The EVZ farm team in the Swiss League has won five of its last six games and is on course for a playoff spot.
The 1:6 defeat on Sunday in Kloten does not change anything: The farm team EVZ Academy is currently on a high. The away defeat in front of 4,521 spectators at the promotion favorite from the airport city was a stopover that was not entirely unexpected. On Friday, the Flyers had still dropped all three points at the BOSSARD Arena. "There we were able to surprise them with our game, on Sunday they responded strongly and dominated us playfully and physically for long stretches," reports Head Coach Fabio Schumacher.
But it is worth mentioning what happened before! After 15 defeats with only three points won after overtime or penalty shootout, the Zugers set out on a winning streak that was hardly thought possible: One after the other, the higher-paying teams La Chaux-de-Fonds, Visp, Langenthal, Thurgau and Kloten were defeated. "I was already hoping that it would hang on at some point," Fabio Schumacher clarifies. "We also trained well before and showed good games, only the goals and the competition luck were missing. Now it's paid off that we kept working hard and kept at it."
The first win of the season on October 31 in La Chaux-de-Fonds (6:4) was the catalyst for the surge. Fabio Schumacher attributes his team's transformed performance to its fighting spirit and united team effort: "We are the youngest and least experienced team and can only be successful if we work together. Of course, you can also see that the players have become better accustomed to the pace and the two-fight toughness in the Swiss League and the whole team has taken a step forward."
The EVZ Academy's winning streak is all the more astonishing when you consider how many key players have been given away to the injury-plagued Fanion team in the National League for weeks - gaps that Fabio Schumacher has been able to fill with players from the U20 elite. Nevertheless, he had to make do with three lines several times and hopes that he will soon be able to distribute the forces better again: "For the intense tempo field hockey that we want to play, we need four lines!"
In the standings, the EVZ farm team is now three points ahead of last-place Ticino Rockets and only one point behind ninth-place Winterthur. If the Zug team hadn't lost all five games against these two teams, of all teams, the picture would look even better. Now Fabio Schumacher's team has the opportunity to take the next step in the standings and in their development in three consecutive home games. On Wednesday (19.45, BOSSARD Arena) the opponent is Kloten for the third time in a row - the young Zugers would deserve to be supported by more fans than before! After that, Sierre and the GCK Lions are guests in central Switzerland. "We definitely want to get into the playoffs," emphasizes Fabio Schumacher, who would like to trip up Kloten a second time and expects at least five points from these three home games.