Ice hockey: Biel has Bern and remains undefeated

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HC Biel used the penalty shoot-out to beat their neighbors from Bern (4:3).

Toni Rajala (left) and Harri Säteri.

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Leading twice in this first Bernese derby of the year, HC Biel could count on the help of Jesse Zgraggen, who scored two welcome points at the end of the penalty shoot-out. CP Bern Hinterland revived the Seeländer on loan, helping to equalize against themselves in the 11th minute and make it 2-3 in the 44th minute.

Forced to play the first two games of the season with only half the number of foreign players allowed (losses against Zug and Ambri), Bern showed up with a strengthened system in Biel. With defender Eric Gélinas injured in the opener and Chris DiDomenico (two first-leg games to go), the Capital Bears had more arguments to make. “DiDo” was also behind the start in the 6th minute. Top scorer Simon Moser landed his cross pass at the far post.

Having started badly, Antti Törmänen’s players could count on the involuntary help of Jesse Zgraggen to get back into goal for the first time. By failing his charge against the tape, the Bern CP defender lost his helmet. The Canadian, who had to leave the field immediately, left a gap in his defence, which Jesper Olofsson, abandoned by his narrow guard, used to book his second win in his new colors (11′).

Double for Loeffel and Olofsson

It then had to wait more than half an hour for the emotions to surface again on the ice. The badly mastered power play of the Bielers – even for the Bernese catastrophic for a long time – cooled the enthusiasm before Romain Loeffel made the coconut tree shake with two identical creative achievements: Neuchâtel took advantage of the heavy traffic in front of Harri Säteri to get the puck into the net on a shot from the blue line.

The federal agents then had their first victory within reach. Without counting on Zgraggen – a tough evening for him – the opponent revived in the final third by clumsily fending off a chance shot by Guillaume Maillard (2:3, 43rd) in his own cage. And even if he has little to blame for Olofsson’s 3:3 120 seconds later, the former Davos defender was still in the middle of the action.

In the last session, Damien Brunner and Yannick Rathgeb ended their attempt for the EHCB and gave their team a second point.

Biel – Berne riders 4: 3 (1: 1 0: 2 2: 0)

Tissot Arena. 5736 spectators.

Referee: MM. Tscherrig, Mollard, Gnemmi and Stalder.

Goals: 6th Moser (DiDomenico) 0-1, 11th Olofsson (Haas) 1-1, 33rd Spoons (5v4) 1-2, 36th Spoons 1-3, 43rd Maillard 2-3, 45th Olofsson ( Hofer) 3:3.

Shoot into the net: Rajala misses, Sceviour misses, Brunner 1-0, Lindberg 1-1, Olofsson misses, DiDomenico misses, Rathgeb 2-1, Loeffel misses, Hofer misses, Vermin misses.

Biel: Sateri; Rathgeb, Lööv; Yakovenko, Grossman; Schneeberger, Forester; Stampfli; Maillard, Sallines, Rajala; Hofer, Haas, Olofson; Brunner, Cunti, Kessler; Tanner, Froidevaux, Schläpfer; Reinhardt. Trainer: Tormanen.

Bern: manzato; Untersander, Zgraggen; Goloubef, Colin Gerber; Spoon, Gelinas; beat tanners; DiDomenico, Sceviour, Moser; Vermin, Lindberg, Bärtschi; Bader, Baumgartner, Scherwey; Naf, Fahrni, foot; Ritzman. Trainer: Lundskog.

Remarks: Biel without Hischier, Künzle (injured), Bärtschi or Delémont (extras). Bern without Henauer, Kahun, Lehmann (injured) or Pinana (excess). Time-out requested by Biel (65th).

Punish: 5 x 2′ against each team.


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