The favorite comes to habfurt

The third and fourth part of the home series brings the hawks of the ESC habfurt (1. Place/9 points) at the weekend two other difficult tasks. But while the game in the ice hockey regional league on friday evening against the amberger wild lions (5./6) under the category "cure falls, the maximum yield is two days against the EHC bad aibling (9./3) duty – to prepare for the "dovetailing round" target not to make further unnecessary dents. ESC habfurt – ERSC amberg habfurt’s coach martin reichert firmly believes that with the upper palatinate team of the ERSC "the probably hardest hunk of the league" is going to be a real challenge today, 19.30 o’clock, into the stadium at the rough anger comes. "I said before the season started that amberg was my favorite for the title. Nothing has changed", the 54-year-old looks respectfully ahead to the match between the opponents, who have already made a name for themselves time and again in previous years.

After the guests around trainer dirk salinger won the first two of altogether four games against the hawks in the past season (2:5 and 4:3), these took revenge successfully in the following interlocking round and kept the upper hand with 8:6 as well as 6:9. Both teams, which despite 1st place (amberg) and 2nd place (habfurt) had nothing to do with promotion after the preliminary round, are once again among the most highly rated candidates.

The current standings are not very informative, because the wild lions, who have the best line-up (including the long-time extra-league player vaclav benak), have only been in action twice so far – but each time successfully against relegated bavarian league teams: while they won 3:2 in pfaffenhofen, they won 5:4 against EV moosburg. However, this was subsequently rated 5:0, after the moosburger had used a player who was not eligible to play.

"Of course we want to do better than against waldkirchen", martin reichert promises focused and willing hawks. He also hopes that the uncertainty seen recently has been eliminated. "There is no reason for this. I know what the guys can do and they know it too. If we perform as confidently as we did in the preparations and the first games, we will hopefully come off the ice as the winner." ESC habfurt – EHC bad aibling

A successful performance against amberg should at the same time boost self-confidence, so that the team can also take on sunday, 18.30 o’clock to put EHC bad aibling in their place. But the word "duty does not want to take reichert’s word for it. As on friday, the showdown will by no means be a walk in the park for him. After all, the "aibdogs" are leading the way after three opening defeats against waldkirchen (1:8) and vilshofen (2:6) as well as in freising (5:4), the team won its first three points of the season in moosburg (3:4). "I can only warn strongly against taking the opponent lightly or underestimating him", emphasizes reichert.

After the upper bavarians, who finished the preliminary round in 7th place in last year’s landesliga group 2 and only secured their place in the relegation round, also want to qualify for the top 5 this time, the sylbacher is expecting fierce resistance. "We want and need to score more points so that we do not jeopardize our minimum goal. The team therefore wants and needs to deliver good performances against both amberg and bad aibling.", says reichert.

ESC habfurt: martin hildenbrand, jung – hora, thebus, stahl, max hildenbrand, marco hildenbrand, ankenbrand, marx, rambacher, bates – kurz, kinereisch, trubenekr, lang, babkovic, franek, sramek, hummer, dietrich, stach, zosch, kratschmer, breyer, vollert

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