Double trouble for Czechs in CHL semis

High hopes were quickly vanished for both of the Czech Republic clubs in the Champions Hockey League semi finals.

Tuesday the finals were set and the Växjö Lakers will face JYP Jyväskylä for Champions Hockey League glory. 

The Växjö Lakers easily handled Liberec 6-1 (7-2 on aggregate). The Swedish elite squad put 56 shots on goal and Elias Pettersson, last years 5th overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks had two goals in the win. After a very tight defensive first leg to this semi final, the wheels fell off and Liberec hit the ditch while getting embarrassed at the Vida Arena.

Trinec made a respectable comeback against JYP with a massive three goal comeback to tie the series at 6-6 on aggregate, before falling in a shootout (brutal way to end a hockey game). Martin Růžička the former Lethbridge Hurricane and David Musil, former EOK and Vancouver Giant led the crazy comeback before Jarkko Immonen (TML draft pick) scored the shootout winner infront of a packed Werk Arena.

Things I liked about the semi finals:

It was good to see the competition start to get noticed in North America with tv time on TSN and NHL Network. It was also clutch that all four of these teams had notable names who have spent plenty of time in North America playing across the junior and professional scene.

Things I didn’t like about the semi finals:

SHOOTOUT……. What a disappointment way to end a game and series. When will people start realizing this shouldn’t be apart of the game?! You don’t see basketball games ending with a three point competition or baseball end with a home run derby, so why should hockey change the game just to have it end sooner. It’s a joke and needs to be fixed.

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