Siim Liivik loses with KAC first final game

After a high-profile first final match lost the KAC with Siim Liivik against Vienna Capitals only in overtime with 2-3.
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14.04.2019 EBEL Final 2018-19 Game 1: Vienna Capitals vs. KAC #72 Siim Liivik Erste Bank Arena Vienna, AT (c) Andreas Urban/BalticsMedia

With Siim Liivik, Estonia’s only player in the Austrian-international ice hockey league (EBEL) is in the final with his team, the Klagenfurt AC (KAC). The opposing team are the Vienna Capitals from the Austrian capital, Vienna. These two teams faced each other in the 2016-17 season. At that time the Capitals won the final series with a “sweep” (4-0) and won the second Champions title in the club’s history.

14.04.2019 EBEL Final 2018-19 Game 1 Vienna Capitals vs. KAC #72 Siim Liivik, #22 Julian Großlercher Erste Arena Vienna, AT (c) Andreas Urban/BalticsMedia

In the current play-off series, the KAC eliminated in the semifinals the first-placed of the regular season, Graz 99ers, with a “sweep” (4-0). It succeeded Liivik also in the first game of the winning goal in the over-time. This encounter between these two teams also includes a traditional rivalry between Vienna and Klagenfurt. This was noticed after a few minutes when the Patrick Peter (ViC) and Adam Comrie (KAC) delivered a fight. Liivik provided a solid performance, was also on a 3-5 playful outnumbered on the ice and made for the corresponding rest. The Capitals went in the first period by goals from Taylor Vause (11.) and Chris DeSousa (14.) with 2-0 lead. The second goal was given but only after video evidence by the referees as well.

14.4.2019 EBEL Final Game: Vienna Capitals vs. KAC #72 Siim Liivik, #10 Marc-Andre Dorion, #47 Marcel Wittig – Erste Bank Arena Vienna, AT (c) Andreas Urban, BalticsMedia

The KAC succeed after the break, in a power play, by Andrew Kozek the connection goal to 1-2 (23.). It developed a rapid, open game and there were many high-profile opportunities. After a won bully Liivik had the equalizer on the stick, but Capitals goalie JP Lamoureux could prevent this. Shortly before the second break, the KAC had to play again in a 3-5 deficit, and again Liivik, as Leader, was on the ice with his third line and could save his team from another goal.

14.04.2019 EBEL Final 2018-19 Game 1: Vienna Capitals vs. KAC #72 Siim Liivik, #22 Julian Großlercher Erste Bank Arena Vienna, AT (c) Andreas Urban/BalticsMedia

In the third period, the KAC survived a power play for the capital. Shortly after the penalty Nick Petersen scored, after a perfect game play, the goal to 2-2 (49.). After this goal, Liivik and his team pressed for another goal, but did not succeed. Towards the end of the game, the Capitals found some high-profile chances, but KAC goalie Lars Haugen rescues his team with his saves in the over-time. After this goal, Liivik and his team pressed for another goal, but did not succeed. Towards the end of the game, the Capitals found some high-profile chances, but KAC goalie Lars Haugen rescues his team with his saves in the over-time. In extra time, the decision in favor of the Capitals fell after almost six minutes when Olden single-handedly scored the 3-2 (66.). Siim Liivik provided a very good team effort and got 17:07 minutes ice age.

14.04.2019 EBEL Final 2018-19 Game 1: Vienna Capitals vs. KAC #9 Ali Wukovits, #42 Alex Wall, #72 Siim Liivik, #1 JP Lamoureux. Erste Bank Arena Vienna, AT (c) Andreas Urban/BalticsMedia

In the next game, a home game, the KAC has the opportunity to equalize the series 1-1.

Vienna Capitals vs KAC 3-2 OT (2-0, 0-1, 0-1, 1-0) – Series: 1-0

next fixtures in “Best-of-Seven”:

16.4.2019 – KAC vs Vienna Capitals

18.4.2019 – Vienna Capitals vs KAC

20.4.2019 – KAC vs Vienna Capitals

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