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Waiting For Locke To Unleash


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Koelner Haie defenseman MORITZ MUELLER, the 26-year-old who appeared in all six games (1 go, 0 as) for Germany at the 2009 IIHF World Championships hosted by Switzerland, finishes his check on Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23), the accomplished American Hockey League veteran who was just recently signed from Finnish club TPS Turku, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest witnessed by a sell-out crowd of 14,200 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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COREY LOCKE, the diminutive center who piled up 363 points in last five American Hockey League seasons before signing with Finnish elite league club TPS Turku this past summer, had a rather uneventful home debut for defending champion Eisbaeren Berlin in the loss to new league leader Koelner Haie at the O2 World Arena Berlin on Friday night.

Locke was thoroughly kept under wraps by the Koelner Haie defensive corps trained by former NHL rearguard UWE KRUPP and held off the scoresheet for a second consectuvie outing in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. The 28-year-old center, who earned the title of Best Forward for the 2012 European Trophy competition by registering the most ‘stars’ in tournament matches for TPS Turku earlier this season, also finished with a -1 defensive rating in the D.E.L. contest with Koelner Haie. Overall, Locke has just registered just one assist in three D.E.L. games while carrying a -2 defensive rating for Eisbaeren Berlin.

Criticism in the local Berlin papers came fast and furious. “Corey Locke showed on his home debut for the Polar Bears that he still cannot make his team stronger,” wrote one German author. After all, expectations and contemporary standards at a club that has won the Deutsche Eishockey Liga title six of the last eight seasons remain in place.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23), the fourth round NHL draft pick (# 113 overall, 2003) of the Montreal Canadiens and former Binghamton Senators center who was chosen as the American Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the 2010/11 campaign, prepares to face-off against Koelner Haie’s Germany national team center FELIX SCHUETZ (55), the fourth round NHL draft pick (# 117 overall, 2006) of the Buffalo Sabres who spent two seasons with the Portland Pirates in the AHL (145 ga, 28 go, 69 pts) before signing with ERC Ingolstadt in the summer of 2010, during the Detusche Eishockey Liga contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof.

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Koelner Haie Beat Eisbaeren Berlin, Back In First Place


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An early goal to set the tone as well as stiffling defensive play throughout the contest enabled visiting KOELNER HAIE to completely thwart two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN 3-1 and reclaim top spot in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga standings.

For the first time in quite a while, Eisbaeren Berlin dressed more than six natural defenseman and were able to shift Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT, the 27-year-old left wing who has scored 13 goals all competitons for trainer DON JACKSON’s team this season, back onto a forward line. But Canadian legionnaire JAMIE ARNIEL was forced to miss a game for the first time in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term and the second-leading scorer for the capital city club this season, T.J. MULOCK, still has not returned. Furthermore, defenseman FRANK HOERDLER as well as left wing and captain ANDRE RANKEL were both coping with contusions and not operating at full fitness for the hosts.

It was UWE KRUPP’s side who started off fast in this clash of clubs trained by former NHL defensemen each who lifted the coveted Stanley Cup during their respective playing careers. A long home-run pass from Koelner Haie’s imported Swedish defenseman ANDREAS HOLMQVIST, only just beyond his own goal line in the right face-off cirle of the defensive zone, found seasoned Canadian legionnaire NATHAN ROBINSON all alone at the blue line along the left wing. The 31-year-old NHL veteran signed by the Cologne Sharks this past summer from Austrian outfit UPC Vienna Capitals quickly sped in on his former teammate of two years with Eisbaeren Berlin and nimbly backhanded past netminder ROB ZEPP to score his seventh goal in the D.E.L. this term after just three minutes of play.

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Koelner Haie’s seasoned Canadian legionnaire NATHAN ROBINSON (10), the native of Scarborough, Ontario, who collectively skated in seven NHL contests (0 go, 0 pts) for the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins before signing with D.E.L. club Adler Mannheim in the summer of 2006, goes top shelf to beat Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP (72) during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin had far more of the opportunities while outshooting their guests 14-8 in the first period but were unable to solve Koelner Haie’s in-form goaltender DANNY AUS DEN BIRKEN. Down at the other end, Germany national team netminder ROB ZEPP would weather a severe storm in the second period as the visitors fired no fewer than 21 shots on target. Koelner Haie center FELIX SCHUETZ, the 25-year-old former Buffalo Sabres farmhand who scored the memorable overtime goal that allowed Germany to knock off the United States in front of a record crowd of 77,803 specatators at the 2010 IIHF World Championships, did shoot a second puck into the net for Koelner Haie in the second period at the O2 World Arena Berlin, but the strike was correctly waved off on account of a crease violation.

No luck on this occasion for Schuetz, who is the second-leading scorer for Koelner Haie this season having already shot 16 goals in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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Eisbaeren Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH (26) cannot prevent Koelner Haie’s imported Swedish defenseman ANDREAS HOLMQVIST (7), the 31-year-old former second round NHL draft pick (# 61 overall, 2001) of the Tampa Bay Lightning who transferred to the North Rhine-Westphalian club this past summer from IF Djurgarden Stockholm, from winding up for a booming slapshot during the D.E.L. contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Nearing the halfway point of the third period, the hosts hauled themselves level and appeared to have made a whole new game of it. Veteran defenseman JENS BAXMANN pushed up into the left face-off circle and effectively one-timed the pass from behind the net by Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the 27-year-old center who led Eisbaeren Berlin in scoring last season, to net his third goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term. Finally, the sell-out crowd at the O2 World Arena Berlin had something to shout about.

But this joy would be very short-lived as the visitors did, in fact, regain the lead a scant 55 seconds later. Koelner Haie’s other imported Swedish defenseman, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist DANIEL TJARNQVIST, penetrated deep into the offensive zone on a weaving rush before delivering a perfect centering pass from the left wing. ROK TICAR, the 23-year-old center who scored three goals in five games for Slovenia at the 2011 IIHF World Championships hosted by Slovakia, had no trouble re-directing the puck past Zepp to score his eighth goal of this D.E.L. campaign and immediately silence the disappointed crowd.

Eisbaeren Berlin had one final chance to equalize again when Schuetz picked up a two-minute minor and the accompanying ten-minute misconduct penalty for checking-from-behind with just 2:18 remaining in the match. Not surprisingly, Jackson removed the Eisbaeren goaltender in favor of an extra attacker to provide Berlin with six skaters as compared to the four of Koelner Haie. But this particular gamble did not pay off as veteran defenseman MIRKO LUEDEMANN, the aging 39-year-old rearguard who earlier in his career represented Germany at 12 major international tournaments (63 ga, 5 go, 17 pts) including the 1994, 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympic Games, was able to loft a Borje Salming specialty all the way down the ice for the clinching empty-net goal.

Defending champion Eisbaeren Berlin and serious contender Koelner Haie split the four-game season series, then, with each side having each celebrated both of their victories in the other team’s building.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40), the former Northern Michigan University center and New York Rangers’ 2nd round NHL draft pick who led the German capital city club in scoring last season, looks to fake out a very focused Koelner Haie goaltender DANNY AUS DEN BIRKEN (33), the 27-year-old who was a reserve on the Adler Mannheim squad that claimed the D.E.L. title in 2007, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by the sold-out crowd of 14,200 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin.

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Eisbaeren Clips EHC Red Bull In Seventh Round Of Shootout


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC (71), the 23-year-old former New York Islanders prospect who led all defenseman in scoring for the 2012 European Trophy tournament, looks to move the puck away from a dangerous position as EHC Red Bull Munich’s veteran Canadian legionnaire JASON ULMER, the 34-year-old former North Dakota University center who is appearing in the German top flight for an eight consecutive season, gives chase during the D.E.L. contest at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the beautiful Bavarian city of Munich.
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A goal from the visiting team’s captain in the seventh round of the shootout finally settled matters in favor of the defending champion as EISBAEREN BERLIN sneeked past sagging host EHC RED BULL MUNICH 3-2 and nosed into fourth place in the Deutsche Eishockey League standings on the strength of goal-differential.

Eisbaeren began poorly enough as both Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER as well as Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN were sent to the penalty box within the first two minutes of the contest in Bavaria. EHC Red Bull Munich, who have now lost seven of their last eight matches and are languishing in the bottom half of the D.E.L. table despite the major cash infusion from the well-known Austrian energy drink manufacturer this season, were more than happy to skate with the two-man advantage and seized the lead immediately. Canadian legionnaire RYAN KAVANAUGH, the second-year professional who transferred to Munich this past summer from the Austrian club EHC Red Bull Salzburg, one-timed a pass at the point to score his fourth goal in the German top flight this season with just 2:44 having expired in the game.

Eisbaeren Berlin, still struggling with injuries this term and now without youthful winger LAURIN BRAUN for a second consecutive contest, would strike back very quickly, though, against the club directed by Germany’s new national team trainer this season, PAT CORTINA.

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Assistant coach MAURIZIO MANSI (left), the Montreal native who was a right wing on the Renssaler Polytechnical Institute side that won the NCAA championship in 1985 and later skated with the national team of Italy at nine major international tournaments (51 ga, 9 go, 22 pts) including the 1994 Winter Olympic Games during his playing career, glances in the general direction of Canadian PAT CORTINA, the EHC Red Bull Munich bench boss who also now doubles as the trainer of Germany’s national team.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC, the 23-year-old defenseman who skated 11 NHL games (0 go, 1 as) in three seasons with the New York Islanders organization before crossing the Atlantic Ocean this past summer, penetrated deep into the offensive zone before whipping a pass from the left wing all the way across the face of the goal. Arriving on the other end to meet such inviting service was American import BARRY TALLACKSON, the former New Jersey Devils farmhand who was the second leading goal-scorer for the capital city club last season. And so, EHC Red Bull Munich’s lead had been erased in a mere 40 seconds.

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EHC Red Bull Munich’s youthful goaltender LUKAS STEINHAUER (30), the Germany U-20 international who spent most of last season with third division side MEC Halle 04 while out on loan from D.E.L. club Hannover Scorpions, has absolutely no chance whatsoever as Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American BARRY TALLACKSON (22), the 29-year-old former University of Minnesota right wing who was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the D.E.L. playoff final last season, sweeps a fantastic centering pass into the back of the net in the first period of the D.E.L. match at the Olympia-Eisstadion.
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A genuine goaltender’s duel developed over the following 40 minutes of play at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Bavaria as both teams, despite generating plenty of shots on target in that time frame, saw numerous chances turned away by both EHC Red Bull Munich’s inexperienced LUKAS STEINHAUER and Eisbaeren Berlin’s veteran ROB ZEPP. The 20-year-old Steinhauer was filling in for Germany national team hopeful JOCHEN REIMER (37 ga, 2.57 avg, .917 svpct), the 27-year-old who was out sick with a cold, and, once again, would acquit himself very well on only his third appearance of this season (1.57 avg, .951 svpct) in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Zepp, who has celebrated four D.E.L. titles since joining Eisbaeren Berlin from Finnish side Saipa Lappeenranta in the summer of 2007, would wind up making a very strong case for Man of the Match honors in Munich.

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EHC Red Bull Munich’s well-traveled Olympic veteran KLAUS KATHAN, the experienced winger who has made more than 900 appearances for seven different clubs in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga over the course of his lengthy career in the German top flight, celebrates his goal-ahead goal against defending champion Eisbaeren Berlin early into the third period of the D.E.L. contest at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Bavaria.
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EHC Red Bull Munich ended the scoring drought and went back out in front four minutes into the third period after LUBOR DIBELKA, the 29-year-old center from the Czech Republic who totaled 71 points (30 goals) for SC Riessersee in the 2.Bundesliga last term, swung around from behind the net and distributed a brilliant pass to the aging veteran KLAUS KATHAN, the 36-year-old right wing who represented Germany at eight major international tournaments (45 ga, 8 go, 17 pts) including both the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games, at the back door.

The hosts, fatefully, never did add an insurance marker despite outshooting their guests in the final frame (as well as 39-30 for the entire match).

EHC Red Bull Munich would regret leaving Eisbaeren Berlin to hang around. Tallackson, whose goal-scoring has dramatically increased since the return of Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER to the Eisbaeren line-up, pulled the visitors level via a wrist shot from between the circles with just under eight minutes to play. A second strike of the game and 11th goal of this D.E.L. campaign from the American import meant that extra time and, eventually, a shootout would be necessary at the Olympia-Eisstadion.

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Oddly enough, while Eisbaeren Berlin were participating in a shootout for only the fourth time in 39 contests for this 2012/13 D.E.L. season, EHC Red Bull Munich were, in fact, taking part in a shootout for the fourth time in as many league matches.

Steinhauer and Zepp continued to entertain with the veritable goaltenders’ showdown in the tie-breaker as the first ten shooters on both sides, include Eisbaeren Berlin’s new Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE, all failed to put even a single puck into the back of the two nets.

Ultimately, Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL was able to slip a shot past Steinhauer to begin the seventh round but Kavanaugh, the 21-year-old defenseman who had opened the scoring for EHC Red Bull Munich, could not negotiate Zepp again. And so, after losing three consecutive shootouts, trainer DON JACKSON’s club triumphed in the tie-breaker for only the second time this term. Fittingly, it had also been the national team veteran Rankel who had also netted the shootout-winner when the defending D.E.L. champions downed the Hamburg Freezers earlier this past October.

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By netting the winner against host EHC Red Bull Munich in the shootout compeition, Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL (24) was credited with his team-leading 15th goal of the season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga; Rankel’s total of 43 points in the German top flight also left the 27-year-old left wing just one point off the pace at the top of the D.E.L. scoring chart this term.

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Locke’s D.E.L. Debut – Less Media Hype, Better Match Result For Berlin


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In direct contrast with all the media attention that had accompanied the arrival of his two countrymen earlier this season, the signing and subsequent debut of Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE, the former Binghamton Senators center who was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the American Hockey League at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, by two-time defending Deutsche Eishockey Liga champion EISBAEREN BERLIN was a rather subdued affair to say the least.

Locked-out National Hockey League refugees DANNY BRIERE and CLAUDE GIROUX from the Philadelphia Flyers had, quite understandably, generated a big splash in both German and North American media markets. Of course, those two Canadian legionnaires had contracts commanding a combined salary of $ 10.25 million dollars from their NHL employers this season. By comparison, although reportedly the highest-paid player in all the Finnish elite league this season, Locke (a career minor-leaguer in North America albeit a rather decorated one) was being paid a mere 330,000 Euros (roughly $ 438,000 dollars in the United States) by TPS Turku at the time of his transfer.

Indeed, the prolific Giroux would score a goal and add two assists on his first appearance in the German top flight while Flyers teammate Briere would also total three points as both NHL-Stars finished with a +1 defensive rating on their productive debuts in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga … but the Eisbaeren still lost at home 6-5 in front of a sell-out crowd of 14,200 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin, to review for the benefit of those who may have missed all the excitement previously.

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Two former National Hockey League draft picks of the Montreal Canadiens meet up in Germany, then, as Eisbaeren Berlin general manager PETER JOHN LEE (right) greets new Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE at the airport upon the former American Hockey League Most Valuable Player’s arrival in country from Finnish SM-liiga club TPS Turku.
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Meanwhile, a crowd of just 5,034 spectators was on hand at the easily less than half-full ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia to witness Eisbaeren Berlin’s newest acquisition make his debut in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest against host EG Duesseldorf. And, less than two minutes into his first D.E.L. match, Locke was making his way to the penalty box on a tripping call. But EG Duesseldorf did not score on the resulting man-advantage, however, and, soon enough, the 28-year-old center was able to demonstrate his creative offensive talents when Eisbaeren Berlin went on a power play of its own.

It was a radar-like, cross-ice pass from the former AHL MVP that allowed MATT FOY, the 29-year-old right wing who once skated 56 NHL games (6 go, 13 pts) for the Minnestoa Wild and was also Locke’s teammate with the Ottawa 67′s in the Ontario Hockey League many moons ago, to net rather easily, then.

Locke never did score a goal on his D.E.L. debut and finished with a solitary assist. Skating on a line with Foy and Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL, the new signing who totaled seven goals and 25 points for TPS Turku in all competitions this season ended up with an ‘even’ defensive rating in the D.E.L. contest with EG Duesseldorf. Aside from the power play goal, Locke was on the ISS Dome ice at even strength for both one goal scored as well as one goal conceded by the visiting team.

Nothing spectacular from the new boy on this occasion … but Eisbaeren Berlin rallied to score five times unanswered in the third period and triumphed over host EG Duesseldorf 6-3.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s new Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23), the diminutive center who skated exactly nine NHL contests (9 ga, 0 go, 1 as) for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators before signing to play in Europe for the very first time just this past summer, shields the puck from EG Duesseldorf’s experienced Canadian legionnaire ALEX HENRY (5), the 33-year-old defenseman who has appeared in 177 NHL games (2 go, 11 pts) for the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens in his career, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the ISS Dome in western Germany.

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Third Period Eisbaeren Explosion Saves Day In Duesseldorf


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s new Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23), the American Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player for the Binghamton Senators in 2011 who just signed with the German capital city club from Finnish elite league outfit TPS Turku last week, positions himself next to EG Duesseldorf’s imported American goaltender BOBBY GOEPFERT (41) during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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After having their attack stymied by the cellar-dwellers of the German top flight for more than two-thirds of the contest and finding themselves down by two goals with less than sixteen minutes to play, the two-time defending champions finally erupted to score five times unanswered as visiting EISBAEREN BERLIN skated away from host EG DUESSELDORF 6-3 to remain the fifth place team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

EG Duesseldorf, who celebrated four consecutive German Bundesliga titles from 1990 thru 1993 with current Eisbaeren Berlin general manager PETER JOHN LEE skating and scoring lots of goals on the right wing for the North Rhine Westphalian club, have fallen on hard times. The club now trained by CHRISTIAN BRITTIG, the retired right who represented EV Landshut and West Germany at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the Canadian city of Calgary, finished second in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and reached the semifinals of the D.E.L. playoffs before falling to the eventual champions from Berlin two years ago. Now, in stark contrast, the legendary club that was originally founded in 1935 are languishing dead-last in the 14-team D.E.L. standings.

Nevertheless, it was the hosts who got on the scoreboard first when Canadian legionnaire ASHTON ROME, the 27-year-old right wing who skated five games (0 go, 0 as) for the Greenville Road Warriors in the East Coast Hockey League this season before signing with EG Duesseldorf in late October, used the backhand to score his 10th goal on his 22nd appearance in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term after a lovely little pass into the slot by American import COLIN LONG, the 23-year-old native of Santa Ana, Caifornia, who was chosen in the fourth round (# 99 overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2008 NHL Draft and is only just returning from a very long spell on the injury shelf, set the table.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY (83) shoots the puck over EG Dusseldorf’s imported American netminder BOBBY GOEPFERT (41), the native New Yorker and NHL draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penquins (2002, 6th round, # 171 overall) who played college hockey at both Providence College in Rhode Island as well as St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, to score his 14th goal of the season in all competitions on the power play in the first period of the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Eisbaeren Berlin pulled themselves even rather quickly, though, after capitalizing on a two-man advantage with the power play. New signing COREY LOCKE, the Canadian legionnaire who just transferred to the two-time defending German champions from Finnish side TPS Turku, zipped a precise pass across ice and found his former junior teammate with the Ottawa 67′s standing at the other side of the net. Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY, the NHL veteran who only just returned to the Eisbaeren line-up after missing eleven games on the trot with a crippling rib injury, lifted the puck over EG Duesseldorf’s imported American netminder BOBBY GOEPFERT to count his 10th goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term.

Brittig’s troops went back out in front roughly five and a half minutes into the second period after EG Duesseldorf had an opportunity up two skaters on the power play, itself. Swedish import CARL RIDDERWALL, the former Notre Dame University left wing who leads EG Duesseldorf with both 13 goals and 35 points in 37 D.E.L matches this season after recording eight goals and 28 points for the Providence Bruins in 68 American Hockey League games last term, launched a long shot from the point that Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP failed to control. Veteran center NIKI MONDT, the off-season signing from the Hannover Scorpions who was also stationed at the side of the net, jumped on the rebound for the North Rhine-Westphalian club.

Rome, the native of Nesbitt, Manitoba, who was selected at the annual National Hockey League Draft by both the Boston Bruins (2004, 4th round, # 108 overall) and San Jose Sharks (2006, 5th round, # 143 overall) was directly involved in the third goal for EG Duesseldorf after a rush down the right flank. Norway international ANDREAS MARTINSEN, the youthful off-season signing from IK Lillehammer, needed a second whack at the puck but was, ultimately, able to net his fourth goal in the German top flight this season at the 33:07 mark of the match with Eisbaeren Berlin. And so the productive Rome, who celebrated the AHL’s Calder Cup title with the Hershey Bears in the spring of 2010, was rewarded with a third point of the night.

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EG Duesseldorf center ANDREAS MARTINSEN (24), the 22-year-old center who has appeared with the national team of Norway at the last three IIHF World Championships (18 ga, 1 go, 3 pts), shouts with glee after scoring a goal against visiting Eisbaeren Berlin in the second period of the tops-tury Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Eisbaeren Berlin were staring at the very real prospect of a sixth loss in its last seven contests heading for the locker room at the ISS Dome and the second intermission of the match with EG Duesseldorf. American trainer DON JACKSON, the former Stanley Cup champion defenseman for the mighty Edmonton Oilers who was in charge at EG Duesseldorf for two years before taking over the reigns of die Eisbaeren in the summer of 2007, could not have been happy. What was said between periods has not been reported but must have been inspirational, to say the least.

Indeed, the capital city club who have claimed the Deutsche Eishockey Liga title four of the past five years proceeded to strike for three Blitztore within a span of 120 seconds shortly after its return to the ice for the third and final period. Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT, the left wing-turned-defenseman who was also a teammate of both Foy and Locke with the Ottawa 67′s in the Ontario Hockey League back during his junior days, started the Berlin rally by crashing the net to have at a rebound of his own, then. The resulting tally for the visitors, at the 44:44 mark of the match in North Rhine-Westphalia, denoted a first goal for Talbot in Eisbaeren’s last 15 contests.

In what was a successful bid by the trainer Jackson to bolster an attack which has been seriously slumping as of late, the versatile Talbot was shifted back to offense for the final period in Duesseldorf.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48)
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In-form Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN soon brought Eisbaeren Berlin level after bursting into the zone down the left wing side. A sharp-angle shot up and over the shoulder of the EG Duesseldorf netminder Goepfert was enough for the 25-year-old forward to celebrate his 11th goal in all competitions this term and haul Berlin level yet again. Christensen, the diminutive Dane who scored just three goals in Eisbaeren’s first 33 games of this season, has picked up the pace considerably by registering eight goals on his last 13 outings for the German capital city club.

The opportunistic Talbot then completed Eisbaren Berlin’s lightning-fast comeback by knocking home his second rebound in as many minutes. A big but wide-angled slapshot from American import BARRY TALLACKSON, the former University of Minnesota right wing and New Jersey Devils farmhand, was not properly controlled by the netminder nor did the EG Duesseldorf defense do much to follow up on the play, either. Thus, a 10th goal in the D.E.L. this term by Talbot gave the visitors its very first lead of the match at the ISS Dome.

The battered Goepfert, meanwhile, would later be forced to leave the ice with just five minutes remaining.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK (60), the native of North Delta, British Columbia, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Sunday, fires the puck past EG Duesseldorf’s replacement goaltender BJORN LINDA (30) to give himself an early present during the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Eisbaeren Berlin greeted the backup netminder BJORN LINDA, a 23-year-old who is on loan to EG Duesseldorf from third division club EV Duisburg, by grabbing an important insurance goal with less than two and a half minutes left to skate. A slick pass from Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the former Northern Michigan University center who led the Deutsche Eishockey Liga champion in scoring last year, set his countryman TYSON MULOCK up in the slot. The elder Mulock brother, who amassed an even 50 goals and 100 points in 52 games for the Essen Moskitos during the 2006/07 2.Bundesliga campaign prior to signing with Eisbaeren Berlin at the conclusion of that prolific season, finished with aplomb to net his sixth goal in the D.E.L. this term.

EG Duesseldorf went for broke after Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL was sent to the penalty box for slashing with a little over a minute remaining. The goaltender was recalled to the bench and replaced with an extra skater to give the hosts a six-on-four manpower advantage in the offensive zone. But a shorthanded, empty-net goal from Olver with half a minute to play put an end to any potential rally.

An emotional triumph, then, for an Eisbaeren club still struggling enough to win Eishockey games as of late …

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Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman JIMMY SHARROW (3), the imported American rearguard who collected two assists in the match with host EG Duesseldorf, and Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40) bump fists after an empty-net goal from the 2nd round NHL draft pick of the New York Rangers wrapped up the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by 5,034 spectators at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Olver’s Scoring Totals Adjusted By D.E.L.


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Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40), the skillful former Northern Michigan University center and second round NHL draft pick of the New York Rangers who claimed the Deutsche Eishockey Liga scoring title during the 2010/11 campaign while skating for the Augsburg Panthers, led the D.E.L. champion Eisbaern Berlin last season with both 30 goals and 67 points from 69 games in all competitions.
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Those who watch the excellent, in-depth video highlights of every EISBAEREN BERLIN contest at the official website of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, as this blog does religiously, may have noticed the very same things. And, apparently, those in charge of bookkeeping at the D.E.L. have finally now, too. Thus, Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER saw his goal-scoring totals for this term adjusted this past week.

Olver’s mysterious goal in the 6-4 defeat to the Hamburg Freezers has been correctly awarded to imported American right wing BARRY TALLACKSON while the former D.E.L. scoring champion’s strike in the 3-2 loss to the visiting Iserlohn Roosters, which had been the result of a deflected puck in front of the net, was changed and credited to Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL.

These updates allowed the Germany national team veteran, Rankel (32 ga, 14 go, 42 pts), to move within one point off the top of the scoring chart in the entire Deutsche Eishockey Liga as the 27-year-old Olver watched his numbers in the German top flight drop to seven goals and 15 points from 19 D.E.L. games this season.

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Iserlohn Takes Berlin By Shootout


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A pair of experienced National Hockey League veterans played pivotal roles as solid netminding and a decisive goal in the shootout powered visiting upstart ISERLOHN ROOSTERS to a 3-2 triumph over two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

The disappointing loss marked a fifth setback in the last six D.E.L. matches for American trainer DON JACKSON’s slumping troops. Iserlohn, to review, entered the afternoon contest with the capital city club ranked 12th in the fourteen-team German elite league this season. Furthermore, it had been the Roosters who were, in fact, routed 7-1 on their last trip to the O2 World Arena Berlin in late October.

The hosts finally welcomed back oft-injured Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY, the 29-year-old NHL veteran who had totaled 13 goals and 23 points in 32 games from all competitions for Eisbaeren Berlin this season before being sidelined with a ribs problem which would take quite some time to fully heal. The former Minnesota Wild right wing who signed for Eisbaeren this past summer ended up missing eleven straight games before his return against the Roosters on Sunday. The addition of Foy, however, was offset by the subtraction of Berlin scoring leader T.J. MULOCK, the 27-year-old Olympic veteran who paces the German capital club with 49 points in all competitions this term.

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Iserlohn Roosters went to the lead eleven and a half minutes into the first period after MICHAEL WOLF skated in all alone on Eisbaeren Berlin netminder and Germany national team constituent ROB ZEPP to score his league-leading 20th goal in the D.E.L. this season. The hosts were able to haul themselves level after Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH found Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER alone in the slot just 46 seconds into the second period. But Eisbaeren then were assessed three separate minor penalties, all within a span of one minute and thirty-nine seconds, not so long after Hoerdler had notched his sixth strike in the D.E.L. this term.

The visitors quickly re-established their lead with the benefit of the two-man advantage when 33-year-old American import JEFF GUILIANO, the former Boston College left wing who later skated 101 NHL games (3 go, 13 pts) for the Los Angeles Kings before signing with Belarussian club Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in the summer of 2008, netted his seventh goal in the D.E.L. this season at close range; the prolific pair of Wolf (20+22) and American import MIKE YORK (12+30), both of whom are now tied with the Straubing Tigers’ Canadian legionnaire BLAINE DOWN for second place on the D.E.L. scoring chart this term with 42 points, were credited with assists on Iserlohn Roosters’ go-ahead tally at the 24:24 mark of the match against Eisbaeren Berlin.

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Iserlohn Roosters’ imported American center MIKE YORK (78), the 35-year-old veteran of 579 NHL games (127 go, 322 pts) who also skated a season in the Finnish elite league for the Lahti Pelicans before signing with the Sauerland club in the summer of 2011, and Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman JENS BAXMANN compete for the loose puck during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by 14,200 spectators at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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The two-time defending champions rallied with a power play strike of its own a little past the halfway point of the D.E.L contest in Berlin. Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the former Northern Michigan University center who was chosen by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2004 National Hockey League Draft and later skated six games (1 go, 0 as) in the American Hockey League for the Hartford Wolf Pack after leaving college in the spring of 2007, deflected a shot from the point to bring Eisbaeren even. Olver’s ninth goal in only his 18th D.E.L. game this season would be the last time either side would find the back of the net for the remainder of both regulation play as well as the overtime period, though.

Jackson’s charges outshot the Iserlohn Roosters over the entire course of the sixty minutes 29-22 but Canadian legionnaire SEBASTIEN CARON, the very well-traveled NHL veteran who had conceded all seven goals in the third period during his last appearance at the O2 World Arena Berlin, stood his ground againt the Eisbaeren this time out; it was the guests who had all three of the chances created by both teams in overtime but Zepp proved himself equal to that task.

Caron, the 32-year-old who made three appearances in the National Hockey League for the Tampa Bay Lightning after the Iserlohn Roosters’ campaign ended a year ago, halted Olver to begin the third round of the shootout. Thus, the stage was set for Canadian legionnaire MARK BELL, the veteran left wing who skated only five NHL games (0 go, 0 as) for the Anaheim Ducks all of last term after transferring from Swiss Nationalliga A side EHC Kloten, to be a match-winning hero. And the 32-year-old who spent most of last season skating in the AHL for the Syracuse Crunch (39 ga, 7 go, 17 pts), would not miss.

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Iserlohn Roosters’ Canadian legionnaire MARK BELL (22) was chosen in the first round (# 8 overall) of the 1998 National Hockey League Draft by the Chicago Black Hawks and later skated in 450 NHL contests (87 go, 182 pts) for the Black Hawks, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs before signing with the Sauerland club this past summer.
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Suche-Bericht : Der Neue Verpflichtung Der Eisbaeren Berlin


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Der neue Verpflichtung der Eisbaeren Berlin ist ein kleine Mittelstuermer mit sehr viel schoepferischen Begabung und auch guten Hande. Der frische Eisbaer COREY LOCKE, der aus dem finnischen Kader von TPS Turku angekommen ist, ist klar sehr intelligent ueber das Eishockey-Spiel und kann deshalb vielen Punkte abholen. Es wird “hockey sense” benannt, hier in Nordamerika.

Der kanadische Mittelstuermer ist ein talentierter Spielmacher mit hohen Faehigkeiten im Angriff. Seines Sehvermoegen und Uebergabe machen ihn wirksam mit dem Ueberzaehlig. Aber Locke ist sehr klein und hat nicht die Kraft um ein Zweikampf in die Ecken zu gewinnen oft.

Manchmal, geht Locke nicht so viel zum Verteidigung. Er ist nicht besten mit schlittschuhlaufen und manchmal kann nicht mit einem hohen Tempo aus diesem Grund halten. Der neue Eisbaer ist auch nicht so grosse an einem Bully, nur durchschnittlich.

Frueher, war Locke eine dominierende Macht in der American Hockey League. Fuer die Eisbaeren Berlin, sollte er mit einer echter Torschuetzen-Reihe zusammenspielen. Hoffentlich, der neue kanadische Angreifer wird mit Eisbaeren alles gut machen.

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Der kleine kanadische Mittelstuermer COREY LOCKE (84), der im 2012.European Trophy-Turnier gut gemacht hat, von der finnischen Mannschaft TPS TURKU trifft und wirft seinen Stock in der Luft nach einem Tor gegen HPK Hameenlinna.

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Eisbaeren Berlin Add Canadian Transfer From Finnish Club TPS Turku


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The offense of EISBAEREN BERLIN had started to sputter long before the “Lock-Out” situation in the National Hockey League was ended and exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing DANNY BRIERE, the star Canadian legionnaire who racked up 34 points (10 goals) in only 21 Deutsche Eishockey Liga games, was summoned back to North America. Indeed, in the last 14 contests in all competitions for the defending D.E.L. champions, the Eisbaeren attack has only scored four or more goals on just four occasions. This despite the return of last season’s leading scorer, DARIN OLVER, the Canadian legionnaire who has certainly done his part to contriube nine goals in 19 games since returning from a crippling hip injury.

Thus, it should come as no great shock that Eisbaeren Berlin have ventured into the transfer market and signed Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE from Finnish elite league side TPS Turku.

A prolific scorer at the American Hockey League level, the 28-year-old center signed a contract with TPS Turku that, reportedly, made Locke the highest-paid ice hockey player in all of Finland after departing the AHL’s Binghamton Senators this past summer. However, after a decent beginning for the Finnish club in the European Trophy tournament, a lack of overwhelming point production in the SM-liiga from Locke left TPS Turku, who currently stand 12th out of 14 teams in the Finnish elite league, to start thinking about other options. Enter the reigning German titlist to acquire the small but skilled player who won both the AHL’s Most Valuable Player award as well as the AHL scoring title two seasons ago while skating in Binghamton.

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TPS Turku’s expensive Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (84) slips the puck past JYP Jyvaskyla goaltender TUOMAS TARKKI (40), the 32-year-old veteran who played four years of NCAA college hockey at the University of Northern Michigan (where he was a teammate of Eisbaeren Berlin center Darin Olver) and one season in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves before returning to Europe several years ago, under the watchful eye of the match referee during the shootout phase of the SM-liiga contest at the HK Arena (formerly known as the Turkuhalli) earlier this season.
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Eisbaeren Berlin are hoping that the talented Locke, who lifted the Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2007 and again in 2011 with the Binghamton Senators, will return to the sort of form that saw the NHL draft choice of the storied Montreal Canadiens accumulate a total of 363 points (117 goals) from 338 regular season games in his last five seasons at the AHL level.

Locke recorded two goals and six assists in eight European Trophy contests for TPS Turku, who did not qualify for the 2012 Red Bull Salute – European Trophy Finals tournament co-hosted by Bratislava and Vienna this past December. TPS Turku’s expensive Canadian legionnaire did lead all players with 13 “stars” during the competition and, as a result, received the European Trophy Best Forward designation this season. Locke struggled in the Finnish elite league somewhat, though, and did not maintain the same pace with only 17 points in 37 SM-liiga games this term.

Clearly, the diminutive Locke is a prototypical “open-ice” player who simply does not have the size or strength to effectively compete for the puck along the boards and / or in heavy traffic. The veteran who skated a total of nine NHL games (0 go, 1 as) for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators in his career is also not known as one to consistently and diligently track back on defense nor is the Canadian legionnaire noted for great skating skills or blazing speed. But the playmaking Locke does possess magical hands in addition to excellent “hockey sense”.

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COREY LOCKE had a banner 2010/11 campaign for the Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators and averaged a career-high 1.246 points-per-game in the American Hockey League while winning the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL scoring champion in addition to the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL Most Valuable Player for the regular season.
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Eisbaeren Berlin general manager PETER JOHN LEE, who was, himself, a first round selection (# 12 overall) of the Montreal Canadiens at the 1976 National Hockey League Draft, stated that the reason Locke became available for transfer was because TPS Turku were looking to strengthen their inadequate defense in a last-ditch effort to qualify for the SM-liiga playoffs. The fact that the Canadian legionnaire who appeared in the AHL All-Star Game on four occasions in his career was drawing a salary of 330,000 Euros was not discussed. Nor was there any mention of what Locke’s compensation will be working in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Whatever the case, Eisbaeren Berlin have been skating with less than the allowable number of players for some time now on account of injuries and other factors so an additional forward on the roster certainly will not hurt the capital city club one bit.

Locke, for the record, does have previous experience skating with Eisbaeren Berlin’s current Canadian legionnaires JULIAN TALBOT and MATT FOY during his time in junior hockey with the Ottawa 67′s of the Ontario Hockey League.

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A close-range shot from Ottawa Senators center COREY LOCKE (37) is turned aside by New York Islanders goaltender KEVIN POULIN (60), the fifth round selection (# 126 overall) at the 2008 NHL Draft who is currently tending the nets for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League, during the National Hockey League contest at the Nassau County Memorial Coliseum on Long Island in January of 2011.
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COREY LOCKE … center … 28 years old … 5’9″ – 165 lbs
NHL Draft : Montreal Canadiens, 2003 (4th rd, # 113 overall)
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04/05 … 43 pts … 16 go … 27 as … 78 ga … AHL – Hamilton Bulldogs
05/06 … 59 pts … 19 go … 40 as … 77 ga … AHL – Hamilton Bulldogs
06/07 … 55 pts … 20 go … 35 as … 80 ga … AHL – Hamilton Bulldogs
07/08 ….. 0 pts ….. 0 go ….. 0 as ….. 1 ga … NHL – MONTREAL CANADIENS
07/08 … 72 pts … 30 go … 42 as … 78 ga … AHL – Hamilton Bulldogs
08/09 … 79 pts … 25 go … 54 as … 77 ga … AHL – Houston Aeros
09/10 ….. 0 pts ….. 0 go ….. 0 as ….. 3 ga … NHL – NEW YORK RANGERS
09/10 … 85 pts … 31 go … 54 as … 76 ga … AHL – Hartford Wolf Pack
10/11 ….. 1 pts ….. 0 go ….. 1 as ….. 5 ga … NHL – OTTAWA SENATORS
10/11 … 86 pts … 21 go … 65 as … 69 ga … AHL – Binghamton Senators
11/12 … 41 pts … 10 go … 31 as … 38 ga … AHL – Binghamton Senators
12/13 … 17 pts ….. 5 go … 12 as … 37 ga … Fin — TPS Turku

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Hamilton Bulldogs center COREY LOCKE (84), the former fourth round NHL draft choice of the famed Montreal Canadiens who had just scored 20 goals after 80 AHL regular season games, led all participants with 10 more goals in 22 playoff contests as the Canadiens' farm club gleefully skated its way to the 2007 Calder Cup title.

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Eisbaeren Edge Augsburg, End Losing Streak


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK (62), the seasoned 29-year-old who broke into the professional ranks with German third division side EHC Neuwied after completing his junior career with the Nanaimo Clippers in the summer of 2004, and Augsburg Panthers’ Canadian legionnaire ROB BROWN (4), the 31-year-old veteran defenseman who originally signed his first professional contract with German third division club EC Peiting after leaving Colgate University in the summer of 2004, jockey for position in front of the net during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof.
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After falling behind in the first minute of the second period, the two-time defending champion rallied to score three times unanswered and were then able to hold the fort as struggling host EISBAEREN BERLIN edged the visiting AUGSBURG PANTHERS 3-2 to end a frustrating four-game losing skid and maintain fifth place in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Augsburg entered the contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin level on points in the D.E.L. standings with their host and entertaining ideas of overtaking Eisbaeren, as well. This despite the absence of suspended American import DEREK WHITEMORE, the former Bowling Green State University left wing who skated two games (0 go, 0 as) in the National Hockey League last season for the Buffalo Sabres. Whitmore has done well for the Panthers (13 ga, 6 go, 15 pts) in the D.E.L., it should be noted, since departing the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League late last November.

Indeed, it was the visitors who broke the scoreless deadlock just 58 seconds into the second period when imported American left wing SERGIO SOMMA, the former Ohio State University left wing who entered the contest as the Augsburg Panthers’ joint top shot with 12 goals in the D.E.L. this term, jumped on the big rebound of a hopeful, long-range effort from Canadian legionnaire RYAN THANG, the former Notre Dame University right wing who skated in one NHL game for the Nashville Predators last season.

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American import SERGIO SOMMA (right), the 25-year-old native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who registered 15 goals and 31 points in 44 D.E.L. games for the Augsburg Panthers during his rookie professional campaign last season, is congratulated by Canadian legionnaire NICK ROSS (81), the 23-year-old blue liner who was chosen in the first round (# 30 overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes but never reached the NHL level, after opening the scoring in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest against the host Eisbaeren at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin, who had outshot their guests 16-11 in the opening period, went on to thorough dominate the second period while outgunning the Augsburg Panthers by the eye-popping margin of 20-4. Eventually, the hosts were able to haul themselves level with the aid of a power play. Left wing FLORIAN BUSCH, the 28-year-old veteran who skated five games (0 go, 0 pts) for Germany at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy, was on hand at the side of the net to bag his seventh goal of the season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with less than six minutes to go until the second intermission.

The turning point in the contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin arrived with less than two minutes remaining in the second period. Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL, the 27-year-old left wing who leads the German capital city club with 40 points in the D.E.L. this term, distributed an inviting pass right out in front. In-form Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN was more than happy to re-direct the puck past Augsburg Panthers goaltender PATRICK EHELECHNER and give the home side a lead it would never relinquish with his eighth goal in the D.E.L. for Eisbaeren this season.

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Eisbaeren Berlin center MADS CHRISTENSEN (60), the former Iserlohn Roosters forward who has represented Denmark at the annual IIHF World Champinships on five occasions (29 ga, 9 go, 12 pts) already in his career, steers the puck past Augsburg Panthers netminder PATRICK EHELECHNER (25) to record his 10th goal in all competitions this term for the German capital city club 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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Canadian legionnaire JAMIE ARNIEL, the 23-year-old right wing who skated one NHL regular season game for the would-be Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins during the 2010/11 campaign but spent all of last season skating for the Providence Bruins (74 ga, 7 go, 24 pts) in the American Hockey League, netted what would become an all-important third strike for Eisbaeren Berlin nearly six minutes into the third period. It was a big slapshot from the blue line from the D.E.L. rookie sailed over the shoulder of Ehelechner and gave Arniel his sixth goal in the D.E.L. this season. But the Augsburg Panthers were not quite through, still intent on getting something from the game at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC (71), the former New York Islanders prospect who led all defensemen involved in the 32-team European Trophy tournament in scoring with nine points, posted his tenth assist in the German top flight this season during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest opposite the visitng Augsburg Panthers at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof.
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The Augsburg Panthers managed to ramp up their attack in the final frame and outshot the home side 13-9 in the final frame. The nerves of the Eisbaeren defense, which had conceded no less than four goals in each of the previous four D.E.L. contests, would be severely tested after the Canadian legionnaire Thang stole the puck from Eisbaeren Berlin’s youthful winger LAURIN BRAUN in the offensive zone. A slick pass allowed Augsburg’s American import Somma to skate right out in front and score his 14th goal of the season in the German elite league at the 57:46 mark of the match.

According, the Panthers pulled the goaltender Ehelechner in favor of a sixth attacker at the end but the visitors’ comeback bid was aborted when early when Thang took a tripping penalty with nineteen seconds to play.

A much-needed, if not overwhelming, victory for Eisbaeren Berlin — if only for morale purposes! The crippling injuries continue to mount for American trainer DON JACKSON’s club, however, as Germany’s 2010 Olympic veteran T.J. MULOCK suffered interior ligament damage to his knee in the contest with Augsburg Panthers and has been knocked out indefinitely. The influential Mulock, who, along with older brother Tyson and American import BARRY TALLACKSON were the only three players to have appeared in all 44 games (D.E.L. and European Trophy combined) for Eisbaeren Berlin this season, still leads the capital city club with 49 points (14 goals) in all competitions this term.

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Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN (60), the 25-year old center who registered 10 goals after 51 appearances in all competitions for Eisbaeren Berlin last season, has notched seven goals in his last eleven games for the two-time defending Deutsche Eishockey Liga champion after recording just three goals in the German capital city club’s first 33 games in all competitions to begin this 2012/13 campaign.

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