Jan 5, 2013
1. liga (2nd tier)
Olomouc 5 Most 6 (OT)
Attendance - 1310 (apparently)
I hadn't been back to Olomouc to watch hockey since I went to see Prostejov play a few years back. A game in which Prostejov won 3-1, but sadly were relegated at the end of the year. Back in 2000, I was a student in Olomouc, and lived in the city for a short spell in 2002, so the city once meant a lot to me. However, now I call Prostejov home, and it is really home for me. With all that being said, I decided to go back to Olomouc to watch some hockey, because nothing else was going on in the area that day.
When I walked into the arena, it seemed that it hadn't changed at all over the past few years. I could still see a Coca-Cola advert (from 2002) which someone painted over 'Coca-Cola goes better with world domination, F*ck off USA.' The paint had been scrubbed off, but you could still see what was written. The arena was built in 1948, and really has a classic old Czechoslovakian arena feel to it. It is compact, and the fans are right on top of the play. According to the newspaper report, 1310 people were there, but it seemed much less. Either way, it was loud! It is a perfect arena when there is a sold out crowd of 5,000 people.
On this night at least, Olomouc had a small supporters section of around 60-100 people. I would have expected more, but then again, they were playing Most. Not the 'most' attractive opponent. There wasn't any away support, which wasn't a real surprise considering the distance between the two cities (375km).
Olomouc were challenging for first place, while Most were near the bottom. This was supposed to be a classic mis-match, but it certainly didn't finish that way. At the end of two periods, Olomouc was winning 4-1, but somehow Most came back in the 3rd period to tie the game 5-5. They eventually won 6-5 in overtime for an unexpected victory.