HC AMBRÌ-PIOTTA vs SC RAPPERSWIL-JONA LAKERS 4-2
Ambrì-Piotta earned a deserved 4-2 win against Rapperswil at the end of a game that perhaps was not a high-quality one but certainly was quite eventful.
The Leventinesi got off to a brillant start and took the lead thanks to the power-play goal scored by Dominic Zwerger 66 seconds after the first puck drop of the night. The Austrian’s goal set the tone for a first period during which Luca Cereda’s side were the better side. We mean, they weren’t perfect or anything like that, but surely proved to be more determined than the visitors.
Then again, it’s safe to say that the game was overall balanced. But the above-mentioned “determination” made the difference… Rapperswil haven’t underperformed and actually improved as the game went on. But the hosts seemed to want this win more, it’s as simple as that. For this latter factor they were then rewarded during the second part of the second third, when Joël Neuenschwander – first NL goal! – and Matt D’Agostini (PP goal) set the 3-0 score at the second break.
During the last third Rappi tried their hardest, nevertheless Ambrì-Piotta had few chances to seal the 3-points… chances that were not converted though, ans so the Lakers had the opportunity to show for the umpteenth time this season their character and in a matter of few minutes, between the 52nd and the 55th minute of play, made it a brand new game thanks to Casey Wellmann and Kevin Clark!
Luca Cereda’s troops deserve big credit though, because they didn’t panic and at 3 minutes to the end they even scored their third power-play goal of the night again with Matt D’Agostini. The latter set the 4-2 final score!
THE GUY ON FIRE
Matt D’Agostini is on fire and you can see that… he fought hard and brought in quality. Moreover, he scored two crucial goals that helped Ambrì-Piotta to turn the determination into points.