SC BERN vs HC LUGANO
SEASON HEAD TO HEAD
Bern are coming off the 4-3 shootout home win earned against Davos that followed the two narrow defeats suffered – always after shootout/overtime – against the ZSC Lions and Rapperswil away from home. There is no denying that the Bears aren’t at the top of their game… this is evidenced by the fact that they won only 3 of their last 10 games and this is also evidenced by the fact that they have currently only the 11th defensive record of the league. Yet, the team is alive in its own way… moreover, Bern are coming off the win earned in Grenoble in the CHL that allowed them to make it to the Round of 16 even though they were included in a very difficult group with Skelleftea and Kärpät Oulu.
Lugano are coming off the poor performance delivered in Rapperswil that nevertheless was enough in order to earn a last gasp comeback 2-1 overtime win. The latter victory followed the two narrow defeats suffered against Fribourg Gottéron and Lausanne. Lately, the Bianconeri look less brillant after that they had a very positive spell that lasted 8 games. And overall, they won only 2 of their last 5 games. Yet, Sami Kapanen’s troops proved capable of putting anyone in trouble. Therefore, why could they not hope to earn points in Bern?
Usually Lugano quite struggle to win at the PostFinance Arena during the regular season. It happened only 2 times in the last 8 away games, moreover in both cases we’re talking about shootout wins. The last “3 points” win for the Bianconeri against Bern on the road instead, dates back to February 21st, 2015… on that occasion, the troops back then coached by Patrick Fischer earned a 3-2 win thanks to the goals scored by Alessio Bertaggia, Diego Kostner and Damien Brunner. The Bears’ goals instead were scored by Martin Plüss and Bud Holloway.