HC LUGANO vs HC AMBRÌ-PIOTTA 1-4
The saddest derby in history saw Ambrì-Piotta earning a 4-1 road win against Lugano.
The Bianconeri had the destiny in their own hands: they needed a win to make the playoffs. Otherwise, they needed to hope that Bern lose its game in Lausanne. Finally, they were able to make it to the post-season thanks to the defeat of Bern and despite an emotionless performance delivered against the “cousins”. Therefore, to make it short, mission accomplished. We think it’s safe to say that Serge Pelletier’s guys were rewarded for the impressive comeback of the last two months. We mean, they didn’t steal anything.
Who also didn’t steal anyhting, but talking about the single game, was Ambrì-Piotta that was the better side. It’s as simple as that. Luca Cereda’s guys were not top notch during the central period. But for the rest, they did everything little bit better than Lugano.
The first period was goalless even though the visitors would have deserved more. During the early stages of the central period then, Thomas Wellinger gave the lead to the Bianconeri and that could have been a game-changer… and partially, the game really changed. Was it becase Lugano increased its level of play or rather because Ambrì-Piotta underperform? Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle. The fact remains that when Lugano could kill the game – shortly after the half-an-hour mark – Matt D’Agostini scored the shorthanded goal that tied things up!
And Matt D’Agostini’s goal was the prelude to what then happened after in the third period, during which the visitors showed that they wanted this win more and deservedly earned it thanks to the goals scored by Fabio Hofer, Robert Sabolic and Dominic Zwerger (empty-netter) that set the 4-1 final score!
Finally, both team can be satisfied. Lugano made the playoffs while Ambrì-Piotta earned 3 very important points. Frankly speaking though, considering the surreal environment, no one can be satisfied. This is not hockey. Hockey is for fans!
THE GUY ON FIRE
Luca Cereda (Coach, HC Ambrì-Piotta)
Luca Cereda prepared this game perfectly. A game that was anything but normal. Chapeau!