GKS Katowice Defeats Belfast Giants; Advance to Continental Cup Finals

GKS Katowice defeated the Belfast Giants, 4-2 on Saturday night in their final group E continental cup game. Coming into today, GKS Katowice was 1-1 with a win over Italian Alps Hockey club Ritten Sport and a loss to Croatia EBEL club, Medveščak Zagreb. GKS Katowice needed to win this game to advance to the Continental Cup finals in January. Katowice trailed 2-0 early in the second period but would start their comeback in the middle of the second after Mikolaj Lopuski scored on the power play to bring them within one. Just 3 minutes later, Jesse Rohtla would score to tie the game. At the end of the 2nd period, Giants defensemen, Kevin Raine, would get a 5 min major and a game misconduct for kneeing. On the powerplay, Niko Tuhkanen would score to give GKS Katowice their first lead of the game. Tuhkanen’s goal would be the game winner, as Janne Laakonen would add an empty netter to finish the game. Kevin Lindskoug made 27 saves for GKS Katowice and finished the tournament with an impressive .942 save percentage.  GKS Katowice will now turn their focus to the finals, where they will have to face off against the Belfast Giants (EIHL, Great Britain) again along with Arlan Kokshetau (Kazaksthan), and HK Gromel (BXL, Belarus).

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