, but Dinamo didn’t let the loud crowd affect their gameplan, Borisov Artem got one back just a few minutes later for the Russian side. Crowd was getting louder and home team responded as Kasprzyk, Dutkiewicz and Mikula scored one goal each to close out half with a three goal lead. Skiperskiy opened the second half with a goal from a penalty stroke. Nadyrshin scored another one for Dinamo, lowering the deficit to just one goal. In the last quarter Hulboj got his second, but Nadyrshin responded with his second goal and with it put up the final score of 4:5 for Grunwald.
Match 5: ROYAL WHITE STAR HC 5-6 C.H. SPV COMPLUTENSE (Pool B)
Both teams came into the match hungry for a win! Royal White Star didn’t wait, Simar Philippe scored two goals in consecutive minutes, but Complutense fought right back with goals from Muñoz and Arqués. Dykmans closed out the half with a goal in favour of White Star. Field goals might have been the name of the game for the first half, but in the second half, penalty corners were the main talking point. Cobos Ignacio equalized for Complutense from a penalty corner, but one the other side, SImar gave the lead back to the Belgian side from another penalty corner. Cobos scored his second and again from a penalty corner, again equalizing. A goal from Rodríguez gave Complutense their first lead of the game. The lead didn’t last long as Simar scored his third from another penalty corner, but in the same minute, Cobos scored his third goal of the match and with it, secured the victory for Complutense.
Match 6: DER CLUB AN DER ALSTER 4-5 SV ARMINEN (Pool B)
Two unbeaten teams face each other to see who will hold first place at the end of the first day. Through the first half, both teams were matching each other perfectly with no side having a clear advantage. Bruns and Wolff scored goals for Alster with Schmidt and Losonci scoring for Arminen. In the third quarter Arminen managed to get the lead and it was thanks to a beautiful goal scored by Losonci. Alster managed to get a late penalty corner, but in the end, it was not enough and Arminen managed to keep on to the lead and the win.
Match 7: DINAMO STROITEL EKATERINBURG 7-7 PARTILLE SC (Pool A)
Dinamo came out the gates flying and shocked Partille with a quick goal from Nadyrshin Artem, a few minutes later Nadyrshin Artem and Artur scored in the same minute. Nadyrshin Artem finished up his hattrick early with another goal to send Dinamo with a four goal advantage at the break. Björkman converted a penalty corner to lower the lead, but Nadyrshin Artem scored two goals. Going into the last quarter, Dinamo had a 6-1 lead, so Partille decided to go for all or nothing and took their goalkeeper out for the entire last quarter. Björkman and Grand scored for Partille, but Zamalutdinov got one for Dinamo, and after another goal from Björkman Dinamo decided to take their goalkeeper out as well. Three more goals from Björkman for a total of six, two coming in the last minute of the match, was enough for first two points for Partille.
Match 8: HC MINSK 2-4 WKS GRUNWALD POZNAN (Pool A)
For the last match Minsk was taking on the host team that was, again backed by packed stands. Hancharou scored the first goal afte a penalty stroke was awarded to Minsk. But in the second quarter, Grunwald fought back with goals from Mikula and Hulboj. Just before the third quarter ended, Minsk managed to equalize with a goal from Kochkin, so heading in to the last quarter it was level at 2-2. Both sides had their chances but Grunwald goalkeeper Popiołkowski came in with some clutch saves to keep his side in it and his teammates made sure to do their job at the other end. Two minutes left and Kasprzyk scored from a penalty corner to pull Grunwald ahead, and he sealed the win shortly afterwards, Grunwald leaving the pitch to a standing ovation.
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