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Team by team breakdown coming this week
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I couldn't write many things as I had a busy week. Still, here's the first two teams :

Lugano : 29-7-8, 148-99

Lugano finished the season with 3 wins against a weak opposition that will send them into the playoffs riding a 6 games winning streak. They followed a 2-1-2 season start with a 12 games unbeaten streak which allowed them to reach the first place after the 13th game of the season, and apart from a poor run between the 34th and the 38th game which saw Davos coming dangerously close, were never threaten. They also set a new record for home win in a season with an impressive 19-2-1 record, the only loss comming against Kloten.
Just like last season, Ville Peltonen led the team in scoring with 24 goals and 32 assists without missing a game. Petteri Nummelin, despite missing 8 games, had 13 goals and 36 assists. Peltonen’s linemate Ryan Gardner was a nice surprise this season as he got 24 goals and 22 assists despite his obvious lack of skills, scoring mostly by smartly using his size to screen the goalie. Mike Maneluk, who played in only 30 games (11G 18A), will probably complete the first line going into the playoffs. The other lines are anyone’s guess, as many injuries prevented Lugano from having a stable lineup during the regular season. Apart from the Peltonen – Gardner duo and the Andy Näser – JJ Aeschlimann – Keith Fair checking line, there are many possible combinations, including national team regular Adrian Wichser (8G 18A in 43 game), Flavien Conne (2G 5A in only 21 games, after missing the first half of the season) and Sandy Jeannin (11G 24A in 42 games, a surprisingly high total for this two way player, best known for being able to play all five positions), and a possible all canadian line, with Benoit Gratton (a disappointing 6G 12A in 31 games), Martin Gelinas, who was signed as a free agent after being eliminated from the NLB playoffs, and Paul DiPietro, recaled from farm team Chur, who won’t be an import player anymore as he just got a swiss Citizenship.
On defense, they lost Petteri Nummelin for the first three games of the playoffs, and hired James Pollock, who disappointed with Kloten. The defense is still solid (Lugano is the only team in the league who allowed less than 100 goals), as they can count on national team regular Julien Vauclair (an unimpressive 4G 7A in 42 games, mainly because he had to assume defensive duties, being paired Nummelin during the whole season), who rebounded well from a poor season start, Olivier Keller (4G 7A in 43 games) and Steve Hirschi (2G 13A in 43 games). The top six is completed by hard hitting Andreas Hänni and veteran Noël Guyaz.
David Aebischer looks like the probable playoffs starter, as he played in the last two games of the regular season and is now playing way better then earlier. However, seeing Ronnie Rüeger start is not out of question, as he played the best season of his career and was the most regular goalie in the league, after being considered a question mark for many years.


Davos : 27-4-13, 156-102


As expected, Davos scored the most goals, but also did surprinsingly well on defense. They started the season poorly (1-1-3), but then came back on track and climbed the standings to reach the second place after the 21st game, and could even make a run for the first place, but a poor season end (3-0-4, loosing home games against Geneva and Fribourg) sealed their feat.
When the season started, coach Arno Del Curto seemed unable to find good line combinations, focusing on playing Reto Von Arx on the first line, the Joe Thornton-Rick Nash duo on the second line, and Jozef Marha and Nicklas Hagman on the third. He finally found the right line up after 20 games, when he splitted Thornton and Nash. The first line is made of Michel Riesen, Reto Von Arx and Rick Nash, while Jozef Marha centers the second with Joe Thornton and Nicklas Hagman on his wings. Thornton easily leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 44 assists in 40 games, with Nash comming second with 27 goals and 22 assists in 44 games. The top six forwards are also the top six in scoring, as Mahra and Hagman both have 18 goals and 22 assists in 44 games, Von Arx got 11 goals and 27 assists in 43 games, and Riesen had 19 goals and 15 assists in 44 games, which shows that Davos was lucky regarding injuries to his best forwards. Behind them, the third line is centered by Sandro Rizzi (10G 3A in 41 games), who had a great season as a defensive center, Caps prospect Peter Guggisberg (12G 7A in 36 games), who showed a great scoring touch for a 19 year old, but failed to score a goal in his last 8 games after being injured, and Bjorn Christen (1G 6A in 18 games), who started the season on the injury list but came back impressively during the Spengler cup. Davos’ offense is so deep that the can put national team winger Andres Ambühl (7G 11A in 43 games) on the fourth line, along Fabian Sutter and Claudio Neff, two players who were a little disappointing.
On defense, they did surprisingly well, despite missing a true number one. There’s not many offensive threat (Jan Von Arx and Benny Winkler had 8 points, while national team regular Beat Forster had 7 points in only 29 games ), but the team’s overall defensive play is pretty good. The other notable players are veteran Marc Gianola and Andreas Häller.
Goalie Jonas Hiller, a question mark in many preseason prediction, was average during the first part of the season, but became stronger as the season advanced, and ended it as the hottest goalie in the league. It remains to be seen if he can handle playoffs pressure, but his latest preformances clearly speak in his favor.



I'll try to had the remaining teams (at least the 8 playoffs team) saturday, before the first games.

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Two more teams, I'm now on a race against the clock to finnish before the beginning of the playoffs in 6 hour

ZSC : 23-4-17, 146-118

Despite being third since the middle of the season, ZSC was unregular during the whole year and never had a chance to keep the pace with Lugano and Davos. They only had two four games unbeaten streak, and poor run late in the season almost saw them fall in the strandings.
ZSC had three key players this season, namely Randy Robitaille, the league’s top scorer (22G 45A in 36 games), his linemate Robert Petrovicky, who rebounded well after a poor season with Langnau (21G 29A in 44 games), and defenseman Mark Streit, with 14 goals and 29 assists in 44 games. Robitaille and Petrovicky didn’t have a regular linemate, but they mostly played with Sven Helfenstein (8G 8A in 38 games), veteran Claudio Micheli, whose overall play was disappointing despite a good production (11G 16A in 44 games) and Jan Alston, the team’s fourth best scorer (15G 24A in 37 games). They’ll probably start the playoffs with either Helfenstein or Alston on the first line, depending on their willingness to put most of their offensive strength on the same line. ZSC’s other forwards played mostly below their usual value, especially finnish winger Tony Virta (9G 14A in 40 games), national team power forward Thierry Paterlini (6G 5A in 41 games) and Michel Zeiter (8G 10A in 44 games). Otherwise, many young players got a chance to crack the line up, the most succesfull being Reto Raffainer and Pascal Tiegermann (both scored 11 points without missing many games).
On defense, 20 year old Andri Stoffel was a nice surprise as he spent the whole season on the first pair, were he got 1 goal and 2 assists while playing an efficient defensive game covering Mark Streit. Mattias Seger, one of the best swiss defenseman of the last seasons, was dressed for only 25 games and could still match his usual production as he got 12 points. Hard hitters Edgar Salis and Martin Kout were solid without helping the offense very much (5 and 3 points respectively). However, ZSC’s two offseason acquisitions were a little disappointing, as Martin Höhener mainly played as a 7th defenseman (2pts in 27 games) after spending last season on Geneva’s first pair, and Tim Ramholt had only 1 goal and 3 assists in 41 games after comming back from the Quebec major junior league.
Goalie Ari Sulander, a cornerstone of the team since they became a contender in the late 90’s, is showing some signs of decline as he was clearly below the bests in the league, but his big game experience can still make the difference in the playoffs.


Zug : 20-8-16, 140-142

After signing many interessant players during the offseason, expectations to see Zug come back to the first half of the standings after some poor seasons were high, but after a terrible start which saw them win only 3 of their first 13 games, bad enough for the tenth place, it looked like missing the post season wasn’t out of question. However, a 7-1-1 streak put them back into a playoffs spot, and their season end, though unregular, was good enough to reach the fourth place.
Zug’s first line was a satisfaction for the entire season. Oleg Petrov led the league in goal with 29, added to 23 assists, and center Niko Kapanen got 9 goals and 33 assists, with neither player missing a single game. The left wing spot mainly belonged to Frédéric Rothen (13G 9A), who was unspectacular but could make the best use of Kapanen’s playmaking thanks to his good shot. However, nothing is set in stone yet and it is still possible that Zug will put a better player with Kapanen and Petrov. The other lines are anyone’s guess as there are many capable forwards on this team, the bests being Mike Fisher (9G 18A in 21 games added to an efficient hard work that make him one of the best NHLer in Swtzerland), Patrick Fischer (17G 18A in 44 games), who proved he still is one of the best swiss forward after a poor start (3 points in 8 games), and Patrick Della Rossa, who usually made the national team because of this hard work and defensive play, but could also add 8 goals and 11 assists in 39 games. There also was some deceptions, namely playmaker Gianmarco Crameri (4G 9A, but he was better late in the season), winger Duri Camichel (6G 9A) and checking center Patrick Oppliger (4G 3A in 21 games).
On defense, Barry Richter (8G 19A in 38 games) established himself as one of the best in the league and should be awarded the fourth foreign player spot, making a healthy scratch of Brett Hauer (3G 14A in 29 games). The first pair will likely be completed by René Back (3G 9A in 35 games), who was a nice surprise after failling to crack ZSC’s line up early in the season. Veteran Gaëtan Voisard (5G 13A in 44 games, a key player in Zug’s defense) and 19 year old Raphaël Diaz (1G 4A in 41 games) will likely form the second pair. Unspectacular veterans Livio Fazio and Pascal Müller will complete the defense.
In goals, apart from a few games in the middle of the season where 17 year old Raphaël Walter did well, Lars Weibel started every game and proved he still belongs to the best in the league and can steal a few games if needed.

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Halfway there, six teams out of 12 !


Geneva : 20-5-19, 126-131

Geneva couldn’t match its third place from last year, but after being unregular during the whole season, a 3-0-1 finnish helped them secure a playoffs berth and they even ended as one of the big winner a the last playing day, as they will now face the weakest of the top four teams.
Coach Chris McSorley kept changing his line during the whole season, and as NHLers Geoff Sanderson and Serge Aubin, who were both disappointing (9GP 4G 1A and 6GP 2G 1A respectively) were injured during the last two playing days, it remains unclear which import players will be dressed in the playoffs, especially considering that Philippe Bozon (12G 27A in 38 games), Andreas Johansson (12G 26A in 40 games) and Michal Grosek (15G 21A in 41 games) ended the season as the team’s best scorers. As forwards Jan Cadieux (11G 11A in 42 games), Kevin Romy (10G 12A in 42 games, league leaders among under 20 year old) and Igor Fedulov (6G 16A in 29 games) can be quite effective, McSorley will probably try to have three lines who can score, two of them being completed by the hard working Thomas Déruns (4G 9A in 44 games) and Bruno Brechbühl (6G 3A in 41 games).
The defense looks a bit one dimensional, as they are slow and unskilled. Only Goran Bezina (7G 12A in 33 games) and John Gobbi (8G 9A in 44 games) could help the offense, but on the other hand, five memebers of the defense had an impressive total of penalty minutes : Bezina (51), Gobbi (68), Wesley Snell (58), Philippe Rytz (79) and Jakub Horak (47).
Goalie Reto Pavoni, a cornerstone of Kloten’s four consecutive championnship in the mid-90’s, can no longer get the job done, and even if his physical defense can handle his poor rebound control, the bad goals he allow can kill his team.


Ambrì : 19-7-18, 133-137

Ambrì started the season with consecutive losses, and followed with a 9-1-0 streak which saw them being ranked first between the 9th and the 12th playing days, but they kept falling in the standings ever since, barely sneaking into the post season.
The offense mainly comes from their three canadian forwards, as Hnat Domenicheli (23G 36A in 41 games) and Jean-Guy Trudel (24G 33A in 42 games) were among the league’s top scorers, and Jeff Toms (21G 27A in 38 games) could also crack the top ten. As Trudel suffered a minor injury late in the season, they hired Pittsburgh’s Ryan Malone for the playoffs. Despite Ambrì being below average since their early season streak, coach Serge Pelletier kept the same line combination : defensive center Michael Liniger (8G 14A in 40 games) play on the first line between Trudel and Domenicheli, and Toms centers the second line with Corsin Camichel (9G 12A) and Lars Leuenberger (6G 4A in 35 games). Paolo Imperatori (2G), Benoit Pont (8G 8A) and Mattia Baldi (4G 3A) form an efficient checking line. Vjeran Ivankovic (3G 2A in 11 games since joining from Basel of the NLB) could be an alternative to replace an offensive player.
On defense, Oskar Åckeström was disappointing despite scoring 1 goal and 12 assists in 13 games, so Ambrì decided to sign Andreas Lilja to play on the first pair during the playoffs. Hard hitting Oskar Szczepaniec (4A in 37 games) will likely be his linemate, while the second pair will consist of two players who failed to meet expectation, 21 year old Félicien Du Bois (2G 7A) and former national team player Reto Kobach (5G 5A in 38 games), who wasn’t supposed to be fit, but healed better than expected after a late season injury. Veteran Tiziano Giannini (6A) and Nicolas Celio (2G 9A), two unspectacular but reliable players, will compose the third pair.
In goal, Simon Züger was declared the starter at the season’s beginning after establishing himself as the number one last season, but Carolina prospect Daniel Manzato got the job for the third game and was a major part of Ambrì’s hot streak. However, as the season advanced, his level of play declined and allowing 5 goals in 13 minutes against Geneva in late december sealed his feat. Züger, who had started only 7 games at the time, got the job back for the last 13 games of the season and was good enough to get the job done without being stellar. What looked like major strength early in the season is now a major concern entering the playoffs.

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The playoffs start today right? If so any scores or updates would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your hard work this year. It has been nice to follow the Swiss League.

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I did it ! Here's the last two playoffs teams, 25 minutes before the games' start.


Rapperswil : 20-5-19, 140-130

Rapperswil always had an history of starting well and falling late in the season, and after a 6-0-3 start, things looked no different. However, they could hold on and stay between the 4th and the 6th place, even making a run at the third place with a 5-0-2 streak between the 27th and the 33rd playing days. Unfortunately, a 3-1-7 finnish saw the following teams catch up and overtaking them on the last day. Still, nothing to be ashamed about as many pre-season predictions had Rapperswil fighting with Lausanne for the last place.
The key to Rapperswil’s brillant season was to dress two capable scoring lines, two defensively reliable lines, a good defensive top four and a top goalie. The first line consists of center Stacey Roest, the team’s top scorer (17G 38A in 41 games), Mikko Eloranta (19G 28A) and 22 years old Thomas Walser (18G 11A), who made the best of the opportunity to play on a scoring line and was one of the best surprise in the league. On the second line, canadian winger Dale McTavish (24G 19A) finally got noticed after being one of the most underrated player in the league these past seasons. He was well helped by center Marc Weber (8G 27A), who was best known for being an hard working third liner than an offensive producer while playing for Bern. The left wing position was up for grab during the biggest part of the season, and it now belongs to Deny Bärtschi, who was efficient despite getting only 6 goals and 6 assists (all of them since moving to the second line). As Roest was injured during some games late in the season, Derek Armstrong was signed and played in 3 games, scoring once and adding 3 assists. Despite Rapperswil’s three foreign forwards being efficient, they hired Kristian Huselius to add some scoring during the playoffs. The third and fourth line nver produced much, but the exprience and hard work of centers Markus Bütler and Patrizio Morger (injured for the playoffs) are key part of the team.
As said earlier, the defensive top four was one of the main reason for Rapperswil overachieving. The first pair is made of Markko Tuulola (7G 16A in 35 games) and veteran Marco Bayer (4G 10A), while the second consists of 23 years old Cyril Geyer (5G 9A), who made an impressive season start which gave him a chance to play for the national team, but he had troubles holding on the pace as he scored only one point during the second half of the season, and former national team player Patrick Fischer (2G 6A in 32 games), who reounded well after a poor season in Zug.
In goal, Marco Streit, a journeyman for most of his career, was one of the best in the league and an other key player for Rapperswil. 19 year old Mickael Tobler still got 12 starts and did well.


Bern : 18-8-18, 143-121

After winning the league last season, Bern made a lot of bad offseason moves. They thought they could win by being only physical and replaced a top notch defenseman like Sylvain Lefebvre by Rich Brennan, replaced Marc Weber, Alex Chatelain and Vjeran Ivankovic, three capable NLA players, by youngster like Christophe Roder or Philippe Wetzel who couldn’t bring anything but physical play to the team, and proudly declared that “They didn’t need any NHLer on paid vacation”. Two wins to start the season seemed to prove them right, but a 1-2-6 sequence put the management in the alarm mode. Swedish forward Patrick Juhlin was the first victim when he refused to be sent to the farm team and was released and replaced by Daniel Brière after only 5 games. Bern then seemed to be back on track, but 5 consecutive losses between the 18th and the 22nd games put them back in big troubles. The next to pay for that poor start were Rich Brennan, who became an healthy scratch after they decided to hire Dany Heatley and go with four foreign forwards, as well as coach Alan Haworth, who couldn’t match the success he had in Bern in the early 90’s as a player. Alpo Suhonen was then hired, and he couldn’t had an immediat impact because of many injuries, mainly counting on Heatley and Brière not to fall too far away from the 8th place. Then, as Bern got all of his players back and made a nice addition by signing Mark Reichert from Kloten, most of the poor players were sent back to the NLB and Suhonen could finally have a stable line up, and after a 5 games winless streak late in the season that made Bern fans fear the worst, they ended the season with a 5-1-0 streak that even Heatley’s departure couldn’t stop, thus preventing Bern from being the first ever defending champion to miss the playoffs.
Bern’s only offensive consistency during the whole season came from the Ivo Rüthemann (14G 28A) and Christian Dubé (12G 26A, despite being suspended during 10 games) duo. Sébastien Bordeleau completed the first line, and despite some late season points that prevented his stats from looking to bad (11G 19A in 41 games), he was way below his level from last season and didn’t bring what an NLA import player is supposed to bring, especially during that lockout season. What saved Bern is their second line, led by Daniel Brière, the team’s leading scorer (17G 29A in 36 games) and Dany Heatley (14G 10A in 16 games), who was replaced by Jean-Pierre Dumont (2G 2A in 3 games). They were completed by Yves Sarault, who got 11 goals and 21 assists while providing physical play, but as Henrik Tallinder was signed for the playoffs, we might see an all-Buffalo line. The third line could also add some offensive production late in the season, as center André Rötheli (7G 20A in 41 games) rebounded well from a poor start, while Mark Reichert ‘s (10G 6A in 22 games since joining from Kloten) crash the net style and Rolf Schrepfer’s (6G 15A in 28 games) hard work in the corner were the perfect fit to Rötheli’s playmaking skills. The fourth line consists of former Maple Leafs first round pick Luca Cereda (2pts), a big deception, Marco Käser (7pts in 39 games), the only young forward who didn’t disappoint, and Caryl Neuenschwander (4pts in 31 games).
The defense was led by Martin Steinegger (8G 16A) during most of the season, and he’s now paired with Beat Gerber (7pts). David Jobin (a disappointing 6pts in 37 games), who had an ok season but can do way better, and defensive forward Thomas Ziegler (4G 9A in 32 games), who was moved when Bern find stability in its forward lines. Dominic Meier and Rolf Ziegler compose the third pair, while Marc Leuenberger and Rangers prospect Philippe Furrer (6 pts in 37 games, one of the satisfactions of the season) play on the fourth. Overall, this defense is deep and solid, but ridicoulusly one dimensional.
No question mark in goal as Marco Bührer started every game, and despite playing below the level he showed last season, he is expected to be an important part of the team in the playoffs.


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And two teams again. The last two will come tomorrow :


Kloten : 19-5-20, 122-128

Just like last season, Kloten was very unlucky regarding injuries. They started the season with a 2-1-6 run, then had three wins in a row but a 1-3-8 sequence saw them fall to the 11th place after the 25th game. Things went better then as they lost only six of the last 20 games, including a 6-1-0 unbeaten streak between the 37th and 43rd game, but completely broke down in their last game, loosing 10-1 in Bern, missing the playoffs despite being the best team in the league in the last 15 games.
Kimmo Rintanen had a great season and led the team with 21 goals and 29 assists, with Domenic Pittis being second with 17 goals and 28 assists. Rintanen ended the season on the first line with Jeff Halpern (7G 4A in 9 games) first, then Rob Brind’amour (2G 1A in 2 games) at center, and number three scorer Sven Lindemann (13G 15A). Pittis centered the second line with veterans Roger Rieder (1G 11A in 38 games) and André Rufener (4G 5A in 14 games after starting the season in the NLB). Kloten’s third line had an interesting production as well, with 20 years old hard working center Romano Lemm (9G 16A) having a break out season (his previous career high was 7 points) for which he was rewarded by a national team call, Penguins prospect Patrick Bärtschi (7G 8A in 28 games after being injured during the first part of the season) and 21 years old Cyril Bühler had 3 goals and 10 assists. Three young players, namely Victor Stancescu, Gianni Ehrensperger and Dario Kostovic, play on the fourth line without having much of an impact.
After James Pollock had a poor season start (4G 8A in 26 games), Kloten decided to sign an NHL defenseman and went with Patrice Brisebois (3G 1A in 10 games), who played poorly as well. They then hired Dave Tanabe, who was convincing in an early season stint in Rapperswil, and it paid off as he was one of Kloten’s most important player, scoring 3 goals and adding 7 assists in 20 games. He was paired with Timo Helbling, who got only 2 goals and 9 assists but brought an good physical presence. The second pair is led by Severin Blindenbacher (10G 15A), who had a great season and established himself as one of the league’s best defensemen. Fabien Guignard (4A in 28 games, disappointing since he was Kloten’s best defenseman last season, but not bad considering he suffered an injury that could have ended his career) and Philippe Seydoux (1G 8A in 28 games) were the other defensemen who had an impact.
Stars prospect Tobias Stephan could start every game in Kloten’s net, a good news after he missed most of last season, and he improved as the season advanced, but he have to do more if he ever wants to have a chance in Dallas.


Fribourg : 13-7-24, 115-145

Fribourg had a terrible season start, winning only 2 of its first 10 games. Some wins then allowed them to escape from the last place, but a 0-4-6 run between the 26th and 34th games almost saw Lausanne overtaking them again. An above average season end (5-1-4) prevent a last place finnish, and they could even earn home ice advantage in the relegation serie.
Only a few players had a satisfying season. Jukka Hentunen led the team in scoring (24G 20A), defenseman Thomas Rhodin (6G 24A) was one of the best in the league, Valentin Wirz (15G 22A) established himself as one of the best swiss players and Julien Sprunger (9G 7A) followed his draft year with an improvement. Otherwise, no one met expectations, espacially the import players who were supposed to carry this team. Mickael Karlberg, who led the league in assist last season while adding an interesting number of goals, had only 6 goals and 28 assists in 35 games. Richard Lintner, who was supposed to be one of the best offseason acquisition and to challenge Petteri Nummelin’s offensive number, only had 2 goals and 9 assists in 23 games. Trevor Letowski (4G 5A in 9 games) and Mark Mowers (2G in 3 games) came late in the season but it was too late. The foreign players weren’t the only deceptions, as veterans Gille Montandon (4G 10A in 33 games) and Patrick Howald (4G 6A) couldn’t match their former efficiency. As their coach kept changing the lines, it’s hard to guess their line up for the relegation series. Letowski and Mowers will probably play on the first line with the ineffective Cyril Berthoud (3G 3A), while Wirz and Hentunen could be centered by assistant coach Dan Hodgson, who laced the skates late in the season.
Apart from Rhodin, there wasn’t anything to get excited about regarding the defense. Nicolas Studer (2G 11A) was the only swiss defenseman to have an interesting production, while Philippe Marquis had 3 goals and 7 assists, quite poor for someone considered an offensive defenseman. 22 years old Lukas Gerber, who played well enough to earn a spot on the world championnship team last season, was also disappointing.
Goalie Gianluca Mona didn’t help the team either, as he was one of the worst in the league.

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Finally, the last two teams are here !


Langnau : 12-6-26, 96-154

Langnau started the season with high expectations after a great offseason, hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since coming back to the NLA in 1999. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well as planed and after a 3-3-7 start, Langnau had to settle for the 11th rank. A 5-1-3 run raised some hope as they could climb to the 8th rank, but they followed with a 0-1-7 sequence that ended all their hopes. They couldn’t even hold on home ice advantage for the relegation series as the suffered five consecutive losses to end the regular season.
Langnau’s best scorers barely cracked the 30 points mark, as Daniel Steiner had 15 goals and 16 assists, Thibault Monnet had 10 goals and 20 assists, and Jeff Shantz got 9 goals and 19 assists. The offseason acquisition didn’t have the expected impact, as former Ambrì duo Loic Burkhalter (8G 14A) and Vitaly Lakhmatov (5G 9A) were big disappointements, as well as hard worker Trevor Meier (9G 5A). Langnau couldn’t even find the right import players. Goalie Corey Hirsch was signed during the offseason and got released without playing a game after Martin Gerber decided to sign with his hometown team, forward Ryan Savoia (2G 1A in 13 games) wasn’t an NLA caliber player, NHLers Tim Connolly (8G 3A in 16 games), Rob DiMaio (3G 2A in 9 games) and Fernando Pisani (1G 3A in 7 games) had short and unimpressive stints. They currently have Richard Park (3G in 10 games) and Nicholas Dimitrakos (1A in 3 games) on the roster. With some no name players dressed for some games, they broke the record for foreign players used in a season with 12.
The defense was a little more stable than the offense. The first pair was made of Jamie Heward (3G 14A), who was disappointing but still was the only import player with Shantz to stay the whole season, and hard hitter Mark Astley (1G 8A), another disappointment after playing many good seasons for Lugano. On the second pair, 21 years old Martin Stettler (1G 2A) was a rare satisfaction, but offensive specialist Patrick Sutter (3G 12A), just like Astley, couldn’t match his success in Lugano. On the third pair, veteran Valeri Shiriaev (4G 16A) was the only satisfying offseason acquisition and Daniel Aegerter (1G 2A) had another unspectacular season.
At the start of the season, Langnau scratched canadian goalie Corey Hirsch as Shiriaev still counted as a foreign player, and signed home grown Martin Gerber. Coach Jim Koleff’s poor handling of the situation made Hirsch unhappy, and he left for the German league, and one week later Gerber decided to leave for Sweden. They then had to settle for Pauli Jaks, released after a poor season start in Russia, but the days when Jaks was the first swiss trained player to play in the NHL are way behind, and he was one of the worst goaltender in the league, weakening an already weak team.


Lausanne : 8-6-30, 111-169

After a 3-1-1 season start, Lausanne was quickly labeled as a surprising overachiever. A 1-0-15 run followed and after the 11th game, Lausanne fell to a last place it will never leave. The signing of Martin St-Louis brought some hopes with a 3-1-0 streak, but the team’s weakness were to much for one player to overcome and the season ended with a 1-4-14 sequence.
Eric Landry had a terrific season start and ended it as a the team’s top scorer with 18 goals and 21 assists. Marko Tuomainen did the opposite as after a poor start, a could show his great goal scoring skills and finally got 21 goals and 15 assists. St-Louis was the only player to get more than one point per game, with 9 goals and 16 assits in 23 games. His signing led to the departure of Andrei Bashkirov (6G 6A in 20 games), who played way below his level from last season. The only swiss forward to have a positive impact was playmaking center Oliver Kamber (7G 27A), who had a great season setting up Tuomainen. Gerd Zenhaüsern (8G 21A) started the season well but his play declined and he ended on the fourth line. Christophe Brown, Sasha Weibel and Lovis Schönenberger made an ok job as a checking line.
As Martin St-Louis left the team after the end of the regular season, Lausanne hired Lubomir Hurtaj from the czech league, as well as many NLB players who are out of the playoffs to face Kloten in the relegation series. As a result, Lausanne’s lines for the next games are anyone’s guess.
On defense, Patrick Boileau was signed to produce on offense, and he did with 7 goals and 12 assists in 29 games. However, his offensive minded style wasn’t the best fit for a bottom team, so Lausanne signed Andy Roach for the second half of the season, and he got 4 goals and 5 assists in 14 games, securing the defense by bringing calm and smart play. However, neither Michel Kamber (2G 10A), Alain Reist (1G 10A) nor Mattias Holzer (3G 8A) could step up as a true first pair defenseman as all three were unregular. Only 20 years old Laurent Emery (1G 4A) played above expectations.
In goal, Thomas Berger’s job remained unchallenged during the whole season, but that was a direct result of Lausanne’s incapacity to find a experienced back up. His unsecure play and poor rebound control were too much to overcome for such a weak team.

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First of all:

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Does anyone know a good site in English (or eventually in Italian or French) where to find updated scoresheets of NLA playoffs game?

It seems i am not able to find anything

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Season over for Ryan Malone. He broke his jaw yesterday...big blow for Ambrì

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Does anyone know a good site in English (or eventually in Italian or French) where to find updated scoresheets of NLA playoffs game?

It seems i am not able to find anything
Click here: Swiss hockey Federation website
On the right side of the home page you can find some boxscores and stats. Game1s boxscore are already gone, but tomorrow you'll find game2s stats.

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Click here: Swiss hockey Federation website
On the right side of the home page you can find some boxscores and stats. Game1s boxscore are already gone, but tomorrow you'll find game2s stats.
Thanks!
Still..ehm..am i blind or what..where can i find the results/details of game1s?? It seems it's all ready for tonight scoresheets but i can't find the previous ones!

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Thanks!
Still..ehm..am i blind or what..where can i find the results/details of game1s?? It seems it's all ready for tonight scoresheets but i can't find the previous ones!
Exactly, they always "clean" them pretty fastly...you have to be quick tomorrow

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Exactly, they always "clean" them pretty fastly...you have to be quick tomorrow
C'mooon..then i want another site where i can read the scoresheets whenever i want/can/remember!

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C'mooon..then i want another site where i can read the scoresheets whenever i want/can/remember!
If you can get more or less along with websites in German, try http://www.hockeystats.ch/. They have it all.

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If you can get more or less along with websites in German, try http://www.hockeystats.ch/. They have it all.
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Don't know how to interpret that. Does it mean that you're one of the few Milanesi who are not Lugano fan, or is it the other way 'round?

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Don't know how to interpret that. Does it mean that you're one of the few Milanesi who are not Lugano fan, or is it the other way 'round?
I'm milanese, even though I live in Bergamo now, and I don't like Lugano, not at all. I'm an Ambrì fan, so it's easy to guess why...

btw, compared to what I feel for the rest of swiss teams, Lugano is my favourite team...I know how the fans of Lugano and Ambrì are considered in Bern, Zurich, Davos, etc, and of course I have no simpathy for these teams, neither for their fans.

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I'm milanese, even though I live in Bergamo now, and I don't like Lugano, not at all. I'm an Ambrì fan, so it's easy to guess why...
Ok, I always thought that Lugano is the most liked team in Milano. Anyway, Ambri sounds much better to me, even though I despise the legal stunt they just pulled off at the end of the regular season.
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btw, compared to what I feel for the rest of swiss teams, Lugano is my favourite team...I know how the fans of Lugano and Ambrì are considered in Bern, Zurich, Davos, etc, and of course I have no simpathy for these teams, neither for their fans.
Hmmm, I don't really understand that. I always got the perception that the Ambri fans (and the whole Ambri team) are quite well-liked in the rest of Switzerland. With the Lugano fans, it's a bit different, especially in Zurich where they made a lot of trouble in the past (I'm not saying that the ZSC fans are angels though, but it only happend against Lugano for some reason).

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I agree with you about the legal stunt.

About the part you don't understand, I traveled a few times to Switzerland this season and in the past to watch games (not only to Lugano and Ambrì, but also to Davos, Zurich, Bern) and every time I heard from their fans chants as "Mafia" or "Welcome Pizza" and so on...I don't wanna say that all swiss people thinks that way, but it's not nice. It's nothing personal against you or any other swiss poster here. I know that Lugano fans are not angels and I also know that some fans of the local team here in Milano, the Vipers, often join their Lugano friends not only to watch games but also to make mess...

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About the part you don't understand, I traveled a few times to Switzerland this season and in the past to watch games (not only to Lugano and Ambrì, but also to Davos, Zurich, Bern) and every time I heard from their fans chants as "Mafia" or "Welcome Pizza" and so on...
That's bad indeed. But the sad thing is that everywhere, a part of the hockey fans is really primitive. I usually try to ignore these guys. But it's certainly not the case that all Swiss people think that way, as in a recent poll about the most liked foreigners in Zurich, the Italians clearly topped the list. So no worries, most people here (except the primitive part of the hockey fans) actually like you

And yes, a lot of Swiss german hockey fans have sympathies for Ambri as well.

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That's bad indeed. But the sad thing is that everywhere, a part of the hockey fans is really primitive. I usually try to ignore these guys. But it's certainly not the case that all Swiss people think that way, as in a recent poll about the most liked foreigners in Zurich, the Italians clearly topped the list. So no worries, most people here (except the primitive part of the hockey fans) actually like you

And yes, a lot of Swiss german hockey fans have sympathies for Ambri as well.
Thanks Striz...I appreciate

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