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Tölzer Löwen: Back on the road to success with a new goalkeeper

2021-11-18T16:34:00.826Z

With their newly signed goalkeeper Jimmy Hertel, the Tölzer Löwen will go into the home game against the Lausitzer Füchse on Friday (7.30 p.m.).



With their newly signed goalkeeper Jimmy Hertel, the Tölzer Löwen will go into the home game against the Lausitzer Füchse on Friday (7.30 p.m.).

Bad Tölz

- The Tölzer Löwen have anything but a run.

You went off the ice as a loser in seven of the last eight games and slipped to eleventh place in the DEL2 table.

In the home game against the Lausitzer Füchse they want to find a way out of the earnings crisis.

The bearer of hope is the newly signed goalkeeper Jimmy Hertel from the Bietigheim Steelers.

"Jimmy is very experienced and stays cool"

Kevin Gaudet was convinced by the newcomer's first training impressions: "It looks good as he is in goal," says the coach.

"Jimmy is very experienced and stays cool." At the same time, Gaudet does not want to raise expectations immeasurably, "because he has not been in goal for six months".

"I didn't just sit around at home"

Hertel himself has no major concerns about the long break: "I haven't participated in any team training in the last four months, but I haven't just sat around at home." He trained a lot individually, was quite experienced and therefore needed very little Time to find the rhythm again.

But the goalkeeper admits: “You can only get match practice through games.” He can collect that tonight: “It's not an everyday game for me, because it's been ages since I last played in front of an audience,” says the 29-year-old: "I already missed that."

"You can feel that the team urgently needs a sense of achievement"

He didn't need much time to settle in, even if his last assignment in the lion dress was eight years ago: “I meet familiar faces here on every corner,” says the native of Memmingen.

The supervisors "Hacky" and "Grandpa" Frech were already there in 2012/13, as were his team mates Johannes Sedlmayr and Thomas Merl.

He has also spoken to his then trainer Florian Funk.

What Hertel noticed: After the series of defeats there was a tense atmosphere in the dressing room: “You can feel that the team urgently needs a sense of achievement.” He hopes that he can do his part: “Everyone is highly motivated.

I therefore assume that we will quickly find our way back on the road to success. "

Top scorer McNeely is injured

In the past few weeks, however, there has been a back and forth problem.

No team in the DEL 2 has conceded more goals than the lions (60).

At the same time, only every eleventh shot hits the opposing goal - only Freiburg (11.8) and Heilbronn (12.1) have to struggle even more.

The worries are not diminishing.

Top scorer Tyler McNeely suffered an upper body injury in training on Thursday morning.

Gaudet puts his chance of playing at 50:50.

Lausitzer Füchse: Two young goalkeepers with DEL format

Hard to assume that scoring goals will be easier tonight, after all, two masters of their craft are between the posts at Weißwasser.

Leon Hungerecker saved 313 of 331 shots on goal this season and thus has an unbelievable catch rate of 94.56 percent - the best in the league.

Tobias Ancicka is hardly inferior to him with a rate of 90.45 percent.

"Two young goalkeepers with DEL potential," said Gaudet.

The Lausitzers are also top-class in attack: Richard Mueller, who was signed three weeks ago, is one of the best German-Canadians in the history of the DEL 2.Top players are also the strikers Peter Quenneville (21 scorer points), Hunter Garlent (18 ) and Clarke Breitkreuz (16).

"Losing is just not fun"

But no matter who the next opponent is: “We have to believe in victory,” demands the Tölz coach.

"Losing is just not fun."

Source: merkur

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