It’s Monday, and just like every Monday it’s time to talk about the Ticino Rockets!
It’s been a very positive week for the Rockets. And not only because of the results achieved. Now, without further ado, let’s see how the games played last week went.
LAST WEEK’S GAMES
HC Thurgau vs HC Biasca Ticino Rockets 1-0
This game was a complicated one. If we look at the game stats, the Ticino Rockets shot only 17 times while Thurgau shot 33 times. And, especially during the first two periods of play, Thurgau had more scoring chances. We think it was therefore not an accident that Frantisek Rehak scored the first and only goal of the night for the hosts.
EHC Olten vs HC Biasca Ticino Rockets 2-1 (SO)
The Ticino Rockets suffered a 14th consecutive defeat against Olten. Yet, they were able to earn 1 point at the Eisbahn Kleinholz for the first time in history. Olten were the clear favourites and took the lead during the first period thanks to Diego Schwarzenbach. Reinhard and Reuille’s guys, however, never gave up. They stood up to the hosts and were able to score the tying goal (shorthanded!) during the central period with Elia Mazzolini. After that, the score didn’t change until the shootout series, during which only Lee Roberts scored for the Rockets while Garry Nunn and Dion Knelsen earned the extra point for Olten.
HC Biasca Ticino Rockets vs HC Ajoie 3-2
November 2nd, 2019, it’s a day that will go down to history. The Ticino Rockets in fact, earned a win against Ajoie for the first time at the 14th attempt! The Rocktes delivered an impressive performance in terms of commitment against the current league leaders. They took a 3-goals lead thanks to Dario Meyer and Max Gerlach (2) in a matter of 33 minutes and 16 seconds. Then, obviously Ajoie tried their hardest to make it a brand new game and during the third period they scored two goals with Devin Müller and Jonathan Hazen… then, however, the Rockets were able to resist and finally earned a fantastic 3-2 win that put their 14-games losing streak to an end.
OUR THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
Game, set and match!
“Game, set and match”, just like they say in tennis. That’s how we like to describe the last week of the Ticino Rockets!
Because the Rockets were able to earn 1 point in Olten, a team that is currently 4th placed but that is among the favourites to win the Swiss League title. This is some sort of “feat”… we mean, it was a “game”.
Because the Rockets earned a brillant win, perhaps the most important one. We’re talking about the brillant come back to the National League of Luca Hischier, who played 3 games with the Ticino Rockets and then came back to Davos where he tallied 3 points in 2 National League games. The Rockets’ target is mainly the one of helping the player to improve their level and to prepare them for the National League. And Luca Hischier is only the last example of the fact that, in this regard, the Ticino Rockets’ project is working very well. We mean, Luca Hischier’s example was a “set”.
Because finally the Rockets were able to put their 14-games winless run to an end. And, most and above all, they were able to do so thanks to their first win in history against the current Swiss League leaders Ajoie! We mean, finally Reinhard and Reuille’s troops reaped the fruit of their hard work and turned their commitment into points. Right on the eve of the international break, and that’s a huge confidence booster that generated enthusiasm.
Right, enthusiasm. The latter is a crucial factor for the guys who this season can’t think only about preparing players for the National League but must also think about saving their place in the league. Such wins like the one earned against Ajoie are crucial, because the Rockets need to build self-confidence. And the best way to build self-confidence is to win games. If you win a game against the league leaders then, it’s even better!
Now, the hope is that this last week has set the tone for a second successful part of the season.
All the best, dear Rockets. Congrats for the latest performances and for the emotions you gifted your fans with!
Also the Swiss League takes a break… and the next game is scheduled for November 12th, when the Rockets will host Kloten.
There will be time to talk about that next Monday.
The next 10 days of break, anyway, are very important in order to work hard and be ready for the second part of the season.
Have a great week dear Rockets, good luck and… keep it up! GORocketsGO!