HC Lausanne – Friborg-Gottéron 2: 3
In western Switzerland, the sporty clocks tick in the same rhythm as a little further to the east: one looks primarily at oneself. Cooperation at the expense of German-speaking Swiss is only considered in extreme emergencies anyway. Geneva and Lausanne are hostile to each other, but see themselves as clubs with a privileged location on Lake Geneva at a different level than the echtanders from rural Friborg. And in Friborg, people are thievingly delighted with the current dominance in a seasonal cross-comparison with the «Parvenus» from Lausanne, who want to storm the national top with the money of foreign investors. Before the last duel with the Vaud, Friborg had an almost flawless record with five wins from five games (14: 1 points).
This trend is not broken in the (provisional) last comparison. As with the last guest appearance in Lausanne, Friborg relies on a concentrated defense. And on the catching skills of goalie Reto Berra, who seems to ignite an additional level in Lausanne. In the start-up phase, the state of siege in front of Berra’s box takes on almost grotesque features. Lausanne pushes, screws and turns, fires from all tubes and only has to deal with anecdotal defense. The only goal was scored by Friborg: a senseless pass by defender Frick landed at Gunderson and he pulled away from a distance. Goal.
The physiognomy of the game doesn’t change much after that. Lausanne is visually overweight, but seems to have somehow lost faith in a victory in this duel. Friborg will then take advantage of one of the few opportunities that are freezing cold, this time it is Desharnais who hits from an acute angle in the Powerplay.
Friborg thereby creates a cushion of four points and takes the master from Bern into the headlock. That is not decisive five rounds before the end. But somewhat uncomfortable for the SCB.
The best – Berra (Friborg). The hero of the evening. Makes a mark for the Saanestädter under pressure. Incredible parades, especially in the starting phase.
The plum – Frick (LHC). The best phase of your own team suffocates with a bad pass in the vacuum. Gunderson scores 1-0.
Gates: 20. Gunderson 0-1. Desharnais (Sprunger, Gunderson / PP) 0-2. 58.Bertschy (Vermin, Lindbohm) 1-2. 60. Desharnais (Gunderson, Stalberg) 1: 3 (into the empty goal). 60.Kenins (Grossmann) 2: 3.
HC Davos – EV Zug 1: 2 n.V.
A top class fight – it is not. Set a fragrance brand for the upcoming playoffs – nobody does. At first, what is shown does not deliver what the affiche between Leader Zug and Davos promises. The decimated Graubünden have more pressure phases, which have to compete without their energetic driver Ambühl (foot injury since SCRJ game). EVZ goalkeeper Genoni defeats two top-class players from Herzog. The Zugers themselves are slow to get going. Tinder only comes in from the middle of the game, when the Zug HCD goalie Van Pottelberghe keeps on coming up and the Davosers defend their territory vehemently. The pace is increased in the final quarter of an hour. The EVZ misses the complete success because the vote in the power play is not at all. No matter what HCD captain Nygren compatriot Lindberg says before the overtime bully, the Zug Swedes are not impressed. He skilfully stages youngster Leuenberger (21), who makes a decision in the margin.
The best – Sven Leuenberger (train). Is an asset, plays itself up in the lines and cheekily ensures the decision in extra time.
The plum – Perttu Lindgren (Davos). It plays too little a role in such a game.
Gates: 35. Meyer 1-0. 36. Thorell (Geisser, Martschini) 1-1. 61. Leuenberger (Lindberg) 1-2.
Geneva Servette – SCL Tigers 2: 3 n.P.
The game: late, but still! Langnau defeated Servette for the first time this season. The Ehlers team tried everything from the start to avoid the seventh defeat in the last eight games. The Tigers immediately take over the game dictation and get a top chance from Berger early on.
However, the Geneva take the lead when Berthon closes a counterattack. Langnau soon found an answer to the Frenchman’s goal when Andersons used a rebound to make it 1-1. But then In-Albon affords a fatal blackout. He plays a cross pass, which he should ask himself why he played it. This will be the perfect template for Rod. The Servette captain meets for another tour.
For a long time it looks as if the guests will no longer be able to compensate. Although Ehlers whirled the lines and forced the foreigners with the strong DiDomenico. 15 seconds before the end, when Punnenovs made way for a sixth outfield player, it still works. DiDomenico freely releases Elo. And the Finn hits for 2: 2.
In overtime, the Tigers come to a power play. But only in the penalty shootout do they secure victory. This should really give the Emmental in the playoff fight a lot of boost.
The best: Chris DiDomenico (SCL Tigers). This time drivers without theater. With the passport that keeps hope alive.
The plum: Loïc In-Albon (SCL Tigers). A horror bad pass in front of the second Geneva goal.
Gates: 7. Berthon (Douay) 1-0. 13. Andersons (Lardi) 1-1. 19. Rod 2: 1. 60. Elo (DiDomenico, Glauser / without goalie) 2: 2. – Penalty shooting: Blaser 0: 1, Smirnovs -; Elo 0: 2, Wingels -; Maxwell -, Tömmernes -; DiDomenico -, Winnik 1: 2; Pesonen -, Rod -.
The game to read in the ticker.