Early qualification for Salavat?

Russian champ could be first CHL club to clinch semi-final berth.

10.11.2008
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Will Salavat Yulayev's goal scoring leader Konstantin Koltsov lead his team to the semi-finals this week? Photo: Getty Images/Bongarts

ZURICH – The Champions Hockey League continues with four, third-round games on Wednesday, November 12 (all starting times are listed CET). All the games will be broadcast live (see TV listings below) and will also be streamed live on www.championshockeyleague.com.

“We want to claim the CHL title,” said Salavat forward Andrei Taratukhin. On Wednesday, Salavat could take the first step towards that goal as the team from Ufa could become the first to clinch a semi-final spot if they defeat Mountfield in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Kärpät Oulu (FIN), SC Bern (SUI) and Linköping (SWE) will be looking for their first wins.

Group A:
Kärpät Oulu (FIN, 0W-2L) – Eisbären Berlin (GER, 1W-1L) 19.30
(in Oulu).
Winless Kärpät still has a theoretical chance for a semi-final, but they badly need a win against Eisbären, which won the first game between the teams, 3-2.

Group B:
SC Bern (SUI, 0W-2L) – HV71 Jönköping (SWE, 1W-1L) 19.30
(in Berne).
Newly acquired Martin Gélinas may provide the spark for SC Bern as the Swiss team looks to avenge a 7-2 loss in Jönköping one month ago.

Group C:
Mountfield C.B. (CZE, 1W-1L) – Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS, 2W-0L) 19.30
(in Ceske Budejovice).
Mountfield can catch Salavat in the standings if they win. A road victory guarantees a semi-final spot for Salavat.

Group D:
Linköpings HC (SWE, 0W-2L) – Slavia Prague (CZE, 1W-1OTW) 19.30
(in Linköping).
This is Linköping’s last chance to get back in business and a win is a must. Slavia won the home game 4-2.

Broadcasters for Wednesday’s games:

Kärpät Oulu – Eisbären Berlin
Broadcasters: Live: Eurosport 1 (live streaming also delayed, Germany), Max 3 (Finland), TV6 (Latvia), Universal Sport (live streaming, USA), championshockeyleague.com (live streaming, English commentary)
Highlights: TVP Sport (Poland), Max 3 (Finland), CT4 (Czech R.), Viasat Sport (Sweden), Sport + (France and Africa), STV3 (Slovakia), RTR All Sports channel (Russia), ARD (News, Germany), Viasat Sport (Norway), Universal Sport (USA), Boom TV (Romania), SNTV (News), EVS (News)

SC Bern – HV71 Jönköping
Broadcasters: Live: TVP Sport (Poland), Viasat Sport (Sweden), TV3 (Slovenia), Viasat Sport 3 (Denmark, delayed), Viasat Sport (Norway), championshockeyleague.com (live streaming, English commentary)
Highlights:  SRG SF (Switzerland), Telebärn (News, Switzerland), TVP Sport, Max 3 (Finland), CT4 (Czech R.), Viasat Sport (Sweden), Sport + (France and Africa), STV3 (Slovakia), RTR All Sports channel (Russia), SVT Sweden (News), Viasat Sport (Norway), Universal Sport (USA), Boom TV (Romania), SNTV (News), EVS (News)

Mountfield Ceske Budejovice – Salavat Yulayev Ufa
Broadcasters: Live: STV3 (Slovakia), RTR All Sports channel (Russia), Boom Extra (Romania), Rai Sport + (delayed, Italy), The Score Network (delayed, Canada), CT4 (delayed, Czech R.), championshockeyleague.com (live streaming)
Highlights: TVP Sport, Max 3 (Finland), CT4 (Czech R.), Viasat Sport (Sweden), Sport + (France and Africa), STV3 (Slovakia), RTR All Sports channel (Russia), Viasat Sport (Norway), Universal Sport (USA), Boom TV (Romania), SNTV (News), EVS (News)

Linköpings HC – Slavia Prague
Broadcasters: Live: CT4 (Czech R.), Viasat Sport (delayed, Sweden), www.sportstream.cz (live streaming, Czech R.), Megasport (Ukraine), Universal Sport (live streaming and also delayed, USA), championshockeyleague.com (live streaming, English commentary)
Highlights: TVP Sport, Max 3 (Finland), CT4 (Czech R.), Viasat Sport (Sweden), Sport + (France and Africa), STV3 (Slovakia), RTR All Sports channel (Russia), Viasat Sport (Norway), Universal Sport (USA), Boom TV (Romania), SNTV (News), EVS (News)

Go to championshockeyleague.com for latest news and team updates and the clubs in all four groups. Click here for the on-ice officials assignments for the Wednesday’s games. Click here for the 25-man rosters of all teams.

The 12 teams are playing in four three-team groups, where the four group winners advance to the home & away semi-finals (December 10 – January 7). The home & away finals will be played on January 21 & 28.

The next group stage game date is on November 19.

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