(Written for Eurohockey.com)
Three years ago, Kometa Brno were facing off against HC Slovan Ústečtí Lvi in the final of the 1.liga. Now, after finishing two seasons in the relegation playoffs, Kometa are now playing in the Extraliga final after defeating Plzeň 7-2 in Game 5, and 4-1 in the series.
|Kometa players mob Trvaj at the buzzer.|
Kometa had a 3-1 lead going into the second period, but they ran into penalty trouble early in the frame, and were forced to kill a two minute 5 on 3 powerplay. However, 37 year old netminder Jiří Trvaj stood tall, making a number of stops. He made 43 in total. Jozef Kováčik’s disputed goal in the 39th minute was the only marker in the middle stanza.
The third period began with Jiří Hanzlík cutting Kometa’s lead to two goals, but from there on in it was the Kometa show. They scored three times in the third period, as Tomáš Svoboda added to his first period goal, Radek Dlouhy scored his fifth of the playoffs and Divíšek closed the scoring in the 53rd minute, stretching his playoff points lead.
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Photo: Milan Podpera
Brno will now advance to play the winner of the Pardubice-Vitkovice series, which enters its sixth game on Tuesday, with Pardubice favourites to advance.