The incriminating moment came shortly before the expiration of the sentence of the native Paulović. The Spartans did not convert a great chance, but returned the puck in front of the goal area and Pavel Kousal put the puck past the slightly disoriented goalkeeper Will.
There were three rather strange moments with his shot. First, the puck headed into the moved goal, second, with the whistle of the referees or maybe shortly after it, and thirdly, the referees signaled a penalty for the Pardubice defender Dvořák. Presumably thinking he’d piled the puck under his body to break play. The only one who knew where the disk was actually located was Kousal.
“Maybe it was after the whistle, but the goalkeeper himself told me that he didn’t even know where the puck was. I poked it and it went through the gate. This year, something similar has happened to us for perhaps the third time,” grinned the author of Sparta’s first goal. Goals into a moved goal are no longer illegal, unless of course the puck crosses the line where the goal would normally be anchored. But that didn’t happen on Friday.
In addition, due to the signaled penalty, the home team had to go to four again, and Sparta also used the following numerical advantage. It jumped to 2:1, and Krejčík’s shot proved to be the winner in the end. “I can’t say if the goal brought them down. But we scored all the goals in the power play and that will definitely help us,” praised Kousal.
“It was kind of a preparation for the playoffs. Now all matches will be like this, because everyone is playing for something,” he continued. Sparta and Pardubice thus leveled the mutual balance from this season at 2-2. In the table, however, East Bohemia is catching up in vain. He is losing five points and has played two more games.