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”
Guys, we’re almost speechless…
Perfection doesn’t happen in life… even more so in ice hockey. Zug’s performance during game-3 of the semifinal against Lausanne, however, seriously flirted with perfection.
The Bulls’ performance in fact, was “d i v i n e” to say the least. It’s as simple as that.
Dan Tangnes’ troops literally outplayed Lausanne in every possible way. Frankly speaking, the Lions Vaudois never had a chance to react. The Bulls were rock solid in the defensive zone – also when shorthanded – and as it is often the case they were resourceful, unpredictable and impressive in the offensive zone.
They put an out of the world intensity on display but we’re pretty sure that the players weren’t even that tired after the game. That’s because Dan Tangnes is able to organize the team impressively well and he plays with four lines all the time. He assigned to each player a precise role but at the same time, the impression is, that every player is free to take initiative too.
Let us not forget, moreover, that the Bulls have no hesitation in goring the opponents whenever needed… in other words, they don’t disdain physical play.
We mean, Zug are an impressive side who play a modern hockey and are extremely entertaining. In fact, opponents need the perfect performance to defeat them… the problem is – for the others – that the Bulls are almost perfect on their own.
OUR THREE STARS OF GAME-3
Andrew Ebbett (SC Bern)
Finally, it looked like Bern switched to playoffs mode… The results? A well deserved 6-2 home win earned against Bienne. But if these two good news isn’t enough for you, here is a third one… Andrew Ebbett came back to deliver a top notch performance!
The top class Canadian has been somehow the shadow of himself during the playoffs so far… in game-3 of the semifinal instead, he came back to shine!
He’s been playing alongside Daniele Grassi for 2 games now. During game-3 then, the offensive line was completed by Jan Mursak. What a good choice that was! Andrew scored the very important second goal of the night and tallied 3 points in total.
We mean, welcome back, Andrew!
Garrett Roe (EV Zug)
We’ve already talked about Zug’s performance. A divine one. In fact, all the players would deserve a special mention… however, we can’t not dwell on what the “Bull” Garrett Roe brings in… pure world class!
In the offensive zone he’s like a loose cannon… He drives Lausanne’s defensemen nuts thanks to his speed, his technical skills and his unpredictability. Moreover, he scores and helps his teammates to score… if we consider only game-3, he tallied 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists)! And let us not forget that during power-play situations he’s impressive.
We think it’s safe to say that Zug are a real Team, in which everyone is important but no one is indispensable… Dan Tangnes in fact, likes to rotate his 4 lines regularly. Yet, if there is someone out there who can stand out, this is Garrett Roe.
Ramon Untersander (SC Bern)
Ramon Untersander’s performance was probably not the best of his career… he wasn’t maybe the best player on ice and yet he was solid, self-confident and proactive as only he can.
The reason why we include him among our three stars of game-3, however, is another one.
Ramon missed basically the whole Regular Season because he got injured and came back at the coach’s full disposal only for the post-season. Last night, he collected his 7th playoffs appearance… and even scored his first goal of this post-season!
He was smart enough, as usual, during the latest stages of the central period to put the puck in the net. We’re pretty sure that this goal is a confidence booster for him. We expect to see him even more “on fire” in the upcoming games!
THE SPECIAL MENTION FOR… PLAYOUT FINAL
Well, let’s talk about the playout final for a moment. Davos lost game-3 but are still 2-1 overall ahead in the series. However, we don’t want to talk about that. We want to talk about Rapperswil’s fans.
The Lakers are having a difficult season. But the fans’ support, away from home, was never missing. Here is the picture of what we mean… just look at how many fans travelled to support their team in Davos.
We mean, that’s remarkable. Congrats, guys!
— SCRJ Lakers (@lakers_1945) March 30, 2019
Johann Morant (EV Zug)
Johann Morant is a precious player for Zug. He always brings in a lot of energy and physical play. Usually, however, we’re used to see his name on the board mostly when it comes to penalties assessed. We mean, he’s not a scoring machine but that’s not his role, after all.
During game-3 against Lausanne, however, Johann Morant scored his first goal of the season and his first ever playoffs goal!
What a nice surprise for this player that way too often is wrongly defined solely as a pure agitator. Then again, it’s true that he’s a bit of an agitator… but guys, we’re in playoffs. Agitators are part of the game 🙂
Congrats for the goal, Johann!
First of all, it’s safe to say that even the best Lausanne of the season would have struggled to defeat Zug in game-3 of the playoffs semifinals.
Once again we need to pick a disappointment and once again we’re forced to pick the Lions Vaudois. The latter compared to last Thursday night, weren’t able to roar.
Ups and downs… downs and ups… not for nothing, we’ve been describing Lausanne as the modern version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” lately. Once again Ville Peltonen’s troops weren’t able to give continuity to their performances. Be it that there was no deal to make against Zug this time… be it that the Lions Vaudois were understandably tired… but the fact is that Lausanne were unable to get Zug into trouble.
The series isn’t over, of course. For what we’ve seen, however, it’s gonna be difficult for Lausanne to win 3 more times against Zug.
Never say never… but more consistency is needed.
Up and at them, Lions… roar out loud!