Final spurt for the ESC habfurt (7. 10th place/10 points), which itself no longer has any chance of promotion to the bavarian league, in the ice hockey regional league intermediate round. But can the "hawks" may well still be in the fight for the seats. After all, only one point separates the four leading teams, only three of which will reach their goal. Both on friday (20 o’clock) at the top EC pfaffenhofen (21) and in the main-derby on sunday (18.30 o’clock) against the "mighty dogs" from schweinfurt (3./20) the ESC does not want to give anything away.
Especially against their "eternal rivals" from schweinfurt, which has together with the EC bad kissingen, which is equal in points, currently the best conditions to realize the promotion, which was already aimed for before the start of the season. "Especially from a financial, but also from a sporting point of view, we would naturally prefer it if the three teams from lower franconia continued to play in the same group", ESC sports director andreas kurz does not hide the fact that he would have preferred if both opponents did not leave the national league. "On the other hand", shows itself habfurts coach martin reichert as fair sportsman: "if they make it sportily, then they have it also earned."
Revenge is the goal
But his colleague zdenek vanc, who has often swapped his place behind the boards for on the ice in the interlocking round and was also able to skate against habfurt, will be given nothing as a gift. "I promise", emphasizes reichert and announces "resistance from the first to the last second" to. And also the "hawks are willing to take revenge after the ultimately unfortunate 3:4 loss in the first leg. "We want to win this game naturally and say goodbye to our loyal fans with a victory", says reichert and hopes after the first derby with the ESC record of 1778 spectators again for "a full ice stadium with as many ESC fans from schweinfurt as possible. A victory would not only be for jakub sramek on his 25th birthday. Birthday a great present."
But before that, the people of habfurt will be traveling to a "very big challenge, who has made his way to the top step by step. "Also due to its "home strong", martin reichert shows "great respect before the appearance at EC pfaffenhofen, which has won all five games in front of home fans so far. Against moosburg and amberg only in the verlangerung or after penaltyschieben. Bad kissingen (2:1), buchloe (7:1) and konigsbrunn (6:5), however, went completely empty-handed at the upper bavarians.
Hoping for returnees
The ice hogs, with the two canadians dillon duprey and kenny matheson also still strengthened, want to prevent the bayernligaabstieg with all power and the "bag" as quickly as possible to close. Despite the clear 6:3 victory in the first leg, the hawks are going to the final this time only as a glaring outsider in the race. "But", reichert emphasizes "despite our very thin squad, we are certainly not without a chance. The guys have played great in all the close losses in the last few weeks and have brought everyone to the brink of defeat."
He now hopes that at least some of the injured and sick players will be able to play again. A return of jan trubenekr, georg lang, pascal marx and manuel kurz became the "hawks" surely well to face. "Three complete rows, that would be great", says the trainer.
ESC habfurt: cherepanov, dietz – hora, thebus, marc. Hildenbrand, stahl, marx (?) – briefly (?), kinereisch, trubenekr (?), long (?), babkovic, franek, sramek, hummer, dietrich, stach, breyer, vollert