In Switzerland, the first men’s semi-final matches have already been played and the women’s semi-finals will start this weekend.
In the men’s top Swiss league, NLA, Tigers Langnau and SV Wiler-Ersigen were the first to secure their places in the semis. Langnau, who came 7th in the regular season, defeated HC Rychenberg Winterthur four times within five matches. This means summer holidays for the regular season runner up. SV Wiler-Ersigen, who won the regular season defeated Kloten-Bulach Jets also four times within five matches, mostly with a one-goal difference. Reigning champions Grasshopper Club Zurich defeated Floorball Köniz 4-2 and UHC Alligator Malans were able to secure their semi-final spot in the decisive 7th match against Chur Unihockey.
SV Wiler-Ersigen – Tigers Langnau 2-0
Grasshopper Club Zurich – UHC Alligator Malans 0-2
Men’s semi-finals will also be played with a best of seven system. SV Wiler-Ersigen and UHC Alligator Malans have already been able to win two tight matches against their semi-final opponents.
In the women’s top Swiss league, NLA, reigning champions Piranha Chur and the regular season winners UHC Dietlikon were the first to advance to the semi-finals. Both teams won against their quarterfinal pairs three times in a row. Piranha Chur defeated UH Red Lions Frauenfeld and UHC Dietlikon defeated Aergera Giffers. Wizards Bern Burgdorf were next as they won against Zug United 3-1. The most even quarterfinal pair was R.A. Rychenberg Winterthur – Skorpion Emmental Zollbruck. The semi-finalist was decided in the 5th and decisive match which Winterthur was able to win 5-4.
piranha chur – Wizards Bern Burgdorf
UHC Dietlikon – R.A. Rychenberg Winterthur
Women’s semi-finals will start this weekend and will be played with a best of five system.
Photos: Swiss Unihockey Flickr/ Erwin Keller & Michael Peter