HC AMBRÌ-PIOTTA vs ZSC LIONS 2-3
On paper, this was one of that kind of a game when there is a clear favourite and an underdog. Also because Ambrì-Piotta are dealing with several injuries of key players while the ZSC LIons are in great shape.
Let us not forget, moreover, that Luca Cereda were coming off two brillant wins – earned against Bienne and Lugano – that were very demanding from the mental and physical point of view. And let us also not forget that the ZSC Lions, currently the best team of the league, could rest on Friday night. We mean, all the ingredients were there for a difficult night for the hosts.
And instead, the game played at the Valascia was great, intense and hard-fought! Rikard Grönborg’s troops delivered yet another good performance this season, but Ambrì-Piotta were able to face up to the league leaders.
During the early stages of the first period the Leventinesi could enjoy two power-play opportunities… but after that, the Lions took the lead with Tim Berni who scored his 4th goal of the season. It could have been a huge blow for Ambrì, who instead reacted promptly and scored the tying goal shortly after thanks to the hammer of Matt D’Agostini.
The second period then was again a hard fought one. And the only goal came shortly before the second break, when Fabio Hofer gave the lead to Ambrì-Piotta and gave the home crowd something to cheer about!
At that point, the momentum could be on the hosts’ side. But the ZSC Lions aren’t the league leaders by accident… and during the third period they tried their hardest to win this game. Firstly they increased furthermore their level of play and that led to the tying goal scored by Severin Blindenbacher at 11 minutes to the end. And then, they proved to be on fire… they pushed forward and scored the game winning goal with Marcus Krüger at 19 seconds to the end!
This was a cruel defeat for Ambrì-Piotta, who would have deserved at least 1 point. Overall though, we think it’s safe to say that Zürich didn’t steal anything… and so they can spend the international break as league leaders. Deservedly so.
THE GUY ON FIRE
Finally, the game winning goal was awarded to Marcus Krüger. Having said that, we would have named him as “the guy on fire”, anyway. He delivered a very smart and solid performance. Perhaps you don’t always notice him on the ice, but he always does the right thing at the right time. Zürich wanted him for these reasons, after all.