Josie Tabula.Image: Cornerstone
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SC Bern tears up SCL Tigers 7-0. What a happy moment for SCB coach Josie Tabula.
September 23, 2023 at 12:37 pmSeptember 23, 2023 at 2:37 pm
No, the great poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe knew nothing about ice hockey in general, and nothing in particular about the fate of the SCB coaches in the last few years, who have all lost their jobs. Although they all worked hard according to their knowledge and belief, sometimes 24 hours a day, and if that was not enough, even during the night. However, as we will see, he found the right words for one of the greatest masterpieces of literary history.
Jussi Tabula coached only the fourth match of the tournament and was already the first SCB coach since celebrating the championship in 2019 to experience an evening of bliss with Kari Jalonen. 7:0 against Langenau. What’s more: on this lucky Friday, he became the best coach in the world for one evening.
Probably the best coach in the world
His team took 73 minutes of penalty kicks in the first three matches. That’s not how it works. Discipline is urgently needed. And here it is: José Tabola ensures order: Not a single penalty against the SCL Tigers. No penalty kick in the derby! Anyone who can manage this as a coach is truly the best in the Bern region and perhaps even the world for an evening.
There was talk of too many defensive errors and too many counter-attacks in the first three matches. Jossie Tabula also stopped it. No goals were conceded against the SCL Tigers. He did not concede any goals in the derby! Anyone who can manage this as a coach is truly the best in the Bern region and perhaps even the world for an evening.
It’s not just the result that matters. Good entertainment is just as important. If there is thunderous applause and cheers in the final minutes when the score is 7-0, the entertainment is excellent. Jossie Tabola can do it too. Langnauers are given one counterattack. Shortly before the end of the day, Julian Wehl is allowed to drive towards Philipp Wuterich alone and unhindered. He dodges the SCB goalkeeper and is celebrated with cheers. After three games there were major fears that Philipp Wuterich would not be used for weeks. World-class Swedish goaltender Adam Redburn has blocked 94.44 percent of pucks in the first three games. The best league! And now the number two is being celebrated against the SCL Tigers. In the derby! Whoever manages to do this is truly the best in the Bern area and perhaps even in the world for an evening out.
In the last two games against the Lakers and Kloten, SCB fell behind 0-1 in the first ten minutes. Even if it is still possible to change the course of the match against Kloten, players should be more attentive in the beginning. Surprisingly: against Langenau, the score was already 3-0 after 4 minutes and 35 seconds. SCB was awake, prepared and ready.
Finally, even defender Mika Henauer is able to play a bit for the first time this season. Only 5 minutes and 6 seconds. But at least. With Wilhelm Busch we can say: Until now he only sat in the stands or on the bench, now he is playing again, thank God. Ice times are distributed nicely in the derby. No one was charged for more than 21 minutes. Patrik Nemeth had to deal with almost 27 minutes of ice time against Kloten, and against Langenau – in the derby! -Not even 21 minutes from now. We repeat it one last time: Whoever manages to do this is truly the best in the Bern area and perhaps even in the world for an evening out.
The moment called to continue
So the sky is full of violins for the SCB coach. But just: it’s just a moment of bliss. It could be over by Saturday evening. SCB has to travel to Zug. This brings us to Johann Wolfgang Goethe. His poem “Faust.” “Tragedy” is perhaps the most important masterpiece in the history of literature – certainly on a par with Gotthelf’s – and is still taught in our schools today. During this tragedy, Dr. Faustus says to the devilish Mephistopheles:
I will say at this moment:
Stay a while! You are beautiful!
Then you can put me in chains,
Then I will gladly die!
In these lines – taken out of context and transferred to 21st century ice hockey – the whole drama of being a coach at SCB is summed up. Oh, what a lovely moment from the 7-0 win over Langenau, wait! Knowing very well how quickly everything can change again. How could the SCB coach unexpectedly “perish” in terms of hockey in Goethe’s sense.
But here lies the consolation for Langnau: a new day, a new match (against Embry), new luck and just 24 hours later, when Embry was defeated, the shame of that 0:7 was forgotten.
During the playoffs, every coach, athletic director and player gets a new chance 52 times. Across the league there are 364 new games and chances. Real life is not that merciful. For the historian, it is a hardship. Any game could convict him of error and miscalculation.
note. We haven’t said anything about Langnau yet. Put it down briefly. Langnau was miserable. Across the board. Front, back and everywhere. They injected emotion into the game for about three seconds: Julian Dirt smashed the stick on the rim with powerful strikes after a frustrating seventh goal. If he had invested so much anger, emotion and strength into shooting during the match, the ball would have torn the goal net and damaged the boards behind the goal.
But Emmental residents in particular know how quickly everything changes. On 3 January they lost 0:9 in Rapperswil-Jona. 0:9! In the next match, they beat Lugano 6:4 in Langenau, and the Lakers lost 4:5 in Davos. We see that it is exactly like what Johann Wolfgang Goethe teaches us:
I will say at this moment:
Stay a while! You are beautiful!
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