VThere is not much time to take a deep breath during an ongoing ice hockey season. In the next five days deny the Lowen Frankfurt three games in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL). To start off this Friday in Frankfurt against Iserlohn (7.30 p.m. live on Magentasport), on Sunday in Berlin (2 p.m.) against the first division champions and next Tuesday away again in Nuremberg (7.30 p.m.).
The lions had to find out last weekend that not all games will be won. The surprisingly clear 5:2 away win in Wolfsburg was followed by the 3:4 home defeat against Bremerhaven.
Disc losses are penalized
With clever team tactics in defensive actions and your own playful strength in front of the opposing goal, this Friday evening against the Iserlohn Roosters get three points. The basic prerequisite for this is the avoidance of mistakes.
Simple disc losses are regularly penalized. "Iserlohn may not be the financial crux of the league, but they are constantly developing. They're an interesting opponent for us, we can score very important points," said sporting director Franz David Fritzmeier.
The Frankfurters still see themselves as challengers to the established DEL teams. With good performances, the lions want to leave some teams behind in the table soon. "It was a decent start, but we have to keep getting better," said Fritzmeier. The development required for this is mainly carried out during training during the week. Although the lions also adapt to their opponents in the training sessions, the main focus is on their own progress.
Carter Rowney, who was signed shortly before the start of the season, also contributes to this development. What Fritzmeier had hoped for from signing the 33-year-old NHL veteran seems to have come true. “A lot of guys can pull themselves up on Rowney. He doesn't need to score three goals every game, but with his presence he can lead the team," he said.
While the lions against Iserlohn have every chance of their first home win, the task at Eisbären Berlin will be much more difficult. "If Berlin performs at its best, we won't win there. But there is always a possibility,” said Fritzmeier. The Löwen supporters saw how quickly a game can turn 3-4 after a 3-0 lead against Bremerhaven.