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Hørsholm. With a victory on Tuesday night at home over French Rouen Dragons, Rungsted Seier Capital wanted to write Danish ice hockey history and qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League as the first Danish team ever.
But the decisive group match did not go the way of the Danish champion. Rouen won 4-2 and takes second place in the group.
Rungsted otherwise came back nicely in the second period, where both were reduced and equalized after a French 2-0 lead. But in the third period, Rouen was cold-blooded.
The Champions League adventure thus ends for Rungsted with five points in the six matches.
Last week, the two clubs in France met in the first mutual showdown, and here Rungsted was sent home with a slap in the face of 1-5.
Rungsted also got off to a bad start on Tuesday when the French team came ahead after just four minutes.
A shot on goal behind the Rungsted goal flew back in front of goal, and here Loic Lamperier converted for scoring and an excellent start for Rouen.
Just a minute later, the Danish home team had a great chance for a quick equalizer, but a good save in the Rouen goal put an end to it.
There were several good saves for Rouen in the first half of the match, where Rungsted dominated the shooting statistics.
However, the Danish dream of further advancement again suffered a serious setback after five minutes in the second period. Close to goal, the puck was placed to the left past Rungsted goalkeeper Ville Kolppanen and then there was a free goal to score in for Vincent Nesa.
But just two minutes later, Rungsted managed to get on the board. Morten Jensen blasted the puck up the crossbar after power play to 1-2.
The good beats continued, and soon after that was leveled. A shot from far outside by Joachim Holten Møller sailed into goal. Five minutes after Rouen’s 2-0 scoring, the match was thus back at the starting point before the last period.
Here Rouen slowly took control with the match again and with a quarter of an hour left on the halo, the French came in front again. The puck was put in front of the goal from the right side, where Rolands Vigners pushed it between the legs of Kolppanen.
Rungsted fought for the equalizer and took the goalkeeper out in the end, which, however, meant another Rouen scoring for the final result.
It was thus not this year that a Danish ice hockey team advanced from the Champions League group stage.
Rungsted qualified for the tournament as Danish champion. Sønderjyske is also in the tournament as the defending winner of the Continental Cup, but before the last group match on Wednesday, the club has long since played out its chances for promotion.
Sønderjyske has lost all five matches so far.
/ ritzau /
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