EVZ will face SC Langenthal from the Swiss League away in the Cup round of sixteen on Sunday, October 25.
"Langenthal of all places, that's really special," commented EVZ sports director Reto Kläy with a smile on today's draw for the second round of the Cup. In Langenthal, he worked as a defender from 2002 to 2008 and as sports manager from 2010 until his move to EVZ 2014. And the squad of the local skating club also includes his brother Fabio!
One thing is clear: The second cup hurdle for the Zug team is significantly higher than the first. Two years ago, SC Langenthal lost surprisingly in the first Cup round away from the EVZ Farmteam with 1:2 after extra time. In the first round of the current competition, he defeated arch-rival EHC Olten at home 3:1. In 2017, the Bernese threw HC Lugano out of the race, in 2019 they lost in the 1/8 final against SC Bern 1:6. "It will be difficult for any team in Schoren," Reto Kläy is aware that it will be harder and more balanced than in the 25:1 victory in the 1/16 final on Sunday at the second division club Raron. But with the entire squad and such a focused team performance as in Valais, the Zug-based team should of course also prevail among the higher-paid Oberaargauers.
On the board at SC Langenthal is the second season of the Canadians and former players (2010 to 2018) Jeff Campbell (39), head of sports is the long-time head coach Kevin Schläpfer from Biel. The most spectacular SCL moves for this season are the strikers Marc Kämpf from SC Bern and Eero Elo from SCL Tigers. The 30-year-old Finn played for the Emmentaler from 2016 to 2020 and booked 105 scorer points in 155 NL games!
The Cup round of sixteen finals on Sunday, October 25:
Bern - Seewen/Davos
Visp - Fribourg-Gottéron
Clods - Ajoie
Pikes Oberthurgau/Lugano - Dübendorf/ZSC Lions
Langenthal - EVZ
Lakers - Ambri
Lausanne - Biel
Geneva - SCL Tigers