Before the decisive match at ESC Dorfen, there is confidence in the ESC Geretsried camp.
With a win, the River Rats would definitely stay up in the league, but could also benefit from defeats by their direct competitors.
Geretsried – Five home defeats in a row got the Geretsried ice hockey team in trouble in the Bayernliga relegation round last weekend: Between the River Rats, EHC Waldkraiburg and EC Pfaffenhofen it will be decided who follows the bottom of the table EV Pegnitz into the Landesliga .
The disadvantage for the ESC is that it was free of play on Friday and had to watch the competition do nothing.
However, the problem would be solved, for example, if the Waldkraiburger lost and the team of Hans Tauber jun.
could run without pressure in the last match on Sunday at ESC Dorfen (5.30 p.m.).
“We go there to win.
It doesn't matter how the other games end," the coach clarifies and adds: "We have the best starting position,
The stalemate at the end of the season would not have been necessary if Geretsrieder had failed at home against ESV Buchloe (3:4 aet) and at ERV Schweinfurt (3:8).
Tauber was particularly upset about the defeat at the Mighty Dogs: "It was the longest away trip - we were on the road for 13 hours and then lost like that.
And besides, we messed up our goal difference.” In order to improve the mood, the coach took it easy in training on Tuesday.
However, there was an internal meeting afterwards – without a trainer or board member.
"There are situations that the players have to sort out among themselves," knows Tauber, who brought his protégés together for an additional training session on Friday.
The Dorfeners already sealed their relegation last weekend with a 3:1 win against Pfaffenhofen;
In Pegnitz, the team coached by Franz Steer and their top scorers Tomas Vrba and Urban Sodja lost 3:4.
Hans Tauber has particularly fond memories of the River Rats' 5-1 win in Dorfen on December 16th.
"That was one of our best games of the season, both tactically and in terms of morale.
We want to build on that," emphasizes the ESC coach, who this time can fall back on the recently injured Martin Morczinietz and Jakob Heigl.
The 37-year-old doesn't waste a thought about the fact that staying up in the league could go wrong: "In the whole week it was never an issue - no matter who I spoke to.
And I think that's the right mentality to do it."