The Champions Hockey League Final will be played on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 in Gothenburg between defending Champions Frolunda and first-time finalists Sparta Prague.
Czech powerhouse Sparta Prague is the first Non-Nordic team in the Champions Hockey League Final. The eight times Czech champions follow Luleå Hockey (SWE, 2015), Kärpät Oulu (FIN, 2016) and Frölunda Gothenburg – who actually made it to the CHL Final for the third time in a row and will now host the final game for the first time.
Sparta defeated the Växjö Lakers (SWE) 6:1 on aggregate in the Semi-Finals, while Frölunda marched through against Fribourg-Gotteron (SUI) with 9:1 on aggregate.
The CHL Final will take place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017, in Gothenburg. Frölunda earned the right to play at home due to achieving the best accumulated record (Group Stage + Playoffs).
Frolunda Gothenburg 4 – Fribourg-Gotteron 0 (9-1 aggr.)
Frolunda Gothenburg came into Fribourg and cruised to a 3-0 shutout victory, propelling the Swedish club back into the CHL Finals.
The Indians already had a comfortable 6-1 lead on aggregate ahead of the second leg rematch against the Swiss club, who failed to make a dent in the lead and wasn’t able to get any pucks past Johan Gustafsson, who put up his second shutout of the CHL playoffs.
Sean Bergenheim opened the scoring with a goal midway through the first period, and added an assist in the second for a two-point night. Henrik Tommernes, Robin Figren, and Carl Grundstrom rounded out the scoresheet for Frolunda.
In the short history of the Champions Hockey League, Frolunda has been a mainstay, having now reached the Finals in all three seasons.
Sparta Prague 4 – Vaxjo Lakers 0 (6-1 aggr.)
A big road win in ther first leg gave Sparta some breathing room playing at home against Vaxjo, and the Czech club took care of business at the O2 Arena in Prague putting up a 4-0 victory and a trip to the CHL Final.
Captain Jaroslav Hlinka and Lukas Klimek led the offence with a goal and two assists each, while Tomas Popperle made 25 saves for the shutout and earned Best Player honours.
Sparta put together a 2-0 lead going into the third period, then took advantage of some desperate play by the Lakers to put the game away with back to back goals from Hlinka and Petr Vrana to seal Sparta’s trip to the CHL Final.
The victory means that Sparta Prague becomes the first Czech club to reach the CHL Finals. The team will be looking to add one final chapter to what has been a historical run with a victory against Frolunda on 7 February.
with files from Champions Hockey League