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Lausanne promoted to top division

Lausanne had to wait five years for this moment Keystone

Lausanne are back in Switzerland's premier ice hockey league after defeating La Chaux-de-Fonds 5-2 on Tuesday. The Vaud team won the playoffs 4-2 to secure their promotion.

This content was published on April 11, 2001 - 08:56

Lausanne failed to make an impression in the first period of the match, leaving the scoring to the Bees. Steve Aebersold and Rüdi Niederöst gave the home side a 2-0 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play.

Lausanne came back on the ice after the break and immediately cancelled La Chaux-de-Fonds lead. Didier Princi and Dimitri Shamolin, the team's key player, levelled the score in less than three minutes.

The 6700 spectators then had to wait for the final period to see more goals. Unfortunately for the locals, the game was all Lausanne's.

Shamolin was the first to strike, followed by Sacha Weibel. The Vaud team's key player wasn't finished for the evening though, completing a hat-trick three minutes before the end of the game.

Thanks to its victory, Lausanne makes its comeback in the top division after a five-year absence. Their return among the country's elite hockey teams is all the more meritorious, as they were unable to play a single match in this series on their home rink in Malley.

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