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Fribourg-Gotteron - Orli Znojmo

Fribourg and Znojmo kick off this week's CHL action

Both teams met Munich at home in their opening game, with the Swiss side winning 3-0 and the Czechs going down 4-3. With this their last home game of the group stage, Fribourg have a chance to go clear at the top of Group F before beginning their road series. For Znojmo, meanwhile, this is a chance to collect their first CHL points as they aim to climb out of the group basement.

"We have seen some videos of Fribourg games. We know we are facing another opponent of top quality. It is like playing Barcelona in football. Our players can only benefit from that and gain priceless experience," says Znojmo head coach Jiri Reznar. "I actually thought we played well against Munich. Yes, some people say we did not have a lot of puck posession, but I liked the fact that we did not let them have a lot of chances, we kept our shape and played organized. That's how we have to play in Fribourg, as well."

Defenceman Libor Sulak, who scored a hat-trick in the first game against Munich, added, "I think we have played quite well in our first game but lost our composure in the third period after conceding a quick goal. That cannot hapen again. If we avoid that and keep our concentration throughout 60 minutes, I believe we can get some points in Switzerland."

Fribourg will be getting some re-inforcements, with Swiss Hockey News reporting that three players will be returning to the lineup from injuries – defenceman Marc Abplanalp and forwards Chris Rivera and Anton Gustafsson. Forward John Fritsche remains out.

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Fribourg-Gotteron - Orli Znojmo

Fribourg-Gotteron - Orli Znojmo

Fribourg move closer to advancing with home win over Znojmo

Fribourg-Gotteron have taken the maximum six points from their first two games in Group F and put themselves into good position for advancing to the Round of 32 after a 5-2 victory over Orli Znojmo. Caryl Neuenschwander scored Fribourg's first and last goals and Killian Mottet had two assists, while Benjamin Conz made 34 saves for his second straight victory of the competition. 

"I am happy I was able to help the team to grab this win with my two goals," Neuenschwander said after the game. "Playing together with Andrei Bykov and Killian Mottet was a pleasure tonight and we'll see how this goes. In the end, the coach decides the lines and we are a good team with many good players and I'll do my best whoever I am playing with."

The home team came out with lots of energy in the first period and scored twice – first Neuenschwander with a high wrister at 7:20, then Benjamin Neukom at 14:15, deflecting a point shot from Yannick Rathgeb on the power play. Znojmo finally got on the board just past the game's midpoint. It was on the power play and it was defenceman Libor Salek that beat Conz with a wrister to the glove side, meaning that Salek had scored all four of his team's goals in the CHL so far – all of them on the power play. 

It was a close 2-1 game heading into the third period, and the teams traded goals early on before Fribourg broke it open. Roman Cervenka restored Fribourg's two-goal lead on a nice re-direction in the first minute of the final period, then Radek Cip responded for Znojmo six minutes later. Znojmo then had their best pressure of the game as they pushed hard for the equalizer, but it was goals by Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Neuenschwander just 16 seconds apart in the 48th minute that put the game away.

"It was a weird game," thought Fribourg defenceman Alexandre Picard. "We started pretty strong in the first period, but then we had a bit of a let-down – we hadn't played in a long time. In the third we got a quick goal and that seemed to cut them down."

"When you lose 5-2 you're disappointed," reasoned Znojmo defenceman Andre Lakos. "It's a tough loss for us because I think there were some parts where we played well, but we made a few mistakes that cost us the game. We didn't skate that well tonight, so it's disappointing. I think we're going to learn from our mistakes and be stronger."

Znojmo coach Jiri Reznak said, "We knew that we were playing against a good skating team and that we'd have to avoid individual mistakes that they could take advantage of. Unfortunately, we didn't. We gave up unnecessary goals – one after an unnecessary penalty and two from right in front of the net. It's a shame, but that's hockey. Now we have to recover and prepare for the rematch."

There's not much time for recovery or preparation because the rematch comes quickly – this Sunday in Znojmo. In that game, Znojmo will almost certainly need to pick up some points if they have ideas of advancing to the next round. Meanwhile, Fribourg will have a chance to secure a spot in the Round of 32 with just one point. 

Looking ahead, Picard said, "I think we have to move the puck a little bit quicker. We seem to have some long passes that get picked off, so we've got to tighten that up."

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