The Linz team decided the basement duel against HC Pustertal 1-0 on Saturday and gave the Red Lantern to the South Tyroleans. In the second duel of the lower third of the table, the Graz99ers won 4: 3 against Dornbirn and overtook the Vorarlbergers.
In Linz, the interim coaches Mark Szücz and Jürgen Penker celebrated their first victory in the second game. The decision was made seconds before the second break when Brian Lebler poked the puck over the line. The Linzers ended their negative series of six defeats. For Pustertal it was the tenth bankruptcy in a row.
In Graz, Lukas Kainz ushered in an exciting final phase with the goal for the 3-1 lead of the 99ers, in which the Dornbirn team fought to the end of the seven-game series of defeats.