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Zurich Lions book place in finals

Adrian Plavsic (left) and Michel Zeiter (centre) celebrate Andreas Zehnder's goal which opened Zurich Lions' lead over Kloten Flyers 1-0 Keystone

The Zurich Lions have secured their place in the Swiss ice hockey championship finals after they beat their city rivals, the Kloten Flyers. Lugano moved one point ahead of their rivals, Bern, after winning the fifth best-of-seven match on Saturday evening.

The Zurich Lions are set to defend their title in the championship finals next Sunday after winning their fourth match of the best-of-seven series on Saturday evening.

Larry Huras’ men beat the Kloten Flyers 4-1 (2-0 2-0 0-1) in front of a home crowd. They started the match on a good footing, scoring two goals in the first third.

Kloten never quite gained control of the match, the Lions’ Michel Zeiter managing to keep Kloten’s most dangerous man, Martin Plüss, in check.

The team from Ticino seemed in fine form as they comfortably beat Bern 6-2 (2-1 2-1 2-0) to once again take the lead in the playoffs. The qualifying league-leaders now have three points in the playoffs to Bern’s two.

Sandy Jeannin was the star of the evening, scoring three of Lugano’s goals. He shot the puc through Bern’s goal posts in the sixteenth minute, opening the evening’s scoring. He scored again in the 22nd and 55th minute.

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