After each game, until when at least 4 teams are playing, we propose you our “Top & Flop” special version for the playoffs.
Our “Team on Fire”, our “Three Stars”, our “Special Mentions”, our “Surprises” and our “Disappointment”. As it is always the case, among the three stars we won’t include only the players who performed the best… but those that in our opinion, one way or another, have made their mark,
THE TEAM “ON FIRE”
Genève Servette and Bern deserve a comment on their own beacuse of the emotions they gifted us with last night…
But our team “on fire” is Langnau, who were able to comback in this quarterfinal series from 1-3 to 3-3 and therefore deservedly earned the right to play game-7 on saturday night at the Malley 2.0!
What the Tigers are doing is extraordinary to say the least. You can’t win every battle… and Heinz Ehlers guys, like any good Tiger, when they get bitten they react… they roar… they claw… and are able to bite the Lion!
Lausanne have more talent on paper… and both Lausanne and Langnau don’t have much playoffs experience. Yet, if there is a team on playoff mode this is surely Langnau!
The Tigers won all the duels on ice and, after they had lost three consecutive games between game-2 and game-4, were able to muzzle the Lions Vaudois. Heinz Ehlers’ troops are highly organized and very solid as usual… to that, they added a commitment that is seriously making the difference.
And now everything begins again, from scratch. On saturday night in Lausanne, is scheduled a game that is not suitable for the faint of heart. And the Tigers are ready for it… in fact, they’re on fire!
OUR THREE STARS OF GAME-6
Mark Arcobello (SC Bern)
Bern scored the game winning goal after 117 minutes and 43 seconds of play at les Vernets and therefore are qualified for the semifinals!
It’s been an epic and memorable night. A night during which everything and its opposite happened. A night that once again proved, if ever proof were needed, that there is a player who’s really able to make the difference.
We’re obviously talking about Mark Arcobello. Who else could have scored the game winning goal to end the battle at les Vernets? Mark is that kind of a player that at times you don’t see much… but he’s always in the right place at the right time, after all. And he can make his team win!
Chris McSorley (Coach, Genève Servette HC)
What Genève Servette did during the 2019 playoffs is touching!
Not many gave credits to the Eagles… both when it came to the playoffs battle and both when it came to this quarterfinals series against Bern. And instead, Chris McSorley’s troops sold their lives dearly and gifted their fans with a “m e m o r a b l e” last part of the season!
Everybody, but everybody, were commendable. The Eagles gave the Mutzen a hard time and put an impressive team spirit on display.
And when it comes to team spirit, the link with Chris McSorley is quite simple. The Canadian coach was once again able, amid countless difficulties, to make his team finish the season with the head held high. Congrats Chris, great job!
We’re pretty sure that Chris McSorley really appreciated the birthday present his players gave him. A birthday that Chris celebrated at les Vernets at the stroke of midnight, as the speaker of les Vernets reminded us 🙂
Nolan Diem (SCL tigers)
Nolan Diem was the second player of Langnau when it comes to time on ice during game-6. It’s not an accident…
The former Zug and… even former Lausanne (!) player… is having a hell of a series. During which, in 6 games, he even scored 3 goals, including the very important one of last night during the latest part of the central period that put Langnau 3-1 ahead.
Nolan is not really a scoring machine… his role in the team is not the one of the scorer. Yet, in this “playoffs’ version Langnau” that never cease to amaze, Nolan finds the way to make it regularly into the scoresheet.
What a strong job!
THE SPECIAL MENTION FOR… THE TEARS
Daniel Vukovic (Genève Servette HC)
At the end of the marathon “Genève Servette vs Bern” emotions were understandably strong. Also for those players, including Daniel Vukovic, who couldn’t take part in this event because of injury.
After Bern’s goal that had put Genève Servette’s season to an end, anyway… Daniel went on the ice. In tears… were those goodbye tears? Were those emotional tears because of this series? Were those nervous tension tears?
Frankly speaking, we don’t really care the reason for those tears. What we do care about, is that Daniel Vukovic proved to be once again – other than an excellent defenseman – also a real Man. With a capital M!
— Frédéric Curtet (@fred_curtet) March 22, 2019
André Heim (SC Bern)
During 2019 playoffs, Bern’s top guns aren’t making it into the scoresheet very regularly. If we exclude Mark Arcobello, ça va sans dire…
And so here we are that the various Daniele Grassi and… André Heim, are tallying crucial points! André is playing his second season in Bern. In total, before this playoffs series, he had collected 86 appearances and scored 5 goals… during the series against Genève Servette instead, André scored 3 goals in 6 games!
The 20 years old Mutzen, is growing each passing game!
Nope, that’s not good enough… you can always lose, of course. But during playoffs, physical play is important and Lausanne looked like gentle as a lamb.
Also during game-6 in Langnau, the Lions Vaudois lost all the battles on ice. Moreover, we agree that discipline is important, just like fair play… but when during a game like game-6 at the Ilfishalle you’re not even assessed a 2 minutes penalty… there is something wrong.
As we already had the chance to say, we’re not saying that the Lions Vaudois must play with the intention to kill a player of Langnau or anything like that… all we’re saying is that a bit of physical play (a fair one) wouldn’t hurt…
No one can say that Lausanne were not committed during game-6 in Langnau. But it’s safe to say that Langnau are more of a playoffs team… and now, to host them for game-7 at the Malley 2.0, is very dangerous!