The 23-year-old netminder joined Langnau in 2015 with an initial contract until 2016 (extendable to 2019). Earlier today, Der Bund reported that there were rumors he might stay with the Tigers even longer, despite reportedly having offers from other teams. Now the Tigers made the extension official, the Lativan (playing with a Swiss license) will be in Langnau's net for two more years.
In 39 games last season, Punnenovs posted a .918 save percentage along with a 2.46 goals against average. He was out due to an injury for the Tigers' Ranking Round games.
Forward Alexei Dostoinov has also prematurely extended his contract for three more seasons. The 28-year-old joined the Tigers during the 2016-2017 season and now will stay until at least 2022. The Swiss-Russian dual citizen played for EHC Biel, HC Ambrì-Piotta, SC Bern and Lausanne HC, as well as in the Russian KHL and VHL and in junior leagues in North America before joining Langnau.
Dostoinov has played 84 National League and relegation games for the Tigers so far, recording 19 goals and 24 assists.Last Update: 26 March 2018, 11:50 AM | esi/jca