Game, training, game, training, game - that's the rhythm of the Erding Gladiators at the moment.
After the catch-up game on Wednesday against Miesbach (3: 6), it’s up against the Mammuts tonight (8 p.m.) in Schongau and against ESV Buchloe on Sunday (6 p.m.) in the local arena.
- It was clear to both coaches that things could not go back to normal after the long break in play.
"We've had a situation like this before, I know how difficult it is to get back in," said Miesbach's coach Michael Baindl.
“Hats off to the performance of the Erdinger team.
I am happy that we achieved our eighth win in a row. "
In the first few minutes Miesbach was "brutally decisive", said his Erdinger counterpart Thomas Vogl.
"We then worked our way in, fought back, but Miesbach was the better team for over 60 minutes." It is clear to him that after the break it will take some time before his team is back to its old strength: "And that's how it is at the moment secondary to how the games end. ”It is important that everyone gets well and comes back.
He picked one out of the team: Philipp "Pipo" Spindler.
The almost 41-year-old was actually supposed to be an assistant coach, but that was not possible in terms of time.
He made himself available as an "emergency helper" and scored a remarkable goal against Miesbach.
"He's smiling all over his face and enjoying every minute he's on the ice," said Vogl.
"He is also very valuable in the cabin, talks a lot with the boys and carries them away."
Spindler will be back on the ice this evening, and the coach is expecting Timo Borrmann to return, "and Troxi (Michael Trox; d. Editor) is also looking good." Babic, Cramer, Lorenz, Schedlbauer and Wagner will still be missing.
The Gladiators have unpleasant memories of today's opponent Schongau, as they set their highest home defeat in many years with 2: 8 in the preliminary round.
“They are tough and very difficult to play,” says coach Vogl, who gives hope that the mammoths “haven't played hockey recently, like they did in the 8-2 win against us”.
As for Sunday's opponent Buchloe, Erdings' chief warns of the strong first row around Alexander Krafczyk.
"They do a very, very good job," knows Vogl, who praised the ESV squad as a whole: "In terms of breadth, they are much stronger than in recent years."