Dragons to face WatDucks in Belgian men’s final next weekend

Both KHC Dragons and Waterloo Ducks lost their second legs of the Belgian men’s semi-finals but won shoot-outs to advance to the final of the season.

For Dragons, they won the first leg a week ago and were taking on an Orée side shy the services of Manu Stockbroekx and Louis Willems.

But the Brussels-side took the lead in the 14th minute via a piece of John-John Dohmen opportunism, picking up the pieces after a save from Tobias Walter.

At the far end, Arthur Thieffry was in great form to keep Dragons at bay but he could not stop Nicolas Della Torre from equalising in the 41st minute with a powerful shot to the roof of the net.

Timothée Clément put Orée back in front following a penalty corner for a 2-1 result. It means a shoot-out in which Thieffry made two early saves but Orée could not see out the result as Walter stepped up, crucially saving in the final round from Tomi Domene to win it for Dragons.

They will try to annex a 10th title against the Waterloo Ducks, next weekend, in Antwerp on May 7 and 8.

The WatDucks won their first leg but were undone 3-2 in the second leg due to two goals from Arthur Verdussen and one from Max Plennevaux for Royal Leopold.

But Dragons steadied themselves to score all four of the shoot-outs they took while Simon Vandenbroucke kept out two of Leo’s efforts to carry the day.