Gap offers the champion for his return to the Alp’Arena
Already winners in Chamonix on Tuesday, the Gapençais chained a second success this Saturday at home against the French tire champion, Rouen, at the end of a tough battle.
Winners of Chamonix (4-3) Tuesday at the opening of the championship, the Raptors of Gap found this Saturday evening the Alp’Arena, their public but also the reigning French champion, Rouen, beaten the day before in Nice to everyone’s surprise . Once again defeated, the Dragons left the ice frustrated, so powerless they seemed to destabilize the Gapençais block, impeccable from start to finish, solid from top to bottom. Strong.
Back in the Hautes-Alpes where he had come to win the title a few months ago, the champion was also cold picked by the opening of the early score of Romain Chapuis, validating a service from the ex-Rouennais Fabien Colotti.
And if Gap had the opportunity to return to the locker room with two goals in advance when Lagarde found himself in a duel against Pintaric, the visiting goalkeeper, Rouen had wanted to react, without however managing to equalize.
Chosen that the champion of France still ended up doing logically, in the middle of the second third when Gilbert validated a good period of his. 1-1, puck in the center after the first 40 minutes of play.
A logical score that would turn in favor of the Raptors when Johnston received a 4-minute penalty (2 + 2). At the very end of power-play, after a big siege session for Pintaric’s goal, Colotti, passer on the first goal, turned into a finisher to allow Gap to lead again (2-1). Then, after a few new long minutes spent in inferiority, it remains less than 5 to the Dragons to snatch at least the extension and the point that goes with it. But it was Gap who took 3 thanks to Thillet’s final goal in an empty cage. And Rouen, after two days, is still at zero. Rare enough to be highlighted.
Briançon jostles Amiens but gets his hair done on the pole
Spectators of the first two days, the Briançonnais Devils began their season this Saturday evening with the reception of the Gothiques d’Amiens at René-Froger. Deprived of three key players, Hvila, Plouffe and Tomko, the Briançonnais gave up 4 to 3 during extra time.
They believed in it to the end. The Briançonnais devils went all out to take the three points against the Amiens Gothics who had the heart to put their heads right after the gift prize the day before in Grenoble (10-0). The Haut-Alpins finally took only one and can harbor real regrets …
Côte Briançonnais, Rudolf Huna, the dean of the Magnus League, has shown that he did not come to the Hautes-Alpes in early retirement. Quite the contrary. The 41-year-old Slovakian, three-time scorer, allowed the Devils to lead three times. Amiens got back together each time (Simonsen, West, Lapachuk), coming back to 3-3 with six minutes left of the game. Boivin scored the winning goal for the Picards from the start of extra time, infuriating René-Froger.
Briançon still takes a unit against a reference in the championship and will go to Mulhouse on Tuesday.
In Briançon (René-Froger ice rink): Amiens beats Briançon after extra time (1-1,2-1,1-2, 0-1)
Arbitrators: MM. Gremiond and Cregut assisted by MM. Margry and Gielly
Briançon goals: 8’50 Huna (Schmitt) (5-4), 20’29 Huna (Vasko, Colomban), 34’51 Huna (Colomban, Vasko)
Amiens goals: 11’40 Simonsen (Pretnar, Boivin) (5-4), 23’48 West (Sabatier), 53’46 Lapachuk, 60’53 Boivin
Penalties: Briançon 6 ‘, Amiens 4’
Chamonix, the inadmissible shipwreck
Inadmissible is one of the words that comes to mind at the end of this meeting during which the pioneers were ridiculed by a formation which (supposedly) must be a direct opponent. First three games, three first defeats with 18 goals conceded! Difficult to do worse as an introduction (especially for a defense supposed to be much more solid than the previous seasons …).
Without even analyzing this meeting in detail, which would only be of relative interest, it is however obvious that some recruits are far, very far from what was expected. Marinaccio is the only striker to stand out (by far) with two goals and an assist, in the heart of a collective wreck. In any case, a serious questioning is already necessary. A figure to drive home the point: 40 shots for Cergy, 12 for Chamonix … For a team that aims to “challenge” any team, we are far from the mark.