We’re still four weeks apart from the 2018/19 season’s Final Four, but a week ago an important decision was made and also the BHL Final Four occurs at Minsk this year. Semi-finals will be played on 20th April and also third-place play off and the final on after day. The venue for all games is Uruchye Sports Palace.

The pairs for the semi-finals are clear, as Dragunas Klaipeda meets ZTR Zaporozhye as well as also the hosts SKA Minsk will simply take on title holder Cocks Riihimäki. Specific match program will be announced soon, when the discussions with TV-broadcasters have been finished.

&ldquoWe left a site visit to Minsk and so are really happy with what we watched. Klaipeda was also an applicant for the Final Four, but Minsk had clear benefits. Exemplary and almost new sports hall with nearly 3000 chairs has very modern facilities for all of us — teams, referees, TV and spectators,” clarified BHL director Urmo Sitsi.

&ldquoWe witnessed that the regional top match SKA v HC Meshkov Brest and the atmosphere was wonderful. Almost 2000 buffs were treated perfectly, entertainment for spectators started one hour before and continued at half-time. In general the match organisation was at rather higher level, so in the end it had been a straightforward decision to award the Final Four to Minsk,” added Sitsi.

Last week, only a couple of the Final Four participants were in activity. ZTR Zaporozhye had possibly the simplest game possible contrary to the bottom side of league SKA Lviv. They were 23:5 upward at half-time and won 50:12 (Kyrylo Korielov 1-1 along with Dmytro Artemenko 10 goals).

Cocks Riihimäki bounced back after having a draw against Dicken Helsinki last week and then defeated the identical team 28:23 (Teemu Tamminen 9 goals). One of the heroes at the success was Cocks’ Russian goalkeeper Vitalii Shitsko, making millions of 18 saves!

From the already eliminated teams, the action continued in Estonia and Latvia. Serviti Põlva beat co op Põlva 33:25 (Alfred Timmo 7), while Viljandi H-C suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of SK Tapa, losing 14:20 (Aleksander Pertelson 3).

Fascinating match happened between H-C Tallinn and H-C Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper with the hosts leading almost the whole match, but Kehra managed to twist things in their favour in the end by winning 27:26 (Kaspar Lees 8 — Robin Oberg 7).

Latvian championships have already reached the semi-final stage. Two wins are needed to qualify for the final.

On photo: The most notable Uruchye Sports Palace and also SKA Minsk will soon be hosting the 2018/19 season Closing Four.


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