Fribourg-Gottéron won 3-2 after extra time on Kloten ice. Led for a long time, Christian Dubé’s men came back in the third period.
For his part, Ajoie missed his comeback in front of his public. The Jurassians were ‘spanked’ 8-1 by Zug.
For two thirds, the Fribourgeois seemed lacking in liveliness in the last gesture to try to reverse the score. The Canadian with Malaysian roots, Jonathan Ang had struck twice during the first period. A recovery in the skylight and a powerful shot between the pads of Connor Hughes, beyond excellent, shed even more light on this transfer from Thurgau for his first double in the National League and already seventeen goals on the clock.
Largely superior in shots on goal, the Romans finally managed to break through the Juha Metsola wall. The Finnish goalkeeper from Kloten was surprised by a wrist shot from Julien Sprunger (45th) and especially by a shot from an impossible angle from Christoph Bertschy (58th). At the end of extra time, defender Benoît Jecker allowed Gottéron to savor a fourth success in a row.
The holiday break was not very favorable for the Ajoulots. While they remained on two wins in a row (Ambr-Piotta and Lausanne), they were sharply beaten by Zug for the new year. After 45 » of play, the defending champions were already leading 1-0 after an error by Reto Schmutz, perfectly used by defender Tobias Geisser.
The Jurassians chose the wrong day to take their biggest loss on their ice since their return to the National League last season. The 5178 spectators – record of the ice rink – were not rewarded for their support if it is not the offensive play of the Zugois. Lino Martschini and Jan Kovar won a hat-trick each. Is this ample success the announcement of the return of the men of coach Dan Tangnes to the heights? To be seen in the weeks to come.