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Favourites strike back

Davos' Michel Riesen (left) overcomes Bern's goalie, Marco Bührer (right) and scores the first goal of the match Keystone

After surprise defeats on Sunday, the three top favourite ice hockey teams fought back with a vengeance in the fourth round of the ice hockey league play-offs.

Davos, who were 2-1 down, defeated Bern 4-5 and levelled their quarterfinal series in Tuesday’s match.

Lugano, league runners-up for the past two seasons, romped to an 8-1 win in Zug to take a 3-1 overall lead in the best of seven series.

Defending champion Zurich Lions had to work a lot harder against Ambri, scoring a goal in overtime to see a 2-1 victory, which gives them an overall lead of 3-1.

Kloten defeated Fribourg 2-3 in overtime, which takes them to an overall lead of 3-1.

Kloten, Zurich Lions and Lugano are all now just one victory away from booking places in the semi-finals.

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