Ice pirates only have one game on the weekend - but that's a tough one.
Dorfen - The challenges for the ESC puck hunters at the start of the Bayern League round could hardly have been harder.
With the top teams currently at the top of the table, Klostersee (1: 6), Miesbach (1: 4) and Peißenberg (2: 4), the hurdles were already too high for the Dorfeners.
And now the highly acclaimed lions are waiting for the ice pirates in Waldkraiburg today at 8 p.m.
It is the only game of the weekend for them, because the home game against ERV Schweinfurt scheduled for Sunday was canceled by the Lower Franconians due to some corona cases.
Contrary to expectations, the Waldkraiburger have already got scratches, in the 3-0 defeat in Amberg and in the 3-2 win after penalty shootout against Königsbrunn. The team around the coach brothers Alexej and Sergej Piskunov is equipped with high quality in defense and attack. Although the current fourth place in the table after four games with eight points certainly does not meet the requirements of the Lions for the time being, they should be difficult to grab at home.
The ice pirates meet several familiar faces today. First and foremost there is striker Florian Brenninger, who was one of the leading players with the Isenstadt team for many years until last season, but is ailing. Then there are goalkeeper Kevin Yeingst and defender brothers Alexander and Fabian Kanzelsberger. The lions have strengthened their attack with the Czech Michal Popelka, who last played in France at Nice, with Sebastian Stanik and Philipp Lode (both from Rosenheim) and Christian Neuert (Dresdner Eislöwen).
In the Dorfen camp, it is hoped that there will be no flu failures, because defender Gasper Susanj, captain Christian Göttlicher and convalescent Tomas Vrba are still missing from the injured leading players.
The German-Czech striker is not expected to play in the home game against Geretsried until next week.
The transfer list closes today, so that those responsible for the ESC could add it from December 1st at the earliest.
The intensive efforts of the Eispiraten makers around head coach Franz Steer and Manfred Detterbeck to sign a top striker on Dorfen terms before the transfer was over came to nothing.
The last time the coach said verbatim at the press conference: "Anything that can only lift its arm has been swept away from the market."