In the match between two offensively-minded teams, things got down to business immediately. After just a few seconds, Salzburg goalkeeper Atte Tolvanen was challenged for the first time. The Red Bulls - in addition to Benjamin Nissner, who has been ill for some time (Pfeiffer's glandular fever, recovery is in sight), Ali Wukovits, David Kickert and Head Coach Oliver David had to miss today - immediately picked up the pace and played forward as usual. In the 12th minute, the Red Bulls took the lead, Peter Schneider deflected Dennis Robertson's long-range shot decisively, Innsbruck's Evan Buitenhuis was left holding the bag. The game continued to go back and forth, but the home side played much more in the attacking third. Innsbruck's Kevin Roy (18th), among others, had a good opportunity from half-distance, and in the counterattack Thomas Raffl, who had his way in the 1:1, narrowly missed the goal. Peter Hochkofler also had a chance at 3-on-2 (19.). After the strong final phase, Salzburg deserved to lead 1:0.
The tempo remained high and again the Red Bulls created more game shares and defensively hardly allowed anything. In the 24th minute Atte Tolvanen had to stop Corey Mackin after a powerplay solo through the defense, but the chances of the Red Bulls increased; Lucas Thaler in his 100th league game with a one-timer at the left post (26th) or Chay Genoway in front of the goal (31st).Then the disc was finally in, Tim Harnisch took Luca Auer's pass directly in the slot and netted for a 2-0 lead (32nd).The Red Bulls continued to dominate the game with further opportunities and on Adam Rockwood's breakaway (37th) Atte Tolvanen was on the post.In the 39th minute, the Red Bulls deservedly increased the lead to 3-0 at the break, Florian Baltram deflected Mario Huber's shot on the powerplay unstoppable and ensured a reassuring 3-goal lead.
At the beginning of the final third, the Red Bulls played another strong power play, but could not get past the good Innsbruck goalkeeper. After a following clean shorthanded play, Thomas Raffl again had the opportunity after a short solo (50th). The Red Bulls remained dominant until the end and Atte Tolvanen showed with another save against Kevin Roy (54th).In the powerplay the guests then still managed to score, Braeden Shaw's shot went off a Salzburg skate into the net (56th).But still in the final phase, the Red Bulls had two high-caliber goals on the stick with Troy Bourke alone, so that the 3:1 home victory is more than in order.