The ZSC Lions really panned everything at Rögle.Image: imago-images.de
The ZSC Lions failed in the round of 16 of Rogel of the Champions Hockey League. After a 4–3 success in their first leg in Zurich, the Swedes also won 3–1 in front of their visitors, thanks to two powerplay goals.
The ZSC Lions, who had to do without several sick or injured top performers, took the lead in the 34th minute through former NHL defender Yannick Webber. This was the 18th goal of the hosts.
But before the end of the middle third, Sweden was equaled in majority by Ludwig Larsson (37th). Dennis Everberg then ensured the hosts’ winning goal in the 53rd minute with another power player. In the end Adam Edstrom finished the final result in an empty goal 35 seconds before the end of the game.
Sweden scored a total of five power play goals in two doubles against the ZSC Lions. After losing the first leg, the Zurich team had to neutralize Canadian striker Adam Tambellini. It was also successful in the equal Zurich team, as Steve Tambellini’s son and Jeff Tambellini’s younger brother, both of whom had come for ZSC, remained without scorer points in the second leg. In Zurich he scored two goals and two assists.
This was the sixth appearance for the ZSC Lions in the Champions League, which was launched in 2014. The Zurich team was able to win the final format of the Champions League in 2009, when only the national champions were eligible to participate.
Friborg has to fix it
The last hope for the Swiss Champions League on Wednesday is Friborg-Göteren in action against RB Munich, having already given EV Zug in the group stage. Gottron, who was still a semifinalist in 2017, would have to score two goals after 2:4 in front of his spectators to force at least one extra time.
If Goteron also fails, it will be the third time in the new Champions League after 2015 and 2019 that the quarter-finals will take place without Swiss participation. (EX/SDA)
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