Nevertheless, every game is a new challenge - especially in the cramped and noisy Gábor Ocskay Jr. Ice Hall in Székesfehérvár - because the largely fanatical spectators sit close to the ice and turn the old ice rink into a witch's cauldron every time. And the Hungarians have also had a good start to the season, picking up three points in each of their first two away games against Asiago and Bolzano.
Forward Tim Harnisch
"We know how Fehérvár plays, we know how difficult it is to play there. It's a close game every time and we expect a hot duel again this time. Still, it might be a bit different from the last encounters, as both teams have a new coach and a few things have changed. The victory of the Hungarians in Bolzano is a good warning for us, but we also have two wins to start and want to go into the game with confidence."
In this regard, David Kiss is a new head coach behind the boards who knows the team like no other. Born in Székesfehérvár, the 33-year-old started there as a youth coach at the age of 22 after his short career as a player. In 2020, he rose to assistant coach of the professional team and has now succeeded American Kevin Constantine, who retired from that role in the summer at his own request, as head coach.
With the player changes in the summer, the Hungarians have lost several top scorers with Alex Petan, Csanad Erdely, Brett Findlay and Andrew Sarauer among other players, but they should have compensated these losses well with the newcomers as well as old-known team supports, especially captain Janos Hari, who has already scored twice as well as Balint Magosi.
The Red Bulls will travel the day before and have all men on board except for injured defenseman Paul Stapelfeldt.
win2day ICE Hockey League
Hydro Fehérvár AV19 - EC Red Bull Salzburg
Fri, 22/09/2023; Székesfehérvár, 7:15 p.m.