The way the final round of the Italian Championship was held had to undergo some changes a few weeks ago, as some teams were struggling with Covid-19 cases. The Italian Ice Sports Federation (FISG) therefore decided to organize a Round Robin from February 8 to 12. Each of the four semifinalist teams will face the others in dry games. The team that will get the most points at the end of the round robin will be the Italian champion. For the Rittner Buam this could be the sixth Scudetto.
Heiskanen's team will play two home games and one away game. On Tuesday, the Rittner Buam will face the HC Gherdëina (8 pm) in front of their home crowd, while on Thursday, Cortina will be their guest at the Collalbo arena (8 pm). "The advantage of playing at home will surely be an important factor", says sport director Adolf Insam, who also knows that "Gherdëina, after the change of coach, and Cortina are both in perfect shape. They will certainly be two difficult games for our boys. Nevertheless, we want to overcome these two obstacles." The Rittner Buam will have to do without the injured Sailio, Frei and Ramoser. The possibility to employ Giacomuzzi, Simon Kostner and Osburn is still in doubt. "After Monday's final training it will be clear also this aspect", Insam adds.
Finally, on Saturday, the Rittner Buam will have to face the defending champions on the road. At 8:30 p.m. the blue-reds will be engaged at the Odegar stadium against HC Asiago. The team from Veneto was the winner of the regular season, so it is quite possible that the outcome of the Italian Championship will be decided only in the direct challenge on Saturday. "This year the Italian Championship will be played in the same way as the Continental Cup. It will be an exciting week," Insam rejoices. All matches of the final round will be streamed live for free on the Italian Ice Sports Federation FISG Youtube channel (https://bit.ly/3Lc9cNA).
88th Italian Championship - Round Robin
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 8 pm, Ritten Arena
Rittner Buam - HC Gherdëina
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 8 pm, Ritten Arena
Rittner Buam - SG Cortina
Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 8.30 pm, Odegar Stadium, Asiago
HC Asiago - Rittner Buam
Photo: Max Pattis
Sabato 12 febbraio 2022 – ore 20.30, stadio Odegar, Asiago
HC Asiago – Rittner Buam
Foto: Max Pattis