The youngsters are our future, the fans are our backbone and ice hockey is our life.”
“We don’t see the action primarily as a protest,” said Jonas Hiller, President of the Swiss Ice Hockey Players Union (SIHPU), “we wanted to set an example. And we want to be more involved. “
The National League wants to increase the number of foreigners to seven in the season after next and at the same time abolish the special status of licensed Swiss. In fact, this corresponds to an increase in the number of foreigners in the NLA from currently 6.4 foreigners per team to 7.
After the short strike, the top teams set the tone on the ice. Leader Zug overcame HC Davos 7: 2 and successfully defended the ten point lead over the ZSC Lions (6: 2 in Rapperswil) and Friborg-Gottéron (4: 1 in Biel). Sven Andrighetto scored for the ZSC Lions for the 17th time in a row (1 goal / 2 assists). No player in the National League has managed such a series since Linus Omark eight years ago.
Bern with third win in a row
On the playoff line, SC Bern had an important 4-1 victory at Ambri-Piotta. For the first time since December 8th, the Bernese occupy a playoff place in the table.
The y only scored six goals in these five games. In the table, Ambri fell behind SC Bern – with the same number of points (34), but four more games.
The home team received eight two-minute penalties in a row. Three of these penalties led directly or indirectly to goals conceded – immediately before the 1: 3, Patrick Fohrler was allowed to return to the ice from the penalty bench.
The Bernese have won four of their last five games. And in the last three successes, they prevailed after the backlog. And with Cory Conacher, who moved back from Lausanne to SCB last Monday, Bern won three of three games.
Davos went on strike
In the game Davos – Zug (2: 7), the Davos team took the player protest too seriously. Meanwhile, after the start of the game, which was delayed by two minutes, Leader Zug started like the fire brigade, and Davos went on strike.
The most amazing fact of the game. HC Davos, which has scored the most goals of all NLA teams so far this season, only got six (!) Shots on goal by the 0: 5 after 30 minutes.
The 23-year-old has never scored more than six goals in the National League. Four years ago, in his first NLB season, he had scored 14 times.
Sixth blow against Biel
The EHC Biel finds no recipe against HC Friborg-Gottéron this season. Despite a good start, the Bielers conceded their sixth defeat against Freiburg with 1: 4 in the seventh direct duel (including the cup).
The second best power play in the National League did not succeed. Freiburg, the best overpaid team in the league, did it a little later: From their first real power play chance, the Freiburg team made it 4-1 after 34 minutes with Yannick Herren (10th goal of the season).
Gottéron consolidated third place with the away win. Freiburg recently won three times in a row and seven of the last ten games.
Lions with two shorthanders
From the 20th minute, the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers were able to play in the home game against the ZSC Lions for almost six minutes in the majority, for 129 seconds even in double. But instead of shortening it to 1: 2, the St. Gallen conceded the 0: 3 (23rd), for which defender Patrick Geering was responsible.
The final score was 6-2 in favor of the Lions.
The Rapperswilers already conceded 8 and 9 goals against in the current championship, although they had to accept two shorthanders in the same game in the 5-7 against Davos.
The 4-0 (34th) was achieved by Sven Andrighetto, who also had the stick in the first two goals and scored in the 17th game in a row.
While the Lions won their fourth duel of the season against the Rapperswiler and won two games in a row for the second time this year, the Lakers can look back on a week with three defeats and a goal difference of 10:22.
Davos – Train 2: 7 (0: 2, 1: 3, 1: 2)
1 viewer. – SR Piechaczek / Hürlimann, Progin / Duarte. – Goals: 9. Thorell (Shore, Martschini) 0: 1. 13. Senteler (Thorell, Martschini / Powerplaytor) 0-2. 23. Geisser (Kovar) 0: 3. 25. Zehnder (Albrecht) 0: 4. 31. Bachofner 0: 5. 37. Egli (Nussbaumer, Palushaj / Powerplaytor) 1: 5. 46. (45:42) Corvi (Nygren / Powerplaytor) 2: 5. 47. (46:43) Kovar (Klingberg, Diaz) 2: 6. 50. Klingberg 2: 7. – Penalties: 3 times 2 minutes against Davos, 2 times 2 minutes against Zug. – PostFinance top scorer: Corvi; Kovar.
Davos: Mayer; Heinen, Guerra; Nygren, Jung; Stoop, Barandun; Marc Wieser, Corvi, Baumgartner; Knak, Nussbaumer, Russo; Kienzle, Egli, Canova; Palushaj, Marc Aeschlimann, Lutz.
Train: Genoni; Diaz, Geisser; Schlumpf, Stadler; Cadonau, Alatalo; Large; Klingberg, Kovar, Simion; Leuenberger, Albrecht, Zehnder; Martschini, Shore, Thorell; Langenegger, Senteler, Bachofner.
Comments: Davos without Ambühl, Du Bois, Frehner, Paschoud, Rubanik, Ullström and Dino Wieser (all injured).
Biel – Friborg-Gottéron 1: 4 (1: 0, 0: 4, 0: 0)
0 viewers. – SR Lemelin / Manuel Nikolic, Altmann / Wolf. – Goals: 11. Rajala (Fey, Hischier) 1-0. 22. Mottet (Desharnais, Bykow) 1: 1. 27.Men 1: 2. 33. Jörg (Walser, Abplanalp) 1: 3. 35. Men (Schmid / Powerplaytor) 1: 4. – Penalties: 5 times 2 minutes each. – PostFinance top scorer: Cunti; Moths.
Biel: van Pottelberghe; Rathgeb, Moser; Fey, Forster; Stampfli, circle; Tanner; Hischier, Pouliot, Rajala; Hofer, Komarek, Fuchs; Brunner, Cunti, Künzle; Kessler, Gustafsson, Hügli.
Friborg-Gottéron: Berra; Gunderson, Chavaillaz; Sutter, Furrer; Kamerzin, Jecker; Abplanalp; Bykov, Desharnais, Mottet; Sprunger, Schmid, DiDomenico; Herren, Walser, Jörg; Schaller, Bougro, Jobin; Gauch.
Comments: Biel without Lindgren, Lüthi and Sartori (all injured), Friborg-Gottéron without Brodin, Marchon, Rossi and Stalberg (all injured).
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers – ZSC Lions 2:6 (0:2, 0:3, 2:1)
1 viewer. – SR Stolc / Urban, Gnemmi / Cattaneo. – Goals: 16. Sigrist (Andrighetto, Noreau / Powerplaytor) 0: 1. 20. (19:01) Lasch (Andrighetto, Morant) 0-2. 23. Geering (underpaid goal!) 0: 3. 34 Andrighetto 0-4. 40. (39:26) Prassl (Noreau / Unteraidor!) 0: 5. 54. Rowe (Sataric, Forrer) 1: 5. 58. Prassl 1: 6. 60. (59:19) Egli (Rowe) 2: 6. – Penalties: 3 times 2 minutes against Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, 7 times 2 plus 10 minutes (Morant) against ZSC Lions. – PostFinance top scorer: Cervenka; Andrighetto.
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers: Bader (41st Rochow); Egli, Profico; Vukovic, Jelovac; Sataric, Maier; Randegger, Dufner; Schweri, Dünner, Jeremy Wick; Clark, Lehmann, Cervenka; Moses, Rowe, Eggenberger; Forrer, weather, Loosli.
ZSC Lions: Waeber; Noreau, Marti; Phil Baltisberger, Geering; Trutmann, Berni; Morant; Lasch, Andrighetto, Rautiainen; Bodenmann, Sigrist, Hollenstein; Riedi, Diem, Prassl; Hayes, Schäppi, Pedretti.
Comments: Rapperswil-Jona Lakers without Nyffeler, Payr (both injured) and Lhotak (suspended), ZSC Lions without Chris Baltisberger, Blindenbacher, Krüger, Pettersson, Roe and Roman Wick (all injured).
Ambri-Piotta – Bern 1: 4 (1: 1, 0: 1, 0: 2)
0 viewers. – SR Stricker / Borga, Fuchs / Steenstra. – Goals: 2nd Incir (Trisconi, Kostner) 1-0. 5. Scherwey (Pestoni, Praplan / Powerplaytor) 1: 1. 21. (20:24) Andersson (power player) 1: 2. 53. Olofsson (Jeffrey, Praplan) 1: 3. 59. Conacher (Olofsson, Jeffrey) 1: 4 (into the empty goal). – Penalties: 8 times 2 plus 10 minutes (Perlini) against Ambri-Piotta, none against Bern. – PostFinance top scorer: Zwerger; Jeffrey.
Ambri-Piotta: Ciaccio; Hächler, Fischer; Ngoy, Zaccheo Dotti; Fohrler, Pezzullo; Isacco Dotti; Kneubuehler, Flynn, Perlini; Zwerger, Müller, Nättinen; Grassi, Novotny, Mazzolini; Trisconi, Kostner, Incir; Joel Neuenschwander.
Bern: Karhunen; Andersson, Henauer; Burren, Beat Gerber; Thiry, Colin Gerber; Untersander, Zryd; Conacher, Jeffrey, Olofsson; Scherwey, Heim, Pestoni; Sopa, Praplan, Moser; Berger, Jan Neuenschwander, Bader.
Comments: Ambri-Piotta without Bianchi, Conz, D’Agostini, Del Ponte, Fora, Goi and Pinana (all injured), Bern without Blum and Sciaroni (both injured). Ambri-Piotta from 58:03 to 58:15 without a goalkeeper.
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