Dorfen is optimistic about the pirate duel
Created: 12/30/2022, 1:00 p.m
By: Georg Brennauer
The ESC Dorfen around Josef Folger (left) wants to fly high after beating the Devils from Ulm.
© Hermann Weingartner
In the fourth game within a week, the ice pirates from ESC Dorfen have to face the Pirates in Buchloe this Friday at 8 p.m.
Dorfen – It's already the third pirate duel this season, after the Swabians had a 5-1 lead in the dress rehearsal shortly before the league opener in their own house.
In the first leg in Dorfen, Buchloer also won 6:2 against the then weakened Ice Pirates.
In the meantime, the playoff-minded Pirates have strayed somewhat off course.
They recently lost to ERSC Amberg, who have meanwhile advanced to third place, with 3:5 goals and also lost the most recent home game against newly promoted Pegnitz 5:6 after extra time.
Finally, it was the third defeat in a row for the privateers on Wednesday with a 4: 6 in the Schwabenderby at ESC Kempten.
After this negative phase at Buchloer, the Eispiraten can assume that the Pirates will step on the gas today in the Sparkasse Arena at home in order to get points again.
With 25 points and a goal difference of 71:86, the Pirates are eleventh after 20 games, only have one point more than Dorfen and are already eleven points behind Ulm/Neu-Ulm, which is in coveted eighth place .
With their leading players around the Czech attacker Michal Petrak (20 games, 32 points), the experienced driver Alexander Krafczyk (21/26), Markus Vaitl (19/24) and captain Robert Wittmann (20/21), the Buchloer are always very strong occupied.
And this despite the fact that they have been playing with only one foreigner since the beginning of the season, after parting ways with the Czech Lukas Popela, who was only signed at the start of the season, after only three weeks.
In the last home win against Ulm/Neu-Ulm, the Ice Pirates were again missing a number of regular players, including the Slovenian defender Gaspr Susanj (ill), but also young talent Felix Wiedenhofer (private).
ESC coach Franz Steer said after the game that he used all the players that were still available, and he praised the two juniors Fabio Lauffer and Sebastian Kosmann, "who worked well on the outside".
The team put a lot of pressure on them and ran a lot.
"If you have to get by with this style of play, then you actually need four rows, otherwise you're dead in the last third," emphasized Steer, who was satisfied with the team's performance overall.
Captain Christian Göttlicher received special praise, not only scoring three goals, but literally sweeping the team away in the final third.
Interim guest coach Patrick Meissner, who replaced Martin Jainz, who was unable to play due to a job, regretted that his team is currently lagging behind the top form they have shown over the past two months.
However, he was optimistic that eighth place in the table could be maintained.
ESC Dorfen could also target eighth place.
To do this, however, the pirate duel must be won today.