The playoffs final of the German League have continued this weekend with two matches in Berlin.
After three games in a best-of-five series, Hannover leads 2:1.
Hannover defeated Spandau at home several days ago (12:9). On Saturday, Hannover beat Spandau in Berlin 11:9 and had a chance to secure the title in the third match, played today. But, Spandau recorded a narrow 14:13 victory and prolonged the final.
The fourth match will be played in Hannover. If Spandau wins that game, it will be the host of the 5th encounter.
2021/22 German League, playoffs, final (best of five)
Spandau 04 – Hannover 9:11 (2:2, 1:4, 2:3, 4:2)
Spandau 04: Chiru 2, Jungling 2, Dedovic 2, Kholod 2, Restovic 1.
Waspo98 Hannover: Radovic 3, Muslim 2, Kubisch 2, Real 2, Da. Brguljan 1, Winkelhorst 1.
Spandau 04 – Hannover 14:13 (4:2, 7:4, 2:3, 1:4) – score in the series 1:2
Spandau 04: Chiru 3, Jungling 2, Strelezkij 2, Bozic 1, Cuk 1, Dedovic 1, Sekulic 1, Kholod 1, Restovic 1, Pericas 1.
Waspo Hannover: Radovic 5, Nagaev 3, Schutze 2,Corusic 1, Da.Brguljan 1, Schipper 1
The second game was an even contest until 3:3. Then Hannover scored four straight goals and jumped to a 7:3 lead (18th minute). The visitors controlled the match. They stretched the margin to five in the middle of the fourth period (11:6). Spandau couldn’t come back.
Spandau entered the third game fantastically. The hosts built a 5-goal advantage after 10 minutes of play (7:2) and maintained the difference until the middle break (11:6). Spandau opened the third period with two quick goals, and it went to 13:6. But Hannover started climbing back. The visitors reduced the gap (8:13). One of the crucial moments happened in the 24th minute. Spandau’s Dmitri Kholod was red-carded (exclusion with substitution after four minutes). Hannover got a penalty and had a man up in the following four minutes. In the 29th minute, Hannover came very close (12:13). Still,53 seconds before the end, Spandau’s Bozic converted a penalty for 14:12. He ended his team’s goalless phase that lasted almost 12 minutes and secured the win for Spandau. In the remaining time, Hannover scored a consolation goal.
3rd-place playoffs (best of three), 1st match
Ludwigsburg 08 – ASC Duisburg 9:15 (2:3, 3:4, 0:5, 4:3)
Ludwigsburg: Bauer 3, Van der Bosch 2, Bosic 2, Pavicic Capucho 1, Blazevic 1.
ASC Duisburg: Tanaskovic 5, Bakulo 3, Eidner 2, Schwark 2, Dolff 1, Kuppers 1, Rompf 1.