Zug are now up against the wall… they’re 3-1 behind in the Final and things are darn complicated. But impossible? Nope… first of all, nothing is impossible. “It ain’t over till it’s over” is not only a cliché.
Secondly, it happened already twice that a team 3-1 behind in the final, was able to turn things around and win the title. In both cases, we’re talking about the ZSC Lions.
In the 2000-01 season, the first of this century, the Lions back then coached by Larry Huras were 3-1 behind in the final against Lugano. Finally though, they were crowned Swiss Champions as they won the last three games consecutively.
In the 2011-12 season instead, always the Lions but this time coached by Bob Hartley, were 3-1 behind in the final against… Bern. Finally though, they were crowned Swiss Champions as they won the last three games consecutively!
Let’s relive briefly those moments…
HC LUGANO vs ZSC LIONS 3-4
Game-1 – HC Lugano vs ZSC Lions 3-0
Game-2 – ZSC Lions vs HC Lugano 3-0
Game-3 – HC Lugano vs ZSC Lions 4-1
Game-4 – ZSC Lions vs HC Lugano 0-4
Game-5 – HC Lugano vs ZSC Lions 3-6
Game-6 – ZSC Lions vs HC Lugano 5-1
Game-7 – HC Lugano vs ZSC Lions 1-2 (d.s.)
Morgan Samuelsson scored the game winning goal during the overtime of Game-7 and gave Zürich fans something to celebrate. The Lions were 3-1 behind in the series but were able to turn things around! Here, in video, Morgan Samuelsson’s goal that earned the title for Zürich!
SC BERN vs ZSC LIONS 3-4
Game-1 – SC Bern vs ZSC Lions 4-2
Game-2 – ZSC Lions vs SC Bern 2-1
Game-3 – SC Bern vs ZSC Lions 3-0
Game-4 – ZSC Lions vs SC Bern 0-2
Game-5 – SC Bern vs ZSC Lions 1-2
Game-6 – ZSC Lions vs SC Bern 6-3
Game-7 – SC Bern vs ZSC Lions 1-2
Also in this case, the ZSC Lions earned a 2-1 away win in Game-7… this time however, the game winning goal scored by Steve McCarthy came at 2 seconds to the end of the third period! Surely you remember it, do you?
We mean, there are better things in life than being 3-1 behind in a final… but it’s not impossible to turn things around. Zug will “simply” have to emulate the ZSC Lions, who were capable of doing it twice.
Bern, however, have no intention to relive another traumatic experience like in 2012. In fact, the Bears want to win tonight and so go back lifting the trophy in front of their own fans for the first time after 2010. That is, when they won at home 4-1 game-7 of the final against Genève Servette. Let us not forget, in fact, that Bern won their last 3 titles on the road… in Zug (!), Lugano and Fribourg. The last title won at home, goes back precisely to 2010. Do you remember?
Which scenes we will be able to witness tonight? Will Zug be able to emulate the ZSC Lions? Or rather, will Bern lift the trophy in front of their own fans for the first time since 2010?
Good luck, Bears and Bulls!