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Lausanne beats Friborg and follows ZSC in the final

Lausanne beats Friborg and follows ZSC in the final

Damien Reyat (centre) set Lausanne on the path to victory with his goal that made it 2-1, a result they never looked back from.Image: Cornerstone

The Lausanne Hockey Club reached the final of the National League for the first time in its history. The Vaudois team won the fifth match away from home against Friborg Gotteron 4:2.

Even 2024 is not the year in which Fribourg-Gouteron finally wins its first championship title. Lausanne have a chance to win for the first time from Tuesday – even if the task against the previously confident ZSC Lions will be extremely difficult.

In an easier way than expected, Vaudois won the Romande derby against Fribourg 4-1. Although each match was difficult, after the opening defeat in Freiburg, Lausanne finished better each time in the next four matches. While the Dragons remained surprisingly toothless, especially offensively, Geoff Ward's side were highly efficient and cold-blooded. It was no different in Game 5.

With a strong midfield third, Lausanne, which, as in all victories, relied on the powerful Connor Hughes in goal, made up for a blatant false start. Barely returning from the first half, a shot from Jiri Sekac bounced off the crossbar, and in the 22nd minute, a deflected shot from distinguished Swedish defender Lawrence Bilot went into the net to equalize. About halfway through the game, Freiburg were being tackled like rookies by Jason Fuchs and Damien Ryat. At the start of the final third, Sekac did better and took a small initial decision with a 3-1 lead after 52 seconds.

Gottieron has had too much trouble scoring goals in this series (just seven goals in five games) for a big comeback to seem possible. Although Marcus Sorensen brought a 2:3 on the power play to the spirit of the St-Leonard Arena, which was sold out as always this season, it was not enough in the end. Once again, Sekac let his last hopes evaporate with a score of 4:2 into an empty goal.

In the end, the lightning start with Kylian Moutet's third-minute opener remained a worthless pattern, and Andrei Bykov's career ended after 803 Premier League games without a title.

Fribourg-Gutieron – Lausanne 2:4 (1:0, 0:2, 1:2)
9095 spectators. S. R. Pechacek (Germany)/Borja, Schlegel/Wolf.
Portals: 3. Motet (Sprunger, Diaz) 1:0. 22. Pilot (Freak, Sumela) 1: 1. 31. Rayat (Fox, Pilot) 1: 2. 41. (40:52) Seacats (Sumela/Powerplayer) 1:3. 49. Sorensen (Wallmark, Gunderson/Powerplayer) 2:3. 59. Sekac (Bozon) 2:4 (into an empty goal).
punish: 3 times 2 minutes each.
PostFinance Top Scorer: Sorensen. Rochet.
Fribourg-Gotieron: pera; Gunderson, Strel; Diaz, Borgman. Dufner, Seller. joker. Sorensen, Wallmark, Di Domenico; Spenger, Schmid, Motet; Bertschi, de la Rose, Bykov; Marchon, Walser, Jörg; Pinyas.
Lausanne: Hughes. Glauser, Djos; Hildner, Frick; Pilot, Genazi; Jelovac. Rochet, Sumela, Sikac; Reat, Fuchs, Salomaki; Bozon, Jäger, Rafel; Holdner, Almond, Pedretti; quinines.
comments: Fribourg-Gouteron is without Eitre (ill), Emerton (injured) and Grégoire (excess foreigner), Lausanne without Marty, Perrenod (both injured), Haapala and Kovacs (both foreign surplus). Friborg Gutieron from 58:31 to 58:49 and from 58:54 without a goalkeeper. (NI/DAP)

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HCD, SCB, ZSC and? These clubs have already become champions of Swiss hockey


HCD, SCB, ZSC and? These clubs have already become champions of Swiss hockey

Davos Summit Conference: 31 titles, 6 since 1986; Last champion: 2015.

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