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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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Hamburg Continues Hold On Berlin – Eisbaeren Skate To Fourth Straight Loss


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Three unanswered goals in the middle session and three further strikes in the final frame enabled the hosts to withstand a four-goal blitz from the reigning titlist in the last period as HAMBURG FREEZERS outscored visiting EISBAEREN BERLIN 6-4 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s on-going struggle for Anschutz Entertainment Group supremacy.

The victory lifted the Hanseatic side into a tie for second place in the D.E.L. while the German capital city club slumped to a fourth consecutive loss in as many matches. The Hamburg Freezers also heartily celebrated its fourth triumph in five contests (including the two European Trophy tournament engagements at the beginning of September) with the two-time defending D.E.L. champions this 2012/13 term. Eisbaeren Berlin, meanwhile, have consistently come up short this season in the rivalry between the two clubs in northern Germany that are, in fact, currently owned by the same financial enterprise headed by American businessman PHILLIP ANSCHUTZ.

AEG, which Anschutz announced in late September that he planned to sell, also own the reigning Stanley Cup champions in the National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Kings.

“It is a difficult time,” Eisbaeren Berlin’s American trainer DON JACKSON, who earned two Stanley Cup rings, himself, as a defenseman for the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers once upon a time, stated after the loss to the Hamburg Freezers. “In the second period, we made one, two errors in the defensive (zone) that probably cost us the game.”

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Hamburg Freezers’ good-sized left winger DAVID WOLF (89) watches the long wrist shot from devloping Germany national team prospect JEROME FLAAKE (90) elude Eisbaeren Berlin netminder ROB ZEPP (72) for the very first goal of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Hamburg.
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Only four players in all the Deutsche Eishockey Liga have scored more than the 17 goals that emerging Hamburg Freezers right wing JEROME FLAAKE (90), the 22-year-old who was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (# 130 overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft, has registered so far this 2012/13 season.
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The first half of the contest at the O2 World Arena Hamburg was largely an uneventful affair thanks to the two Germany national team veterans in between the posts at either end of the ice. Although it was Eisbaeren Berlin who outshot the Freezers 17-11 in the second period, it was the hosts who managed to seize control of the contest and build a 3-0 lead. Appropriately enough, it was the Hamburg Freezers’ leading scorer this season, JEROME FLAAKE, who started the ball rolling for the home side.

Flaake tops the Hanseatic club trained by BENOIT LAPORTE, the native Canadian who appeared as a left winger with France at both the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games, with 34 points in the D.E.L. this season and, including the European Trophy tournament, boasts 20 goals after 43 games in all competitions for Hamburg Freezers this term.

THOMAS OPPENHEIMER and experienced Canadian legionnaire BRANDON REID, the 31-year-old NHL veteran and one-time EG Duesseldorf center who joined the Hamburg Freezers this past summer from Swiss Nationalliga A side SC Rapperswil Jona, also got their names on the scoresheet for the Hamburg Freezers before the second intermission.

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Hamburg Freezers center THOMAS OPPENHEIMER (17), the 24-year-old who is in his third year with the Hanseatic club after transferring from the Frankfurt Lions in the summer of 2010, beats Eisbaeren Berlin shot-stopper ROB ZEPP (72) to net his first goal of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by 6,422 spectators at the O2 World Arena Hamburg.
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The slumbering offense of Eisbaeren Berlin finally awoke and scored four goals inside of an explosive seven and a half minute span early in the third period … the only problem for the hapless visitors was, by that time, the Hamburg Freezers had, themselves, already added two more goals, as well.

Hamburg Freezers captain CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT, the 30-year-old defender who has skated in 315 NHL games (25 go, 72 pts) and represented Germany at nine major international tournaments (42 ga, 5 go, 15 pts) in his career, notched a big goal with a booming slapshot to put the Freezers ahead 4-2 early in the third period and then assisted on the last two goals for the hosts. Oppenheimer added his second goal of the game for Hamburg while big winger DAVID WOLF tallied his 12th goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term to put things out of reach for Eisbaeren Berlin with less than six minutes remaining. Two of the Hamburg Freezers’ three goals in the penalty-filled final frame came while skating on the power play.

Four losses on the trot suggest Eisbaeren Berlin may need to do some serious soul-searching and, perhaps, sign a new player or two as the stretch run of the annual Deutsche Eishockey Liga season rapidly approaches …

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s American import BARRY TALLACKSON (22), the University of Minnesota product and former New Jersey Devils prospect who was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the D.E.L. playoff final series with Adler Mannheim last season, pumps his fist after cutting the lead of Hamburg Freezers to 5-3 during the third period of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Hamburg.
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Deutsche Eishockey Liga
O2 World Arena Hamburg
HAMBURG FREEZERS vs EISBAEREN BERLIN
attendance – 6,422

1st pd
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no scoring
penalties — Tallackson BER (tripping) 17:48

2nd pd
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27:47 … HAM – Flaake 17 (Wolf, Festerling)
35:45 … HAM – Oppenheimer 9 (Koeppchen, Nielsen)
39:45 … HAM – Reid 9 (Roy, Collins) ppg
penalties — Koeppchen HAM (hooking) 24:18, Collins HAM (tripping) 28:37, Talbot BER (boarding) 38:21

3rd pd
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42:09 … BER – Katic 4 (Rankel, T.J. Mulock) ppg
43:38 … BER – Olver 8 (Busch)
44:04 … HAM – Schubert 5 (Westcott, Collins)
47:20 … HAM – Oppenheimer 10 (Flaake, Schubert) ppg
48:02 … BER – Tallackson 8 (Olver, Busch)
49:27 … BER – Christensen 7 (L. Braun) shg
54:41 … HAM – Wolf 12 (Roy, Schubert) ppg
penalties — Nielsen HAM (tripping) 41:02, Olver BER (cross checking) 45:17, Baxmann BER (interference) 46:14, T.J. Mulock BER (high sticking) 48:55, Jakobsen HAM (interference) 51:20, Sharrow BER (tripping) 54:16, Tallackson BER (holding) 54:35, Wolf HAM (interference) 57:42

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Hamburg Freezers ….. 11 + 11 + 10 = 32
Eisbaeren Berlin ……… 8 + 17 + 12 = 35

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Hamburg Freezers netminder DIMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW, the 31-year-old native of Kazakhstan who has traveled with Germany to the annual IIHF World Championships on five occasions (6 ga, 300 min, 3.60 avg) in his career, concluded the triumphant Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest with visiting Eisbaeren Berlin at the O2 World Arena Hamburg sporting the second-best goals-against-average (2.23 avg, 24 ga) and third-best save percentage (92.0%) in the D.E.L. this season.

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Hamburg Have Berlin’s Hide – Again – In Latest Hunt For Anschutz Supremacy


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Hamburg Freezers’ star Canadian legionnaire JAMIE BENN (24), the National Hockey League refugee who scored 26 goals and totaled 63 points for the Dallas Stars last season and also appeared in all eight games (3 go, 5 pts) for his native country at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, is chased by Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American defenseman JIMMY SHARROW (3) during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Hamburg in northern German port city.
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After conceding a power play goal later in the first period, the hosts equalized late in the second session and then went ahead early into the final frame via a shorthanded strike as HAMBURG FREEZERS rallied to defeat two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN 3-1 as the German version of the Anschutz Entertainment Group War flared up yet again.

Including the two European Trophy contests earlier this season, Hamburg Freezers have now defeated their north German rival and the D.E.L. champion in six of the past eight seasons, Eisbaeren Berlin, in three of the four matches contested this 2012/13 term between the two clubs owned by the same financial enterprise headed by the American businessman PHILLIP ANSCHUTZ.

For the first time in quite a while, Eisbaeren Berlin included six natural defensemen in its line-up, although American trainer DON JACKSON’s side still only dressed 17 skaters for the meeting with the Hamburg Freezers. This because the capital city club’s Danish import MADS CHRISTENSEN was injured in the last outing against Koelner Haie. Youthful defenseman THOMAS SUPIS, who was only recently assigned to Eisbaeren’s de facto farm club, regained his place in the team while Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT returned to his natural forward position.

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Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman THOMAS SUPIS (6), playing his first match since returning from Oberliga Ost (third divison) club FASS Berlin, is pinned against the boards by Hamburg Freezers center THOMAS OPPENHEIMER (17) during the D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Hamburg.
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Although Hamburg Freezers would have plenty of shots on goal all game long, it was the visiting Eisbaeren Berlin who got on the scoreboard first. Germany national team right wing JEROME FLAAKE, the 22-year-old who was chosen in the fifth round choice (# 130 overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, had taken his second penalty of the opening period with less than two minutes to play. And just two seconds were left on the game clock when a patient Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC sent Eisbaeren Berlin ahead on the power play with his second goal of this D.E.L. season.

Katic, who leads currently leads all defensemen with nine points in this season’s European Trophy tournament, also recently represented Canada at the 2012 Deutschland Cup in Munich and scored a goal against the host nation, as well.

After launching seventeen shots in on Eisbaeren Berlin netminder ROB ZEPP in the first frame, the Hamburg Freezers unloaded another fifteen on target in the second period but the native Canadian, who had stopped all 35 shots he had faced on his previous outing in the D.E.L. against Koelner Haie, continued with his rich vein of form at the O2 World Arena Hamburg, as well.

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The hosts were finally able to level, however, with less than a minute and a half remaining until the second intermission, although. Flaake, who made two appearances for the national team of Germany at the recently-completed 2012 Deutschland Cup in Bavaria, more than atoned for his two penalties in the first period by firing home a big slapshot for the Hamburg Freezers from just beyond the right face-off circle. A team-leading 10th goal of this Deutsche Eishockey Liga season for the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, then.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40), the capital city club’s leading scorer last season who has missed almost all of this term due to a crippling hip injury, has a sharp disagreement with Hamburg Freezers’s veteran Canadian legionnaire DUVIE WESTCOTT (15), the 35-year-old, former St. Cloud State University defenseman who skated 201 NHL games (11 go, 51 pts) for the Columbus Blue Jackets and later suited up for Kontinental Hockey League clubs in both Latvia and Belarus before signing for the Hanseatic club from Swiss Nationalliga A club EHC Kloten this summer, during the D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Hamburg.
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This particular D.E.L. contest changed forever roughly four and a half minutes into the third period with veteran THOMAS DOLAK of Hamburg Freezers, the 33-year-old who was born in the since-split nation of Czechoslovakia and later appeared in all seven contests (0 go, 2 as) for Germany at the B Pool of the 2000 IIHF World Championships in Poland, sitting in the penalty box for tripping.

Youthful Freezers winger NIKLAS KRAEMMER, the 20-year-old who started last season in North America with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League but re-crossed the Atlantic Ocean to finish the campaign in the German second division with Landshut Cannibals, did well to steal the puck along the boards near the blue line. Following a rink-long rush down the right side of the ice, Kraemmer weighed his options well and then beat Zepp with an accurate wrist shot to score just his second goal in the D.E.L. this season. The shorthanded strike also provided the team trained by BENOIT LAPORTE, the Montreal native who later skated for the France national team at both the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games, with its first lead of of hard-fought match.

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A third goal by the Hamburg Freezers with a little less than two and half minutes to play at the O2 World Arena Hamburg provided the Canadian/French trainer Laporte’s club with a breathing room and put the icing on the cake for the Hanseatic club all at the same time, then.

A hustling play by the entire forward line is what kept the puck in the Eisbaeren Berlin zone. After settling along the boards behind the goal line, a precices pass from Flaake, who also tops Hamburg Freezers with 20 points in the German top flight this term, found D.E.L. veteran GARRETT FESTERLING all alone in the crease. Festerling’s sixth goal of this 2012/13 campaign in the German top flight settled this installment of the Anschutz Entertainment Group Wars once and for all.

Of course, it had also been Festerling, the 26-year-old native of British Columbia who began his professional career with third division club EV Fuessen, who had scored such an important insurance goal for host nation Germany in its last match of the 2012 Deutschland Cup, a 2-0 triumph over visiting Slovakia.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American right wing BARRY TALLACKSON (22), the former University of Minnesota product and one-time 2nd round NHL draft pick of the New Jersey Devils who finished second on the capital city club with 29 goals in all competitions last term, is stopped by Hamburg Freezers’ veteran national team goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHEW, the 31-year-old native of Kazakhstan who posted an important shutout for Germany in the triumph over Slovakia on the final day of the recently-completed Deutschland Cup tournament in Bavaria, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Hamburg.
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The Eisbaeren veteran Zepp was admirable and turned away 39 shots despite the loss. Equally as impressive at the other end of the ice at the O2 World Arena Hamburg, though, was Freezers goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW, the off-season acquisition from Russian club Atlant Mytishchi Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League who stopped 31 Eisbaeren Berlin attempts. Kotschnew, to review, also gave a good account of himself for Germany at the 2012 Deutschland Cup and turned in a shutout for the host nation against Slovakia on the final day of the tournament at the Olimpia-Eisstadion in Munich.

And so, Eisbaeren Berlin were doomed to defeat in this, a seventh match away from the German capital city in the team’s last eight games in all compeitions. Hamburg Freezers, meanwhile, pocketed an always-important three points for the Deutsche Eishockey Liga standings. These particular three points allowed the Hanseatic club to maintain its hold on third place — and widened its lead over Eisbaeren Berlin on the D.E.L. chart to four points in the process.

At least Eisbaeren Berlin can always take pride in its appearance at the upcoming RED BULL SALUTE tournament this December …

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Eisbaeren Berlin right wing LAURIN BRAUN (12) is effectively sandwiched between the Hamburg Freezers’ pair of Canadian legionnaires — defenseman MATHIEU ROY (36), the former part-time National Hockey League rearguard who was recruited this summer from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League and represented his native country at the 2012 Deutschland Cup recently held in Munich, in addition to D.E.L. veteran ROB COLLINS (19), the 34-year-old former Ferris State University forward who skated eight NHL games (1 go, 2 pts) for the New York Islanders before inking a contract with EG Duesseldorf in the summer of 2006 — during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by 8,927 spectators at the O2 World Arena Hamburg.

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Streaking Eisbaeren Have Hamburg In Shootout


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Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL (24), the 27-year-old right wing who has represented Germany at seven major international tournaments in his career including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the western Canadian city of Vancouver, skates in the face of Hamburg Freezers veteran defenseman PATRICK KOEPPCHEN (55), the 32-year-old native of Berlin and Eisbaeren youth product who appeared in all seven games for Germany at the 2002 IIHF World Championships, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Having tied the game on a goal with exactly one second remaining in regulation, the two-time defending champions proceeded to take the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest in a shootout with a decisive strike from the team captain as host EISBAEREN BERLIN rallied to defeat the visiting HAMBURG FREEZERS 4-3 as the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s German Tug Of War On Ice continues unabated.

Sweet revenge, then, for an Eisbaeren Berlin side that had lost a pair of European Tournament matches to the Hamburg Freezers just prior to the start of the regular D.E.L. season. A third consecutive triumph for the troops of American trainer DON JACKSON, the one-time University of Notre Dame defenseman who later hoisted two Stanley Cups skating with Wayne Gretzky and the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers in the mid-1980s, has lifted the capital city club into fourth place on the heels of a horrible start to the domestic campaign, as well. And all this amidst the news that Eisbaeren Berlin have added two star players from the Philadelphia Flyers for the duration of the National Hockey League Lockout.

Was fuer ein schoenes Sonntag!

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Eisbaeren Berlin center MADS CHRISTENSEN (60), the 25-year-old Denmark international who scored two goals for the capital city club in Friday night’s wild 6-5 win over Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg, takes a serious slash on the glove from Hamburg Freezers’ right wing JEROME FLAAKE (90), the recent Germany national team addition who was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (# 130 overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft, during the dramatic D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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In this battle of two clubs who are both owned by the very same Anschutz Entertainment Group that has interests in the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings as well as several other minor league clubs in the United States, it was the Hamburg Freezers who unveiled their own NHL refugee, JAMIE BENN of the Dallas Stars, from the labor dispute on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nevertheless, it was a relative journeyman who struck first for the hosts and rather quickly, as well. Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY, the 29-year-old NHL veteran who arrived this summer after spending all of last season with the Stockton Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League, did need eight matches to register his first career goal in the German top flight. But, after finally scoring in Friday’s wild affair with the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg, Foy required just 1:49 to get the host off the mark in Sunday’s match with the visiting Hamburg Freezers after Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK and youthful defenseman THOMAS SUPIS supplied the commendable approach work.

A defenisve error from Hamburg Freezers’ young forward THOMAS OPPENHEIMER in the slot did not hurt, either.

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Hamburg Freezers signed veteran Canadian legionnaire BRANDON REID (5), the 31-year-old native of Kirkland, Quebec, who appeared in a total of 13 NHL games (2 go, 6 pts) over parts of three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks once upon a time, from Swiss club SC Rapperswil-Jona this off-season summer; on his second tour of duty with the Hanseatic club, Reid has also put in three terms with D.E.L. outfit EG Duesseldorf.
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The visitors replied with less than five minutes to play until the first intermission. Canadian legionnaire COLIN MURPHY, the former Michigan Tech University left wing who spent four years in the American Hockey League before originally signing with the Augsburg Panthers in the summer of 2009, cruised right on in but was denied by Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team goaltender ROB ZEPP. Lurking Canadian legionnaire BRANDON REID was on hand at the side of the net, though, to pot the rebound from a very sharp angle and equalize for Hamburg Freezers with his second goal of this D.E.L. season.

Murphy was also directly involved in the go-ahead goal for the visitors after squaring the puck for the NHL-Neuzugang with just under eight minutes to play in the second period, as well. A tap-in at close range resulted in an easy first D.E.L. goal for Benn, who did not score on his debut for Hamburg Freezers in Friday night’s match with visiting Adler Mannheim. The experienced MIKE PETTINGER, a 31-year-old Canadian legionnaire who scored 20 goals for the Washington Capitals during the 2005/06 season, initiated the three-way passing play for Hamburg.

The hosts did not sit idle and leveled for themselves, if only temporarily, before the final intermission arrived. LAURIN BRAUN, the younger brother of Los Angeles Kings draft pick Constantin, collected the puck on his team’s side of the red line and sped off to score on the breakaway with roughly three minutes remaining. A third goal of this still-early D.E.L. season, then, for the developing 21-year-old winger.

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Hamburg Freezers goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW, the native of Kazakhstan who spent the past four seasons playing for three different Russian clubs in the Kontinental Hockey League, cannot stop youthful Eisbaeren Berlin right wing LAURIN BRAUN from leveling the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest late in the second period at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Hamburg, however, did reassert its authority just before the second period ended while on the power play. Pettinger worked the puck to the newly-arrived Benn, who walked right out in front only to have his shot partially deflected. The productive Murphy, who only played in 14 D.E.L. contests last season on account of injury, proved himself to be in the right place, though, and swept the puck home for visiting Hamburg with less than two minutes remaning.

It would take, literally, almost the entire third period but Eisbaeren Berlin were able to, once again, tie the match with Hamburg Freezers. Leading-scorer T.J. MULOCK won a monster face-off in the offensive zone and former Germany national team winger FLORIAN BUSCH continued the puck along to the point. With exactly one second left on the clock, Deutschland national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER knocked down a point shot from Eisbaeren captain ANDRE RANKEL which somehow eluded visiting goaltender DIMTRIJ KOTSCHNEW, the 31-year-old who made two appearances for Germany at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring.

It was a third goal in as many matches for the red-hot Hoerdler, who now leads two-time defending champion Eisbaeren Berlin with four goals from nine D.E.L. games this season.

An overtime session yielded nothing and so it was off to a shootout to settle this issue between Eisbaeren Berlin and Hamburg Freezers …

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Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP (72), the 31-year-old native of Newmarket, Ontario, who was selected by both the Atlanta Thrashers and the Carolina Hurricanes in the annual National Hockey League Draft, is about to smother the rolling puck and halt the penalty shot of the not-pictured Hamburg Freezers’ Canadian legionnaire Rob Collins during the shootout phase of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s experienced goaltender ROB ZEPP has struggled somewhat at the start of this 2012/13 D.E.L. campaign but did make 33 saves in the contest with the Hamburg Freezers on Sunday. Furthermore, although Hamburg’s influential NHL-Crack netted with his attempt, the veteran Zepp’s two saves in the shootout phase proved to be the difference for the capital city club. Busch and Rankel were successful with the only two penalty shots that Eisbaeren Berlin would actually need for two points in the league standings.

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Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL (24), the Germany Olympic winger who has totaled 14 points (5 go, 9 as) from 13 games in all competitions for the capital city club this term, fires past Hamburg Freezers goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW for what proves to be the game-winning goal of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by 14,200 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin in the capital city of Germany.
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Two-time defending D.E.L. champion EISBAEREN BERLIN, wearing special pink gloves for the occasion to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness, celebrate their triumph on Sunday over visiting Hamburg Freezers at the O2 World Arena Berlin in the capital city of Germany.

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NHL Star Ehrhoff Has Impact Upon Return To Ice In Krefeld


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Krefeld Pinguine defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, the pricey three-time Germany Olympic blueliner recently arrived from the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, endures a collision with visiting Hamburg Freezers’ Canadian legionnaire DRUVIE WESTCOTT (15), the 34-year-old veteran of 215 NHL games for the Columbus Blue Jackets who transferred to the Hanseatic club only just this summer from Swiss elite league outfit EHC Kloten, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the modest Koenigpalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Three unanswered goals allowed in the last two periods prevented the home team from celebrating victory, however, the return of NHL multi-millionaire and Germany national team star defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF can still be considered a bona fide success not only for the Krefeld Pinquine but the entire Deutsche Eishockey Liga, as well.

A respectable crowd reported at 6,007 spectators turned out at the KOENIGPALAST on Westparkstrasse in the North-Rhine Westphalian city of Krefeld to watch the hometown Pinguine skate against the visiting Hamburg Freezers. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman’s return match, which also coincided with the first home game of the season for the KREFELD PINQUINE, drew roughly fifteen hundred ticket-buying people more than have normally visited the Koenigpalast for a D.E.L. contest in the past couple of seasons. Increased attendance at the gate, this will mean every bit as much to the Krefeld Pinguine organization as will every goal or assist that Ehrhoff contributes to Canadian trainer RICK ADDUONO’s team on the ice.

Surpassing a total of 5,259 at the box office is a significant achhievement because that number represents the number of Sitzplaetze (fixed seats) — like many ice hockey arenas in Europe, the Koenigpalast in Krefeld has a considerable standing-room-only section along with individualized seating.

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CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, Krefeld Pinguine # 55
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Krefeld Pinguine, who have finished 12th out of 14 teams in two of the last three seasons in the D.E.L. including last season, received a bit of an emotional lift, perhaps, from the arrival of Ehrhoff and struck for an early goal from 30-year-old veteran assistant captain ROLAND VERWEY against the Hamburg Freezers just a minute and thirty-nine seconds into the 2012/13 season opener at the Koenigpalast.

The drumming and the singing by the passionate Pinguine supporters continued throughout the contest, but Krefeld would not be able to sustain control on the ice. The Hamburg Freezers, who are trained by Montreal native son BENOIT LAPORTE, would go on to outshoot their hosts by a wide 21-9 margin over the first two periods. Only the goaltending of SCOTT LANGKOW and wayward shooting from Hamburg kept Krefeld out in front.

But not forever, this, in large part, due the efforts of emerging Hamburg Freezers winger JEROME FLAAKE, the fifth round pick (# 130 overall) of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2008 NHL Draft.

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Germany national team goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW of Hamburg Freezers, the 31-year-old just returning to Deutschland, himself, after spending the past four seasons playing for Russian clubs in the Kontinental Hockey League, stretches to deny NHL-Crack CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF of Krefeld Pinquine, the 30-year-old recent addition from the Buffalo Sabres, at the side of the net during the noteworthy Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Koenig Palast in North Rhineland-Westphalia.
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Flaake took a classic drop pass — this long being a hallmark tactic of German ice hockey — on the left from rushing defenseman CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT, the national team rearguard who previously skated 315 games in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers, and patiently snapped a fierce shot over the glove of Langkow into the upper right corner of the net to tie the contest at 11:51 of the second period; a second goal of this new D.E.L. campaign already for the 22-year-old who broke out to score 16 goals in the German top flight last season after only netting four times for Hamburg Freezers the year before.

Just four minutes and one second later, Flaake was stopped at close range to the right of Langkow but the rebound fell very kindly to the left of the Krefeld Pinguine netminder in favor of Hamburg Freezers left wing DAVID WOLF, the 23-year-old who scored the first goal for the visitors earlier this week in Vienna as Germany defeated neighboring Austria 4-3 in an international friendly match marking the 100th Anniversary of der Oesterreichische Eishockeyverband (OEHV, the Austrian ice hockey federation).

Krefeld Pinquine launched a furious counterattack in the final frame but to no avail. The because Hamburg Freezers goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW, the off-season signing from Kontinental Hockey League club Atlant Mytishchi Moscow in Russia, turned aside all sixteen shots that came his way. Flaake then finished Krefeld Pinguine off after breaking away with a pass from Canadian legionnaire defenseman DUVIE WESTCOTT, the well-traveled veteran who has appeared with clubs in Belarus, Latvia, Switzerland and now Germany since leaving the NHL after the 2007/08 season, and unselfishly squaring the puck for Wolf in an empty net situation.

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Hamburg Freezers center MIKE PETTINGER (22), the 31-year-old Canadian legionnaire who scored 20 goals for the Washington Captials during the 2005/06 National Hockey League campaign and 28 goals for the Koelner Haie the past two seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, absorbs the punishing stick to the shins from Krefeld Pinguine new arrival CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (55), the three-time Germany Olympic defenseman who is currently locked out by the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, during the exciting D.E.L. contest at the Koenigpalast in the central western German city of Krefeld.

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Hamburg Hang On – But Berlin Stay Ahead In European Trophy Hunt


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Despite letting a three-goal lead slip away in the third period and failing to convert a penalty shot opportunity in the final minute of the overtime session, the resilient HAMBURG FREEZERS held off the late charging visitors of EISBAEREN BERLIN and ultimately prevailed 5-4 in the shootout of this European Trophy contest at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Hamburg Freezers do complete the weekend sweep of the current two-time defending champions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in the most recent installment of the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s version of the DEUTSCHLAND DERBY for EISHOCKEY but, depending upon the results of upcoming matches yet to be contested in the North Division of the European Trophy, may have cause to regret the third period defensive struggle and subsequent loss of the point to their German rivals at a later date and time.

Eisbaeren Berlin, having collected thirteen points from their first six European Trophy contests, do remain ahead of Hamburg Freezers, who have posted eleven points from their first half dozen tournament matches, in the compelling race for second place (and the final playoff spot) in the North Division.

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Hamburg Freezers experienced defenseman CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT (13) has appeared in 42 games (5 goals, 15 points) while representing Germany at nine major international tournaments, including both the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games, over the course of his career.
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The hosts did make a very bright start when former National Hockey League defenseman and current Hamburg Freezers captain CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT received a pass at the point and then proceeded to leisurely skated into the right faceoff circle to whip a laser-like wrist shot past Eisbaeren Berlin second-string goaltender SEBASTIAN ELWING with only 2:40 having expired off the clock.

Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC, the 23-year-old who crossed the Atlantic Ocean this summer after spending most of the past three seasons in the New York Islanders organization with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and now leads all defenseman in the European Trophy tournament with eight points (two goals), brought Eisbaeren Berlin level, if only temporarily, nearly a dozen minutes in.

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Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman MARK KATIC (71) and Hamburg Freezers veteran forward SERGE AUBIN (10), the 37-year-old former NHL veteran who arrived at the Hanseatic club from Swiss outfit HC Friboug-Gotteron in the summer of 2011, tangle in front of the net during the European Trophy contest witnessed by 6,031 spectators at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany … Aubin was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penquins in 1994 (7th rd, # 161 overall) and later skated in 374 NHL games (44 go, 108 pts) for the Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers; the native of Quebec also suited up in Switzerland with HC Servette Geneva and, while out on loan, EHC Biel-Bienne, before signing on with Hamburg Freezers.
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But the stalemate did not last long as the in-form Schubert, who appeared with the national team at the annual IIHF World Championships last spring for the first time since the 2008/09 campaign, struck again with a straightaway blast from between the circles at the top of the point only 43 seconds thereafter and, less than three minutes on down the line, veteran defenseman PATRICK KOEPPCHEN stole the puck in the neutral zone and strode forward to rifle a shorthanded slapshot past the hapless Elwing. A second goal in as many games for the former Germany national team rearguard this weekend, then, saw Hamburg take a commanding 3-1 first period lead. The deficit grew even larger when, almost four minutes into the second period, NHL draft pick JEROME FLAAKE grabbed a loose puck in the slot and fired a fourth goal to delight the Freezers faithful even further.

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Hamburg Freezers defenseman PATRICK KOEPPCHEN (55) signals his strike
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Hamburg Freezers right wing JEROME FLAAKE (# 90, center), the good-sized, 22-year-old who had a breakout season with 19 goals and 35 points in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga last season, was selected in the fifth round (# 130 overall) from Koelner Haie by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2008 National Hockey League Draft and represented Germany at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships on three occasions.
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Canadian import BRANDON REID (5) of Hamburg Freezers, the 31-year-old veteran who signed from Swiss side SC Rapperswil-Jona this summer and once skated a total of 10 NHL games in four seasons combined with the Vancouver Canucks organization, gets set to face-off against Eisbaeren Berlin’s Denmark international center MADS CHRISTENSEN (60) as Germany Olympic winger ANDRE RANKEL (24) eyes the action for the visitors during the European Trophy contest at the 02 World Arena in the old Hanseatic League city.
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Eisbaeren Berlin have won the Deutsche Eishockey Liga title four of the past five years and were not prepared to fold its tent in Hamburg so quickly, however. American trainer DON JACKSON’s troops hung in there and began to chip away in earnest when, while operating on the power play, Denmark international center MADS CHRISTENSEN tipped a shot from the point past Germany national team goaltender DIMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW with less than four minutes left until the second intermission. Whatever Jackson had to say in the dressing room before the final period must have been found to be rather motivational, as well, for, not so long after play resumed, Germany national team winger ANDRE RANKEL was off on the breakaway.

Rankel’s third goal in his last four European Trophy contests lifted Eisbaeren to within one and really began to rattle the nerves of the, apparently, fading Hamburg Freezers.

Berlin continued to battle back and were rewarded with less than eight minutes to play in regulation time as the productive Dane Christiansen circled out from behind the Hamburg net back towards his own blue line and then hopefully dumped the puck back in on net. The floating black disc took a favorable bounce off of Eisbaeren Berlin forward T.J. MULOCK, who would be credited with three assists in this European Trophy meeting, and fell very kindly in front for veteran defenseman JENS BAXMANN, the 27-year-old, former youth team product who quickly equalized for the visitors.

The hosts had one more fabulous chance to settle the affair when awarded a penalty shot in the very last minute of overtime. But Hamburg Freezers veteran Canadian legionnaire GARRETT FESTERLING, the 26-year-old who won the D.E.L. title with Hannover Scorpions in 2010 and scored a big goal against Eisbaeren Berlin on Friday night in the German capital city, could not convert. And so it was off to the shootout proper, then.

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With the very first shot of the shootout decider, imported Hamburg Freezers left wing MATT PETTINGER (22), the 31-year-old, Canadian off-season acquisition from Koelner Haie who skated 422 games and scored 65 goals for the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League previously, slips the puck between the legs of Eisbaeren Berlin second-string goaltender SEBASTIAN ELWING (25) for what will prove to be the only tally of this European Trophy match tie-breaker at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
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New Hamburg Freezers alternate captain MIKE PETTINGER (22), the native of Edmonton who was taken by the Washington Capitals in the second round (# 43 overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft, watches the puck bulge the net behind Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender SEBASTIAN ELWING (25) in the shootout …… a youthful Pettinger, who ultimately appeared twice with Canada at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships, concluded his freshman term at the University of Denver by celebrating an NCAA championship in 1999 but decided to leave school halfway through the next season and would join the Calgary Hitmen of the junior Western Hockey League …… Pettinger managed to record 20 goals for the Washington Capitals during the 2005/06 NHL campaign and also represented Canada at the 2006 IIHF World Championships hosted by Latvia that season, as well.
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Eisbaern Berlin right wing JAMIE ARNIEL (9), the newly-arrived Canadian import who appeared in exactly one NHL contest during the 2010/11 campaign for the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and spent all of last season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, is turned away by Hamburg Freezers goaltender DIMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW (30), the national team veteran just returning from Russia who was credited with 67 saves in the two games against the two-time defending Deutsche Eishockey Liga champion over the weekend, in the second round of the shootout which decided the European Trophy contest at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

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Hamburg Put Freeze On Surging Eisbaeren In Berlin


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Eisbaeren Berlin center T.J. MULOCK (15), the native of British Columbia in western Canada who represented Germany at both the 2009 IIHF World Championships as well as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, looks to play the puck rolling on edge behind experienced Hamburg Freezers defenseman CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT (13), the veteran of 315 National Hockey League games for the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers who has appeared with Deutschland at nine major international tournaments in his career, during the European Trophy contest at the O2 World Arena of Berlin.
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Deutsche Eishockey Liga rival HAMBURG FREEZERS halted the four-game EUROPEAN TROPHY tournament winning streak of two-time defending domestic champion EISBAEREN BERLIN on the strength of shutout goaltending by returning Germany national team netminder DIMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW before an audience of 6,900 in the capital city.

The unflappable Kotschnew turned aside 33 shots in all, including twenty-three through the first two periods alone, as the visitors finally broke through when veteran defenseman PATRICK KOEPPCHEN netted for Hamburg Freezers with five and half minutes to play before the second intermission.

A 31-year-old goaltender who was born in Kazakhstan but moved to Germany with his parents when he was still a young boy, the well-traveled Kotschnew has spent the last four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with Russian clubs Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Atlant Mytischy Moscow before signing with Hamburg Freezers earlier this summer.

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Hamburg Freezers captain CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT (13), the NHL veteran who spent the first half of the 2010/11 season skating for HC Vastra Frolunda Goteborg in the Swedish elite league before transferring to the Hanseatic club a few weeks before Christmas that year, effectively neutralizes Eisbaeren Berlin center T.J. MULOCK (15) during the European Trophy match at the O2 World Arena in the German capital city.
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A second Freezers goal from seasoned Canadian import GARRETT FESTERLING, who celebrated the German championship with Hannover Scorpions in 2010, on the power play roughly six and a half minutes into the final frame left Eisbaeren Berlin to chase a game it never would actually catch and former Germany U-20 international THOMAS OPPENHEIMER added a final score for visiting Hamburg with a late puck into an unguarded goal.

Hamburg Freezers, who are trained by one-time North American minor league journeyman turned two-time France Olympic team standout BENOIT LAPORTE, hauled themselves back into the hunt for one of the North Division’s two playoff spots in this year’s 2012 European Trophy tournament after consecutive losses to Czech Republic side HC Ceske Budejovice and Austrian outfit EC Red Bull Salzburg; Hamburg had won their first two contests opposite opposite Czech clubs HC Brno and HC Plzen to open this current European Trophy campaign.

Eisbaeren Berlin, under the stewardship of two-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman DON JACKSON, are looking to add to the European Trophy title claimed in 2010 but fell for the first time in five tournament matches this summer and remain trailing Swedish elite league club HF Lulea in the North Division table.

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Denmark international center MADS CHRISTENSEN (16) of Eisbaeren Berlin is hounded from behind by Hamburg Freezers’ freshly imported Canadian defenseman JAMES BETTAUER (16), the 21-year-old, rookie professional from British Columbia who played junior with the Chilliwack Bruins, Prince Albert Raiders and Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League, during the European Trophy match at the O2 World Arena in the German capital city.
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The rivalry between EISBAEREN BERLIN and HAMBURG FREEZERS, of course, represents the unique all-German frontline which, naturally, constitutes just one area of engagement in the on-going ANSCHUTZ ENTERTAINMENT GROUP hockey wars.

Both Deutsche Eishockey League clubs are, of course, operated independently by the far-reaching Anschutz Entertainment Group, who are identified as the entity that owns / has varying amounts of ownership interests in the greatest number of professional sports teams all throughout the world.

The Anschutz Entertainment Group are, perhaps, best known for its 50% share in the National Hockey League’s LOS ANGELES KINGS, this past 2011/12 season’s surprise underdogs who came out of nowhere to win the Stanley Cup for the very first time in franchise history.

This very same Anschutz Entertainment Group outright owns the New Hampshire-based Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, who just so happen to have been the AHL farm club of the NHL’s Kings since 2001, as well as the California-located Ontario Reign of the East Coast Hockey League, who now serve as one of two ECHL affiliates that park minor league players for the Los Angeles organization.

And A.E.G. also have interests in the Pennsylvania-stationed Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League, another ECHL team that entertains prospects for, among other NHL clubs, the Kings.

On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in addition to the group’s aforementioned interests in German hockey, A.E.G. owns a reported 12% stake in the Swedish elite league’s IF Djurgarden Stockholm club, as well.

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Hamburg Freezers’ newly-arrived goaltender DIMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW, who has appeared with Germany at the annual IIHF World Championships on five occasions and participated in six games at those tournaments in his career, smothers the puck in the crease while imported Canadian defenseman KEVIN SCHMIDT (32), the Bowling Green State University product who begins his third year of German hockey after starting out with second division Hannover Indians, helps out during the European Trophy contest opposite the Eisbaeren at the O2 World Arena in Berlin.
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Hamburg Freezers creative center THOMAS DOLAK (9), the 33-year-old, Czech Republic-born, Deutsche Eishockey Liga veteran who split his one and only season of Canadian junior with the Kingston Frontenacs and the North Bay Centennials in the Ontario Hockey League many moons ago, celebrates the second period go-ahead goal with teammate NICOLAS KRAEMMER (21) in the European Trophy contest with Eisbaeren Berlin at the O2 World Arena in the German capital city.
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32-year-old defenseman PATRICK KOEPPCHEN (55), who appeared in all seven games for Germany while representing the Munich Barons at the 2002 IIHF World Championships hosted by Sweden, receives congratulations at the Hamburg Freezers bench after scoring the all-important, go-ahead goal in the second period against Eisbaeren at the O2 World Arena in Berlin.
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Hamburg Freezers center GARRETT FESTERLING (14), the 26-year-old native of British Columbia who played his junior with the Portland Winterhawks and Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League before signing with third division EV Fuessen in the summer of 2007, signals his third period goal with former Germany U-20 international winger DAVID WOLF (89), a teammate of Festerling’s with the 2010 Deutsche Eishockey Liga champion Hannover Scorpions, in front of a largely non-reactionary crowd at the O2 World Arena in the German capital city.

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