Photo: we thank HC Biasca Ticino Rockets for the picture.


It’s Monday, and just like every Monday it’s time to talk about the Ticino Rockets!

Let’s see immediately the games played last  week. And let us also say straight that it wasn’t a positive week in terms of results.


THE GAMES OF LAST WEEK

HC Biasca Ticino Rockets vs EHC Kloten 0-3

The Rockets suffered a 3-0 home defeat. The first game was balanced overall in terms of scoring chances, but Kloten were nevertheless able to score the first goal of the night after 5 minutes of play with Tim Grossniklaus during the first power-play opportunity of the night. Starting from the central period then, the Airmen increased their level of play and all their efforts paid off in the last 7 minutes of tha game, when Robin Figren and Marco Truttmann set the 3-0 final score.

GCK Lions vs HC Biasca Ticino Rockets 9-3

Unfortunately there was no deal to make for the Rockets who were able only at times to stand up to the GCK Lions. The hosts immediately took the lead with Noah Meier after only 2 minutes and 49 seconds of play, and then Yannick Brüschwiler (2), Leonardo Fuhrer, Nelson Chiquet, Willy Riedi, Kaj Suter, Victor Backman and Antonio Rizzello scored their other 8 goals of the night. The Rockets scorers were Elia Mazzolini, Jerome Portman and Lee Roberts.

HC Biasca Ticino Rockets vs SC Langenthal 1-5

What a successful afternoon with 700 people who attended the game also thanks to the “Family Day”. Yet, the Rockets suffered the umpteenth defeat. Reinhard and Reuille’s troops got off to a brillat start and took the lead after only 2 minutes and 37 seconds of play with Thierry Bader who scored during the first power-play opportunity of the night. After that, the Rockets had several chances to extend their lead… but as the game went on, Langenthal increased their level of play and set the 5-1 final score thanks to the goals scored by Simon Sterchi, Vincenzo Küng (2), Dario Kummer and Stefan Tschannen.


OUR THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

The Rockets excel in something!

There are several stats in ice hockey. Some of them are very interesting while others – frankly speaking – are quite useless. There is a stat, anyway, that sees the Ticino Rockets excel. We’re talking about blocked shots!

BLOCKED SHOTS

R Team BkS
1 HC Biasca Ticino Rockets 306
2 HC Thurgau 297
3 GCK Lions 291
4 EHC Visp 237
5 HC La Chaux-de-Fonds 210
6 SC Langenthal 210
7 EHC Kloten 208
8 EHC Winterthur 204
9 HC Sierre 204
10 EHC Olten 188
11 HC Ajoie 188
12 EVZ Academy 186

 

This stat may say nothing to some of you. We mean, you can think that considering that the Rockets are oftentimes outplayed it’s normal that their number of blocked shots is high. Yet, in our opinion, this data is quite interesting.

We mean, there is no denying that the Rockets are the weakest team – on paper – of the Swiss League. And it’s obvious that you can expect them to suffer more defeats than other teams. What you can’t take for granted, however, is the attitude. And blocking shots is part of a positive attitude.

TICINO ROCKETS’ BLOCKED SHOTS – TOP 5

R Player BkS
1 Bionda Giona 46
2 Anex Guillaume 29
3 Moor Misha 20
4 Pezzullo Rocco 19
5 Tosques Sacha 16

In this regard, Giona Bionda is the Rockets’ bravest man (with 46 blocked shots, which is the highest number of the Swiss League!), whose best friend is probably ice, especially after the games.

Anyway, it’s safe to say that the guys coached by Reinhard and Reuille don’t slack off when it comes to blocking shots. And this factor is important. The spirit of self-sacrifice is the basis for the players who in this project to make better players but also better men, men with balls. Men perhaps capable one day to stand up for themselves also in the National League.

The figure of blocked shots is the mirror of the club Ticino Rockets. A club that are playing in a very competitive and complicated league, a club that has to face many challenges. But also a club that never gives up and will never give up.

We hope that also the 700 people who attended the game on Sunday saw that. The Family Day was a successful event. An event that hopefully helped to convince more people to follow this team and to support these guys and this club. A club that is trying its hardest to give young talents a chance!


UP NEXT

Tuesday, 19.11.2019 – EHC Winterthur vs HC Biasca Ticino Rockets

The Ticino Rockets play only one game this week which is scheduled for Tuesday night in Winterthur. It will be the second time this season that the two teams face each other, and Winterthur won the previous head to head 4-3 in Biasca back on early October. The Rockets, anyway, normally feel quite comfortable against this team. Suffice it to say that in history they won 6 of the 13 games played against Winterthur, a team that is currently 10th placed and is coming off 5 consecutive defeats.

FUN FACT

The Ticino Rockets won two of the last three games played against Winterthur on the road. We mean, it’s a good omen for the Ticinesi to play at the Zielbau Arena.

Have a great week, Rockets, keep it up and… GOROCKETSGO!

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