Ice hockey: In Ajoie, courage took over the tension


Ice HockeyIn Ajoie, courage took over the tension

The HCA returned to success on Thursday evening. Victorious 5-3 from Ambri, the Ajoulots ended a negative series of 14 defeats. Coach Julien Vauclair has found players who no longer skate with fear in their stomachs.

Julien Boegli


Goalkeeper Tim Wolf and HC Ajoie have finally returned to victory.

Goalkeeper Tim Wolf and HC Ajoie have finally returned to victory.


The clock of the Porrentruy ice rink indicated 10:01 p.m. Thursday when a collective cry sounded. The relief then won over the audience, who loudly exteriorized almost two months of frustration, of repeated failures. This weight, which weighed heavily on everyone’s shoulders, hockey players and supporters alike, dissipated for a moment, for an evening. In these difficult times, it’s always taken.

Ajoie had just defeated Ambri. His last success dated back to October 28. The adversary? Ambri. The score? 5-3. If the Leventines were to ultimately miss their goal, which is to participate in the play-offs, they will undeniably be able to regret all these precious points lost against the dunce of the National League. While the vast majority of collectives use, and even abundantly, confrontations against the HCA to improve their balance sheet, Ambri found in this competitor ajoulot his pet peeve, against whom he only obtained two points in three duels so far.

Strength of character

Is it due to the remarkable and dynamic presence on the ice before the kick-off of Elisabeth Baume-Schneider, the first Jura woman to reach the rank of federal councillor, who knew how to transcend the entire yellow and black bench? To the magic of Christmas? To the presence of Julien Vauclair on the band? For his second match after the dismissal nine days earlier of the Czech Filip Pesan, the former international defender, general manager of the club, has apparently found the right words. “Changing coaches always causes a click. What I remember from this match is that we played hockey.

This has not always been the case two days ago, for his first this season in this position. In Kloten (5-3 defeat), the Ajoulot players offered a terrible first half hour, in line with the last outings under the Pesan era. When Ambri came, what they offered is not to be classified as exceptional hockey either. It is however a question of raising the strength of character displayed by this group at the bottom of the hole.

“I simply told them to free themselves, that mistakes would always be made but that it was necessary to find pleasure. All of them have been playing hockey for twenty years but for some time, I had the feeling that they were incapable of it, so much the tension had taken over.

“We were the initiator in this match which I will compare to a boxing match.”

Julien Vauclair, coach and sports director of HC Ajoie

Vauclair thus detects encouraging signs in the behavior displayed by its employees, who did not give in despite the three visitor equalizers. “We too often tended to collapse as soon as a goal was conceded. There, we knew how to answer each time. We were the initiator in this match which I will compare to a boxing match. It’s a relief for everyone. »

Julien Vauclair can breathe, his team reacted.

Julien Vauclair can breathe, his team reacted.

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Does the man with double hat perceive the signs of a return to the initial phase of the course of the Jurassians? “We have gone through three stages so far. The first is when we played well and won matches. The next is when we were playing well but we weren’t winning anymore. And then there was the last one, during which nothing good was offered. In the last two thirds in Kloten, we started to offer the hockey that I want to see. The big difference tonight (red: Thursday) is that we didn’t have this fear anchored in our stomachs. The guys poured a big dose of courage. It was not a perfect meeting, but in terms of work ethic, I am very satisfied.

It now remains to be seen whether this sixth success of the competition was only a soothing parenthesis or the harbinger of less painful tomorrows. “It is important to keep the emotions at the right level. It’s a victory that feels good, but we must not get carried away. Let’s take advantage of this moment after having experienced so many negative things, ”tempers Julien Vauclair.

On Friday, for his final outing of the year, Ajoie is expected in Lausanne. The LHC benefited from an additional day of rest.

Steven Macquat’s ear had to be stitched up

This meeting against Ambri left its mark on the Ajoulot squad. Touchdown following an unfortunate shot by his teammate Thomas Thiry in the 7the minute, Steven Macquat was taken to Delémont hospital. According to our information, the cut suffered in the right ear then required a transfer to a hospital in Basel. The center of 4eblock of the HCA will therefore miss the trip to Lausanne.

This defection obviously does not help the affairs of Julien Vauclair, who must deal with a decimated offensive alignment. Ian Derungs, Lilian Garessus, Matteo Romanenghi, Gregory Sciaroni and Jonathan Hazen, all injured, will also skip this game against the Vaudois Lions. According to the information delivered Thursday evening, all have resumed individual training on ice, with the exception of the Quebec striker who is still treating his painful adductors.

This means that unless there is a last minute reinforcement in the form of a B license loan, Ajoie will only have eleven attackers to offer on the ice of Vaudoise arena. / JBI

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