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Eisbaeren Berlin Enjoy Successful Weekend


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The international break for the annual Deutschland Cup tournament in Munich clearly seems to have blessed German capital city club Eisbaeren Berlin, who have been literally besieged with crippling injuries all season long, with a certain amount of good fortune.

Eisbaeren Berlin abruptly halted a four-game losing streak — the longest of this domestic campaign — by collecting five out of a possible six points in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this past weekend after upending the Hamburg Freezers 4-3 in a shootout and then shaving Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams by the miminum 1-0 scoreline. On Friday night, Czech Republic import Petr Pohl single-handedly hauled Berlin back onto level terms with Hamburg by scoring two goals before tallying the game-winner, himself, in the shootout competition. On Sunday afternoon, highly experienced Olympic veteran Antti Miettinen, the 34-year-old center who has skated in 539 National Hockey League games (97 go, 230 pts) and represented Finland at seven major international tournaments (51 ga, 9 go, 24 pts) in his career, scored on the breakaway just 25 seconds into Eisbaeren’s contest with visiting Wolfsburg while countryman Petri Vehanen, the 37-year-old netminder who has appeared for Suomi at annual IIHF World Championships four times in his career, held the fort by stopping all 27 shots faced.

Pohl, the oft-traveled right wing who was once the fifth round choice (# 133 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2004 NHL Draft, leads Eisbaeren Berlin in scoring this season with both 10 goals and 17 points in 17 D.E.L. games thus far. Including the early-season Champions Hockey League matches against European opposition, the speedy 28-year-old attacker has notched 14 goals and 23 points in 23 total games for Eisbaeren this term. Deservedly so, Pohl was called up by the senior national team of the Czech Republic for the very first time in his career this fall and has already made three appearances in the annual Euro Hockey Tour competition.

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Eisbaeren Berlin center Antti Miettinen, the wiley veteran who scored 20 goals for the Minnesota Wild during the 2009/10 NHL season while earning a bronze medal with Finland at the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver along the way, slips the puck over the left shoulder of Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams goaltender Sebastian Vogl during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga match at the O2 World Arena in the capital city of Germany.
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Canadian legionnaire Mark Bell, the 34-year-old left wing who is a veteran of 450 NHL games (87 go, 182 pts) but only recently returned to the Berlin line-up after missing nine games on account of injury, hit Miettinen with a long home run pass to help Eisbaeren get the early jump on Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams.

Florian Busch, the 29-year-old veteran left wing who skated for Germany at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, finally returned to action for Eisbaeren Berlin after missing 16 consecutive D.E.L. contests, in the comeback triumph over Hamburg. Still on the shelf, however, is captain Andre Rankel, the seasoned Germany national team player who is the second-leading scorer for Eisbaeren (14 ga, 8 go, 13 pts) in the domestic league this fall. Also still out injured are Canadian legionnaire Matt Foy, the 31-year-old right wing out of Merrimack College who skated in 56 NHL games for the Minnesota Wild, and left wing Laurin Braun, the diminutive (5’10″ 172 lbs) 23-year-old who had 10 goals and 20 points after skating in all 52 D.E.L. games for Berlin last season.

Meanwhile, Eisbaeren Berlin have made a transaction in order to cope with the long-term loss of Laurin’s older brother, Germany national team defenseman Constantin Braun. The capital city club have recalled Alex Trivellato, the youthful 21-year-old rearguard who spent all of last season with Berlin (51 ga, 3 go, 6 pts) before skating in six games for Italy at the 2014 IIHF World Championships. Trivellato, who did skate in four Champions Hockey League contests for Eisbaeren this term, has not yet appeared in the domestic top flight this season after being sent out on loan to Dresdener Eisloewen (16 ga, 2 go, 10 pts) of the German second division.

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Krefeld Power Play Kills Berlin


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October 24, 2014
Koenigpalast – Krefeld, Germany
Attendance : 4,836

KREFELD PINGUINE 4 – EISBAEREN BERLIN 3

03:26 … EB – Mulock (Talbot, Noebels)
03:31 … EB – Pohl (Miettinen)
04:38 … KP – Courchaine (St. Pierre, Pietta)
10:45 … KP – Meyers (Vasiljevs, Sonnenburg) – ppg
12:05 … KP – Driendl (Vasiljevs, Meyers) – ppg
20:31 … KP – Schymainski (Perrault, St. Pierre) – ppg
57:41 … EB – Rankel (C. Braun, Mulock) – ppg

shots-on-goal : EB 34 ( 11 + 9 + 14 ) – KP 30 ( 18 + 6 + 6 )

penalty minutes : EB 18 + 10-minute misconduct – KP 10 + 10-minute misconduct

power plays : KP 3/9 – EB 1/5

Krefeld Pinguine : Duba – Meyers, Sonnenburg ; Fisher, St. Pierre ; Hanusch, Supis ; Weihager – Schymainski, Pietta, Courchaine ; Vasiljevs, Driendl, Hauner ; Methot, Perrault, Sofron ; Meisinger, Kretschmann, Orendorz

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

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Eisbaeren Berlin Shut Down Schwenninger Wild Wings


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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.

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

EISBAEREN BERLIN 2 – SCHWENNINGER WILD WINGS 1

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

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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


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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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Noebels Makes Eisbaeren Debut, Berlin Rally to Beat Koelner Haie


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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.

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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.

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

EISBAEREN BERLIN 3 – KOELNER HAIE 1

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

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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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No Point For Noebels, Better Off In Berlin


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There never was going to be much of a reason for German winger Marcel Noebels to accept his demotion to the Reading Royals of the third-tier East Coast Hockey League. If the 22-year-old native of Toenisvost was deemed to be not good enough by the Philadelphia Flyers organization to keep his place playing at the American Hockey League level then that is fine. It is fair to say that Noebels did not rip any trees out of the ground during the Lehigh Valley Phantoms training camp this fall.

However, it will be so much better for the overall development of Marcel Noebels, the player, and the German national team program, itself, if the youngster finally returns to Europe after a four-year absence and skates regularly in the domestic Deutsche Eishockey Liga for a quality club such as Eisbaeren Berlin.

With the crack Eisbaeren in Berlin, Noebels will be able to glean valuable knowledge from a bona fide international and NHL-caliber player such as the highly experienced Antti Miettinen, the veteran right wing who has skated in 539 NHL games (97 go, 230 pts) for the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild as well as the Winnipeg Jets while also appearing at no less than seven major international tournaments for Finland. Among other accomplishments, Miettinen celebrated a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, with the rest of his Finnish Olympic teammates. None of the players with the ECHL’s Reading Royals or even the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, for that matter, have this sort of track record.

Perhaps even more importantly, by playing his club hockey in Berlin, the former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand will be readily available for national team duty all throughout the normal ice hockey season. Not only will Noebels’ participation at the annual IIHF World Championships not be contingent upon his North American club team not qualifying for / being eliminated very early from league playoff competition but the new Eisbaeren Berlin winger will also be able to be selected to the national side for important preparation tournaments during the season, such as the annual Deutschland Cup that is upcoming in early November. Surely, the still rather youthful Noebels will benefit far more from skating against the likes of the national teams of Switzerland (the neighboring arch-rival), Slovakia (who always have at least a handful of ex-NHL players) and Canada (who feature veterans with varying amounts of NHL experience now based in Europe) than he ever would taking a regular shift against the Trenton Titans, Wheeling Nailers or whomever.

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Noebels Flees Philadelphia Flyers Organization, Signs With Eisbaeren Berlin


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(Claus Vetter / Der Tagesspiegel) … Marcel Noebels had notched 16 goals and 34 points in 95 American Hockey League games for the Adirondack Phantoms the past season and a half but, at the conclusion of the new Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ AHL training camp this fall, the Philadelphia Flyers’ fourth round pick (# 118 overall) at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft found himself assigned to the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League.
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Germany national team winger Marcel Noebels has dissolved his contract with the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers organization and signed a new deal with Eisbaeren Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, according to the official website of the German capital city club :

www.eisbaeren.de/meldungen/marcel-noebels-wechselt-zu-den-eisbaeren-berlin/

“The profile of Marcel Noebels — young, good hockey player with lots of potential — fits perfectly with Eisbaeren Berlin,” said veteran general manager Peter John Lee, the former first round pick of the Montreal Canadiens who later skated in 431 NHL games (114 go, 245 pts) for the Pittsburgh Penguins before originally arriving in what was then West Germany to sign for elite league club EG Duesseldorf, the North Rhine-Westphalian outfit then skating in the old Bundesliga, in the mid-1980s.

“For us, this new acquisition is not a short-term deal. We are building long-term with Noebels, but he can already definitely help us along now,” said Stefan Ustdorf, the former Germany national team veteran who skated in 54 NHL games (7 go, 17 pts) for the Washington Capitals in the mid-1990s.

If everything goes according to plan, Noebels will play for Eisbaeren Berlin for the first time in the away game against the Koelner Haie this coming Friday. The 22-year-old will celebrate his home debut for Eisbaeren at the O2 World Berlin on Sunday against the Schwenninger Wild Wings. Noebels will wear jersey # 92, which, of course, is the same “Rueckennummer” that the former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand wore for the national team of Germany at both the 2013 & 2014 IIHF World Championships.

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ERC Ingolstadt Blank Eisbaeren In Berlin


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A third period goal from Canadian legionnaire KRIS SPARRE and thirty-three saves from aging countryman IAN GORDON allowed visiting ERC INGOLSTADT to clip inconsistent defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN 1-0 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

A long slapshot from well outside the blue line by Canadian legionnaire MICHEL PERIARD, the 33-year-old defenseman who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators but never played in the NHL, was not properly controlled by Eisbaeren Berlin netminder ROB ZEPP. The Germany national team goaltender did halt the initial rebound effort of American import JARED ROSS, the former University of Alabama-Huntsville center who skated 13 NHL games (0 go, 0 pts) for the Philadelphia Flyers. But a third try from Canadian legionnaire KRIS SPARRE, the 26-year-old left wing who has been skating in the D.E.L. since departing the East Coast Hockey League’s Idaho Steelheads in the summer of 2009, beat Zepp to the short side for his fifth strike of the season and provided ERC Ingolstadt with the only goal it would reguire at the O2 World Arena Berlin.

Eisbaeren Berlin’s versatile Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT, the forward-turned-defenseman who has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, had a glorious opportunity to even the match with American trainer DON JACKSON having removed Zepp for an extra attacker late but ERC Ingolstadt’s veteran shot-stopper would not be beaten even at close range.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s new Canadian legionnaire RYAN CALDWELL (10), the veteran defenseman just added from Finnish elite league side Lukko Rauma, tangles with ERC Ingolstadt’s Canadian legionnaire SEAN O’CONNOR (73), the former third round draft choice (2000, # 82 overall) of the Florida Panthers who spent most of his eight seasons as a professional in North America skating in the East Coast Hockey League, in front of the net during the low-scoring Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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The result spoiled the Eisbaeren Berlin debut of Canadian legionnaire RYAN CALDWELL, the 31-year-old journeyman who won won the NCAA title at the University of Denver in 2004 and later skated two games (0 go, 0 pts) for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League; Caldwell, who put in two years on the EG Duesseldorf blue line before signing with Finnish outfit Assat Pori in the summer of 2010, had joined the German champions earlier in the week after leaving SM-liiga club Lukko Rauma (37 ga, 1 go, 13 pts) but did not make the trip to Baden-Wuerttemberg for the match with Adler Mannheim.

ERC Ingolstadt, it will be noted, were without injured star left wing THOMAS GREILINGER, the 31-year-old who has represented Germany at five major international tournaments (27 ga, 4 go, 5 pts) in his career and is tied for fourth place on the D.E.L. scoring chart with 16 goals and 44 points in 38 D.E.L. contests this term — the exact same totals as those of Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL.

All was not lost in the setback to ERC Ingolstadt, though. Despite being shutout for the first time all season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the defending champion still retained its hold on third place in the German top flight standings. Eisbaeren Berlin are level with Krefeld Pinguine on 70 points but lead by virtue of a better goal-differential. The German capital city club have also skated one fewer contest than their North Rhine-Westphalian counterparts during this 2012/13 campaign as the D.E.L. pauses for the XXII Winter Olympic Games qualification tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

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Canadian legionnaire IAN GORDON (34), the 37-year-old veteran who has appeared in more than six hundred D.E.L. contests in his career, watches as ERC Ingolstadt defenseman DEREK DINGER (47) neutralizes Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23), the former American Hockey League Most Valuable Player who is still looking to score his first goal in the German top flight, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by the sell-out crowd of 14,200 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin.

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Eisbaeren Berlin Beats Adler Mannheim In 100th D.E.L. Meeting


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Adler Mannheim captain MARKUS KINK (17), the 28-year-old left wing who will be skating for Germany at the upcoming Olympic qualification tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen, chases after Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23) during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s Jubilaeum-Duell at the sold-out SAP Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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2006 Germany Olympic left wing FLORIAN BUSCH scored a spectacular goal on solo rush early into the third period and current national team netminder ROB ZEPP turned aside fourteen shots the rest of the way as visiting defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN held off legitimate title contenders ADLER MANNHEIM in the 100th all-time meeting between the two rival Deutsche Eishockey Liga clubs.

Zepp made 39 saves in all while defensemen CONSTANTIN BRAUN and FRANK HOERDLER as well as captain ANDRE RANKEL also scored goals for Eisbaeren Berlin in Baden-Wuerttemberg. All four players, along with veteran Eisbaeren defenseman JENS BAXMANN, have made the final cut for the Germany national team which will be hosting the Winter Olympic Games qualification tournament starting February 7th in Bietigheim-Bissingen. Rankel is currently tied for fourth on the scoring chart in the German top flight this season having registered 16 goals and 44 points in 37 D.E.L. games.

Canadian legionnaire MIKE GLUMAC, the 32-year-old former Miami University right wing who once skated 40 NHL games (7 go, 13 pts) for the St. Louis Blues before arriving in Baden-Wuerttemberg to begin the 2010/11 season, tallied twice for Adler Mannheim on the power play and took his team-leading total in the D.E.L. this term to 17 goals; veteran winger RONNY ARENDT also scored for the home side on a penalty shot after being hauled down from behind in the second period.

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Adler Mannheim forward RONNY ARENDT, the 32-year-old veteran who is skating his eighth season with the Baden-Wuerttemberg club now after beginning his senior career with ES Weisswasser in the 2.Bundesliga, is hooked down from behind by Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER (7) during the so-called Jubilaeum-Duell.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE, the 28-year-old center who was recently signed by the defending D.E.L. champion from Finnish club TPS Turku, had his best outing since arriving in Germany and collected three assists against the hosting Adler Mannheim in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The result of the contest watched by a sell-out crowd of 13,600 spectators at the SAP Arena left the two rival clubs deadlocked at 50 victories apiece in the long-running Deutsche Eishockey Liga feud which first began in 1994. Adler Mannheim have now outscored Eisbaeren Berlin 318-305 in the one hundred matches played between the two sides, it should be noted for the record. The defending D.E.L. champions, however, did win three of the four regular season contests with die Adler this term.

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100th D.E.L. meeting
ADLER MANNHEIM vs EISBAEREN BERLIN
February 1, 2013

08:49 … MAN – Glumac 16 (Y. Seidenberg, MacDonald) – ppg
14:15 … BER – C. Braun 5 (Locke, Foy) – ppg
17:42 … BER – Hoerdler 7 (Tallackson, Busch)
31:55 … MAN – Arendt 6 – penalty shot
34:53 … BER – Rankel 16 (Hoerdler, Locke)
43:19 … BER – Busch 8 (Locke, Sharrow)
53:33 … MAN – Glumac 17 (MacDonald, Sifers) – ppg

ADLER MANNHEIM : Endras – Bittner, Wagner ; Belle, Sifers ; N. Goc, Kettemer – Kink, Magowan, Mitchell ; Y. Seidenberg, MacDonald, Glumac ; Plachta, Lehoux, Mauer ; Foster, Ullmann, Arendt ; El-Sayed

EISBAEREN BERLIN : Zepp – Hoerdler, Talbot ; C. Braun, Sharrow ; Supis, Haase – Busch, Olver, Tallackson ; Rankel, Locke, Arniel ; L. Braun, Christensen, Foy ; Ty Mulock

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Eisbaeren Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH (center) receives congratulations from Germany national team defensemen CONSTANTIN BRAUN (90), American import JIMMY SHARROW (3) as well as Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE after splitting the Adler Mannheim defense to net his eighth goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season.

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Berlin Beat Hamburg, Split D.E.L. Series


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22 x 2 = Hamburg Freezers’ Canadian legionnaire MATT PETTINGER (left), the former University of Denver center who skated 422 NHL games (65 go, 123 pts) mostly for the Washington Capitals, and Eisbaeren Berlin’s American import BARRY TALLACKSON, the former University of Minnesota right wing who skated 20 NHL games (1 go, 2 pts) in parts of four seasons for the New Jersey Devils, jockeying for position in front of the net during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest between Anschutz Entertainment Group brother clubs at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof.
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A power play goal ten minutes into the game and shutout netminding the rest of the way was enough to rule on this penalty-filled occasion as defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN blanked visiting HAMBURG FREEZERS 2-0 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s final installment this season of the epic struggle for ANSCHUTZ ENTERTAINMENT GROUP supremacy.

The contest quickly turned into a parade to the penalty box with, on average, one infraction of the rules stoppig play every three minutes. Eisbaeren Berlin were whistled for ten minor penalties in all while the Hamburg Freezers accumulated ten two-minute minors in the tempermental affair. Setting the tone very early was Hamburg right wing THOMAS OPPENHEIMER, the 24-year-old who was sent off with a minor plus a ten-minute misconduct just 41 seconds into the match for a check to the head.

Less than ten minutes had expired when Eisbaeren Berlin took the lead on what was already its third opportunity with the man-advantage in the match against the Freezers. In-form Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER skated along the goalline straight at the net and would need three shots, in all. But the skilled 27-year-old center who topped Eisbaeren Berlin in scoring last season was finally able to elevate the puck past the sprawled Germany national team netminder DIMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW for his ninth goal in the D.E.L. this term at the 9:57 mark of the opening period.

Olver, who led the entire D.E.L. in regular season scoring (48 ga, 23 go, 70 pts) while appearing with Augsburg Panthers during the 2010/11 campaign, is currently enjoying an eight-game streak with at least one point while totaling three goals and eight assists in that productive span.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40), the former Northern Michigan University center who was chosen in the second round (# 36 overall) of the 2004 National Hockey League Draft by the New York Rangers, had two shots at point-blank range snuffed out by Hamburg Freezers’ Germany national team goaltender DIMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW before finally finding the back of the net with his third attempt during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by the capacity crowd of 14,200 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Olver, the 5’11″ 180-lb pivot who recorded 51 goals and 146 points in 158 NCAA games for Northern Michigan University before signing with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League in the spring of 2007, had his fingerprints all over Eisbaeren’s second goal in the rivalry match with the visiting Hamburg Freezers at the O2 World Arena Berlin, as well.

Roughly four and a half minutes into the second period, Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC pushed up into the attack and accepted a lovely centering pass from Olver in the slot. A sweeping wrist shot from the Eisbaeren defenseman left the sliding Kotschnew, the 31-year-old who transferred from Russian club Atlant Mytishchi Moscow this past summer and currently sports the third-best goals-against-average in the D.E.L. this season (2.33 avg, .918 svpct, 29 ga) for Hamburg Freezers, no chance whatsoever. The strike afforded Katic, the former New York Islanders prospect who led the all defensemen involved in the 32-team European Trophy tournament with nine points (three goals) earlier this 2012/13 campaign, a fifth goal in the German top flight this term.

Hamburg Freezers poured on the pressure in the third period while outshooting Eisbaeren Berlin 16-5 over the course of the final twenty minutes at the O2 World Arena Berlin. But national team veteran ROB ZEPP, the 31-year-old who has backstopped die Eisbaeren to four D.E.L. titles since arriving from Finnish club Saipa Lappeenranta in the summer of 2007, would not be beaten. The in-form Zepp turned away all 29 of the Freezers shots to fashion his fourth whitewash in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season.

Eisbaeren Berlin evened the series with the rival Hamburg Freezers in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga at two games apiece, both teams having gone unbeaten on home ice. Hamburg, however, did triumph in both of the European Trophy tournament matches this past September. Thus, barring any meeting in the playoffs, it appears as if the battle for Anschutz Entertainment Group bragging rights has been effectively settled.

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Eisbaeren Berlin netminder ROB ZEPP (72), who has lowered his season average in the D.E.L. to 2.69 goals-per-game while increasing his save percentage to 92.3% with strong play in his last dozen or so appearances, is one of four shot-stoppers selected by first-year national team trainer Pat Cortina for Germany’s training camp roster in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games Qualification Tournament involving neighboring Austria, Italy and the Netherlands next month in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

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