Davos and Rapperswil are about to start this scary playout final… the final no one wants to play. It’s not gonna be the first time, however, that Ibexes and Lakers face each other in a best-of-seven series. The last time it happened was back in 2006. Let’s relive today briefly, also in video, that last best-of-seven series between these two teams. That is, the 2005-06 season’s semifinal!
PLAYOFFS 2006 – SEMIFINAL
HC Davos vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 4-1
Davos, who got rid of Basel during the quarterfinals, won quite easily the series against Rapperswil who, for their part, got rid of Zug during the quarterfinals. To note that Davos then lost the 2006 final against Lugano.
Game-1, 21.03.2006 – HC Davos vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 4-2
Game-2, 23.03.2006 – SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers vs HC Davos 2-5
Game-3, 25.03.2006 – HC Davos vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 2-4
Game-4, 27.03.2006 – SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers vs HC Davos 1-3
Game-5, 29.03.2006 – HC Davos vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 5-0
TOP SCORERS OF THE SERIES
5 points – Sandro Rizzi (1G, 4A)
4 points – Michel Riesen (3G, 1A), Reto Von Arx (2G, 2A), Patrick Juhlin (2G, 2A), Brett Hauer (1G, 3A)
5 points – Claudio Micheli (1G, 4A)
4 points – Brandon Reid (1G, 3A)
3 points – Cyrill Geyer (2G, 1A)
A one-sided affair, right? And it wasn’t the only one…
Davos and Rapperswil faced each other also the previous year at the quarterfinals stage. It was the 2004-05 season, the one of the NHL lockout… Davos, who were reinforced by Thornton, Nash and Hagman, earned a 4-0 overall win against Rapperswil and then made it all the way to the final and were crowned Swiss Champions!
PLAYOFFS 2005 – QUARTERFINAL
HC Davos vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 4-0
Game-1, 26.02.2005 – HC Davos vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 6-2
Game-2, 01.03.2005 – SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers vs HC Davos 1-2 (d.s.)
Game-3, 03.03.2005 – HC Davos vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 6-3
Game-4, 05.03.2005 – SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers vs HC Davos 1-2
THE TOP SCORERS OF THE SERIES
9 points – Joe Thornton (2G, 7A)
6 points – Nicklas Hagman (2G, 6A)
5 points – Björn Christen (3G, 2A)
4 points – Kristian Huselius (1G, 3A)
3 points – Marko Tuulola (1G, 2A)
2 points – Mikko Eloranta (1G, 1A), Niki Sirén (1G, 1A), Dale McTavish (1G, 1A), Antonio Rizzello (1G, 1A)
We mean, as we just saw, it looks like there is no deal to make for Rapperswil when they face Davos in a best-of-seven series.
This season’s series, however, will be a bit different compared to the previous ones. The winners will breath a huge sigh of relief and can go on holiday… The losers instead, will be forced to play an uncomfortable League Qualification series against the NLB Champions.
Will the Lakers defeat Davos in a best-of-seven series for the first time in history? Or Davos will confirm their positive trend?
Let’s follow all together this playout final to find it out.
Good luck, Ibexes and Lakers!