'29Teo HinrichsT. Hinrichs
'35William GhislainW. Ghislain
'49Linus MüllerL. Müller
'59William GhislainW. Ghislain
'60Gonzalo PeillatG. Peillat
SOGauthier BoccardG. Boccard
SOJan-Philipp FischerJ. Fischer
SOSimon GougnardS. Gougnard
SOPatrick HarrisP. Harris
SOPieter van StraatenP. v. Straaten
SOTeo HinrichsT. Hinrichs
SOJohn-John DohmenJ. Dohmen
SOGuido BarreirosG. Barreiros
SORomain PenelleR. Penelle
FINAL4: Waterloo Ducks 1 Mannheimer HC 1, Waterloo win shoot-out 3-1
Waterloo Ducks and Vincent Vanasch added yet another shoot-out scalp to his list of successes as they beat Mannheimer HC 3-1 after the Ducks’ third successive draw.
It puts them through to their first ever EHL GRAND FINAL at the expense of the German side who remain unbeaten in normal time of the EHL, only being knocked out in each of their four campaigns by a shoot-out.
Most of the big action came in the very last minutes of normal time with William Ghislain finishing off a great counter-attack to give WatDucks the lead with just 86 seconds to go.
Gonzalo Peillat equalised, however, with only 35 seconds left on the clock in a remarkable finish to the tie, earning the German side a second chance.
But they found Vanasch almost impenetrable in the shoot-out, blocking out two while Teo Hinrichs flashed his chance wide. Waterloo were also struggling to score but went 1-0 up in the third round via Pieter van Straaten.
John-John Dohmen coolly clipped home the second for them before Guido Barreiros finally found a route by the Waterloo goalkeeper.
Romain Pennelle, though, kept his nerve to win the game for the Ducks and put them through to the GRAND FINAL.
Player of the match Dohmen hailed his side’s defensive rigidity: “From the beginning, we defended really well, especially in the first two games. We did exactly the same today; we conceded only three goals in three games which is excellent and we are so confident in the shoot-outs.
He added that it was tough not to see out the victory in normal time but his side kept their nerve well: “It’s not easy! It was the same against Dragons yesterday, conceding a goal at the end, but mentally we knew we could win in the shoot-out so it was ok.
“We have a great team and have been unlucky in the last EHL campaigns. We really wanted to do something special for the first time. We have to enjoy it now!”