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Orli Znojmo - Fribourg-Gotteron

Fribourg eye advancement, Znojmo first points

A point tonight will be enough to put Fribourg-Gotteron through to the Round of 32 as they travel to Znojmo. The Czech side have lost both of their games so far, and play their final home group game ahead of visiting Munich next week in the group's final match.

 "We told ourselves before the first game at Fribourg that we can't afford any individual mistakes, yet we still made them. Of course, an opponent of such quality is going to take advantage. We have to be alert and give our best again on Sunday," said Znojmo head coach Jiri Reznar. "I felt we had good spells of play when we managed to put our opponent under pressure. The guys were disappointed on Thursday, but we got some energy back again and we will be ready."

Veteran defenceman Andre Lakos added, "At the end of the day, they were the better team in the first game, but we will do our best on Sunday in front of our fans and hope for first points. We must get rid of the cheap mistakes that could cost us."

Fribourg's Roman Cervenka will attract a lot of attention in this game, not only because he's playing in his native Czech Republic, but also because he was recently named to the Czech national team that will compete in the World Cup of Hockey later this month. 

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Orli Znojmo - Fribourg-Gotteron

Orli Znojmo - Fribourg-Gotteron

Fribourg secure spot in next round, Znojmo still winless

Fribourg-Gotteron secured their place in the Round of 32 with a tightly contested 2-0 win in Znojmo. The hosts had a decent amount of possession, but it was the NLA side which created the more clear-cut chances.

Julien Sprunger opened the scoring for Fribourg with 13:59 played in the opening period, giving the visitors a lead which they held through the middle session as well. With 48:12 played and Znojmo down to three skaters, Czech international Roman Cervenka grabbed Fribourg's second of the game to give them a cushion going into the closing stages. Znojmo huffed and puffed as the period ticked down, and were eventually rewarded with a goal shortly before time – the referees consulted the video replay before awarding Kevin Brujsten's goal with 2:35 to play.

With Marek Schwarz pulled, Znojmo pushed for the game-tying goal but were unable to find a way past Dennis Saikkonen, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot added a late empty-netter for Fribourg to give them a 3-1 win.

"It was a more difficult game than last time," said Fribourg coach Gerd Zenhausern, referring between the meeting between the teams in Fribourg on Thursday. "Znojmo played excellent hockey today, they were the better team and we were lucky to win with a good goalie. It's good to win those games when you don't play well, and we have qualified, so we've met out objective to this point."

Znojmo could be eliminated on Tuesday if Munich get at least a point in their home game against the Swiss side. Should Fribourg win that in regulation, Znojmo will need to win in Munich in the final group game by more than a goal to make it through.

"There's not really anything to criticize the players about, because they tried and fought until the end," said proud Znojmo coach Jiri Reznar. "Those other guys are just a little bit above us, talent-wise. It's a shame that we didn't do it. Now we hope for a Fribourg win in Munich, and also that we win there on Friday by the necessary goal difference."

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