Ice hockey: EHC Klostersee before the weekend of contrasts
Created: 01/13/2023, 12:00 p.m
Puck control behind the goal: Klostersee (Simon Roeder/r.) will continue to rely on defensive strengths.
For the first time you could enjoy an ice hockey free day on Monday at EHC Klostersee in the past week.
The schedule in the Oberliga Süd returns to the normal Friday-Sunday rhythm.
Grafing – The upcoming tasks for the Grafingers are tonight at 8 p.m. a guest appearance at the Blue Devils Weiden and on Sunday from 5.30 p.m. a home appearance in the Wildbräu Arena against the Lindau Islanders.
Even if you are not deeply involved in the matter, you can easily calculate that the main focus of the Red and Whites is on meeting the guest from Lake Constance.
The away game in the Upper Palatinate is a "mission impossible" for the EHC as the bottom of the table in the sovereign league leader.
The self-proclaimed top favorite, who was seen as such before the start of the season, has absolutely lived up to his role so far and has already worked out a 16 (!) point lead over the Starbulls Rosenheim in second place.
"You have to be realistic: In Weiden, you move in a different world due to the apparently limitless financial background," explained Klostersee trainer Dominik Quinlan.
"But of course we want to make it as difficult as possible for the opponent and sell ourselves dearly." With that he explained the plan against the front runner, in which the fourth line of attack is sometimes led by the German-Canadian Chad Bassen, who has the experience from over Earns 800 DEL missions.
That alone shows the high to very high quality of the Blue Devils throughout the squad, Quinlan emphasized.
As far as possible, the Klosterseer sold well on the first day of the game away (0:5);
a very respectable 2:4 was fought in the second encounter in Grafing.
If the personnel situation allows it, the EHC head coach plans to "distribute the burden over many shoulders" with four blocks.
"Let's see how it develops towards the weekend.
The flu virus is still circulating in the dressing room,” said the head coach in the middle of the week after the first “real” training session.
Tuesday he had scheduled a voluntary unit with rather loose exercises and just "to move your legs a bit".
Raphael Kaefer is back on the ice after an injury break of several weeks.
The comeback of the EHC captain, who, like in the previous season, had been out of action for a longer period of time due to a broken metatarsal, is likely to drag on for a while.
“He'll start with light running training.
I don't expect him in two weeks at the earliest," Quinlan said, referring to the medical department's schedule.
Against eleventh-placed Lindau, who expects additional impetus from new coach John Sicinski and an extra import striker in the struggle for participation in the pre-playoffs, Kaefer will continue to devote himself to collecting game statistics at the glass front of the VIP room for the time being.