With four goals from Povilas Verenis, the Hockey Punks from Vilnius win at Energija 5-4 the penalty shoot-out and inflict the first defeat of the new season.
Five teams are taking part in the Lithuanian ice hockey league this year. In addition to the hockey punks from Vilnius, BA-Klaipeda, with Kaunas Hockey and Kaunas Baltu Ainiai, two teams from Kaunas and the series champion of recent years, Energija Elektrenai. However, Energija did not take part last season. The re-entry followed with 3 wins in a row, today with the Hockey Punks a serious opponent was waiting.
There was a very good game in the first few minutes, with good chances for both teams. Energija took a 1-0 lead through Silinas at half-time (10.). The punks, however, knew their strengths and played big. In addition, the time of Povilas Verenis came. Just 58 seconds after Energija’s opening goal, he scored the equalizer to 1-1 (11.). Just two minutes later, Verenis uses a pass from Aivaras Bendzius to take the 2-1 lead (13th). With his third goal, just before the end of the first period, Verenis managed to score 3-1 (19.) with a hattrick.
In the middle period there was a fast game in which there were also good chances to score. In a power play that the Punks took away from the first period, Donatas Kumeliauskas managed 2-3 (21.) with a short hander. This goal gave Energija the necessary momentum, but the punks played along and were able to keep the game open. With the tight lead for the Punks, an exciting finale began. Energija increased the playful pressure and that was rewarded. After a pass from Donatas Kumeliauskas, Edvias Boroska hits the 3-3 equalizer (49.). The hosts continued and just before the end, Kumeliauskas scored 4-3 (19.) with his second goal. But the Punks didn’t give up and hit back. After only 21 seconds later, Rokas Bacavicius equalized the lead for Energija with his goal to 4-4. A goalless over-time followed and the penalty shoot-out had to decide. The winning goal, how could it be otherwise that day, was achieved by Povilas Verenis, who with four goals played a major role in this victory over Energija.
Energija Elektrenai vs Hockey Punks 4-5 OT (1-3, 1-0, 2-1, 0-0, 0-1)
Kaunas Hockey vs Kaunas Baltu Ainiai 5-0 (2-0, 2-0, 1-0)