Latvian national goalkeeper Ivars Punnenov was injured in the Swiss Hockey Premier League (NL) game on Saturday.
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Punnenova, represented by Langnava “Tigers”, capitulated the Swiss championship “Zug” with the guests 2: 8 (0: 3, 2: 1, 0: 4).
The Latvian goalkeeper scored the first goal in the third minute, but after five minutes and 20 seconds he was replaced, most likely due to a hand injury. Punnenov, who is one of the candidates for the Latvian national team to participate in the Beijing Olympics, fought off one of the two litters.
Tigers are still haunted by goalkeepers, so 18-year-old Louis Kurt took his place in the goal and neutralized 25 of 31 shots in his debut for NL.
The striker Oskars Lapinskis also went on the field in the “Tigers” team represented by several Latvians, who scored once in eight minutes and 32 seconds, lost in both throws and was at a neutral efficiency.
Meanwhile, striker Denis Smirnov and defender Sandos Monmon defeated Biel-Bienne hockey players at the Geneva Servette home at 3: 2 (1: 0, 0: 2, 1: 0, 1: 0).
Smirnov spent 11 minutes and 24 seconds on the ice, throwing twice into the goal and winning six of the nine throws, while Monmon scored once in three minutes and 56 seconds. Both Latvians ended the fight with a neutral efficiency.
Due to the injury, the striker Kaspars Daugaviņš did not play on Saturday, and the “Bern”, represented by the guests with 2: 3 (1: 0, 1: 1, 0: 1, 0: 1) in the post-match series, acknowledged the superiority of “Lugano”. The newspaper “Berner Zeitung” reported this week that Daugaviņš was not seriously injured and could return to the square soon.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the striker Ronald King represented “Lausanne” at home with the result 5: 4 (0: 1, 1: 0, 4: 3) defeated the league’s last “Ajoie”. The king threw seven times in 14 minutes and 30 seconds and scored a negative efficiency of -2.
In the tournament table, Servette is seventh with 61 points in 40 matches, followed by Lausanne with 59 points in 38 games. Meanwhile, in 11th place is “Bern”, who scored 47 points in 39 games. The Tigers ranked 12th in 13 teams with 32 points in 41 games.
Last season, in the final of the National League tournament, the Geneva “Servette” conceded to the “Zug” hockey players.