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National League on Friday – Play-off: Lugano, Bern and Davos on equal footing – Sports

National League on Friday – Play-off: Lugano, Bern and Davos on equal footing – Sports

  • HC Lugano celebrates its 5-2 victory over the visiting SCL Tigers in the National League and defends fifth place.
  • Bern beat Zug 4-1 away from home, and is still 3 points ahead of Davos, which beat Kloten 3-0.
  • Biel had to admit defeat to Freiburg 2:5, and Lausanne and the ZSC Lions achieved success.

Lugano – SCL Tigers 5:2

HC Lugano maintains fifth place in the table and thus a place in the playoffs. With SCL Tigers, they defeated one of the currently strongest teams at home on Friday with a score of 5:2. The Langnauers have won 3 games in a row and 7 of their last 9 matches. In Lugano, guests woke up late. They only scored their first goal in the 52nd minute on a power play by Keigo Whipple. At this point, Ticino was 3-0 up thanks to goals from John Quenneville (5th) and Calvin Thurkov (47th) as well as Leandro Hoscher's first goal in the National League (51st). After Thurkov won 4:1, Hari Pesonen managed to pull one back again, but Calle Andersson decided of course with a 5:2 score into an empty net.


Stay in the top 6

The Loughanesi celebrate against the Tigers.

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Zug-Bern 1:4

With 77 points, SC Bern remain level in sixth place with Lugano, and after SCB lost all three encounters this season with Yves Zug, they were able to secure their first away win at the fourth attempt. Meanwhile, Zug is sliding deeper and deeper into the crisis, and the Swiss Central Bank is suffering its sixth consecutive bankruptcy. Bern got off to the perfect start and took the lead after 30 seconds through Marco Lehmann. Reto Suri equalized for Zug in the 27th minute. EVZ were then unable to respond to Simon Kindeschi's 2-1 score shortly before the second break. Jonah Lotto and Lehman made the decision again.

Davos – Kloten 3:0

HC Davos is 3 points behind Lugano and Bern, but is also level with the duo in terms of points lost. Graubünden, whose good run was interrupted in the last match against Lausanne, immediately returned to winning ways at home against Kloten. Andres Ampol in the middle third and Dennis Rasmussen and Leon Breistedt in the final period led HCD to victory. Meanwhile, Kloten's team had to leave the ice as losers for the fifth time in a row.

Biel – Freiburg 2:5

Gutierron, who has already qualified for the qualifiers, achieved a confident victory in Biel. The man who stood out was Marcus Sorensen. The Swede gave the visitors a 1-0 lead after a brilliant move in the main third. Midway through the first half, Freiburg had a three-goal lead – with Sorensen holding his stick in the game, scoring all the goals. Thanks to his four points, the 31-year-old became the league's top scorer once again. Bell, who still has to worry about going into overtime, at least won by 38:15 shooting percentage.

Swiss League: La Chaux-de-Fonds in the semi-finals

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HC La Chaux-de-Fonds was the first team to reach the semi-finals of the Swiss League qualifiers. Neuchâtel won the fifth match of the quarter-final at home against Winterthur 3-2 after extra time and won the series 4-1. The game winner was Jillian Kohler with his goal in the 76th minute.

Ajoie – ZSC Lions 2:3 nP

ZSC was also victorious in the fourth head-to-head duel with Ajoie, but had to go the full distance for the first time: the match was not decided until after the twelfth penalty kick. 19-year-old 'The Lion' Vincent Rohrer converted both of his efforts. In normal time, Bottom faced the leaders and took the lead within 71 seconds in the middle third thanks to a double strike from Thibault Frossard. However, Christian Marti was able to equalize the score again (37). Thanks to the victory, the Lions broke the 100-point barrier (101).

Lausanne – Ambre Biotta 4:1

Thanks to its fourth consecutive victory, the Lausanne team took another step towards direct qualification for the playoffs. Already in the first third, the Vaudois took advantage of two power-figure situations to score twice, with Michael Raffl and Damien Riat being successful. Johnny Knobuehler brought the Leventiners closer again with the “Buebetrickli” move, but in the final third, Lausanne also showed its quality in the third power play of the match and scored again in the person of Riat. Rafel also managed to score a brace in the end with an empty net.