The new unexpected leader of the Swiss Women’s Hockey League is the Neuchâtel Hockey Academy. They defeated HC Lugano on the road on Saturday and could benefit from the ZSC Lions' first loss.

Even before all the teams have played four games, there are already some minor to major upsets in the Swiss Women’s Hockey League. After „Stone Age“-results in the first two rounds, the newly founded Neuchâtel Hockey Academy (formerly known as Unviersité Neuchâtel) was at the center of attention on the second weekend. They showed their ambitions with a win on the road against HC Lugano. National team player Andrea Fischer scored the two decisive goals within five minutes during the last period. Right before and shortly after Fischer’s goals, Lugano’s Canadian-Swiss player Rebecca Kohler (photo), who has already scored seven goals this season thus far, managed to get one back for her team.

A day later, last year’s runner-up HC Lugano dominated the ZSC Lions and defeated them 4-1. The Lions had to make do without top scorer Christine Hüni. The Ticinesi equalized the score right before the end of the second period during a 5-on-3 power play. Romy Eggimann, Rebecca Kohler, and Frederica Galtieri (empty net) scored the three decisive goals for a convincing victory.

SWHL A, Results: Lugano vs Neuchâtel Hockey Academy 3-4 (0-1, 1-1, 2-2). ZSC Lions vs Bomo Thun 5-1 (2-1, 1-0, 2-0). Neuchâtel Hockey Academy vs Reinach 14-0 (3-0, 6-0, 5-0). Lugano vs ZSC Lions 4-1 (0-0, 1-1, 3-0). –

Standings: 1. Neuchâtel Hockey Academy 4/12. 2. ZSC Lions 4/9. 3. Lugano 4/9. 4. Weinfelden 2/0. 5. Bomo Thun 3/0. 4. Reinach 3/0.

Last Update: 26 September 2016, 09:36 AM | bsc
Photo: Mauricette Schnider