SZEKESFEHERVAR, Hungary – The ruling of Alba Volan Szekesfehervar in Hungarian hockey hasn’t found an end. The team won its tenth championship on Saturday and the seventh in a row.
Alba Volan, a team steeled with many national team players, had joined the Austrian league in 2007 and after a last-place finish in the first season, the team was ranked ninth in the ten-team league this season.
While their farm team participated in the domestic league and finished in seventh and last place, the first team rejoined the league for the Hungarian semi-finals.
Alba Volan swept over Dunaujvaros in three games to meet regular-season winner Ujpest Budapest in the final series.
After the first two games with 5-1 and 6-3 wins it seemed that also the final series would become a formality until Ujpest won the third game at Alba Volan, 3-2. Alba Volan continued with 5-0 and 4-0 sweeps to win the best-of-seven series for the Hungarian title and to earn a spot in the Champions Hockey League Qualification. 3,000 fans in a packed arena in Szekesfehervar celebrated their heroes.
Krisztian Palkovics, who was Hungary’s best goal getter when the team achieved the promotion to the 2009 World Championship for the first time in 70 years, was the most efficient scorer of the post-season with nine goals and nine assists in eight games.
Dunaujvaros won the bronze-medal series against the Budapest Stars, 3-0.