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    Continental Cup 2016/2017 - news and draws

    The 20th IIHF Continental Cup kicked off this weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. For the first round, we find the usual countries represented there with Bulgaria's Irbis-Skate SK, Turkey's Zeytinburnu Belediyesi SK, Serbia's HK Partizan Beograd and Israel's HC Bat Yam.

    Zeytinburnu assured top spot for themselves as soon as Saturday night thanks to two wins over Irbis and Partizan. After even play in the first two periods of both games, the Turks overrun their opponents in the third one with 4 or 5 unanswered goals.

    Bat Yam did very well in their games against Partizan and Irbis. They led by 2 goals with 14 minutes remaining and came 30 seconds away from overtime against Partizan. They also led at the start of the third tier versus Irbis before losing 6-4. But they are finishing with a trashing at Zeytinburnu's hands at the moment.

    With the MOL Liga project going on, Partizan can't really be a contender anymore without some reinforcements form HK Beograd. Yet I think they are doing fine considering. Irbis did well last year in Bulgarian league, thanks to players recruited at CSKA's expense but without the Russian imports CSKA had they can't do as well in Continental Cup. These two teams will face each other for second place this afternoon.

    Group A's stats
    http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/582/index.html

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    Zeytinburnu became the first Turkish side to win a Continental Cup Group. Not really surprising considering Partizan and Irbis provided weaker opposition compared to previous seasons. Yet these two teams played on the same level against the Istanbul team in the first two periods of their games, Partizan even outshooting them 24-17, but couldn't maintain the pace in the third one against Zeytinburnu 's foreign contingent. The Turks ended with a 19-2 rout over Bat Yam. 6 of Zeytinburnu's players placed on the top 7 scorers this weekend with Serkan Gumus being the sole Turkish national.

    Partizan take second place following a tight win 4-2 over Irbis on Sunday. Both teams had similar results in previous days and this game could have gone either way.

    Zeytinburnu will go to Spain at the end of the month to face host CH Jaca, Britain's Nottingham Panthers and Latvia's HK Liepaja Metalurgs.

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    second place.

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    A-light-in-the-dark: Sofia Bulgaria, Skopje Macedonia, Sarajevo & Pristina :)

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    Final Four has started today in Ritten/Renon (Italy) and already saw two surprising results The Rittner Buam defeadd Beibarys Atyrau (KAZ) 3:2 SO, whereas the Nottingham Panthers (GBR) shut out Odense Bulldogs (DAN) 2:0.

    Tournament continues on Saturday with Odense-Atyrau and Ritten-Nottingham.

    Overall, great perfomance this year by Ritten. Qualifying for the final was already a great accomplishment and they sure are not chanceless in the final four group either. Organizing both the semi final and the finals in Italy is good for Italian hockey as well.

    Highlighs Rittner Buam vs Atyrau
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiz1c_Kyk08

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    Ritten look very, very good. I will not be surpsised to see them in Champions Hockey league, I think this team is stronger than Cracovia.

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    Results of Day 2:

    Nottingham - Atyrau 3:2 SO
    Ritten - Odense 1:4

    Nottingham on pole position now, but nothing decided yet.

    1. Nottingham Panthers 5 points (5:2)
    2. Odense Bulldogs 3 (4:3)
    3. Rittner Buam 2 (4:6)
    4. Beibarys Atyrau 2 (4:6)

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    In the afternoon game of the final Day 3 Atyrau comes back after being down 0:2 and beats Odense 3:2 OT. This means that the Continental Cup champion will be decided in the evening game between Ritten and Nottingham. Ritten needs to win in 60 minutes, while for Nottingham one point would be enough.

    Going to be an interesting matchup also considering that Panthers-forward Jason Williams played for Ritten in the semifinals.

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    The Nottingham Panthers win the final game of the tournament 4:1 against Ritten and are the new Continental Cup champion, earning a potential spot in the CHL 2017/2018. First ever British club to win the Continental Cup, while Atyrau is the first Kazakh team to win silver.

    Final results:
    1. Nottingham 8 Points
    2. Atyrau 4
    3. Odense 4
    4. Ritten 2

    Despite the litte disappointing end result for Ritten, overall a strong showcase by the Buam in this years Continental Cup. Bringing the final to Ritten was surely impressive from an organizational point of view, also considering that Nottingham (bigger city, big attendance, big budget) also applied for it.

    In the end the roster was just not as strong as in the semifinals (Jared Gomes and Jason Williams played a key role in bringing the Buam into the finals) and you could see that on the ice. Especially on the special teams Ritten had its problems.

    However, considering the difference in budget between Ritten (6 imports if you include Tudin) and Nottingham (17 imports if I counted correctly), excellent achievement by the Italian champion. In the difficult situation Italian hockey is at the moment, good to see some bright side outside of Bolzano. For the many young locals on the team playing on a pretty high international level this was surely an important learning experience. Plus, Ritten can surely use the euros earned this weekend (1100, 1700 and 2000 was the attendance for the three Ritten-games, which is pretty solid for a small town like Collalbo).

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