Course of the game
A very strong opening phase for the Red Bulls. The home side immediately turned up the heat, did not let the visitors out of the defensive zone in the first five minutes and showed the first dangerous approaches to the goal. After that, the Norwegians opened up the game, in which the Red Bulls continued to set the tone, but were still not compelling enough in front of goal. Troy Bourke had the best chance (19th) with a free shot from the half-high slot. Salzburg's goalkeeper David Kickert had to stretch himself with two or three really good opportunities for the guests. The first period still ended goalless, but the Red Bulls had played a very good game until then.
Only 20 seconds after the restart, the goal was scored (21.). The disc bounced off the rebound of a Thomas Raffl shot over Peter Schneider's skate and into the net, Stavanger goalie Henrik Holm was beaten for the first time. Soon after, Paul Huber increased the lead to 3-0 from an acute angle after a nice long pass from Philipp Wimmer (26th) and Chay Genoway, who scored after a counterattack with the help of a Norwegian defender (28th). The final point in this period, in which the guests rarely appeared dangerously in front of David Kickert, was set by Troy Bourke (40th), who put the score at 4:0 nine seconds before the break on the power play.
The Red Bulls got themselves into trouble with two penalties at the beginning of the final period and had to concede two early goals in a 3:5 shorthanded period (44th) and in a simple shorthanded period (44th). This opened up the game again, both sides increased the tempo once more and now came alternately to good opportunities. David Kickert made several saves and saved Nick Dineen's shot after a solo effort (54th), shortly before Troy Bourke had a top chance from close range. After an exciting final period, however, Thomas Raffl put the lid on it with an empty-net goal (59th) and fixed the 5:2 final score for the Red Bulls, who deservedly celebrated their first CHL victory and improved to 16th place in the standings.