January 29, 2022

The Rouen Dragons could not do anything against the Finns of Tampere

The Nathalie Péchalat ice rink in Rouen was full for this match against Tampere. (© AC / 76actu)

The Nathalie Péchalat rink on Île Lacroix sold all of its seats in no time. Is that the meeting had everythingan event match which, whatever the outcome, would go down in the history of the Rouen Dragons, but also French ice hockey.

Car Rouen welcomed Tuesday, December 14, 2021 the Finns of Tampere as part of the quarter-finals of the Champions hockey league. It was the first time that a French ice hockey club had reached this level of competition in the most famous of European tournaments.

The first leg, in Finland on December 7, 2021, ended in a draw, 3 goals to 3. It was therefore “enough” for the Rouen to win this return leg to create the feat, and qualify in semi final.

A fatal second third

But their hopes were quickly reduced to nothing, as the opponent was tough. If the Dragons held out for a third time, the second period was fatal to them, the Rouen team conceding two goals at the start of it and then never succeeding in obtaining the opportunities to reduce the gap. .

Although perked up by the second break and showing a whole different face at the start of the final third, the Dragons never managed to score. They even conceded a third, then a fourth goal on an empty cage, trying – in vain – all for all.

End of this great European adventure for the Dragons, therefore, who now give us an appointment in the Magnus League.

• Relive the meeting below:

21:41. End of the match
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9:39 p.m. Goal Tampere, 0-4
Another goal in an empty cage, signed Charles Bertrand.

9:35 p.m. Goal Tampere, 0-3
A goal in an empty cage, after the Rouennais tried to get Pintaric out to create a numerical superiority.

9:31 p.m. More than 3’40 “
A very difficult match for the Rouen, who require a time out. It would take a miracle for the situation to turn around. The fate of the Dragons seems sealed …

9:24 p.m. Two-minute penalty for Joël Caron
… A fault which somewhat halted the momentum of the Dragons. They will therefore only have 8 minutes of play at 5 against 5…

9:22 p.m. The actions are linked
This is the first third time in which the Rouennais manage to really approach the opposing goal. At the moment, they are failing to score, but the signals are better than in the first two-thirds. Another 10 minutes of play.

9:15 p.m. Almost !
Two big actions for Rouen, but not transformed. The Dragons seem to take on colors (yellow and black, of course).

9:13 p.m. 2 ′ for the Finnish Kinnunen
The Rouennais evolve for 2 minutes in superiority. Will they be able to take advantage of it?

9:10 p.m. Here we go again !
More than 20 minutes of play to try to create the exploit, for the Rouennais.

8:52 p.m. End of the second half, 0-2
Another 15-minute break, and the hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals are increasingly slim for the Dragons, largely dominated in this second third. We will have to reverse the trend in the final period, but it does not seem easy as the Finns seem to be in control.

8:47 p.m. It does not work out for the Dragons
2 ′ for Joël Caron, which does not help the affairs of the Dragons, they who still do not find space, facing the Imperial Finns.

8:39 p.m. The Finns outnumbered again
Andrew Johnston takes a 2 ′ penalty, at a time still difficult for the Rouen. A third goal would make the situation very complicated for the Dragons.

Halfway through the match, the Dragons found no loopholes in the Finnish defense.
Halfway through the match, the Dragons found no loopholes in the Finnish defense. (© AC / 76actu)

8:33 p.m. Finns take over
The Tampere players keep the puck and the Rouennais are only in defense. Pintaric is holding on, but we will have to reverse the trend so that the opponents do not drive the point home with an additional goal. Very difficult sequence for the Dragons.
We arrive at mid-game.

8:26 p.m. Goal Tampere, 0-2
By Samuel Salonen. Rouen 0 – Tampere 2. The situation gets more complicated, even if, let us remember, in the first leg, Rouen was also a time behind by two goals to zero.

8:25 p.m. Difficult stats for Rouen
For the moment, 22 shots for the Finns against only 6 for the Rouen.

20h21. But pour Tampere, 0-1
By Kyle Platzer. Rouen 0 – Tampere 1. The Finns played 5 against 4, and took advantage of this numerical superiority.

8:21 p.m. Start of second third in a situation of inferiority
The Finns started the second third time at 4 against 3, then 5 against 4…

8:20 p.m. The stats of the goalkeepers in the first half of the day
15/15 for the Rouen goalkeeper Pintaric, 7/7 for the Finnish goalkeeper.

8:14 p.m. What if they ended up 0-0?
The question was put to us. What if there was 0-0 after the 3-3 of the first leg? In hockey, the rule is different from that in some football competitions, where away goals are more valuable. On the ice, a draw would lead to extra time … then shots on goal, in the event that these would not have made the teams decide.

8:02 p.m. End of the first third time, 0-0.
Come on, let’s breathe a few minutes. Good introduction to the Rouen who suffer but hold on (well helped by Pintaric already very fit, and a lack of success from the Finns), and also create some nice opportunities, more enterprising and less dominated at the start of the game than first leg. “It’s going to be hard, we would have to open the scoring for the players to believe in it and for the public to push even harder”, comments Alexandre Canivet, our journalist at the rink.

8:00 p.m. 2 additional ′ against the Dragons
The Rouen will play the last 44 seconds of the third 3 against 4 …

19:59. Two penalties
There are 1’46 on the first third time. Small fight, two penalties given: the first third will end in 4vs4.

19h52. Au Novick’s stadium aussi
Rouen supporters who were not at the ice rink met at Novick’s stadium, which broadcasts the match on the big screen.

7:50 p.m. What an atmosphere!
In the crowded stands of the Nathalie Péchalat rink, the atmosphere is enormous!

Grandstand G of the Rouen ice rink.
Grandstand G of the Rouen ice rink. (© AC / 76actu)

7:47 p.m. Beautiful Rouen sequence
First frank and placed attacks for the Dragons, not transformed, but dangerous for their opponent. The Rouennais are starting to finally find space after a very early meeting to the advantage of the Finns.

7:41 p.m. Pintaric starts off strong
Two good saves for the Rouen goalkeeper in as many opposing shots on target. The defense of the Dragons is currently very busy, but is holding up.

7:37 p.m. And Rouen penalty …
The Rouen did not know how to take advantage of their excess, and it is the turn of the Dragon Andrew Johnston to take 2 minutes …

7:33 p.m. Finnish penalty
First penalty of 2 ′ for the Finns, and surplus situation for the Dragons, after the start of the match where possession was more for the visitors.

7:30 p.m. Kick-off time
Crazy atmosphere at the ice rink. Rouen Dragons vs Tampere, return match of the quarter-finals of the Ice Hockey Champions League. Let’s go.

19h23. “Pinta, Pinta”
The numbers of the teams are given by the announcer, and inevitably, the most acclaimed of all, it was Matija Pintaric, the Rouen goalkeeper, darling of the public and real hero of the first leg. It will undoubtedly be one of the main puzzles for Finnish players.

7:10 p.m. In the previous episode …
A little reminder, for those who would not have followed. Last Tuesday in Finland, the Rouennais, who were absolutely not favorites, had managed to hold the dragee high to their opponent. Led by the score a good part of the meeting, they had managed to conclude with a splendid 3-3. So, tonight, a victory would be enough to qualify… And while I’m telling you all about this, the rink continues to fill up…

6:55 p.m. “Rendezvous with history”
For regular Dragons supporters, it’s a huge moment: never before has a French club reached this level of competition in the Champions League. So even to imagine the possibility of a qualifying, it’s immense. Thus, Iroise and Niels explain to our reporter that they are present for this “meeting with history”. And Johann and Émilie are also delighted and impatient!

6:45 p.m. The supporters arrive.
45 minutes from kick-off, the ice rink is slowly filling up. With a capacity of just over 3,000 seats, it will be full tonight. By way of comparison, that of Tampere where the Dragons were playing last week in the first leg, brand new, has 13,000 places.


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