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Cup test passed

Cup test passed

Tauron Arena Krakow hosted top Polish teams

Published 02.04.2015 11:02 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
Cup test passed
The GKS Tychy players celebrate the Polish Cup victory in Krakow with their fans. Photo: PZHL
Normally hockey games in Poland are played at classic ice rinks but this year the new Tauron Arena Krakow had its first test for the sport in the Polish Cup.

When the arena opened in May last year, people in Krakow were entertained at the venue in the summer mostly with volleyball – including the Men’s World Championship – and concerts. But once winter came, the arena used for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A from 19-25 April also had its first test for ice hockey.

The final rounds of the Polish Cup were staged at the arena with the semi-finals on 27th December and the final game one day later. Almost 30,000 fans came to the three games for this hockey weekend.

GKS Tychy had a speedy start being up 2-0 after 61 seconds of play against regular-season winner GKS Jatrzebie en route to a 6-1 semi-final victory while host Cracovia Krakow was less lucky in the second semi-final despite outshooting KH Sanok.

In front of 12,500 fans Cracovia blew a 1-0 lead. Sanok was up 2-1 after two periods but Polish national team player Grzegorz Pasiut tied it for Cracovia 54 seconds into the second period.

However, three-and-a-half minutes later Martin Vozdecky, also known as an inline hockey national team player for Slovakia, scored the game-winning goal for the final score of 3-2.

The gold medal game was won 3-1 by GKS Tychy. Czech forward Josef Vitek scored twice for Tychy.


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