Phew of relief in Vernets and low mine in the Zealand ranks. The last day of the regular season delivered its verdict and it smiled on the players at the end of Lake Geneva. The Garnet won 5-2 against Lugano and took advantage of the defeat of Biel on the ice of Zug (3-1).
Geneva had been excellent against Lausanne on Thursday then trapped by Biel in a completely crazy end to the match on Saturday at Les Vernets. Facing Lugano, the Genevans have chosen to show their best face. With a Linus Omark author of the first two goals, the Eagles have never trembled.
Even after conceding a double numerical superiority to the Ticino just after the 4-1 of Winnik (17th), the players of Pat Emond found that the Bianconeri probably did not have the firm intention of killing themselves in the task. Tyler Moy’s 5-1 in the 23rd had the effect of closing the case for good and it wasn’t Nodari’s goal in the 53rd that changed anything.
Informed of the final result of the match between Zug and Biel about two minutes before the end of regulation time, the Genevans only let their joy burst out during the final siren.
For Arnaud Jacquemet (GSHC defender) and Patrick Emond (GSHC coach), this qualification is obviously a relief.
Now it’s time for a week’s break for the Garnet since the playoffs, against Friborg-Gottéron, will not start until Tuesday, April 13.
Then in the garnet ranks, a man seems to have taken off. Arrived on tiptoe in the garnet workforce, Mathieu Vouillamoz finished the season with 8 points alongside Linus Omark and Daniel Winnik. Author of a goal and two assists against Lugano, the Valaisan thus celebrated in a beautiful way his 21 years celebrated 2 days ago.
In Zug, Biel pushed forward, especially at the start of the game with a 16-5 shot in favor of the Bernese. But Leonardo Genoni has long played the impassable walls. Relief could have come from Stämpfli’s opener in the 26th, but Senteler leveled the score in the 35th and Leuenberger’s players started to tense up. Klingberg’s 2-1 in the 46th had the effect of cutting off the Zealand legs.
But just before there was the 42nd minute episode and that whistle from the referees along with Gillian Kohler’s butt pushed the puck behind Genoni’s line. Unfortunately for the Zealanders, the officials considered that the Zug goalkeeper had blocked the puck. “Kohlergate” in sight?
Undoubtedly not since the Biennois will not have time to think about their first pre-playoff match on Wednesday against Rapperswil in best-of 3. The winner of this confrontation will have the honor of competing against Lugano (2nd of the season regular) in the quarter-finals.
National League pre-playoff and playoff posters
Pre-playoff (best of 3 games), from April 7
Biel (7) – Rapperswil (10)
Davos (8) – Bern (9)
Playoffs – Quarter-finals (best of 7 games), starting April 13
Zug (1) – Davos / Bern
Lugano (2) – Biel / Rapperswil
Friborg-Gottéron (3) – Geneva-Servette (6)
Lausanne (4) – Zurich (5)
(ATS / Sébastien Telley)
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