23 points from 11 games. This is the scorecard of the HC Lugano coached by Shedden and Curcio after the great 4-2 victory last night at the Resega against SC Bern.
Without wanting to criticize Fischer and Andersson, the difference between the current team compared to the one of September and October is quite evident. First of all it is the attitude. The players fight like lions all over the ice, every single one. The artists play all over the ice and the skilled workers are able to solve the difficult situations.
For sure in the defensive zone. Maybe it is the focus, maybe it is the determination or the game system. Defenders and forwards cover the slot in front of their own net and the number of blocked shots increases. In short there is a higher willingness to sacrifice.
With these weapons, in an important evening for the standing and difficult to manage in terms of energy expenditure, the HC Lugano has still found a way to get on top of a SC Bern equally in need of points. Not with the pure talent but with determination and rationality.
With a goal by Reuille and another one by a highly motivated Kostner, with a nice deflection by Martensson, among the best on the ice, and in the end with an empty net goal by Bertaggia. And with a couple of "big saves" by Elvis Merzlikins, almost a habit.