Fully on the brakes on euphoria: SC Riessersee botched the start with two defeats
Created: 03/10/2022 18:56
By: Oliver Rabuser
If the puck comes flying: Simon Mayr (l.) and Michael Boehm could not prevent the defeat against Höchstadt (in the picture Dimitri Litesov).
With the SCR there is still a lot of sand in the gearbox.
There were clear words after the hailed start of the SCR in the Oberliga: Coach Pat Cortina misses the combative component
– The first game weekend of the new ice hockey season has just passed and nothing, absolutely nothing serious has happened.
Nevertheless, after the unsuccessful start to the season with two defeats, you can already hear a slight scratching at SC Riessersee.
It's about the euphoria that was clearly felt in the days before the start in Rosenheim.
A good team on paper, off to new shores - that was the mood.
Three days later things look a little different.
Viewed soberly: zero points, eleven goals conceded in two games.
There is a great danger that stepping on the brakes on euphoria will be a little more powerful.
Coach Pat Cortina relies on the patience factor but holds everyone involved, including himself, accountable.
"Everyone has to give more, including me," emphasizes the 58-year-old after the sobering 3:5 against Höchstadt on Sunday.
"We are not yet reaching our potential."
In the middle of the season, whistles would have hailed.
And rightly so.
Already at the start of the Mangfall, the majority of the fans who had traveled complained about the lack of fire in the Blues' game.
Talent alone doesn't get you very far, even in the premier league.
How much has to fit in order to be at the top in the end can be seen every year from the investment-friendly people of Rosenheim.
Money alone doesn't score goals, terribly trite as that metaphor may be.
Well-known players with nice statistics or much higher-class experience are no guarantee for success.
It takes dedication to the project, more emotion.
Cortina did not even look for excuses.
"We want to play, forgetting the fighting component." There were enough object lessons at the weekend.
Rosenheim illustrated how stable the neutral zone can be compressed.
The SCR found hardly any paths that lead into the corners of the gang.
And to be honest: Lubor Dibelka's double strike was beautifully played out and ripped off.
But that was only because the Starbulls switched to larifari mode in the midsection.
Höchstadt, however, let the hosts march into the dressing room with a deceptive 2-0 lead.
The fact that Dibelka and Kevin Slezak co-produced the opening goal was undoubtedly a sign of the quality of the game.
Robin Soudek, who covered the power play from half-distance to 2:0, also fulfilled the norm.
"Not quite deserved," Cortina also acknowledged the performance of the guests, who, from the second section onwards, prepared the SCR with a lot of cleverness and a fine blade.
They initially began to provoke with small hidden fouls.
With the SCR, on the other hand, the stick was always used when one of the two referees had the scene in view.
"The second third wasn't disciplined by us," complained Cortina.
"Höchstadt was cleverer." Very bitter: In the end, the SCR first caught the equalizer,
then the HEC was given the 3-4 four seconds before the end of the middle period, although the puck seemed safe in SCR's hands.
Previously, Jan Pietsch freely missed the safe 4:3 in front of Benjamin Dirksen.
Whether the brake on euphoria can be solved in the short term or whether the problems in the Riessersee gearbox will solidify depends directly on the upcoming games against Landsberg and in Peiting.
Two teams that you basically want to leave behind during the course of the season.
The potential for improvement is enormous: "We may have strengthened ourselves on paper, but we haven't found our identity yet," stated Cortina.
He's definitely not wrong there.