Lehigh Valley Phantoms Gegen Hershey Bears – Duell Der Deutschen Torhueter?


Hoffentlich, gibt es am Freitag bei unserem Palast des Sports ein echte Duell zwischen den zwei deutschen Nationalmannschaft-Torhueter. Natuerlich, bringt das American Hockey League-Eishockeyspiel zwischen die Lehigh Valley Phantoms und die Hershey Bears viel Aufregung, wie jedes Derby mit zwei Pennsylvania-Mannschaften sollten. Auf meiner Meinung, waere es geil, wenn die beiden deutschen Spieler stehen im Tor fuer jedes Kader.

Im letzten Saison, spielte Hershey Bears-Torhueter Philipp Grubauer siebzehn Mal in der National Hockey League mit der Washington Capitals und hat schlecht nicht gemacht. Der 22-jaehrige, der aus Rosenheim kam, kann die Zukunft der deutschen Nationalmannschaft staerker machen. Aber Grubauer braucht ein bischen mehr Erfahrung und hohe Leistung in der AHL ein Aufstieg verdienen wird.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms-Torhueter Rob Zepp will auch in der National Hockey League spielen. Der neue Verpflichtung aus Eisbaeren Berlin war sehr gut in der Testspiele fuer Philadelphia in diesem Herbst, aber ist eindeutig der dritte Mann im Tor in der Flyers-Organisation. Wahrscheinlichkeit ist hoch, dass waehrend des Jahres ein Flyers-Torhueter verletzen wird und vielleicht dann kann Zepp seine grosse Chance haben.



Zepp ist ganz klar die Nummer Eins fuer die Lehigh Valley Phantoms und hat bereits guten Form seine beiden Ligaspiele gezeigt. Die Verteidiger der Phantoms sind alle jung und zu haben eine erfahrene Berliner Mauer hinter der Abwehr ist guten Strategie. Zwei Siege aus zwei Auftritten, dass sagt alles.

Bisher haben die Hershey Bears ein Rotationsystem mit ihren Torhueter benutzt. Der neue Profi Phoenix Copley, der aus Michigan Tech University kam, beeindruckt den Trainer in diesem Herbst und hat auch zwei Siege aus seinen zwei AHL-Spiele. Aber ist es jetzt die Wende fuer Grubauer und seine dritte Einsatz in diesem Saison.

Hershey haben drei Siege von vier Spiele gewonnen, aber muessen die Augen fuer Lehigh Valley-Mittelstuermer Scott Laughton, der vier Tore in seinem letzten zwei Spiele getroffen hat. Der Bears-Angreifer Kris Newbury traegt einen gefaehrliche Schlaeger (3 Tore, 7 Punkte) in diesen Tagen. Der amerikanische Stuermer Casey Wellman ist ein weiterer mit drei Tore bei den Hershey Bears, die elf Mal AHL-Meister waeren.

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Eisbaeren Berlin Shut Down Schwenninger Wild Wings


A second period power play goal from an in-form national team rearguard and stifling work in the third period from the entire defensive corps of the home team proved to be the difference as rebounding Eisbaeren Berlin saw off stubborn Schwenninger Wild Wings 2-1 and moved into fourth place in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga standings on goal-differential.

Eisbaeren Berlin, who have now won two games in a row after losing three matches – including the Champions Hockey League tie with Czech Extraliga side PSG Zlin – on the trot were dominant in the first period of the contest with the visiting Wild Wings but were repeatedly foiled by Schwenninger netminder Dimitri Paetzold, the 31-year-old Olympic veteran who has played in three National Hockey League games for the San Jose Sharks and has appeared at six major international tournaments (14 ga, 3.37 avg) for the national team of Germany in his career thus far.

A first period goal from Eisbaeren captain and Germany national team veteran Andre Rankel was canceled out towards the end of the opening session after Canadian legionnaire Sean O’Connor, the third round pick(# 82 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2000 NHL Draft who is now in his fifth full season of German elite league hockey, was simply allowed to park in the Berlin slot with the Schwenninger Wild Wings operating on the power play. It was a creative pass from behind the net by former Eisbaeren defenseman Ryan Caldwell, the 33-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Denver University who transferred to Berlin from Finnish club Lukko Rauma at the tail end of the 2012/13 DEL schedule, that made the equalizer possible. Berlin regained the advantage in the second period, though, with Germany national team defenseman Constantin Braun, the 26-year-old who was tabbed by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round (# 164 overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft, scoring a power play goal on a one-timer from the right point.

Braun, whose younger brother Laurin remains one of five Eisbaeren Berlin forwards still out injured, is off to a fantastic start offensively this term and already has registered two goals and ten points in only eleven DEL games.

Schwenninger could no better than generate all of one shot on target in the last twenty minutes at the O2 World Arena. Caldwell, the veteran who once made four appearances in the crack NHL games for the New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes before spending the entire 2013/14 DEL campaign with the Nuernberg Ice Tigers, conceded a penalty shot late after denying Sven Ziegler, the 20-year-old left wing who appeared in all seven games for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Scandinavia last winter, a clear scoring opportunity. Paetzold capped off his fine performance, however, by using goaltender’s stick well to thwart the youngster’s attempt.



October 19, 2014
O2 World Arena – Berlin, Germany
Attendance : 11,560


12:17 … EB – Rankel (unassisted)
18:02 … SWW – O’Connor (Caldwell, Greentree) – ppg
27:12 … EB – C. Braun (Pohl) – ppg

shots-on-goal : EB 30 ( 15 + 7 + 8 ) – SWW 14 ( 7 + 6 + 1 )

penalty minutes : EB 8 – SWW 6 + penalty shot

power plays: EB 1/3 – SWW 1/4

penalty shot save : Paetzold (SWW) on Ziegler (EB)

EISBAEREN BERLIN : Niederberger – Hoerdler, C. Braun ; Baxmann, Sharrow, Borer, Haase – Rankel, Mulock, Talbot ; Ziegler, Olver, Tallackson ; Noebels, Miettinen, Pohl ; J. Schlenker

SCHWENNINGER WILD WINGS : Paetzold – Goc, Caldwell ; Brown, Granath ; Dinger, Dueck ; Sacher – Schlager, Matsumoto, Greentree ; O’Connor, Green, Danner ; Rome, Sharp, Hacker ; Kiel, Pielmeier, Schmidt


Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Mathias Niederberger, the 21-year-old native of Duesseldorf who split his rookie professional campaign in North America last season between the Manchester Monarchs (6 ga, 2.92 avg, .887 svpct) of the American Hockey League and Ontario Reign (9 ga, 2.71 avg, .884 svpct) of the East Coast Hockey League, posted his third victory of this year on just his third career appearance in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga by halting a baker’s dozen shots against the visiting Schwenninger Wild Wings.

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Upon Further Review, D.E.L. Decides Noebels Scored Goal On Eisbaeren Debut


Sometime on Saturday, somebody in a position of importance over at the main offices of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga decided that former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand Marcel Noebels should have been credited for the late third period game-tying goal that ultimately enabled visiting Eisbaeren Berlin to defeat host Koelner Haie 3-2 after overtime on Friday night.

Thus, the credit for Eisbaeren Berlin’s second goal, which was originally given to veteran Germany national team defenseman Frank Hoerdler, was officially changed to Noebels, the 22-year-old left wing who was appearing in his first D.E.L. contest since signing formally signing a three-year contract with the German capital city club less than one week earlier.

Noebels, to review, had gone to training camp this fall with the American Hockey League’s new Lehigh Valley Phantoms outfit. But, after being held pointless in two AHL exhibition games, the fourth round pick (# 118 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft was sent down to the Reading Royals of the third-tier East Coast Hockey League on October 5th. And so, the German national team winger simply refused to accept this abrupt demotion and quickly ended up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean with Eisbaeren Berlin, a highly successful team who have celebrated no less than seven German elite league titles in the last ten years.

“Personally, I saw no future under the coach of the Philadelpha Flyers,” Noebels told the German website, bz-berlin.de, in an interview just after having arrived from North America.


Krefeld Pinguine winger Marcel Noebels (15) chases the Hamburg Freezers’ well-traveled American attacker Peter Ratchuk, the aging veteran who was once the first round choice (# 25 overall) of the Colorado Avalanche at the 1996 National Hockey League Draft but only did ever skate in 32 NHL games for the Florida Panthers before concluding his professional career in Europe, along the boards in a Deutsche Eishockey Liga game contested during the 2009/10 season … as is the case in all European senior professional leagues regardless of division, all players who would be eligible to participate at that year’s annual IIHF World Junior Championships (read, those who are 19 years of age or younger) must wear a full facemask.

Noebels’ first goal for his new club, Eisbaeren Berlin, is not the first lamp-lighter the now 22-year-old native of Toenisvorst has ever notched in the senior German elite league. As a 17-year-old, Noebels made 33 appearances and scored one goal for the Krefeld Pinguine during the 2009/10 Deutsche Eishockey Liga campaign before heading off to North America to skate two seasons in the Canadian junior hockey system for the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Portland Winterhawks. As a professional for two years in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, Noebels tallied 11 goals in 31 games for the Trenton Titans of the East Coast Hockey League and then 16 goals in 95 games for the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League.



In explaining his reasons for having dissolved his contract with the Philadelphia Flyers organization, the last comment that Noebels had for bz-berlin.de was particularly interesting.

“Ich will der Mannschaft helfen und nicht einfach nur die Scheibe von der Mittellinie blind ins Drittel schiessen.” — “I want to help the team and not just shoot the puck from the red line blindly into the (offensive) third.”

Noebels is, of course, not merely expressing his displeasure for the specific strategies & tactics of the Philadelphia Flyers organization, itself, so much as the youthful winger who has appeared with Germany at the last two IIHF World Championships in a row now was simply voicing his disdain for the traditional North American style of “dump and chase” hockey, in general.

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Around Big Ten Hockey Horn


Because the first pucks of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign have already been dropped some time ago now and the results, partiuclarly those that involve the Big Ten Conference schools, are always extremely important, of course :

Friday, October 17, 2014
New Hampshire 5Michigan 1
(goals — G. Downing, Eiserman, Pesce, Correale, Poturalski ; Kile)
Northern Michigan 2Wisconsin 0
(goals — Shine, Nowick)
Miami (Ohio) 5Ohio State 1
(goals — Barber, Kuraly, Wideman, Paulides, Coleman ; Brevig)
Michigan State 5Massachusetts 3
(goals — Berry 2, Stenglein, MacEachern, DeBlouw ; Burchett 2, LaRue)
Penn State 3Alaska/Anchorage 3
(goals — Loik, Richard, Bailey ; Tatchell, Leask, Coldwell)

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Michigan 2New Hampshire 1
(goals — M. Downing, Martin ; Willows)
Northern Michigan 4Wisconsin 1
(goals — Nowick, Trenz, Shine, Kesti ; Navin)
Miami (Ohio) 2Ohio State 1
(goals — Belpedio, Wideman ; Greco)
Massachusetts 4Michigan State 3
(goals — Iacobellis 2, Horton, Lee ; Berry 2, Ferrantino)
Alaska/Fairbanks 4Penn State 3
(goals — Vieth 2, Munson, Huysmans ; Scheid, Varley, Gardiner)

The University of Michigan Wolverines (1-2-0), who have no fewer than ten players who have already been been drafted by National Hockey League clubs on this year’s roster and were rather highly ranked in all the pre-season polls, salvaged a split with the visiting University of New Hampshire Wildcats after winning on Saturday night. The fans in Ann Arbor are still waiting for top shelf players J.T. Compher, the very highly touted sophomore right wing from Northbrook, Illinois, who led the Wolverines in scoring (35 ga, 11 go, 31 pts) as a freshman last season after becoming the second round choice (# 35 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft, and center Andrew Copp, the homegrown junior from Ann Arbor who was Michgan’s top marksman last term (33 ga, 15 go, 29 pts) after being taken in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of that same 2013 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, to shoot their first goals of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign. Nevertheless, Michigan netminder Zach Nagelvoort, the homegrown sophomore from Holland whom the Edmonton Oilers chose in the fourth round (# 111 overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer, gave his first standout performance of this new season with 31 saves and just one goal conceded against New Hampshire on Saturday night.

(Update 10/22/14 : Alright, so these “Around Big Ten Hockey Horn” reports get produced far too late at night by a certain dude who probably could use some reading glasses, too … Whatever the case, the fact is that the Michigan Wolverines’ starting goaltender on Saturday night was actually Steve Racine, the 23-year-old undrafted junior from Williamsville, New York, whose lost his regular place last season to the incoming freshman Nagelvoort.)

The University of Wisconsin Badgers (0-4-0), the six-time NCAA champions who have still seven NHL Draft picks on this year’s roster despite having lost a good number of highly skilled players from last season’s squad, are still waiting to skate against opponents they can actually beat after being swept by the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in the Upper Peninsula. Not only were the Badgers blanked on Friday night, it took Wisconsin more than 58 minutes to score its only goal of the game on Saturday night, as well. Wisconsin first line center Joseph LaBate, the senior from Eagan, Minnesota, who was the fourth round choice (# 101 overall) of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2011 NHL Draft, has no points and a -3 defensive rating after four games while linemate Grant Besse, the sophomore right wing from Plymouth, Minnesota, who was the fifth round pick (# 147 overall) of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2013 NHL Draft, is also pointless and sports a -5 defensive rating after four games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes (1-3-0) dropped both ends of a home-and-home series to the intra-state rival University of Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. A pair of linemates who each won gold medals with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships, center Sean Kuraly and right wing Riley Barber, each scored goals on Friday night as the RedHawks put five pucks past Ohio State netminder Matt Tomkins, the 20-year-old sophomore Canadian legionnaire from Sherwood Park, Alberta, who was chosen in the seventh round (# 199 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Chicago Black Hawks. On Saturday night, the other Buckeyes goaltender, Christian Frey, the 21-year-old sophomore from Arlington, Texas, who was very impressive last season after joining Ohio State in mid-term, was fantastic in turning aside no less than 60 shots but Miami, who came in ranked # 11 in the country according to the latest USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine poll, still managed to score twice and complete the sweep in their own barn.

The Michigan State Spartans (1-1-0) shared the spoils with the visiting University of Massachusetts Minutemen despite winning the first of their season-opening two-game set at home in East Lansing. Reliable right wing Matt Berry, the 22-year-old homegrown senior from Canton who led Michigan State in scoring two seasons ago (41 ga, 15 go, 31 pts) but suffered through an injury-plagued campaign (23 ga, 10 go, 17 pts) last term, had a pair of goals and an assists in each contest with gritty UMass for a sensational six-point weekend at the Munn Ice Arena. MacKenzie MacEachern, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore left wing from Troy who was third round selection (# 67 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and two assists for the Spartans in their opener and finished with a four-point weekend, himself.

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Alaska / Fairbanks 4 – Penn State 3


Two rapid-fire goals scored just twenty-seven seconds apart inside the last six minutes of regulation play by a third-line right wing propelled the # 19 ranked Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the luckless Penn State Nittany Lions in the well-played finale of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament.

It was, in fact, the second consecutive time in a row at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks that the Nittany Lions conceded two unanswered goals in the last six minutes of a game and simultaneously surrendered victory in the process. Indeed, if ice hockey games were only 54 minutes long, then Penn State would have joyfully carted off the very first tournament trophy ever won in school history by now having defeated both the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves and the Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks back-to-back. But, unfortunately for third-year head coach Guy Gadowsky‘s charges, that is simply not the case.

Penn State can be commended for twice falling behind but quickly responding with with equalizing goals on both occasions. Nittany Lions center Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who scored six goals for the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves during the 2011/12 NCAA campaign, did well to react to a rebound in front after Nanooks senior goalie Sean Cahill could not control a big blast from visiting defenseman Connor Varley. The ever-opportunistic Scheid, Penn State’s leading marksman last term with eleven strikes, shot the puck through the five-hole of Cahill, the 24-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Calgary, Alberta, who was making his first appearance for Alaska – Fairbanks this season, and promptly celebrated his second goal of this new 2014/15 NCAA season.


Penn State center Taylor Holstrom (28), the experienced senior from Yorba Linda, California, who had collected two goals and six points in the Nittany Lions’ first three games of this new 2014/15 NCAA season, was conspicuously absent from head coach Guy Gadowsky’s lineup versus the Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks on Saturday night … Holstrom, who currently counts 19 goals and 40 points in 63 career NCAA games for Penn State, had two assists on Friday but also suffered an upper body injury against the Alaska – Fairbanks Seawolves.

Varley scored his first goal for Penn State in almost 22 full months with another long-range drive that somehow managed to negotiate its way through heavy traffic … previously, the last goal that the 22-year-old homegrown junior from Lansdale had notched on behalf of the Nittany Lions had come against the University of Connecticut Huskies back on January 4th in 2013.

Penn State also did very well to capitalize on a five-minute major penalty and grab the lead a little past the halfway point of the contest when Max Gardiner, the 22-year-old redshirt senior from Deephaven, Minnesota, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, scored on the power play. After finishing as the Nittany Lions’ third-leading scorer with 22 points (three goals) in 27 NCAA games two seasons ago, the former University of Minnesota Golden Gophers right wing went goalless in 22 appearances for Penn State last term. Prior to his strike against the Nanooks on Saturday night, Gardiner’s last collegiate goal had arrived at the expense of the University of Alabama – Hunstville Chargers on February 8th, 2013.

And so it was Alaska – Fairbanks freshman right wing Austin Vieth who became the big hero of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush by scoring his first two collegiate goals very late in the third period against Penn State in the tournament finale at the Carlson Center. The 20-year-old out of Marinette, Wisconsin, also added an assist on the Nanooks’ first goal of the evening, as well, and ended up walking off with the award for Most Valuable Player of the entire four-game tournament. Some mention must be made, then, of the netminder Cahill, who came up with 40 saves against the Nittany Lions.



October 18, 2014
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Attendance : 3,584


04:53 … UAF – Munson (B. Morley, Vieth)
05:26 … PSU – Scheid (Varley, Robinson)
24:17 … UAF – Huysmans (T. Morley, Perry)
25:25 … PSU – Varley (Loik, Brooks)
32:09 … PSU – Gardiner (Williamson, Juha) – ppg
54:03 … UAF – Vieth (Atkinson, Krieger)
54:30 … UAF – Vieth (T. Morley)

shots-on-goal : PSU 43 (10 + 15 + 18) – UAF 33 (12 + 11 + 10)

penalty minutes : UAF 9 – PSU 4

power plays : PSU 1/4 – UAF 0/2

ALASKA – FAIRBANKS : Cahill – Froese, Parayko ; Atkinson, Kaiser ; Tateson, Campbell – Perry, T. Morley, Huysmans ; Sparrow, Krieger, Basara ; B. Morley, Munson, Vieth ; Erickson, Hochhausen, Youngmun

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Varley ; Jensen, Juha ; Williamson, Autio – Goodwin, Conway, Bailey ; Richard, Scheid, Robinson ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Gardiner, DeRosa

Note — Nanooks defenseman Colton Parayko (2012) and Nittany Lions forward Max Gardiner (2010) are both third round NHL Draft picks of the St. Louis Blues


Penn State Nittany Lions netminder Matthew Skoff was certainly a sympathy selection as far as his place on the All-Tournament Team for the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush is concerned. It’s not that the 22-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rocks played so poorly, it’s just that a save percentage of .881 and seven goals allowed in two games at the Carlson Center is not so worthy. A much more deserving selection for the goaltender position on the all-star squad would have clearly been Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves shot-stopper Michael Matyas, who foiled all three Penn State attempts in a shootout and posted a fine save percentage of .922 while conceding only four goals during his two games played in Fairbanks.

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Defiant Adirondack Dumps Lehigh Valley Late, Takes Season Series On Total Goals


October 18, 2014
Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, New York
Attendance : 4,055

Adirondack Flames 4Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

06:51 … ADR – Ferland (Stevenson, Yonkman)
10:29 … ADR – Granlund (Wotherspoon) – ppg
15:30 … LV – Laughton (Lauridsen) – shg
39:46 … LV – Laughton (unassisted)
56:32 … ADR – Granlund (Stevenson, Ferland)
59:19 … ADR – Stevenson (unassisted) – eng

shots-on-goal : LV 38 (11 + 17 + 10) – ADR 36 (12 + 9 + 15)

penalty minutes : LV 19 – ADR 13

power plays : ADR 2/6 – LV 0/3

fights : Tousignant (ADR) vs Manning (LV)

10-minute misconducts : none

Adirondack : Ortio – Acolaste, Culkin, Sieloff, Stevenson, Wotherspoon, Yonkman – Agostino, Arnold, Baertschi, Elson, Ferland, Granlund, Hathaway, Knight, Reinhart, Tousignant, van Brabant, Wolf

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Manning, Gostisbehere ; Alt, Haag ; Pettersson, Lauridsen – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Goumas, Alderson ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Fyten, Hextall

Notes — A second consecutive two-goal game from the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round pick (# 20 overall) at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, then, as former Canada junior national team captain Scott Laughton hikes his total to four goals in three AHL games thus far.

Markus Granlund, the younger brother of Olympic bronze medal winner and NHL veteran Mikael Granlund who had 25 goals and 46 points in 52 American Hockey League games for the Abbotsford Heat last season, netted his first two goals of this new 2014/15 season for the Adirondack Flames. The 21-year-old native of Oulu was the second round choice (# 45 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2011 NHL Draft and made seven NHL appearances (two goals, three points) for Calgary during his rookie professional campaign in North America last term. Just like his Canadian counterpart, Laughton, the skillful Granlund, who appeared for Finland at both the 2012 & 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships, concluded the home-and-home set between past and present hosts of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliates with four points in two games.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, the towering (6’6″ 230 lbs) former St. Cloud State University rearguard who skated in 15 NHL games for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2012/13 season has appeared for his native Denmark at the annual IIHF World Championships the past two years now, picked up his first point of this new 2014/15 American Hockey League campaign by drawing an assist on Saturday night.

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Phantoms Survive Suspicious Breach Of Berlin Wall, Extinguish Flames In Overtime


October 17, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,647

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4Adirondack Phantoms 3 … (overtime)

11:59 … LV – Laughton (Gordon, Leier) – ppg
26:07 … ADR – Acolaste (Granlund) – ppg
30:49 … ADR – Wolf (Tousignant, Ramage) – ppg
39:15 … LV – Laughton (Gordon, Gostisbehere) – ppg
42:26 … LV – Straka (Cousins, Sortini)
44:44 … ADR – Stevenson (Granlund)
61:24 … LV – Manning (Gostisbehere, Cousins)

shots-on-goal : ADR 32 ( 6 + 14 + 11 + 1 ) – LV 31 ( 8 + 12 + 9 + 2 )

penalty minutes : LV 26 – ADR 24

fights : none

10-minute misconducts : Stevenson (ADR), Rosehill (LV)

Lehigh Valley : Zepp – Manning, Gostisbehere ; Alt, Haag ; Pettersson, Lauridsen – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Goumas, Alderson ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Fyten, Hextall

Adirondack : Ortio – Acolaste, Ramage, Sieloff, Stevenson, Wotherspoon, Yonkman – Arnold, Baertschi, Elson, Ferland, Granlund, Hanowski, Hathaway, Knight, Reinhart, Tousignant, van Brabant, Wolf

Notes — After effectively appearing as some sort of Geistspieler in the AHL season-opener against the intra-state rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins, highly touted Phantoms forward Scott Laughton came good on his first regular season appearance at the magnificent $ 177.1 million dollar Pawlowski Palace of Sport. The first round pick (# 20 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, who served as the captain for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, notched a pair of goals including the game-winner in overtime. As good sign in the development of Laughton, then, as there is no question that NHL management routinely look to see “a sense of the occasion” from prospects playing at any level.

The Philadelphia Flyers’ recall of veteran Chris VandeVelde, the former NCAA champion with the University of North Dakota who scored two goals in the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’s first official American Hockey League game ever played, necessitated a line-up change for the NHL team’s reserve club. Moving up from the fourth line to skate in between left wing Darren Powe, the experienced NHL veteran who played his college hockey at Princeton University under current Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky, and right wing Brandon Alderson was 22-year-old undrafted free agent signing Kevin Goumas. The decidedly undersized (5’10″ 160 lbs) Goumas, the native of Florida who played his high school hockey for the Canterbury School in Connecticut, had 19 goals and 52 points in 40 NCAA games for the University of New Hampshire before joining the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms (11 ga, 1 go, 4 pts) at the tail end of last season.

Good to see a first-ever professional goal from the rather large (6’3″ 215 lbs) deutscher Nationalmannschaft right wing David Wolf. The 25-year-old undrafted free agent, who was a member of the ill-fated national team squad that, two seasons ago, failed to qualify Germany for the Winter Olympic Games ice hockey tournament for the first time since 1924, had a career year in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga last term with 40 points (14 go, 26 as) in 48 games for the Hamburg Freezers. Early in his senior career, Wolf spent two years in the second division with Eispiraten Crimmitschau, the very same east German club that featured Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds during the 2012/13 NHL lockout season.

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Noebels Makes Eisbaeren Debut, Berlin Rally to Beat Koelner Haie


Former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand Marcel Noebels made his season debut in a most memorable Deutsche Eishockey Liga match as visiting Eisbaeren Berlin, after being shutout for more than forty-four minutes of play, rallied in dramatic fashion to defeat host Koelner Haie 3-2 in overtime.

A late first period goal from 32-year-old Canadian legionnaire Chris Minard, the veteran left wing who once skated in 40 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers but is now in his third D.E.L. season with Koelner Haie after leaving the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, was beginning to loom rather large, particularly after national team goaltender Danny aus den Birken, the 29-year-old who made his major international debut for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, had turned aside every one of the 37 Eisbaeren Berlin shots he faced in the first two periods.

But Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Petri Vehanen had made what would prove to be a most pivotal save after Koelner Haie had been awarded a penalty shot roughly eight and a half minutes into the second period. One might expect such heroics from the 37-year-old veteran who has, in recent seasons, earned a gold medal while backstopping the Finland national team at the 2011 IIHF World Championships and celebrated two Kontinental Hockey League playoff titles, with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan in 2010 as well as Czech outfit HC Lev Praha in 2014. The highly experienced Vehanen was specifically signed by Eisbaeren Berlin during the summer to replace the departed Germany national team netminder Rob Zepp, now of the American Hockey League’s new Lehigh Valley Phantoms club.



With nearly five minutes of the final frame already gone, imported Czech right wing Petr Pohl, the well-traveled 28-year-old who was chosen in the fifth round (# 133 overall) of the 2004 National Hockey League Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and appeared in 10 AHL games for the Syracuse Crunch over the course of three seasons, finally got visiting Eisbaeren Berlin on the scoreboard after picking up a rebound in the slot; the summer transfer from Czech Extraliga club HC Karlovy Vary was involved again when veteran Germany national team defenseman Frank Hoerdler leveled the score on a long slapshot from the center point position with a little less than three minutes remaining to be played.

Eisbaeren Berlin grabbed the victory in overtime when Germany national team defenseman Constantin Braun, the sixth round selection (# 164 overall) of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2006 NHL Draft, made a hustling play to chase down his own rebound behind the Koelner Haie net and alertly found Canadian legionnaire Julian Talbot, the 29-year-old veteran now in his fourth season with the German capital city club after spending four years skating in the AHL for the Peoria Rivermen and Lake Erie Monsters, all alone at the right side of the cage for what amounted to a relatively easy tap-in Siegtor.

Noebels had three shots on goal and finished with a + 1 defensive rating while skating on a productive Eisbaeren Berlin line with Pohl and Finland national team veteran Antti Miettinen, the Olympic bronze medal winner who skated in 539 NHL games for the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets.


Eisbaeren Berlin center Antti Miettinen, the Finland national team veteran who totaled 97 goals and 230 points in his lengthy NHL career, leaps into the air while trying to deflect a shot as well as screen out Koelner Haie goaltender Danny aus den Birken during the exciting Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Lanxess Arena.

October 17, 2014
Lanxess Arena – Cologne, Germany
Attendance: 10,057


09:35 … KH – Iggulden (Johnson, Sulzer)- ppg
16:42 … KH – Minard (Johnson, Iggulden)
44:56 … EB – Pohl (Miettinen)
57:09 … EB – Hoerdler (C. Braun, Pohl)
62:57 … EB – Talbot (C. Braun, Hoerdler)

shots-on-goal : Berlin 53 ( 14 + 23 + 13 + 2 ) – Koeln 27 ( 9 + 9 + 8 + 1)

penalty minutes : Koeln 12 – Berlin 8

power play : Koeln 1/4 – Berlin 0/6

KOELNER HAIE : aus den Birken – Ankert, Krupp, Luedemann, Mueller, Sulzer, Tjarnqvist, Zerressen – Falk, Gogulla, Iggulden, Johnson, Latta, Minard, Ohmann, Rankin, Riefers, Stephens, Tripp, Weiss

EISBAEREN BERLIN : Vehanen – Hoerdler, C. Braun ; Baxmann, Sharrow ; Borer, Haase – Ziegler, Olver, Tallackson; Rankel, Talbot, Mulock ; Noebels, Miettinen, Pohl ; J.Schlenker


Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Petri Vehanen, the Finland national team veteran who has appeared at the annual IIHF World Championships on four occasions, stops the second period penalty shot from aging Koelner Haie defenseman Mirko Luedemann, the 40-year-old veteran who appeared on the German blue line at 12 major international tournaments (63 ga, 5 go, 17 pts) including three Winter Olympic Games during the course of his distinguished career.

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Penn State 3 – Alaska / Anchorage 3

Penn State forward David Goodwin (9), the 22-year-old sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri, who scored a late game-tying goal with the Nittany Lions’ net empty against the visiting UConn Huskies at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania, one week earlier, battles for control of the puck after a faceoff with Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves center Matt Anholt (17) during the opening game of this season’s Brice Alaska Goal Rush being held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Despite being held in check throughout much of this contest witnessed by several thousands fans disguised as empty seats, the “home” side were able to strike back for two vital goals inside the final six minutes of regulation play — including a dramtic, game-tying tally with the goaltender on the bench in lieu of a sixth attacker — as the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves rallied to tie the Penn State Nittany Lions 3-3 in the opening match of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournment.

The Nittany Lions absolutely domintated while outshooting the Seawolves 14-4 in the first period. The visitors from the East Coast jumped out to an early lead roughly four and a half minutes in after Canadian legionnaire Curtis Loik made a fine solo rush down the left wing side after initially gaining possession of the puck well behind his own blue line. A sharp-angle shot from the left faceoff circle conspired to beat Alaska – Anchorage sophomore netminder Michael Matyas and provided the 21-year-old junior from West Vancouver, British Columbia, his first goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign and his thirteenth career strike sporting the colors on behalf of Penn State.

The Nittany Lions doubled their advantage less than five minutes later after Canadian legionnaire Dylan Richard, the 21-year-old from Sherweood Park, Alberta, who tied for the Penn State team lead with 11 assists as a freshman last season, netted on the power play after taking a screened wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. The Seawolves pulled a goal back in the second period on the power play after Richard, himself, was penalized for holding the stick of an Alaska -Fairbanks player. Junior center Blake Tatchell, the 23-year-old from North Battlefield, Saskatchewan, who led the Seawolves with 25 assists last term, notched his first goal of this new season

Alaska native Casey Bailey restored Penn State’s two-goal lead late in the second period on the power play with a long-range wrist shot from the left point. Bailey’s second strike in as many games — his 25th career goal for the Nittany Lions — looked for a moment as if it might be enough for this extremely defensive-oriented affair at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. But the Seawolves defense would reorganize themselves to completely strangle the life out of the Nittany Lions’ attack in the final frame and ultimately set the table for what was to eventually transpire.

A two-minute slashing minor to native Englishman Scott Conway, the somewhat highly touted 19-year-old freshman who helped the Indiana Ice capture the Clark Cup (the United States Hockey League title) last season, allowed Alaska – Anchorage to halve the deficit to one after Canadian legionnaire Blake Leask, the 22-year-old junior defenseman from Beaumont, Alberta, who did not appear at the Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend, struck on the power play from the point with less than six minutes remaining in the contest. The Seawolves withdrew their goaltender Matyas in the closing stages and this always-risky tactic paid almost immediate dividends when Canadian legionnaire Austin Coldwell, the 24-year-old senior from Vancouver, Washington, whose six tallies accounted for exactly half of all goals scored by Alaska – Anchorage blueliners last season, connected on his long-range effort.



October 17, 2014
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Attendance : 772


04:33 … PSU – Loik (Conway)
08:47 … PSU – Richard (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
16:14 … UAA – Tatchell (Allen, Brown) – ppg
37:53 … PSU – Bailey (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
54:19 … UAA – Leask (Trupp, van Allen) – ppg
58:51 … UAA – Coldwell (Duwe) – ext att

shots-on-goal : PSU 27 ( 14 + 8 + 2 + 3 ) – UAA 26 ( 4 + 9 + 10 + 3 )

penalty minutes : PSU 8 – UAA 6

power plays : PSU 2/3 – UAA 2/4

ALASKA – ANCHORAGE : Matyas – Brown, Coldwell, Docken, Leask, Sevalrud, van Allen – Allen, Anholt, Azurdia, Conti, Duwe, Friesen, Hubbs, Kozun, Matthews, Rassell, Tatchell, Trupp

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Autio ; Jensen, Varley – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Scheid, Brooks ; Loik, Glen, Conway ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Robinson


Penn State Nittany Lions defenseman David Thompson (22) was carried off on a stretcher late in the overtime session with the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. The 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Glens Mills was taken to a local hospital and stitched back together after suffering a serious stomach laceration. Thompson, who proved to be a real pleasant surprise while appearing in the second-most games played by any Penn State rearguard last season, is expected to make a speedy recovery but, of course, will be unavailable when head coach Guy Gadowsky’s long-distance travelers face off against the tournament host, the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks, on Saturday night.

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On The Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks


The University of Alaska – Fairbanks began their 2014/15 NCAA campaign by claiming the trophy on offer at the annual Kendal Hockey Classic in Anchorage by virtue of a tie-breaker after blanking the Wisconsin Badgers and then dumping the Maine Black Bears. In doing so, the Nanooks, who finished with the winning record of 18 wins against 15 losses with four ties last season, won their first Kendall Hockey Classic title since 2009, the same competition that saw Alaska – Fairbanks shut out the Michigan Wolverines and then defeat the Mercyhurst Lakers decisively. The Nanooks under the tutelage of sixth-year head coach Dallas Ferguson, who are now ranked # 19 according to the latest national poll put out by USCHO.com, will look to build on this achievement when it hosts the Brice Alaska Goal Rush at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks this weekend.

Alaska – Fairbanks did lose their top two scoring leaders from last season. Canadian legionnaire Cody Kunyk, the 24-year-old center from Sherwood Park, Alberta, topped the Nanooks with both 22 goals and 43 points but is now with the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League after skating in one National Hockey League game for the Tampa Bay Lightning last spring while countryman Colton Beck, the 24-year-old left wing from Langley, British Columbia, who led Alaska-Fairbanks with 25 assists, looks set to begin this season with the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League after appearing in three AHL games with the St. John’s Ice Caps last spring. Also gone is defenseman Michael Quinn, the 23-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia, who paced all Nanooks blueliners with 22 helpers and figures to be with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones this fall.

Alaska – Fairbanks do welcome back standout defenseman Colton Parayko, the third round choice (# 86 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2012 NHL Draft. Last season, the 21-year-old junior from St. Albert, Alberta, who stands six-foot five inches tall and weights 225 pounds led all Nanooks rearguards with 26 points (seven goals). More importantly, Parayko was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Defensive Player of the Year and was also honored as an NCAA (West) Second Team All-America selection.

The highly decorated Parayko is already in commanding form this fall, as evidenced by points in each of the Nanooks’ first three games including the game-winning goal versus Wisconsin at the Kendall Hockey Classic as well as a critical third period strike that tied the contest against Air Force at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Friday night.


Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks defenseman Colton Parayko (4) pushed his career totals to 13 goals and 46 points in 73 career NCAA games against the Air Force Academy Falcons at the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament.

This year’s defensive unit for Alaska – Fairbanks also features a pair of seniors, Trevor Campbell, the 24-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, and Canadian legionnaire Nolan Kaiser, the 22-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, in addition to junior Josh Atkinson, the 21-year-old from Spruce Grove, Alberta, who was named to the Kenall Hockey Classic all-tournament team last weekend. Kyle Froese, the 20-year-old from Traverse City, Michigan, and Zach Frye, the 20-year-old from Spokane, Washington, are two freshman newcomers who have already earned places in the Nanooks’ regular line-up.

Alaska – Fairbanks deployed three different goaltenders who each made at least 10 appearances during the 2013/14 NCAA campaign and all of whom are returning to the Nanooks program once again this season. It does appear, however, as if Canadian legionnaire Davis Jones, the 22-year-old hailing from St. Albert, Alberta, who played in 10 games (3.06 avg, .900 svpct) as a freshman last term, has established himself as the clear number one netminder for Alaska – Fairbanks. Jones, who has now started the first three games for the Nanooks thus far this fall, posted a shutout in the season-opener against the University of Wisconsin and was ultimately named the Most Valuable Player at the Kendall Hockey Classic after the victory over the University of Maine.

Relegated to reserve status, if only at least for the time being, is Canadian legionnaire Sean Cahill, the 24-year-old senior from Calgary, Alberta, who led Alaska – Fairbanks with 17 appearances (2.40 avg, .900 svpct) and also had the best record with ten wins against six losses with one tie.

Canadian legionnaire Tyler Morley (31 ga, 17 go, 34 pts) ended up as the third-leading scorer for Alaska – Fairbanks last season and is back for his junior campaign. The 21-year-old from Burnaby, British Columbia, missed the Kendall Hockey Classic on account of injury but did notch a vital goal for the Nanooks against the Air Force Academy Falcons in the first round of the Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Friday night. The Nanooks also boast younger brother Brandon Morley, the 20-year-old who had five goals and 11 points in 37 games as a freshman left wing.

Alaska – Fairbanks will also be looking for offense from Canadian legionnaires Marcus Basara, the 21-year-old right wing from Vancouver, British Columbia, who led all WCHA freshmen with a dozen goals last season, and right wing Nolan Huysman, the 23-year-old junior from Ponoka, Alberta, who netted eight goals and 23 points in 36 games last term, as well as left wing Garrick Perry, the 24-year-old native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, who totaled 12 goals and 22 points in 37 games last season.

The Nanooks will be also hoping that left wing Jared Larson, the redshirt senior who appeared in 12 NCAA games but went pointless over the course of three year with the powerful University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, will recapture his form from last term — the 25-year-old who also comes from Apple Valley found the back of the net eight times in only 22 games in his first season for Alaska – Fairbanks.

Peter Krieger, the 20-year-old native of Oakdale, Minnesota, who played his high school hockey at the St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, is one freshman forward to have made an immediate impact for the Nanooks — the rookie center scored the first goal in the 5-2 win over the University of Maine at the Kendall Hockey Classic and then shot the late game-winner against Air Force at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks.

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