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Ambri fight off Zug to remain league leaders

Ambri Piotta have beaten Zug to keep their place at the top of the national league ice hockey rankings.

The Ticino team opened up a three point lead by beating their opponents 4-2 away on Friday night. Ambri now top rankings with 12 points.

Zug – on nine points – are equal runners-up with Berne and Zürich Lions.

Berne had an easy game against lowly La Chaux-de-Fonds, crushing them 5-0.

Zürich Lions – who last year took home the championship title – also had no difficulty in finishing off their opponents; they beat Chur 4-1 at home.

The Graubünden team have been struggling since the beginning of the season, and with a mere three points are bottom of the league.

Meanwhile, last year’s finalists, Lugano, put in a good performance in their away match against higher-ranked Davos. The Ticinesi won 3-1, but remain ranked a lowly 10th, while their opponents are 6th on eight points.

Only one of Friday evening’s matches resulted in a draw: Fribourg-Gottéron versus Rapperswil-Jona ended with a score of 2-2, despite going to overtime.

Both teams have seven points, and are ranked just above Lugano.

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