Bjerrum set for Panthers test
Sønderjyske striker Frederik Bjerrum believes his team must match the Nottingham Panthers for speed if they want an opening victory in the Continental Cup final, starting Friday.
The Danish side is hosting the event, with Neman Grodno from Belarus and the Polish side Cracovia Krakow making up the group this weekend, because silverware is at stake for all four.
And Bjerrum, whose brother Rasmus plays in the Elite League with the Glasgow Clan, could no longer speak of the magnitude of the opening match against the team of Tim Wallace to give them a early advantage.
"We play them in the first game and it is extremely important to get this victory," he said. "Lose it and right away, it's out of your hands to try to win it.
"I didn't play the Panthers last time a few months ago because I had a small injury. Before the game, we knew we were in phase final, while Nottingham had to score and had everything to play.
"They were 4-0 at one point and we backed off, but it was a match that was made after the second period. What we remembered was that 39 is that they are good with the puck and a qualified team with qualified players. We have to put the speed to beat them. "
HIGHLIGHTS: Sønderjyske 2 Nottingham Panthers 4
The 24-year-old is in his second season with the club, after joining Herlev Eagles and spending his entire career in his native Denmark.
He talked about the importance of hosting this final in his homeland and described what it would mean for Sønderjyske to go all the way and win it, if that had to happen.
Bjerrum added: "It's exciting to play different teams in our arena instead of the usual Danish teams and we were honored to host the previous round as well. It was a good event and we are looking forward to having all the different teams and fan groups.
"Playing it in our arena will not necessarily give us an advantage. These are games like any other, where you have to beat your opponents and we saw in the last round that Nottingham had brought a good crowd with them. "
"I think it's a different type of hockey in the Continental Cup compared to the league where a home advantage can make the difference.
"As for the other two teams, we don't really know what to expect, but it will be difficult tests. We will examine them more as we get closer to the weekend and we will see them live in their other matches, but they are unknown to us at this time.
“It would be huge for the club to win this competition and we can feel it from the fans and everyone around Sønderjyske. It is very important when a continental tournament arrives in Denmark, it is exciting.
"This opens up the prospect of reaching the Champions Hockey League as well and we will do everything we can to try to win it."
Bjerrum also talked about his brother, who is having a good season with Zack Fitzgerald's men this season, as well as his experience in the United Kingdom.
And the winger has not ruled out the possibility of joining his brother on these coasts in the future, given what he has heard about the Ligue de & # 39; 39; elite.
He said, "My brother, Rasmus, is really positive about his experience in Glasgow and he likes to be there. They are having a good time and it's no secret that he would like me to join him there, but we'll see.
"You never know in hockey. It is an exciting league and what it says is positive.