We will present you, from now until the end of the playoffs, in this semi-serious column, the quotes that in our opinion particularly suit the eight teams who are battling to become Swiss Champions!
This column will be published regularly…
SC BERN vs GENÈVE SERVETTE HC 2-2
“Offense wins games, but defense wins championships!” – Becky Novacek
That may be true… actually, it’s very likely. Bern once again proved in Genève to be rock solid in defense during game-4 and this factor drives the opponents nuts, after all. We’re pretty sure that Kari Jalonen salivates about it. Then again, from time to time, a bit of emotions and a bit of offense do not hurt… Bern won at les Vernets thanks to a very good offensive performance during the central period, after all.
Genève Servette HC
“I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure!” – Unknown
If we exclude game-1… Genève Servette always found themselves 2-goals behind against Bern. One time the Eagles came back but then lost. Another time they came back and then won an epic battle. Finally, on the third occasion last night in game-4, they didn’t come back and lost. The hope is that Chris McSorley’s troops aren’t willing to make the same mistake other times…
EV ZUG vs HC LUGANO 4-0
“Everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that changed them!” – Unknown
When it comes to Zug in the last two decates, thoughts go automatically to a team that way too often went so close – and at the same time so far… – from success. Then, earlier this year in February, the Bulls lifted a trophy for the first time after over 20 years… and overall, also in light of their performances against Lugano during the quarterfinals, the impression is that something has really changed in Zug…
“I know it’s over, and it never really began, but in my heart it was so real” – Unknown
Now it’s really over. Lugano are the first ones who can go on holidays. Probably the Bianconeri never really kick started their season for real… yet many, especially fans, thought that sooner or later Lugano could turn things around. Be it because of the recent past results… be it because, on paper, this team was good enough to make it at least to the semifinals. Be it because this thought was only in the fans’ hearts… but it was so real. And now it’s over. It’s really over.
LAUSANNE HC vs SCL TIGERS 3-1
“The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the name on the back!” – Herb Brooks
Lausanne is taking Herb Brooks word for granted… the Lions Vaudois have got a lot of talent but there isn’t a single player out there who’s playing for the name on the back! During the last three games in fact, Ville Peltonen’s troops are playing like a real Team. A Team with a capital T!
“If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long!” – Hayley Williams
Of course the Tigers won’t give up… even though now it’s clear that Lausanne is turning out to be a very tough nut to crack. However, Heinz Ehlers’ troops must remember why they held on for so long to gift the fans with this fantastic dream called playoffs! Never give up, Tigers. Never give up!
EHC BIEL-BIENNE vs HC AMBRÌ-PIOTTA 3-1
“I think the thing you always got to keep in mind, you know, hockey is a game made of one-on-one battles!” – Marc Messier
Marc Messier is a legend and the Seeländers must listen to him. During game-4 at the Valascia in fact, Bienne lost way too many one-on-one battles against Ambrì-Piotta. That little something extra” in order to win a fourth consecutive game seemed to be missing. This is something to improve in order to make it to the semifinals as soon as possible. Yet, you should listen to Marc…
“Energy and persistence conquer all things!” – Benjamin Franklin
Ok, Benjamin Franklin was a tad exaggerated… we mean, energy and persistance do not conquer really all things. Yet, these two factors have been enough for Ambrì-Piotta to win their first playoffs game since March 2006! Luca Cereda’s troops surely hope that last night they made a step forward to conquer something big… if not this season, in the future.