The current season is over for the habfurt hawks and lukas kratschmer is already looking ahead again. Despite repeatedly missing out on promotion to the bavarian league, the up-and-comer, who made the leap from his own junior squad to the first team last september, is "generally satisfied" with the 2019/2020 season satisfied.
Naturally, the "icing on the cake" would have been, reaching the semifinal play-offs, and thus extending the season beyond february, would have been desirable not only for him. "After our strong preliminary round, we are naturally disappointed that it wasn’t enough in the end," says kratschmer, says the 19-year-old, whose debut record is impressive: he scored 18 points (eleven goals) in 40 of 41 possible games. "But", he admits in a sporting fairness "you also have to acknowledge that the other teams have played more consistently and so deserved to be in the top four places."
The hawks’ failure to capitalize on opportunities
After the narrow 3:4 defeat against ESC kempten, the premature "out" was sealed and also the last slide rule could be put in the corner. Kratschmer, who was only unable to play in the final game in bad aibling due to illness, sees two main reasons for this: "on the one hand, our lack of opportunities, especially in power play situations. On the other hand our defensive behavior at the beginning of the promotion round."