Biel with seventh defeat in a row – Lugano wins in the basement duel

Laker Daniel Vukovic (left) fights against Bernese Andrew Ebbett.

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In the ice hockey championship it gets tight at the top of the table. Because Leader Zug lost the top game against Geneva-Servette 1: 5, only two points separate the first four in the table.

The Genève-Servette Hockey Club caught up with Leader Zug on points thanks to the away win in the top fight. So far, however, Geneva have played two games more than EVZ. The Geneva last led the table in September.

HC Davos (2-1 after extra time at the SCL Tigers) and the game-free ZSC Lions follow immediately behind the top duo. If the HCD – still badly criticized at the Spengler Cup – had not lost an advantage in the final section in Langnau, it would have been at the same level as Zug and Servette. Davos last led the table in the National League five years ago.

The top fight in Zug was dominated by Geneva’s defender Henrik Tömmernes (3 goals and 1 assist). Zug failed to score points for the first time since mid-November (10-2 wins since then). Servette has scored eight out of nine games abroad since October 22.

The EHC Biel is still waiting for the first victory since December 1st. Against Lausanne, the Bieler lost despite the first National League hat-trick by Mike Künzle (who also scored in the penalty shootout) and despite three leads (2: 0, 3: 2, 4: 3) against Lausanne 4: 5 after the penalty shootout.

All in all, Lugano (11th) kept their hopes for the playoffs with a 4-2 home win over Friborg-Gottéron (10th). However, Lugano and Friborg are tied to SC Bern (8th) and SCL Tigers (7th) by five and seven points respectively. Master Bern suffered a surprising defeat by the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers with 2: 3 after a penalty shootout (12th).

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