Draw but no relief for Bergischer in relegation zone

Bergischer HC picked up a point to slightly increase the hope in the the relegation battle. VfL Gummersbach continued their home stride, being superior to Rhein-Neckar Löwen, 31–26.

Out of the final three games, Bergischer´s assignment on Sunday seemed to be the most promising. TBV Lemgo Lippe didn’t have much on the agenda in the mid-region, on the other hand the guests kept within striking distance after a 20 minute equaliser.

Top scorer Samuel Zehnder captured every penalty chance, the ninth and final goal from the left wing meant that Bergischer trailed one behind with two minutes to go. BHC returned with an impressive team effort led by Noah Beyer (ten goals). Bergischer´s last effort, Beyer´s 31–31 after an out-of-bounds situation was approved after referees consulted video review.

BHC gained a point but the task at hand, Füchse Berlin and Flensburg-Handewitt still is tough. The chasing team has to catch up with HC Erlangen, two points ahead at the moment. Another possibility is that Hamburg´s appeal in the license matter is denied, in which case 17th place will be enough to stay in the top flight.

Gummersbach ran away from Rhein-Neckar Löwen in the second half as the playmaker Dominik Mappes played impeccably from distance. Gummersbach also had the best goalkeeper in Tibor Ivanisevic and line up for top six position.

Bergischer HV–TBV Lemgo Lippe 31–31 (15–16)
VfL Gummersbach-Rhein-Neckar Löwen 31–26 (15–15)