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Ambri cling on to top spot

Davos forward Thierry Paterlini tries to shake off Lausanne's Sacha Weibel Keystone

A last minute powerplay equaliser from veteran center John Fritsche was enough to keep Ambri-Piotta on top of the Swiss ice hockey league on Tuesday, although Davos are now breathing down the necks of the Ticinese club after beating Lausanne 7-2.

Ambri had appeared to be heading for an undeserved 3-2 defeat in Zug until Fritsche popped up with his late goal. With overtime failing to change the scoreline further, Fritsche’s strike stretched Ambri’s unbeaten run to five matches and ensured that the leaders kept a four-point gap between them and their third placed hosts.

Davos on the other hand are now level on points with Ambri and stay second only because they have played one match more. Lausanne became the latest team to leave Davos empty-handed after conceding six goals in the last two periods.

The side from east Switzerland have now won all seven of their home matches this season.

Last season’s champions the Zurich Lions managed to lift themselves back into playoff contention although they could only take a single point from Tuesday’s home match with Bern. Swiss international defender Marc Streit made a successful comeback from injury, helping to provide two of the Zurich goals. But a third period goal from Bern’s Laurent Müller was enough to earn the visitors a 3-3 draw.

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