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Ice hockey / Division 1. Epinal Hockey Club went to the essentials against Chambéry

Epinal – Chambery

5-0

This Saturday evening, Spinaliens were not asked to be flamboyant or twirling. They had given so much and more in this register, four days earlier in the Coupe de France, to seriously falter Gap, resident of Magnus. This time, the contract stipulated only one clause and one obligation: to win. Come what may, with the end of a butt if necessary, but win. Because we never measure with precision the power of erosion of a series of defeats, even draped in honors or on the smallest of margins (penalties in Nantes and against Marseille). From this point of view, the objective has been achieved. “Our priority was to win, we succeeded, scoring five goals including one in power play. Me, I’m happy with these three points”, confided Jan Plch who, logically, did not shun the pleasure of garnering a first victory this season in the championship.

Epinal won without boasting but with seriousness, against a team from Chambéry who quickly showed their limits. Sometimes using expedients to hide his shortcomings. All in a “special” arbitration context with 100… minutes in prison for the Spinaliens and 67 in Chambéry. “We lost three players and in the second third, I don’t know how many minutes we were able to play five against five,” lamented Jan Plch.

Match sheet

Third time: 2-0, 0-0, 3-0
2,500 spectators, arbitration by Mr. Gardiol.
100′ in prison against Epinal including 10′ of misconduct for Ganz and Lubin plus misconduct for the match for Ganz, Jayat and Fujerik; 67’against Chambéry including 10’of misconduct to Renda more misconduct for the match to Franzini and Blanchard.
38 shots for Epinal (14+9+15); 15 shots for Chambéry (5+7+3).
The goals: Rudzan (15’41”, ass. Fujerik and Lubin; 59’59”, ass. Lubin and Blanchy, IN); Fujerik (18’36”, ass. Donnet and Rusina; 44’18”, ass. Nemcek, SN); Altidor (43’18”, ass. Fujerik and Nechala).

The youth showed up

Ganz, author it is true of an avoidable charge in the back in the offensive zone (38’55), Fujerik (57’40), and Jayat (38’55) indeed found themselves in the shower before their comrade and we feared for a moment that the first two named would go through the suspension box. But, regulatory subtlety, the qualification of “misconduct” and not “penalty” of match should remove this threat.

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To bring the debate back to the ice, the Spinaliens quickly showed their sticks and from the first power play, Rudzan, Altidor and Rapenne posed a strong threat to the Chambéry cage. A determined start but the essential was missing: a small goal to free the green people. And as soon as the intensity dropped a notch, Khoroshun was forced to watch out for a point-blank shot from Franzini (15′).

A simple reminder, the release came from Rudzan when the unfortunate Richer got in the way of his first try (1-0, 15’41”). Very quickly, the spinal takeover materialized with an achievement by Fujerik, opportunistic with a backhand after a shot from Donnet blocked (2-0, 18’36”). During the second third, polluted by penalties, Epinal was looking for the knockout. But neither Lubin (20’25”) nor Altidor (23’03”) deceived Richer.

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Shutout for Koroshun

And in a disjointed if not thrilling match, Koroshun remained vigilant ahead of Blanchard (34’40”) and Protcenko (35’44”). Pushed by his supporters and carried by an athletic force, Epinal came back very strongly in the scenario. Altidor with a nice solo number (43’10”), Fujerik (44’18”) then Rudzan (59’59”) brought the score to 5-0. Logically. The addition could also have been heavier, with in particular a young guard restoring the confidence granted by the staff and who could have scored like Thoreau in front of the empty cage (54’45 ”). “The young people also played against Gap and Nantes. For me, being able to start with four lines is important to keep energy and dominate the third third. The whole team responded,” concludes Jan Plch. Next episodes at Mont-Blanc on Wednesday and against Tours next Saturday.

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