The Hockey Champions League is saying goodbye to Ljubljana for this year: SŽ Olimpija lost 1:3 against Zug in the 5th round. The leading team of Group B cashed in on top moves by individuals, and in the last third, Tadej Čimžar rewarded the efforts of the dragons with an honorable goal.
It is in the 8th minute after the initial equal game Dario Simion with a straight slalom past three Ljubljana players, penetrated from the right side in front of the goal and checked Žan Us for the lead of Zug. At the end of the opening period, the Swiss doubled their lead, after only 39 seconds before the end of the first 20 minutes, the American showed his mastery in solo penetration Brian O’Neill.
The two-time USA Olympian extended Zug’s lead to 3-0 midway through the game when he snuck in a pass from Lino Martschini to the left of Uso’s post. Before that, Olimpija had an advantage of two more players for 38 seconds, which they were unable to take advantage of.
Čimžar scored after a pass from the captain
They are at the beginning of the last third dragons pressed, especially when Martschini was sent off, but Tadej Čimžar and Rok Kapel wasted the best chance for a home goal.
In the middle of the third period, the efforts of Mitje Šivica’s wards only paid off. Zug defender Livio Stadler got into trouble behind his own goal, captain Žiga Pance quickly sent the stolen puck in front of the goal, where he Tadej Chimžar diverted into the visitors’ net for 1:3.
Until the end, the Slovenian champions persistently searched for the second goal and a tense playoff, while the Swiss champions had already stepped off the gas and were just counting down the seconds until the end of the game in Ljubljana. At the end of the meeting between the Slovenian and Swiss champions, the ratio of shots on goal was 40:22 for Zug (after 40 minutes 30:10 for blue and white).
Rich Zug two-time consecutive champion of Switzerland
After five defeats with a goal difference of 7:21, SŽ Olimpija is condemned to the bottom of Group B, while Zug has already won first place with five wins and a goal difference of 22:7, and will thus have a good starting point for the elimination battles of the best 16 clubs in Europe in the 2022/23 season.
Blue and white from the richest Swiss canton are two-time consecutive NLA champions and permanent participants in the Champions League, where they have reached the quarter-finals the longest so far.
With a visit to Zug, Olimpija will conclude its first appearance in the hockey Champions League in a week.
HOCKEY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2022/23
5th round: SŽ OLYMPIA – ZUG 1:3 (0:2, 0:1, 1:0)1,100; Chimžar 50.; Simion 8th, O’Neill 20th, 33rd.
TURKISH – WOLFSBURG 1:4
The order: Zug 14, Wolfsburg 10, Turku 6, SŽ Olimpija 0 points.
Last, 6th, round:
Wednesday, October 12, at 6:00 p.m.: WOLFSBURG – TURKUAt 19.45: ZUG – SŽ OLYMPIA