Were happy to be able to bring you some high quality ECL 9 Elite action this Sunday evening! On top of the great games, we will also have some high class talent in the booth tonight, as we'll get to enjoy the golden voices of Nick "F5Penguin" DiMeo and Joonas @SUPERVIRTA Virta for the duration of the stream.
19:30 CET: FILADELPHIA vs Farjestad BK
This is a fight between two very top teams currently. FILADELPHIA is boasting an unbeaten record and is at the top of the tables by outscoring and the also unbeaten HAVU. FILA's Erik @Eki Tammenpää (28p) and Paul @PleeMaker Arontie (26p) are also topping the scoring charts currently, but they'll be going up against a notoriously good FBK defense tonight. The Swedish team are known for their tight shutdown play but this year they've found the ability to score, seemingly by adding Mattias @Tacterz Hjelm (19p) and Robin @Rubituss Söderqvist (18p) to their lineup. We could very well see a high-scoring ordeal as both teams have the offensive tools, but we mustn't forget that there are also two real superstars in both ends of the ice, as we se an all Swedish goalie battle between FILA's new recruit Casper @ICappeI Lundgren and FBK's Filip @Obagol Feldt.
You're going to want to stay tuned after the first matchup, since this is one for the ages. With the first ever SHL derby on the virtual ice we are witnessing history in the making when FBK takes on the so far underperforming Lulea Hockey. The real world counterparts of these teams have a rich history together, as their first face-off was in 2005 and have since almost split the victories in a total of 81 games. Currently, FBK is ahead with 43 wins to 38. The latest mentionable encounter on the virtual ice was in the SCL bronze game when both teams were still playing under their old flags as Bucketeers (FBK) and Northern Ascendancy (Lulea), that time around Bucketeers came out on top. As mentioned, Luleå Hockey has been underperforming as of late, but will be looking to change course tonight as they are well aware of the thing they need to change going forward. Defenseman Hampus @The_Alpha_Furyan Duvefelt mentioned in an interview to Fragbite.se that they will need to stay out of the box and will be reviewing their play after tough losses to Butterfly Effect in their latest outing. Farjestad on the other hand has been playing well. They'll be trusting their proven defensive tactics and relying on their two top scorers to tickle twine in the other end of the ice. Centerman Christoffer @I-Maise-I Berntsson says they have something good in store for Lulea defensive pairing @The_Alpha_Furyan and Mattias @ma0niii Tagesson.