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Friday, April 9, 2010

Addendum to stupidity

I've done a little research into the Slovenian hockey situation. Basically, they have their own league with its own playoffs. But seeings as their two best teams, Acroni Jesenice and Olympija Ljubliana, play in Austria's Erste Banke League, they follow their playoffs with a round robin that pits the two against the four best Slovenian teams in their league in a round robin. I say "Slovenian" because their league includes a team from Serbia (go figure) and the Austrian Graz 89ers minor leaguers. Acroni and Ljubliana both finished a putrid 16-38 against the much better Austrian competition, but were the class of the Slovenian crop, especially after a strange custom that allows team-shuffling amongst the round robin team which led to a half dozen skaters from Mladi Jesenice (the second place finisher in the Slovenian season) going to Acroni. So Acroni won its bracket in the r-r and faced Tillda Olympija, the 5th place finisher in the Slovene regular season (the 4th place team was the Serbian entry, Partizan, and thus weren't invited despite losing in the playoff finals to Triglav, who stunk up the r-r). Acroni won this series and thus the Slovenian championship, leading to their foray into how not to celebrate.


While I was there, I decided to update the European playoffs. Sweden is down to #1 HV71 and #2 Djurgarden in the finals. Not too surprising for HV71, who've been winners and runners-up the last two years.
Czech Republic is still awaiting the winner of #4 Vitovice Steel and #7 Slavia Praha, the winner to play #3 Eaton Pardubice. Top team Plzen got dumped in the first round.
The #1 (JYP Jyvaskyla) and #2 (KalPa Kuopio) teams in the Finnish S-M Liga are still alive as the semis open.
In Slovakia, it's #1 Slovan Bratislava v. #3 HC Kosice in the finals.
Switzerland has a 1-2 final of SC Bern and Geneve Servette.
Denmark's final is also 1-2, Sonderjyske v. AAB.
Norway's #1 Valerenga Has a 1-0 lead in the finals against #3 Stavanger Oilers after a 5-4 win in the opener.
In the aforementioned Austrian EBEL, #2 Red Bull Salzburg wins the crown, dumping #4 Black Wings Linz 4 to 2, after spotting Linz the first 2 games.
Italy's Serie A finals have started, with #3 Asiago beating #1 Renon in the opener 3-2 on a shootout goal by Canadian Michael Henrich.
France's finals have a surprise going, with #3 Angers winning the first two games against top seed Rouen 2-1 and 4-2.
In Germany, the top two are out, with Eisbaren Berlin losing to #8 Augsburger Panthers and #2 Frankfurt Lions falling to #7 ERC Ingolstadt. The top ranked team left are the Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams at #3, and #4 Hanover rounds out the semifinalists.
And of course, the KHL. MVD wins a 3-1 game over Lokomotiv to tie the series at 3-3; Salavat and Ak Bars will go at it tomorrow with Kazan leading 3 to 2.

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