Swiss National League A

Four teams remaining in the hunt for the Swiss NLA championship

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After five rounds, all four quarterfinals in the Swiss NLA playoffs have been finished. Wiler-Ersigen, Köniz, GC Zürich and Rychenberg made it to the semifinals.

Current champions Wiler-Ersigen had the easiest task as they met UHC Uster, the eighth-ranked team in the regular competition. After three games, the score was 3-0 already and as yesterday the fourth game was won 6-4, Wiler turned out to become the only team making it to the semifinals with only four games played.

Köniz was in a comfortable 3-1 lead, so they only needed one more victory. Their opponent Zug United played a strong game and even took the lead during the final period (2-3), but Köniz turned it around to 6-3 and finally to 7-4. Their 4-1 victory in the quarterfinals meant Köniz was the first team that qualified for the semis.

GC Zürich beat Malans 4-1 in the series too as their last game ended up in an overtime victory for the Grasshoppers. During the tight last period, GC changed the score from 4-4 to 6-4 in their advantage, but with two goals in the last two minutes, forward Dan Hartmann gave his team hope again as he equalized: 6-6. After more than five minutes of overtime, Zürich’s Michael Zürcher scored the winning goal and brought his team to the semifinals.

Of all top 4 teams, Tigers Langnau was the only one that didn’t make it to the next round. Their series against Rychenberg (#6 of the regular league) ended up in a huge disappointment. All home games were lost, including today’s. In Johan Samuelsson’s final game – he’s leaving to play for Falun – he almost gave his team another chance by decreasing the score from 4-7 to 6-7 (one goal, one assist), but it was too late. He did become MVP, but it was Rychenberg that made it to the semis.

In the semifinals – another best-of-7 series – Wiler-Ersigen meets Rychenberg-Winterthur, while Köniz faces GC Zürich. The game schedule will be announced later.

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