Pembroke’s place in the KO16 round was confirmed as HGC’s emphatic 9-2 win over Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia guaranteed them at least second place in Pool F with a shot-to-nothing against the Dutch side on Sunday.
Australian Brent Dancer opened the scoring and they scarcely looked back with Timmo Kranstauber scoring the second just on quarter-time.
Four more followed in the second period before Sekvoia salvaged some pride when Artem Oserskyi slammed one home but two more goals ended the third quarter at 8-1.
Kranstauber’s second of the day completed his side’s scoring while Mykhailo Iasinskyi’s late consolation was possibly the best goal of the game.
It leaves Pembroke with a free run at HGC tomorrow without the pressure to secure a result. Meanwhile, Ronan Gormley’s Club de Campo claimed their place in the knock-out phases as they beat RC Bruxelles to qualify along with Rott-Weiss Koln.
Stephen Butler and Eugene Magee will also be there as their KHC Dragons went through courtesy of UHC Hamburg’s big win over Izmaylovo Moscow.
Pool F standings: 1. HGC 5pts (+7) 2. Pembroke 5pts (+1) 3. Olimpia Kolos Sekvoia 1pt (-7)
Pool F fixture, Sunday (Irish time): HGC vs Pembroke, 11am, Eindhoven