News : Ice hockey: Master Eisbären Berlin! Victory in the playoff against Wolfsburg
The Eisbären Berlin are German ice hockey champions for the eighth time. The former series champion won the decisive third playoff final against outsiders Grizzlys Wolfsburg on Friday with 2: 1 (1: 1, 1: 0, 0: 0). Thus, the team of coach Serge Aubin decided the final series with 2-1 wins and won the duel for the 100th German ice hockey championship.
In this season of the DEL, which was shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic, only two instead of the usual four wins were necessary to advance in the respective playoff rounds and to win the title. The Berliners had lost the first final game against Wolfsburg 2: 3 after extra time, but then reported back with a confident 4: 1 in Wolfsburg and prevented the first championship in the club history of Lower Saxony.
Eisbären Berlin are ice hockey champions! Victory in the playoff against Wolfsburg
The polar bears were the first to complete the preliminary round group north, but the title favorites were Adler Mannheim and EHC Red Bull Munich from the south group. But the Munich team was surprisingly already in the playoff quarter-finals, the Mannheim team then unexpectedly eliminated in the semifinals against Wolfsburg.
It is still unclear how the DEL will continue. Last year, the season at the beginning of the pandemic was canceled after the main round without a master’s freestyle. Back then, it was unthinkable for clubs that are dependent on audience revenue to play without an audience. The league was only able to start a season a week before Christmas because the players waived large parts of their salaries and public support. It is still unclear when it will be possible to play in front of an audience again. The new season should actually start in September.