Despite Cologne bankruptcy: Grizzly coach Stewart is happy for Schinko – and hopeful for Fauser

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Despite Cologne bankruptcy: Grizzly coach Stewart is happy for Schinko – and hopeful for Fauser

Not only was his goal against Cologne important: Grizzlys head coach Mike Stewart (right) was particularly happy about Luis Schinko’s (left) contract extension.

Wolfsburg. “We did our best, but made too many mistakes,” Grizzlys captain Spencer Machacek said after Premier League ice hockey team Wolfsburg’s 3:5 loss to Kölner Haie on Monday. – and thus summarized the match well. , as his head coach Mike Stewart was of the same opinion.

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“We managed to win this game, but we lost control a bit and missed too many chances,” Stewart said. His team had “the best chances in the final third, but a turnover made it 3:4”. In the end, the trainer had to admit: “Our own mistakes ultimately cost us too much.”

Schinko lies down and scores again

Nevertheless, there was also positive news, because with Luis Schinko this year’s shooting star from the Autostadt-based company entered the top scorer list again. It was the eighth goal for the 22-year-old, who prematurely extended his contract, which runs until 2024, by one year until 2025 on Christmas Eve. “I’m very happy with the Grizzlys, so I’m very happy that I was able to extend my contract earlier. The coaches also trusted me in important game situations,” said the Landshut native, explaining his decision – and thus also a relief for the supported Stewart.

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“We saw last season that Luis has certain skills,” said the head coach, who must at the same time think of Schinko’s serious shoulder injury which the youngster suffered in the summer of 2021 and which put him out of action until January. “But he developed well afterwards,” says Stewart, “worked hard over the summer to get stronger and faster.” can play us”.

“Development is far from over”

It may come as a surprise to many that the 22-year-old, who has already scored 16 points this DEL season, has knocked out Wolfsburg. But Stewart expected it because: “We wanted to give him the chance to play in certain situations. He took full advantage of the opportunities. The simple fact that he plays with Darren Archibald and Tyler Morley brings a lot, they work well together. And above all: “Its development is far from over. Being able to continue working with him in the future was good news,” the head coach said.

The second in the table arrives on Wednesday

For Stewart, Schinko and Co. things will continue on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.), the guest in the home rink is second-placed ERC Ingolstadt, who suffered just one defeat (1-4 at Bremerhaven ) in the last seven games. . “They’ve had a few newcomers and have become more stable in front of goal. You can see they’re playing with structure and have a new coach in Mark French. All of those factors have played a part,” Stewart points out on the strengths of the upcoming opponent. For him and his team, the most important thing will be to “minimize mistakes and follow our system of play”. The ERC are having a good season and are still playing well. let’s stay focused.”

Possible Fauser return, newcomer Lorito not here yet

In terms of personnel, the Autostädter could possibly welcome a returnee. “Maybe Gerrit Fauser will play,” hopes head coach Stewart, who won’t make the final decision until after on-ice practice Wednesday morning. On the other hand, Fabio Pfohl, Valentino Klos and JC Beaudin will still be absent.

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Newcomer Matt Lorito won’t be there either. The 32-year-old Canadian, who has a contract until the end of the season, was due to arrive in Germany on December 26. According to Stewart, however, there were issues with his visa, “so we have to wait and see.”

By Marvin Sonneman

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