BARCELONA – CG Puigcerdà won the Spanish title being undefeated last year but saw their conqueror in regular-season winner FC Barcelona in this year’s league final.
The sport club from the Catalonian metropolis, most famous for its football team which gave it the name, won the first game of the best-of-three final series in Puigcerdà, 6-5, and also won the second game one week later, on Saturday. A sell-out crowd of 1,500 fans witnessed a coming-from-behind 5-2 victory at Palau de Gel, just opposite to the gigantic Camp Nou football stadium.
Many people had to stand in line to get a seat or had to stand in the last row of the ice rink. “Last time we saw a crowd like this was about 20 years ago,” said Frank Gonzalez, the Spanish Ice Sports Federation’s vice-president and an IIHF Council member. “If this is a sign that hockey in Spain is coming back to life, we welcome it with open arms.”
Salva Barnola and Marc Bosom scored the 2-0 lead for Puigcerdà after less than two minutes into the game but Barcelona rallied back with a hat trick by Spain player Pablo Muñoz and two goals from the Swede Jonas Norberg.
Local BarçaTV broadcast the game and also showed learn to play sessions during the intermissions. The final of the Spanish King’s Cup on March 28 in Logroño will even be broadcast in the national TV station. The semi-finals will be placed on March 21 with another Barcelona vs. Puigcerdà clash. CH Jaca vs. ADR Gasteiz is the other pairing.