BAD NAUHEIM – Bad Nauheim in High Flight? After eight wins from the last nine games, EC Bad Nauheim catapulted into second place in the German Hockey League 2. Since even the otherwise restrained Christof Kreutzer has given up something of an understatement. "Yes, now we have the right gas after the positive start of the season, right after the international break," the EC coach said of his team's consistency now.
The fact that expectation is rising with sporting success still leaves Kreutzer realistic. "The season is still long, a lot can happen," says the former Düsseldorf, giving the right keyword to start the EC weekend program: Hessenderby tonight at 7.30pm at the Kassel Huskies. If the Hessenderbias have their special attraction in DEL2 anyway, there are more details this time. It is a league game between leaders and direct strikers, and the strongest home team and best away team meet.
"It's going to be fun," says Christoph Kreutzer, who is known to be a Derbys special friend. Despite the expectation of a sports treat, she is fully discerned in the seriousness of the task. "Kassel has great driving, they have a lot of quality in attack and they are very compact in defense," analyzes Kreutzer, who was convinced of Nordhessen's strength on Tuesday, when the one in Landshut with a 0-3 deficit was still in one 4: 3 success. would convert.
Kasseler's numbers are impressive in any case: Seven points ahead of the Bad Nauheim pursuers, with 81 goals the best offensive machine in the league and 49 goals in 19 games, along with Freiburg, the best defensive team. "We're going to have to come up with something here," says Kreutzer, who also has a shot at home 0-5 from his first encounter with the Huskies. The already grown strength and enormous confidence should help Bad Nauheim tonight slow down the expected Kasseler-born Sturmlauf.
The heavily thought-out EC coach at Sunday's home game (6.30pm) against Dresden Eislöwan. Also in this game, the Badestädter have to make up for something, having gone to Elba with a 2-6 "swim" in early October. "Last weekend against Kassel and in Dresden was obviously instructive for the team," but Kreutzer now wants to score against the two teams.
Personally, the coach is spoiled for choice after Cody Sylvester can again succeed completely. "He would have brought us more speed into the game, but Kyle Gibbons recently scored two goals against Landshut," Kreutzer wants to decide on the occupation of the fourth contingent within a very short time. In addition, Mick Köhler will still be missed, but for Bastian Kucis he is again available as a "replacement keeper".