Kometa Brno defeated regular season winners Sparta Prague 4:1 on Monday, winning the best-of-seven quarterfinals series 4:2 and advancing to the playoffs’ last four. Kometa finished eight in the regular season and only booked a spot in the playoffs after defeating Kladno in a play-in. But Sparta were unable to overcome Brno’s great defence and the steadfast goalie Jiří Trvaj, and lost the last three games in the series.
In other quarterfinal series, Zlín is tied with Plzeň and Pardubice with Vítkovice. Liberec had earlier booked a place in the semifinals after defeating České Budějovice 4:1.