Polish underdog defeats Austrian side in hockey Champions League

In the fifth game of the Champions’ Hockey League (CHL), GKS Tychy defeated Vienna Capitals 4:2, marking their first win in the competition.

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The reigning Polish champions grabbed only one point in their previous four games, losing after additional time against the German Adler Mannheim 2:3. In fact, before the start of the Champions League competition, every victory in the group would have been considered a success. Poland, a country where only around 2,000 players including ladies and youth are registered, nowadays plays a minor role in hockey.

Vienna Capitals took the lead in the first period. At the beginning of the second part, Tychy scored twice within two minutes on a power play. The Austrians equalised shortly after, also while having a player advantage on the ice rink.

However, it was Tychy who ended the second part in the lead, thanks to the effort by Filip Komorski. The same player settled the score at 4:2 in the third period, less than five minutes before the end of the match.

Although having no chances of advancing to the next round, the Polish champions still have a chance to take third place in the group. Their final game, and rematch against Vienna Capitals, will take place on October 15.

This is only the second victory of the Polish club in their four-year history of appearance in the CHL. Last year, GKS Tychy also defeated the Italian side Bolzano Foxes.