Course of the game
In the first few minutes, the Red Bulls tried to take control of the match with a calm build-up, but Schwenningen created the first chances. Munich goalie Mathias Niederberger was on his toes in the 3rd and 6th minute. Then a long powerplay for Red Bull Munich (7th), even a 5-on-3 for 60 seconds, but the champions were unable to take advantage of this opportunity, just as the Wild Wings were unable to take advantage of their superior numbers from the 14th and 19th minutes. So the teams went into the first period break goalless.
Munich started the middle period shorthanded and with two top chances. However, the hosts scored the first goal of the game: Johannes Huß placed the puck into the crease after a counter-attack to make it 1:0 for Schwenningen (25'). A second goal by the Wild Wings from the next quick counter-attack was prevented shortly afterwards by the outstanding Niederberger. Seven lively minutes later, the Red Bulls equalized: Andreas Eder stayed behind the goal, served Ehliz and he scored with millimetre precision into the corner of the net (33'). But the Wild Wings countered again and made it 2:1 through Tyson Spink in overtime (36'). Then Ehliz again, again precision work, again into the corner - to make it 2:2 in the 39th minute and the score after two periods.
Munich's attack dominated the final period right from the start. The Red Bulls wanted the lead, but even with a 5-on-3 superiority, they couldn't get it. Wild Wings goalkeeper Joacim Eriksson made a strong save and repeatedly saw his colleagues launch dangerous counter-attacks. However, no more goals were scored in regulation time. The match went into overtime, which also remained goalless thanks to the top performance of both goalkeepers. Schwenningen then had the better end in the penalty shoot-out thanks to Spink's second goal.