Going the extra mile. HC Lugano earns two points in the first derby of 2016 at the Resega in a comeback win. A comeback completed within sixty minutes by Stapleton, who managed to tie the game 2-2 with three minutes left in the third period. Then again in the shootout, Martensson’s sangfroid, Pettersson’s courage and Brunner’s finesse, along with Merzlikins’ immeasurable efforts, assured a Bianconeri victory.
It was not a spectacular derby and it was to be, hours after Lugano’s Spengler Cup run and with ten days of a resting break for Ambrì. The Leventinesi played a solid defensive game, waiting for Bianconeri mistakes. While the latter exhibited great puck control, they lacked the ability to finish plays.
In the sold out Resega of 7800 supporters echoing amongst each other the timeless rivalry between clubs, Lugano took the lead with Sannitz (Picture Ti-Press, S. Golay) in the second half, and Bastl tied the game 1-1 for Ambrì within a few seconds.
At the beginning of the third period, Lauper took advantage of confusion in front of Lugano’s net. The hosts, however, stubbornly insisted, and were rewarded when Stapleton scored after a shot on net by a determined Pettersson.
There were no goals in overtime and a shootout ensued. Martensson, Pettersson and Brunner scored for Lugano, while Hall and Pestoni scored for Ambrì. In a few hours round two at the Valascia.