Olympiacos and Vouliagmeni advance to Greek final

Olympiacos and Vouliagmeni will play in the final of the Greek League.

Title-holder Olympiacos was better than Apollon in the semifinals (best of three), while Vouliagmeni eliminated Panionios.

Three games were played in each of the two pairs.

2021/22 Greek League, playoffs, semifinals (best of three)

1st match

Vouliagmeni – Panionios 9:8 (1:2, 4:2, 2:2, 2:2)
Olympiacos – Apollon Smyrnis 15:8 (4:1, 4:3, 2:2, 5:2)

2nd match

Apollon Smyrnis- Olympiacos 10:9 (4:2, 3:2, 2:3, 1:2)
Panionios – Vouliahmeni 8:7 (1:2, 2:2, 3:1, 2:2)

3rd match

Vouliagmeni – Panionios 11:10 (4:3, 0:1, 1:0, 1:2, PSO 5:4)
Olympiacos – Apollon 17:7 (2:1, 4:3, 5:3, 6:0)

Olympiacos opened the semifinals with a 15:8 convincing win in the 1st match. But, Apollon managed to take revenge for that defeat and edged out Olympiacos in the second game (10:9).

Olympiacos dictated the pace throughout the third game, but Apollon was coming back from time to time. Early in the third period, the “red-whites” built a 4-goal lead (8:4). In the 22nd minute, the visitors halved the distance (7:9). However, Apollon couldn’t find the net in the last 10:26 minutes of the game, while Olympiacos netted eight goals for a big 17:7 victory. Ioannis Fountoulis led the winning team with four goals, Chrysospathis added three, Filipovic, Mourikis, Dervisis and Kolomvos scored two each, etc.

Each of the three encounters between Vouliagmeni and Panionios was a nail-biter. Vouliagmeni recorded a 9:8 victory in the first match. Panionios responded in the same way at home (8:7). The third match was a culmination of a series of thrillers. Vouliagmeni secured an 11:10 victory after a penalty shootout. Defenses dominated in the regular time, as only 12 goals were scored in 32 minutes. Vouliagmeni had a 6:5 lead a few minutes before the end, but the visitors scored an equalizer and the match entered a penalty shootout. After five rounds in the shootout, Vouliagmeni recorded an 11:10 victory.

A team that records three wins in the final will take the title. Olympiacos will have home-field advantage in the 1st, 3rd, and eventual 5th match.