The Champions Hockey League is approaching the last game of the season on January 28 when the ZSC Lions Zurich (SUI) take on Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS) in the return final in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland.
The game will be broadcast live (see TV listings below) and it will also be streamed live on www.championshockeyleague.com.
ZSC Lions – Metallurg Magnitogorsk 19.30 CET (in Rapperswil-Jona)
The first final in Magnitogorsk on January ended with a 2-2 tie. The ZSC Lions were leading 2-0 midway through the third period when the defending European champions rallied with a pair. Tomas Rolinek scored the equalizer with 43 seconds remaining.
The team which wins Wednesday’s game will win the inaugural Champions Hockey League and the Silver Stone Trophy, emblematic of European club hockey supremacy.
In case of a tie, there will be a Series Breaking Shoot-out.
Both teams played league games over the weekend. Zurich defeated the SCL Tigers Langnau 3-1 away on Saturday, while Metallurg shut-out Ak Bars Kazan 2-0, also away. Metallurg’s 21-year old goaltender Ilya Proskuryakov became the first netminder to score a goal in a KHL game when Ak Bars pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker and Proskuryakov scored from 55 meters.
Metallurg’s defenceman Alexander Seluyanov left the ice with a back injury and his appearance on Wednesday in questionable.
The Champions Hockey League winner receives, along with the Silver Stone Trophy, a prize sum of one million Euros. The losing finalist receives 500,000.
Broadcasters for Wednesday’s games:
Live: RTR All Sports (Russia), SRG Switzerland (SF2, TSR2, TSI2), TVP Sport (Poland), Universal Sports (also live streaming, USA), MTV3 (also live streaming, Finland), www.championshockeyleague.com, CT4 (Czech Republic), Viasat Sport (Sweden), Boom Sport One (Romania), TV3 (Latvia), STV3 (also live streaming, Slovakia), Sportklub (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo), Laola (live streaming, Austria), Viasat Sport Baltic (Lithuania), Viasat Sport Baltic (Estonia).
Delayed: Eurosport 1 (Germany), Viasat Sport (Norway), TV2 Sport (Denmark), Megasport (Ukraine), Score Network (Canada), Sport + (France and Africa).
Highlights: MTV3, Viasat Sport (Norway), Viasat Sport (Sweden), STV3, Sportklub, Megasport, BSB Sky (UK), SNTV (News), EVS (News), Sport +.
Click here for the on-ice officials assignments for the Wednesday’s games. Click here for the 25-man rosters of both teams.