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Davos take ice hockey title

Davos celebrate their victory with champagne, beer and cigars

(Keystone)

Davos are the new Swiss ice hockey league champions after beating the defending champions, the Zurich Lions, 4-1.

In a very one-sided match, the boys from Graubünden planted a thorn in the Lions' paw and wiped the floor with them in front of a sell-out crowd in Zurich's Hallenstadion.

The first goal came in the seventh minute when Bohonos slammed one past the Lions' goalkeeper. Davos fans did not have to wait long for the next goal with Reto von Arx scoring in the 14th minute.

The Lions failed to find their confidence during the second period with an own goal from Ramholt giving Davos a 3-0 lead.

Davos were first off the mark again in the third period with Miller scoring their fourth goal. Dishevelled and down-trodden, the Lions briefly fought back with a goal from Jaks in the 52nd minute, but it was not enough to reinstate them as "king of the jungle".

Fourth consecutive win

Saturday's win was the fourth consecutive victory for the Graubünden boys against the Zurich Lions, during the best-of-seven final showdown.

They went into Saturday's match 3-0 up, with Zurich firmly on the back foot and soon after the starting whistle Zurich saw any hope of making a comeback fade away.

Davos last won the league in 1985, making Saturday's victory all the sweeter for their delighted fans.

swissinfo with agencies


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