The Belgian champions KHC Dragons as well as the KO16 hosts H.C. Rotterdam qualified for the Semi Finals in the Euro Hockey League. Rotterdam defeated the English champions East Grinstead HC 3-1. Dragons won 3-1 against Reading HC after extra time.
Dragons and Rotterdam join Uhlenhorster HC and Amsterdam H&BC who qualified for the Final Four on Sunday. The EHL double winners UHC Hamburg celebrated a massive 7-1 win over the English champions Beeston HC. The second Quarter Final in Rotterdam was won by the Dutch champions AH&BC who defeated last season’s Hoofdklasse runners-up Bloemendaal 3-2.
The Final Four will be played on 26 / 27 May. The Semi Finals will see UHC taking on Dragons with Amsterdam facing Rotterdam. EHL Board will announce the venue as soon as possible.
It’s the fourth time that Rotterdam qualify for the EHL Final Four. The current Hoofdklasse leaders have reached the Semi Finals in all four EHL editions they have participated in. Grinstead were the third English team to be eliminated in the Quarter Finals as Beeston and Reading also lost their KO8 matches.
EHL all-time top scorer Jeroen Hertzberger contributed two goals to the Rotterdam victory raising his career total to 26 goals. All-time Hoofdklasse top scorer Roderick Weusthof scored as well as Grinstead’s Mark Gleghorne.
KHC Dragons beat Reading HC in the second period of extra time. The score stood at 1-1 after regulation. A double-strike from Jeffrey Thys and Renaud Pangrazio in the second period of extra time saw the Belgian champions qualify for the Semi Finals. It’s the first time in EHL history that Dragons reach the Final 4. In last year’s Quarter Final they lost to Reading on penalties.
Dragons team-captain and Belgian international Jeffrey Thys said: “This was a game with a lot of emotions. It was a deserved victory, we played with a lot of energy.” While the defeat was a big disappointment for last years’s Bronze medallists from Reading, Dragons celebrated with their enthusiastic fan base. “I think we have the best supporters in Europe”, said Thys.
Detailed match summaries, video highlights, fixtures and results, images and much more information on the KO16 is available on www.ehlhockey.tv , the official website of the Euro Hockey League.
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