EHC Biel had one small hope after Toni Rajala and then Michael Hügli tested positive for the coronavirus: That Hügli’s rapid test was false-positive and his PCR test was negative.
EHC Biel has to be in quarantine – game against Servette canceled
But the Zealanders remain in quarantine and after yesterday’s game against Servette, today’s game in Lausanne was canceled. The definitive quarantine period ordered by the cantonal medical office is not yet known, as the National League reports.
Point average now decides
The league also writes: “Since it will not be possible to make up for the canceled games, it is now clear that the table of the regular season of the National League will be determined based on the point quotient according to the decision of the league meeting on January 4th.”
Biel was last in the high, but is with an average of 1.630 points behind Servette (1.693) and the sixth place, which entitles to a direct entry into the playoffs. If two teams show the same number of points per game, the higher number of games (or even away games) decides first and only then is the balance from the direct encounters.
1. Zug 2,277
2. Lausanne 1,804
3. Lugano 1,787
4. ZSC Lions 1,723
5. Fribourg 1,723
6. Servette 1,696
7. Biel 1,630
8. Davos 1,522
9. Bern 1,128
10. SCRJ Lakers 1,064
11. Ambri 1,000
12. SCL Tigers 0,660
1. – 6. Rang: Playoffs (ab 13. April).
7. – 10. Rang: Pre-Playoffs (7. – 11. April).
11th – 12th place: end of the season after qualification.
There is no relegation this season.
Recently, teams (train only) were only rarely quarantined. The league was about two-thirds infected. But just before the playoffs, many players, for example Hügli and almost all Bieler, are no longer considered immune because their infections were more than three months ago.
Will the “Double Bubble” save the playoffs?
In order to avoid further quarantines in the playoffs, the league has developed an adapted security concept: the “Double Bubble”. This means that players are only allowed to be in two bubbles. In sport, with training and games. And in the private home with the family. Outside of the two bubbles, the players are no longer allowed to move, for example they are not allowed to go shopping. To this end, tests should be carried out every other day.
Should entire teams be withdrawn from circulation for a week in the playoffs, the series would either have to be shortened – or the championship would even have to be canceled. Because a week before the World Cup in Riga, the league has to be completed.
In the event of a cancellation, the qualifying winner would be declared the master, at the human discretion of EV Zug. Unless he was already eliminated from the playoffs. Then there would be no champions like last season.
Published: 03/27/2021, 1:50 p.m.
Last updated: 27.03.2021, 45 minutes ago