All still possible

All still possible

06 Nov 2018 | Davide Tuniz - photos by Marco Bertolini

Lugano and Frolunda draw in the first clash in CHL playoffs


After eliminating the reigning champion JYP in the group stage, HC Lugano faces another though opponent, the Frolunda Indians, earning a 1-1 draw that keep the hopes of qualification still alive for both teams after a battling game, with rolunda dominating the first two periods and Swiss team producing the major effort in the third  Without Finnish Jani Lajunen and the comeback of Swedish Linus Klasen, the home team is dominated by Frolunda in the first period - an expressive 13-2 SOG - closed without suffering a goal mainly due the great performance of goalie Elvis Merzlikins.

Lugano goalie Elvis Merzlikins was decisive to keep his team alive in the first period

A more aggressive Lugano gives some troubles to Swedish team at the begin of central period, but a puck lost by the defence gives the opportunity to visitors to opening the score at 25:46 : Patrick Westerholm receives the puck from Ponthus Westerholm and easily executes Merzilikins. Swiss team struggles to react, has a great chance with Hoffmann but generally it's Frolunda to control the game. The host quite unexpectedly ties the score at the end of the period when Henrik Haapala finds the right hole to beat Matsson in a confusing action.

The goal scored by Patrick Westerholm

A different and more determinate Lugano takes the ice in the last period, creating a couple of good chances before the post hit by Frolunda that forces referee to call a video check. Loic Vedova fires on Mattsson at minute 51. With a man down, Patrick Carlsson can give Frolunda the capital victory; Merzlikins is again outstanding in denying twice the goal, before the final siren.

MVP: Elvis Merzlikins - Patrik Westerholm

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