Füssen car pool towards EC Peiting
Created: 05/14/2022, 11:30 am
By: Roland Halmel
There were many beaming faces when the two newcomers from Peiting signed the contract.
Shown are (from left) Sam Payeur, Team Manager Ty Morris, Marc Besl, ECP Managing Director Peter Gast and Coach Anton Saal.
© Hans-Helmut Herold
The EC Peiting squad has grown: after Sam Payeur, another player from Füssen has now confirmed his commitment.
In addition, the Oberliga Süd is growing.
Peiting – Signing players from neighboring clubs is nothing unusual in ice hockey circles.
But when the two most dangerous strikers are signed by the neighboring rivals, then that's something special.
EC Peiting managed this feat, which probably caused little enthusiasm at the club concerned, EV Füssen.
Not only Sam Payeur, who the ECP announced as an addition a few weeks ago, is moving from the traditional Allgäu club, but now also Marc Besl.
"We are glad and happy that Marc has chosen us," beamed ECP coach Anton Saal after his dream player had accepted.
"He's fast, technically good, can play in the majority, he's a full premier league striker," Saal lists the advantages of the 23-year-old, who comes from the EVF's youth academy.
After Sam Payeur, Marc Besl is now joining the ECP
Besl, who lives in Füssen next to Payeur and can therefore form a carpool with him, followed the entire path of the Allgäu after the Oberliga withdrawal - from the district league, through the state and Bavarian leagues, back to the Oberliga.
In 237 games for EV Füssen he scored 108 goals.
"Marc is planned for us as a top six striker, he will definitely help us," Saal says.
The still young player fits exactly into the requirement profile of the Peitingen, who want to herald a change with many younger players.
However, a striker who would not have counted in this category because he is significantly older at 39 years gave EC Peiting a refusal.
The people of Peiting were about to sign a contract with Lubor Dibelka before the German-Czech decided not to move from the DEL2 relegated Bad Tölz to the Peitnach, but to the SC Riessersee unter the Alpspitze.
"We couldn't keep up with the financial offer from the SCR," explained Saal.
EHC Klostersee decides to move up to the Oberliga
Meanwhile, after several weeks of deliberation, the Bayernliga champions EHC Klostersee decided to actually move up to the Oberliga Süd.
"The squad will stay together for the most part, is hot and wants to prove itself one league level higher," said EHC President Sascha Kaefer.
"We've now got a budget with which we all believe we're capable of the Oberliga adventure, but which still corresponds more to a Bayernliga budget and is certainly not based on that of most of our future opponents."
The Grafingers had announced their withdrawal from the third division after the 2015/2016 season.
"The Oberliga Süd, with the opponents who are now mostly fully professional, is an interesting task for us and certainly a great challenge, which the boys have developed through an unforgettable last season," says EHC trainer Dominik Quinlan.
He relies on the existing squad: "We have a well-established squad with many locals, so there will only be selective changes."
Criticism of transfer behavior in the Oberliga
The commitment of the Klosterseer makes it clear that the Oberliga will grow by one team to 13 teams in the coming season.
"Our goal was always to have 14 teams in the league, and now 13 teams are a further step towards that," says ECP Managing Director Peter Gast, looking forward to the expansion of the league, even if an odd number always results in teams without a game.
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His assessment of the current transfer activity in the third division, which is increasingly abandoning the earlier idea of the “training league”, is anything but positive.
"It's crazy what's happening on the players' market in terms of 'salaries'," says Gast, seeing the gap between the smaller and financially less powerful clubs and the clubs with budgets in the second division dimensions growing ever larger.
“The level of performance in the league will differ,” Gast fears.
"We at the ECP are keeping our feet on the ground."
As for the mode for the coming season, Gast favors a doubles round.
"In contrast to a round of one and a half, that would be a fair system," said Gast.
"We will discuss that soon at the league conference." He expects that due to the increase - the Tölzer Löwen are also new as relegated from the DEL2, the Eisbären Regensburg are no longer there as promoted - the season will start a little earlier than last, that is, in September, will start.