- National League leader Gutierron wins an amazing match against Embry 7:4.
- Bern, Zug and Lugano continue their winning streak.
- Biel suffered their ninth defeat in the last 10 matches.
Freiburg – Ambre 7:4
For a while at the BCF Arena it looked as if Freiburg coach Christian Dube’s poker game might backfire. The hosts lined up between the posts with Brian Roger in place of Reto Berra, and the 22-year-old made no mistakes straight away. The Ticino team managed to take the lead several times, but ultimately came away with no points.
In the middle third, the goals fell like ripe fruit, and it was their seventh goal in total. Christoph Bertschi scored for Freiburg from a dropped ball over Umbry goalkeeper Jan Juvonen (22), and Sandro Schmid, with a follow-up from Boebitrekli (24). And Killian Motite (30) plus Ryan Gunderson (32) and the ubiquitous Chris DiDomenico (39) on the power play. Tim Head (25) and Ante Pistoni (31) scored for Embry. It was 5:4 40 minutes later. In the final third, Julian Sprunger and Jacob de la Rose (net empty) closed the bag. By the way, the goalkeeper change was in favor of Embrey (Benjamin Kunz replaced Juvonen).
At the last minute, things got hectic again at Stimo Arena. Kloten’s team pressed with all its might to make the score 2-2 without a goalkeeper, but SCB goalkeeper Adam Redburn preserved the visitors’ victory. Tristan Cherui after an assist from Marco Lehmann (8th place) and Joel Vermin after a smooth power play (22nd place) put the Bernese team 2-0 ahead. Jonathan Ang brought hope to Zurich with a brilliant individual performance. Bern’s strong defense did not allow itself to falter a second time, and so SCB celebrated its fourth successive victory – incidentally with the same result as the first meeting between the two teams.
Lakers – Training 2:5
Dario Simeone and Fabrice Herzog scored to make it 4:2 and 5:2 as EVZ claimed their sixth straight win within 24 seconds of the final third. The game took a bad turn for the Lakers early on: After Brian O’Neal took a 0-1 lead, Lakers coach Stefan Hedlund accepted a coaches’ challenge, but it was denied. Sven Senteler used the resulting penalty kick to score Zug’s second goal. But even after the 3-0 defeat, the Lakers did not give up thanks to Nico Donner (assist to David Aebischer and shorthanded) as they went close again in the middle third.
Biel – ZSC Lions 2:3 after that
Juho Lammikko fired the visitors 123 seconds into extra time – but that was only achieved after Lions coach Mark Crawford mounted a successful coaches’ challenge. The Canadian was more successful in his tackles than his counterpart Petri Mattikainen: he challenged EHCB coach Finn Simon Bodenmann 1-1 (25th place). At least Bale escaped a small penalty on the bench. Despite Tony Rajala’s strength – 2-1 one second before the second siren from an ‘impossible’ angle was particularly worth watching – the New Zealand side suffered their ninth defeat in their last 10 matches. Bills Newcomer Rehards Bokarts suffered a strong blow to the stomach area in the first half when he threw himself into the puck, but he was able to continue playing.
- Davos – SCL Tigers 3: 1: The match winner was double scorer Matej Stransky.
- Geneva – Lausanne 3: 2: The champions celebrated their eighth victory in their eighth match at home.
- Ajoie – Lugano 1:2 Michael Joly assured the Ticino team of the fifth consecutive success in extra time.
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