Tappara record narrow win over Biel
Tappara secure narrow victory over Biel - Photo: Saana Hakala
  • EHC Biel-Bienne secured 1-0 victory in first meeting
  • Tyler Morley opened the scoring in the second period
  • Christian Heljanko records 25 save shutout
Tappara Tampere V EHC Biel-Bienne
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Samuel Kreis of EHC Biel-Bienne
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Tappara Tampere V EHC Biel-Bienne
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Peter Schneider of EHC Biel-Bienne
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Patrik Virta of Tappara Tampere
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Tappara Tampere V EHC Biel-Bienne
Photo: Saana Hakala
Tappara Tampere V EHC Biel-Bienne
Photo: Saana Hakala

Game Day four continued with Tappara Tampere hosting EHC Biel-Bienne in a repeat of a game earlier in the Group Stage that saw Biel take a 1-0 win thanks to a goal by Damien Riat with just 68 seconds remaining.

Much like the first meeting, neither side could open the scoring through the first 20 minutes of action, with the visitors Biel outshooting Tappara 9 to 6, but neither goaltender letting anything past them, with the best chance of the period coming on a breakway by Peter Schneider but Christian Heljanko shut the door.

Coming out for the second period, Tappara finally broke the deadlock. Forward Tyler Morley fired a hard shot on the powerplay to put the home side ahead 1-0. Tappara continued to press, especially on the powerplay but were unable to find another way past Jonas Hiller in the Biel net, while Biel struggled to get any offense going in the second period, registering just two shots in the second period as they took four minor penalties.

Biel had a chance early in the third period to level things up with a powerplay of their own, but weren't able to find a way pass Heljanko as Tappara held onto their lead despite the best efforts of the visitors. Both netminders stood strong, denying both sides through the rest of the third period, and with Biel unable to find the back of the net with the goalie pulled, Tappara held on to a narrow victory to pick up a crucial three-points, keeping Group A wide open with qualification spots on the line.