At the end of the game Shedden praised the so called “role players”. Sannitz, Walker, Reuille to clarify. Even the fourth line, formed by players from Tessin, had a great performance and scored twice with the first two-goals career game for Giovanni Morini. Praise also for the six defensemen on the ice, considering the absence of Hirschi (sick), Raffaele Sannitz was the captain yesterday evening.
The win over Bern (6-3), the fifth straight at the Resega, was a real team victory. The most talented players were not really inspired yesterday evening – power-play situations clearly showed that - but the team compensated with a hard, intense and solid performance.
Due to the critical position in the current ranking, SC Bern arrived in Tessin ready to battle, and they tried to play physical since the beginning. The Bianconeri showed they were ready to battle as well, and everyone contributed fighting hard and making some hits.
The continuous and regular rotation of the four lines set the level of intensity and skating high. Paradoxically, power-play situations broke the superiority of Lugano.
The six goals were remarkable. Filppula scored on a rebound by Schwendener after a nice offensive zone entry by Vauclair. Walker scored on a powerful and lucky breakaway. Morini scored on another breakaway in a one on zero situation. The Italian forward owning a Swiss license repeated himself with a precise one-timer, assisted by Bertaggia. Ulmer capitalized a magic pass by Klasen. Hofmann recovered the puck after a fore-checking in the offensive zone and scored with a backhand top shelf.