42., Sunday 26.1.2014
Plzeň - Sparta
PLZ - SPA
Plzeň: Machovský - Jeřábek, Boháč, Slovák, Moravčík, Mozík, Frolo - Kratěna, Lev, Martin Straka - Duda, Vlasák, Pletka - Indrák, Kašpařík, Schleiss - Dvořák, T. Sýkora, Pitule. Coach: Milan Razým.
Sparta: Pöpperle - Pilař, Krejčík, Sičák, Švrček, Philipp, Kubát, Polášek - Ton, Hlinka, T. Rachůnek - Kumstát, Pech, Buchtele - Klimek, Rolinek, I. Rachůnek - Simon, Přibyl, Forman. Coach: Josef Jandač.
Goal and assists: 49. Vlasák (Straka, Jeřábek). Referees: Pavlovič, Turčan - Bádal, Charvát. Penalties: 7:6. No power-play goals. Attendance: 7124. Shots on goal: 26:16. Scoring sequence: 1:0. Players of the game: Vlasák - Kumstát.
Two of the league´s best team engaged in a defensive battle in Plzeň, and it remained scoreless until Tomáš Vlasák scored on a delayed penalty with 11:09 to play, firing a perfect shot into the top corner. Matěj Machovský stopped all 16 shots he faced for the shutout, while Tomáš Pöpperle stopped 25 of 26.
Milan Razým (HC Škoda Plzeň): "That was excellent hockey for the great fans here to watch. Although the game was decided by only one goal, I think we all came into our own. We knew that against Sparta we´d have a chance only if everybody´s on board and we work as a team. It happened - the guys played great. Everyone deserves praise for today´s performance."
Josef Jandač (HC Sparta Praha): "I think we saw some fast, physical hockey between two of the best teams in the standings. It was a great atmosphere, a lot of fans. Overall, it was a quality game decided by one goal. When it was still 0-0 over halfway through the game, you had a feeling that the first goal might be the only one. Unfortunately for us, we gave them the chance when took an unnecessary penalty in the attacking zone."