HK Gomel suffered a hard time in this final tournament. Usually among the top teams in Belarus, the team has had a mediocre season in the Belarusian Extraliga so far and couldn’t keep up with the other teams here in Belfast. They will have to travel home with zero points and a 2-18 goal record in three games.
He completed his hat trick early in the second period. 29 seconds into the frame he converted a pass from the end boards to make it 3-0. Marek Strzyzowski scored Katowice’s fourth marker just 84 seconds later.
The goal galore stopped afterwards although Katowice remained dominant. Jyrkkio set up the final score of 5-0 with his goal 105 seconds before the final buzzer.
With the win GKS Katowice ties the third-place finish Polish rival GKS Tychy achieved in 2016.
The 2019 IIHF Continental Cup Final ends with a winner-takes-it-all game between Kazakh champion Arlan Kokshetau and host Belfast Giants tonight.