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03-12-2007, 03:22 AM
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Plamont
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Dutch championship final

The second play-off semi-final in the Dutch league finished yesterday. Tilburg Trappers beat Amstel Tijgers Amsterdam in the fifth decisive game to qualify for the final. Last week Heerenveen Flyers had already reached the final beating Geleen in three straight games.

The series between Tilburg and Amsterdam provided a lot more excitement. On Saturdaynight Tilburg fought back from 3-0 down to tie the game 5-5 with under a minute to play. Amsterdam prevailed in the penaltyshots, with Paul Vincent scoring on two attempts. On Sunday the game was tied 3-3, when an unlucky bounce ended in the net off goaltender Joe Pelletier's stick for what proved to be the game winner.

The defeat also meant the end to a great career for Dutch stalwards Tommie Hartogs and Leo van den Thillart, who once played together with Krefeld Penguin in the DEL in Germany.

The final starts this Wednesday at 19.30 CET in Tilburg, who have home advantage in the best-of-five-series. On Saturday the teams travel to Heerenveen.

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