Zurich Lions take out Lugano

The Lions (in white) overwhelmed Lugano, after scoring four goals in the first seven minutes of play Keystone Archive

Switzerland's defending champions, the Zurich Lions, have defeated their biggest rivals Lugano 5-2. The Zurich team made a full recovery after struggling through the first week of the Swiss Hockey Championship.

This content was published on September 15, 2001 - 22:59

The defending Swiss champions sharpened their claws before Friday's match against Lugano, who have been runners-up for the last two seasons. After only 7 minutes of play, Larry Huras' team was leading by four goals to nothing.

Scorers for the Lyons included Reto Stirnimann, Raeto Raffainer, Stefan Schnyder, Bruno Steck and the 17-year-old Tim Ramholt.

On the Lugano side, Patrick Sutter scored after 11 minutes. His teammate, Keith Fair, managed to score after penetrating Zurich's defence 30 minutes into the game.

However, their two goals were insufficient to save Lugano's recent three-game winning streak.

Bern dashes Lausanne hopes

Newly-promoted Lausanne were hoping to continue their good start, marked by two victories and one defeat. The game away against Bern started well for them, after two goals by Philippe Orlandi and Dimitri Shamolin.

However, despite their resistance in the first two periods, the Vaud team were then overwhelmed by the Bernese players. Goals for Bern were scored by Sven Leuenberger, Marc Weber, Fabian Sutter, Patrik Juhlin and Derek Armstrong, placing Bern in third position in the overall standings.

Chur, who were playing away against Davos, were unable to overcome their adversaries, finally losing 2-5. Both teams had yet to win a point this season.

Chur now stands at the bottom of the tables, just behind Davos, Kloten and Fribourg, who were given a spanking by Rapperswil-Jona.

Fribourg, which lost 1-7 against the St Gallen team, gave Rapperswill an opportunity to catch up with Lugano in the overall standings.

The team now stand in second position behind Lugano, just ahead of Bern.

In other matches, Ambri beat Kloten 2-1, whereas Langnau drew with Zug 4-4.

swissinfo with agencies

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Sort by

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.