No spectators and three compulsory breaks: Oberliga club EC Peiting has really not had an easy season.
However, those responsible are far from blackmailing.
- twice lost in extra time, but lost: After just three games, EC Peiting was the final destination in the play-offs of the Oberliga Süd.
For the club, a more than difficult season came to a quick end in the quarter-final duel against the Starbulls Rosenheim.
The 0: 3 in the series against the favored third in the table in the main round did not change the positive conclusion that those responsible for the ECP drew.
We were often on the trigger, did not let ourselves get down.
But in the end, a few percent were missing.
Thomas Zeck, chairman of the EC Peiting
“I do think that we were able to make this very difficult season positive,” said coach Sebastian Buchwieser after his last appearance for the ECP behind the gang.
The 41-year-old announced early on that he would leave Peitinger after five years in order to look for a new challenge.
The ECP chairman Thomas Zeck was also not dissatisfied: “Due to the constant Corona breaks, we were affected three times, it was extremely difficult for the team to get the performance they would normally be able to do.
That's why I'm satisfied with the situation, ”said Zeck.
“We were often on the trigger, did not let ourselves get down.
But in the end a few percent were missing, ”said Zeck.
For him, the duel against Rosenheim, according to Zeck, reflected the whole season of the Peitinger quite well.
“It was important for us to bring the season to an end and to be economically sound,” said Buchwieser, naming two goals that the ECP had set - and which were achieved.
"The sponsors have remained loyal to us, and of course thanks to the state compensation payments we were able to master the season quite well," said Zeck, who drew an initial economic balance sheet.
Ice hockey: Right at the beginning, some of the regular EC Peiting employees were banned from playing by their employer
From a sporting point of view, the Peitinger gave a consistently good picture despite the difficult circumstances.
"We had decided to give the young players a lot of ice age," said Buchwieser.
Due to the many failures, the ECP_Coach had to do without top performers again and again.
Regular employees like Dominic Krabbat or Tim Rohrbach broke away at the start of the season because they had not received any approval from their employer.
Talents like Maximilian Söll, Pius Seitz and Markus Czogallik were given game practice, they were almost thrown into the deep end.
"In the play-offs it was nice to see that we could absolutely keep up with a traditional team like the Rosenheimers, and that with people who played in the DNL3 in the last year," said Buchwieser, who spoke about the development this player is very satisfied.
Ice hockey: Trainer Sebastian Buchwieser praises the special teams of the EC Peiting
Lukas Gohlke also made a jump.
"He has blossomed from a third-row fighter into a playmaker," praised Buchwieser, who is also extremely satisfied with his specials teams, i.e. the players in the over- and undernumbered game.
In the statistics of both categories, the ECP was at the fore.
"If you look at our budget, which is significantly lower compared to other teams in the league, that's good," said Peiting's coach, who, however, struggles a little with his team's exploitation of chances.
He would have liked a few more goals, but "unfortunately we weren't that effective," said Buchwieser.
Ice hockey: newcomer Hlozek and the contingent players Nagtzaam and Mazanec with ups and downs
But it wasn't easy for his team to get into a proper rhythm of play after three long corona breaks.
For some players, this also led to significant fluctuations in performance.
Newcomer Martin Hlozek, for example, according to Buchwieser “an up-and-coming talent”, started like the fire brigade, but then went underground.
Only at the beginning of 2021 did he slowly find his way back on track, only to finish as the second-best Peitinger goalscorer with 15 goals.
Nardo Nagtzaam scored 20 goals, making the Dutchman the team's top scorer.
In his second season in Peiting, however, he was only rarely able to give important impulses in the decisive situations.
The second foreigner, the Czech Martin Mazanec, was slow to get going.
"But then he was the expected support," said Buchwieser, praising the 31-year-old defender's performance.
There is no need to discuss Florian Hechenrieder.
He is one of the strongest goalkeepers in the league.
Sebastian Buchwieser, coach of the EC Peiting
There was also nothing wrong with the goalkeepers for Peiting's outgoing coach. “There is no need to discuss Florian Hechenrieder. He is one of the strongest goalkeepers in the league, ”said Buchwieser's verdict. He would have liked to give his new number two, Elias Fischbacher, more playing time, but the corona-related game failures prevented this. "Nevertheless, he has developed super", praised Buchwieser. He did not make a real low point for his team this season, although the 3-8 defeat against SC Riessersee in the first home game already hurt, "because we were actually the better team there," said Buchwieser. He says goodbye to Peiting with a little sadness. “Because I have grown fond of the ECP,” he admits. He wishes his successor, whoever he may be, all the best. "I hope that he will continue the club's successful path with the team, if only because of the committed people in management."