A league sees red
Created: 01/14/2022, 18:55
By: Patrick Hilmes
Two out of four: Benjamin Kronawitter (left) and Marlon Wolf (in the background) are missing from SC Riessersee for Sunday's game in Höchstadt, as are captain Florian Vollmer and Aziz Ehliz.
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In the game plan of the ice hockey Oberliga Süd, the red pencil is constantly being used.
Many games have been canceled in the past few days and weeks.
The game of SC Riessersee at Höchstadter EC takes place.
The color red stands for love and passion. But at the same time it is also used as a warning signal in many ways, for example at traffic lights, traffic signs, brake lights or alarm buttons. The color red usually does not mean anything good at school either, as it is often used to mark mistakes. The red pen is currently also being used in the ice hockey Oberliga Süd. The corona pandemic continues to rage diligently and causes various cancellations. All cancellations are marked in red on the schedule. And this is now the dominant color on the list. Only four games took place last weekend. Even the current one no longer promises premier league ice hockey. Only two games could take place on Friday evening (not finished at the time of going to press),the same program is scheduled for this Sunday. The reason: Currently only five teams in the league are still able to play.
Only two games on Sunday
The Friday duel between SC Riessersee and the EHF Passau Black Hawks was also highlighted in red because a player from Lower Bavaria caught the corona virus and was in contact with the team - in contrast to the positive case at SCR.
The white-blue are still able to play and will play at the Höchstadt EC on Sunday.
In addition, there is a clash between Regensburg and Landsberg.
All other games fell victim to red pen.
SCR coach Pat Cortina has to do without a quartet
Riessersee's coach Pat Cortina also has to use this in his line-up.
Four names are crossed out in red.
Captain Florian Vollmer is still injured, Benjamin Kronawitter was allowed to leave isolation but is not fit enough for Sunday's game after the long break.
Marlon Wolf caught it in training during the week and is out with an upper body injury, Aziz Ehliz is absent ill.
After all, the coach was able to report that there were no new "nasty surprises" in the quick tests on Friday - all remaining SCR players tested negative.
Coach and team made good use of the break
But the many game cancellations have of course disturbed the rhythm of the Riesserseer, were poison for the recent consistently good, if not always successful, performances. But Cortina is not a coach who whines, but one who accepts and looks ahead. “The situation is not new. That's how it was last season, that's how it was at the beginning of this season with the players from Munich. Life is not normal at the moment, ice hockey is not normal.” Arranging is the magic word. Cortina does even more, he even identified an advantage that the cancellations gave him. “As a result, we had more time for training than planned. We were able to keep the intensity high and focused on the individual development of the players," reports the 57-year-old. At least in this respect it was a good week.
Better green than red
Now the coach hopes to finally be able to switch back to competition mode with his team on Sunday.
He hadn't bothered with his opponent at first, but watched the Höchstad team's game at ECDC Memmingen on Friday.
Cortina wants to learn from this, as well as from the 4: 7 home defeat against the Alligators in early December.
Because when he looks at the results, he would then like to see the color green on his SCR.
This is how wins are marked, while red stands for defeats.
The color is also dominant in the results of the white-blue.