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Krefeld Power Play Kills Berlin


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

KREFELD PINGUINE 4 – EISBAEREN BERLIN 3

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

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

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

power plays : KP 3/9 – EB 1/5

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

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

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Holland Have No Chance


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Holland defenseman BJORN WILLEMSE (25), the 29-year-old Tilburg Trappers rearguard who has represented the Netherlands in the lower divisions of the annual IIHF World Championships on ten occasions (49 ga, 3 go, 14 pts) in his career, seeks to skate the puck away from the forecheck of Germany right wing MICHAEL WOLF (16), the 32-year-old veteran whose 20 goals for Iserlohn Roosters are the most by any homegrown player in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term, during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D qualification match at the EgeTrans Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen.
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Having scored 23 goals in 22 games as a right wing for the Tilburg Trappers in the Dutch elite league to close out the 1993/94 campaign, new Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky can probably confirm that the national team of HOLLAND have absolutely no chance to qualify for the ice hockey tournament at the XXII Winter Olympic Games next year in Sochi, Russia.

The NETHERLANDS, of course, made its debut at the Group D qualifying tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen by being outshot 57-10 in the match against host Germany and will also be skating later this week with Austria as well as Italy.

A quick review of the statistics reported by the official website of the Deutscher Eishockey Bund help put the Dutch situation into proper perspective. Whereas the Germans claim 28,932 senior registered ice hockey players and the Austrians list 20,489 adult skaters of their own, modest Holland have a very small pool of just 3,448 senior players. Furthermore, there are 256 indoor ice hockey rinks in the whole of Germany and another 117 sites in neighboring Austria but there are only a scant 26 places to play hockey in all the Netherlands.

Perhaps most important of all, there is no Dick Decloe to call upon this time around, either. Players such as Holland team captain MARCEL KARS, the aging 35-year-old native of Toronto who once skated for the University of Guelph in the Canadian college ranks many moons ago, will have to suffice. Kars, to review, scored six goals in 21 games for SC Deggendorfer during the 2007/08 German Oberliga (third division) season.

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Canadian-born DICK DECLOE scored 12 goals in his first 14 NCAA games as a sophomore for Boston University before being declared ineligible by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association in the middle of the 1972/73 campaign. After winning the coveted Memorial Cup with the Toronto Marlboros to close out his amateur career later that spring, the lanky winger crossed the Atlantic Ocean and signed with Hijs Hokij Den Haag of the Dutch elite league. A year later, Decloe moved across the border into West Germany and became the Bundesliga’s top goal-scorer (der Torschuetzenkoenig) four consecutive seasons in a row with Krefeld EV from 1975 thru 1978 … the prolific DICK DECLOE notched three goals and five points in five games for the Netherlands at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games held at Lake Placid in the United States. After a brief stint with Koelner EC and a transfer to EG Duesseldorf, the dynamic 27-year-old finished as the 1980/81 season as the top point scorer in the West German elite league. Decloe also skated four seasons in Switzerland for SC Bern.

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Krefeld Pinguine Take Eisbaeren Berlin, First Place In D.E.L. After Shootout


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Krefeld Pinguine winger BORIS BLANK (24), the 34-year-old native of Kazakhstan who has represented Germany at the annual IIHF World Championships (15 ga, 4 go, 0 as) on three occasions in his career, positions himself in front of Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP (72) during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by the the almost sold-out crowd of 8,029 spectators at the KoenigPalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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The completely surprising KREFELD PINGUINE defeated two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN after a shootout 4-3 and, in the process, claimed the top spot at the head of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga standings in what was the very last contest of the year 2012 for both teams.

As has been the story all season long for the German capital city club, American trainer DON JACKSON’s team were experiencing manpower issues for the D.E.L. match with Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia. Eisbaeren Berlin’s new leading scorer, the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing DANNY BRIERE, did not appear against the Pinguine on Sunday after suffering a hand injury on “Red Block Day”. Eisbaeren left wing FLORIAN BUSCH was also a casualty of Friday’s triumph over visiting ERC Ingolstadt at the O2 World Arena Berlin and joined both Briere and Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY as forwards on the injury list, as well.

Once again this season, Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT was deployed on defense by Jackson — which meant that Eisbaeren Berlin were competing against the Krefeld Pinguine with only eight forwards. Seven other players including DOMINIK BIELKE, the 22-year-old who was the seventh round selection (# 207 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2009 National Hockey League Draft but has made just 11 appearances (0 go, 1 as) for Eisbaeren in the D.E.L. this season, were stationed on the blue line. Just fifteen skaters in all on Sunday at the KoenigPalast for the visitors, then.

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The contest between Eisbaeren Berlin and Krefeld Pinguine ended up being one of a very defensive, tightly-checked nature with both teams generating just a combined total of 40 shots on goal (21-19 in favor of Krefeld) over the entire 65 minutes played at the KoenigPalast.

Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK, the elder brother of Eisbaeren Berlin’s leading scorer in all competitons this season, netted his fifth goal in the D.E.L. this season after taking a well-executed, cross-ice pass from Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN; indicative of Eisbaeren’s shortage of skaters is the fact that the older of the two Mulock brothers, the classic “checking line” sort for the capital city club, does not often appear with the power play unit.

American import BARRY TALLACKSON, the University of Minnesota product who finished second on Eisbaeren Berlin last season with both 29 goals and 61 points in all competitons, aggrivated the trainer Jackson’s manpower woes when the 29-year-old winger was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and the standard game misconduct at the 15:05 mark of the opening session.

Krefeld Pinguine capitalized on Tallackson’s indiscretion and cheerfully scored when BORIS BLANK, the aging former Eisbaeren Berlin winger who closed out the calendar year of 2012 in sixth place on the D.E.L. scoring chart with 36 points, found veteran import RICHARD PAVLIKOVSKY, the 37-year-old defenseman who appeared with Slovakia at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Salt Lake City, in the prime slot region with just 2:01 remaining to be played in the first period.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40), the former Northern Michigan University center who led the German capital city club with both 30 goals and 67 points in all competitions last season, celebrates after beating Krefeld Pinguine’s veteran Canadian legionnaire goaltender SCOTT LANGKOW (37) with a shorthanded shot during the D.E.L. contest at the KoenigPalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Krefeld Pinguine defenseman MITJA ROBAR, the 29-year-old rearguard who has represented Slovenia at the elite level of the annual IIHF World Championships on four occasions (23 ga, 1 go, 3 pts) in his career, had no luck with his deflected shot that hit the Eisbaeren Berlin crossbar.

The hosts had yet another opportunity with the man advantage when Talbot went off for tripping late in the middle frame. Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL, who ended up assisting on all three goals scored against Krefeld Pinguine in the final contest of the calendar year 2012, fed Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER in his own half of center ice and the defending champion’s leading scorer last season did the rest with a shorthanded rush. An unstoppable shot from the right face-off circle provided Olver with a sixth goal on just his 14th appearance in the D.E.L. this term and gave Eisbaeren Berlin a 2-1 lead with just 1:06 to go until the second intermission.

Perhaps energized by the partisan crowd of 8,029 spectators on hand at the KoenigPalast, the home side rallied once again in the third period.

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Eisbaeren Berlin center T.J. MULOCK, still the leading scorer for the German capital city club with 46 points (13 goals) in all competitions this term, and Krefeld Pinguine’s NHL-Star CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, the locked out Buffalo Sabres defenseman who has recorded 27 points (eight goals) in 31 D.E.L. games for the North Rhine-Westphalian club this season, jockey for position in front of the net guarded by Canadian legionnaire goaltender SCOTT LANGKOW (37), the 37-year-old veteran who appeared in 20 National Hockey League contests for the original Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes and Atlanta Thrashers in his career.
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Krefeld Pinguine tied the contest at 2-2 when Canadian legionnaire ADAM COURCHAINE, the 28-year-old forward who actually began this season with Austrian club EC Graz but skated only three games (0 go, 0 as) in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga before abruptly leaving, whacked a puck in the slot home almost eight minutes into the third period. The in-form Courchaine, who totaled 13 goals and 28 points in 52 D.E.L. games for EG Duesseldorf last season, has now recorded 18 points (seven goals) in just 15 D.E.L. contests this term since signing for Krefeld in late October. And the surging home side, who finished the 2011/12 Deutsche Eishockey Liga campaign in 12th place, were not through.

The hustling MARTIN SCHYMAINSKI, the 26-year-old right wing who transferred from EHC Red Bull Munich in the summer, stabbed a loose puck in the crease over the goal line with less than seven minutes remaining to really give the Krefeld Pinguine supporters something to sincerely shout about.

It was the two-time reigning champion who were now forced to play some comeback hockey in North Rhine-Westphalia. Which the club from the German capital city did successfully when T.J. MULOCK, the younger of the two Mulock brothers who appeared with Germany at both the 2009 IIHF World Championships and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, re-directed the point shot from veteran defenseman JENS BAXMANN to register his 12th goal in the D.E.L. this season. So it was off to overtime, which settled nothing, and then the shootout.

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Krefeld Pinguine’s match-winning winger BORIS BLANK
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The first shooter for Krefeld Pinguine was none other than former Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman STEVE HANUSCH. This despite the fact that the 22-year-old blueliner, who had totaled all of one goal and two points after 32 games in the D.E.L. this season going into Sunday’s contest with his old club, did not take one single shift in either regulation or overtime on Sunday at the KoenigPalast. Hanusch would be unsuccessful with his attempt in the shootout.

The same could be be said, though, for the first three shooters on both teams but not so for Germany’s three-time Olympic defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, the NHL lockout refugee from the Buffalo Sabres who has done much to help Krefeld Pinguine’s remarkable rise to the top of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga table this term.

Now in the sudden-death round by round phase of the shootout competition, Talbot scored for Eisbaeren Berlin to cancel out Ehrhoff’s tally. But Blank netted with a backhand shot — taken whilst skating backwards, it should be noted — that befuddled Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP did not stop. And when Tyson Mulock could not equalize, Krefeld Pinguine had the extra point … and first place in the D.E.L. standings!

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Overtime Triumph For Krefeld Pinguine In German Capital City


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2010 Germany Olympic forward T.J. MULOCK (15) leads the entire Eisbaeren Berlin squad having registered nine goals and 34 points after 25 games in both the European Trophy tournament as well as the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the capital city club this season.
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The home side fell behind by a pair goals within the game’s first five and half minutes, worked very hard to take an early third period lead and then let it all slip away as visiting KREFELD PINGUINE rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory over host EISBAEREN BERLIN in Deutsche Eishockey Liga action.

After playing its last five consecutive matches on the road, the two-time defending D.E.L. champion were hoping to get a lift on home ice at the O2 World Arena Berlin from the return of last season’s leading scorer, veteran Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER; the Northern Michigan Univeristy product and former New York Rangers 2nd round draft pick had been sidelined all season so far with a hip aliment.

Krefeld Pinguine, meanwhile, have been steadily moving in the D.E.L. standings under Canadian trainer RICK ADDUONO, the one-time Boston Bruins center who later scored 20 goals for the Birmingham Bulls in the last-ever season of the World Hockey Association during the 1978/79 campaign, after somewhat less-than-overwhelming start to this 2012/13 season in the Geman top flight.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire CLAUDE GIROUX, the locked-out Philadelphia Flyers center who had totaled four goals and 19 points in his first eight Deutsche Eishockey Liga contests prior to the match with Krefeld Pinguine, prepares to face-off against fellow Canadian legionnaire MARK VOAKES (19), the 28-year-old who spent all of last season skating in the American Hockey League for the Rochester Americans, at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin reserve goaltener SEBASTIAN ELWING, the 32-year-old, former youth team product signed from EHC Red Bull Munich this past summer who had done well on his three previous outings in the D.E.L. for the capital city club this season, made a something of a less-than-spectacular beginning by conceding two quick goals to Krefeld Pinguine in less than five and a half minutes.

Left wing ANDREAS DRIENDL got the visitors off to a positive start at the 4:22 mark of the first period and then Krefeld Pinguine captain HERIBERTS VASILJEVS struck again for the North Rhine-Westphalian guests just 59 seconds later to shock both Eisbaeren Berlin and the 14,100 spectators in attendance at the O2 World Arena near the Ostbahnhof; the goal was a seventh of this D.E.L. season for the veteran Latvian international Vasiljevs, second best on Krefeld Pinguine this season.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American defenseman JIMMY SHARROW (3) can do nothing but stare as Krefeld Pinguine’s veteran captain HERIBERTS VASILJEVS (23), the 36-year-old, former National Hockey League veteran who once wore the sweater for the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers as well as the Vancouver Canucks and also represented Latvia at twelve major international tournaments (65 ga, 11 go, 29 pts), celebrates his first period goal at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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The hosts would soon take over almost complete control of the opening twenty minutes and while outshooting their guests in the process by the margin of almost three-to-one (18-7, actually). Eisbaeren Berlin drew within one on the power play after Germany Olympic veteran T.J. MULOCK converted after approach work from team captain ANDRE RANKEL and Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER. For all the dominance, however, American trainer DON JACKSON’s charges would not find an equalizer before the first intermission.

Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE, however, was unlucky to clank the iron and be denied his fifth goal of this D.E.L. season.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE (84), the locked out Philadelphia Flyers right wing who has registered four goals and 18 points in his first eight contests in the German top flight, is stopped by Krefeld Pinguine’s aging Canadian legionnaire netminder SCOTT LANGKOW, the 37-year-old, D.E.L. veteran who was once taken in the second round (# 30 overall) by the old Winnipeg Jets at the 1992 National Hockey League Draft and later made 20 NHL appearances for the Jets, Phoenix Coyotes and Atlanta Thrashers, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof.
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The second period was far more closely-contested but Eisbaeren Berlin were eventually able to level the score a little over eight minutes in. Versatile JULIAN TALBOT, who has been spending a great deal of time of defense for the capital city club nowadays, notched his sixth goal of the D.E.L. season after help from Rankel and experienced Germany national team defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN. Neither side would score again and so the final intermission at the O2 World Arena Berlin arrived with the two teams deadlocked at two goals apiece.

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Eisbaeren Berlin forward T.J. MULOCK (15) receives congratultions from Canadian legionnaire defensman MARK KATIC (71) and team captain ANDRE RANKEL (right), among, others after scoring his first goal of the D.E.L. contest against the Krefeld Pinguine on the power play almost nine minutes into the first period at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s versatile Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48) scored a vital second goal for the visitors in Sweden during the European Trophy contest with HF Lulea; the important victory over the Swedish Elitserien side allowed Eisbaeren Berlin to advance to the Red Bull Salute final tournament to be held in December.
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Eisbaeren Berlin absorbed a major loss to their attacking power in the second period against Krefeld Pinguine when star Canadian legionnaire CLAUDE GRIOUX was received a blow to the head and would not return for the remainder of the contest.

The capital city club finally did claim its first lead of the D.E.L. contest with Krefeld Pinguine when Mulock netted his second goal of the game, and eighth in the German top flight this term, almost three minutes into the final frame. American defenseman JIMMY SHARROW and youthful winger LAURIN BRAUN drew assists on the strike for Eisbaeren Berlin. After this point, the match would evolve into a defensive struggle that saw each side generate only seven shots on target until the final horn arrived.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire CLAUDE GIROUX (28), the Philadelphia Flyers center who finished third in all the 30-team National Hockey League with 93 points last season and Krefeld Pinguine veteran defenseman DUSAN MILO (11), the 39-year-old rearguard who has represented Slovakia at four major international tournaments (27 ga, 6 go, 14 pts) including the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Salt Lake City, meet right along the boards during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Krefeld Pinguine, who had certainly been skating on an even-footing after being so badly out-gunned in the first period, fought back to tie the game with less than six minutes remaining. One-time Eisbaeren Berlin winger BORIS BLANK, the 34-year-old native of Kazakhstan who represented Germany at three IIHF World Championships (15 ga, 3 go, 3 pts) from 2002 thru 2004, also found the back of the net for Krefeld Pinqine for the seventh time this term. With neither side able to surge forth for a game-winner, then, it was off to overtime at the O2 World Arena Berlin.

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Krefeld Pinquine winger BORIS BLANK (24), the experienced veteran who skated 96 D.E.L. regular season and playoff games (10 go, 29 pts) over two seasons for Eisbaeren Berlin before transferring to Koelner Haie in the summer of 2003, proudly signals his third-period equalizer against his former employers during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin had slightly the better of the seven shots sent in on the two netminders in the overtime session. Indeed, the two-time defending champions outshot the guests for the evening by the considerable margin of 40-28 on the balance of the contest. But there were still 16 seconds left when Krefeld Pinguine’s second-year Canadian legionnaire FRANCOIS METHOT, the D.E.L. veteran who signed in summer of 2011 after five years with Adler Mannheim, produced a decider in favor of Adduono’s visiting side.

Disppointed Eisbaeren Berlin were forced to settle to the single point.

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Krefeld Pinguine’s veteran Canadian legionnaire FRANCOIS METHOT was drafted in the third round (# 54 overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1996 National Hockey League Draft but after six seasons in the American Hockey League (387 ga, 85 go, 214 pts) with the Rochester Americans as well as the Portland Pirates and still no promotions to the NHL, the native of Montreal signed with Augsburg Panthers in the summer of 2004 and is now skating his ninth season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
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The leading goal-scorer for Krefeld Pinguine heading into the difficult match with two-time defending champion Eisbaeren Berlin was, of course, Germany national team star CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF; the locked-out NHL-Star with massive contract from the Buffalo Sabres who had found the back of the net for Krefeld Pinguine a remarkable eight times in only sixteen top flight contests since the 30-year-old first began lacing up his skates in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga earlier this fall.

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Germany three-time Olympic defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF of Krefeld Pinguine (55), the Buffalo Sabres defenseman with the $ 40.0 million dollar contract but currently locked out by the National Hockey League owners as a result of the labor strife in North America, logged an assist on the visitor’s game-winning-goal in overtime at the O2 World Arena Berlin and later remarked that it is always good to win in the national capital city.

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Ehrhoff Trifft, Aber Eisbaeren Siegen


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Youthful Eisbaeren Berlin right wing SVEN ZIEGLER (52), who scored two goals for Germany at the IIHF U-18 World Junior Championships last season, and Krefeld Pinguine captain HERBERTS VASILJEVS (23), the 36-year-old National Hockey League veteran who has represented Latvia at 12 major international tournaments (65 ga, 11 go, 18 as, 29 pts) including two Winter Olympics, track the puck during the mid-week Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Koenigpalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Three unanswered strikes in the opening session provided the two-time defending champion with a good start but a goal midway through the third period was needed to kill off a spirited rally as visiting EISBAEREN BERLIN held off KREFELD PINGUINE 4-2 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER got the visitors on the board first with a power play goal just after the thirteen-minute mark and Eisbaeren Berlin doubled its advantage just 32 seconds later when youngster DANIEL WEISS, the 22-year-old left wing who represented Germany at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships on three occasions, notched his first goal of this D.E.L. campaign. Yet another strike from Germany Olympic center T.J. MULOCK, the 27-year-old veteran who had set up the second Eisbaeren goal, increased the visitor’s margin even further with less than two minutes to play until the first intermission. Mulock has seven points in the D.E.L. this season, tied for best on Eisbaeren Berlin, and leads the two-time defending German champions with 18 points (three goals) from 14 matches in all competitions this term.

Young defenseman MAXIMILIAN FABER, the 19-year-old appearing in just his third career D.E.L. contest, earned his very first point in the German top flight with an assist on Mulock’s second goal in the D.E.L. this term.

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Krefeld Pinguine’s veteran goaltender SCOTT LANGKOW, the 37-year-old Canadian legionnaire who was selected by the original Winnipeg Jets in the second round (# 31 overall) of the 1993 National Hockey League Draft almost two decades ago, is powerless as Germany’s 2010 Olympic forward T.J. MULOCK (15) sends Eisbaeren Berlin in front 3-0 during the first period of the mid-week D.E.L. contest at the Koenigpalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Perhaps inspired by a talk from veteran Canadian trainer RICK ADDUONO, the one-time fourth round pick (# 60 overall) of the Boston Bruins at the 1975 NHL Draft who later scored 20 goals for the long-gone Birmingham Bulls during the very last season (1978/79) of the old World Hockey Association, the Krefeld Pinguine hauled themselves back into contention when play resumed.

Germany national team forward DANIEL PIETTA, the 25-year-old left wing who appeared in four contests for Germany at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, nabbed his third goal in the domestic elite league this term roughly five and a half minutes into the second period.

And then three-time Germany Olympic defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, the $ 40.0 million dollar National Hockey League refugee of the Buffalo Sabres who assisted on Pietta’s strike, delighted the supporters and scored his second D.E.L. goal this season in as many games with exactly one second remaining in the second session.

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All three points that locked-out NHL defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (55) has posted for in five Deutsche Eishockey Liga contests so far for KREFELD PINGUINE have come in the North Rhine-Westphalian club’s last two home matches at the Koenigpalast on Westparkstrasse.
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Eisbaeren Berlin, who put forth a tremendous effort in the final period despite the loss to Hannover Scorpions the last time out, effectively killed whatever rally the Krefeld Pinguine may have had in mind by absolutely dominating in the shot-on-goal department (13-3) over the final twenty minutes at the Koenigpalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Former Germany national team winger FLORIAN BUSCH, the 27-year-old who leads Eisbaeren Berlin with three goals and is tied for tops with seven points in the D.E.L. this term, stuck a fork in the home side with his goal at the 9:15 mark of the third period; both seasoned American import BARRY TALLACKSON and newly-arrived Canadian legionnaire JAMIE ARNIEL earned their second assist of the night with the lamp-lighter from Busch.

All three points for veteran American trainer DON JACKSON’s team visiting from the German capital city, a historically-successful side who have been desperately seeking to maintain some kind of consistent form in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga at the start of this 2012/13 campaign.

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Krefeld Pinguine captain HERBERT VASILJEVS (23), the 36-year-old, two-time Latvia Olympic left wing who once skated 51 games (8 go, 15 pts) in the NHL for the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers and Vancouver Canucks, has a great chance but will not beat Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team goaltender ROB ZEPP (72) during the mid-week Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest witnessed by 4,069 enthusiastic Zuschauer at the Koenigpalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Ehrhoff Has First Goal, Continued Impact At Gate For Krefeld Pinguine


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Three-time Germany Olympic defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, the National Hockey League refugee with the $ 40.0 million dollar contract who is currently locked out by the Buffalo Sabres, scored his first Deutsche Eishockey Liga goal in almost a decade and sparked the homestanding KREFELD PINGUINE to a hard-fought Derbyspiel 2-1 victory over visiting EG DUESSELDORF.

Ehrhoff, of course, had not bulged the back of a German net in domestic competition since scoring 13 goals in 62 games for Krefeld Pinguine during the D.E.L. title-winning campaign of 2002/03.

The Germany national team standout’s goal came barely one minute and twenty-four seconds into the contest with traditional regional rival EG Duesseldorf. The 30-year-old defenseman was appearing in his fourth D.E.L. match this term for Krefeld Pinguine since returning from North America. Ehrhoff’s first strike of this D.E.L. season also marked his first point, as well.

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There can be absolutely no question that locked-out Buffalo Sabres defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, who just so happens to be the very best contemporary player for the German national team, has already had a most welcomed impact at the box office for the Krefeld Pinguine.

A pretty solid crowd of 6,572 spectators turned up at the Koenigpalast on Westparkstrasse in Krefeld to witness Ehrhoff and the Pinguine skate in the regional rivalry match opposite EG Duesseldorf. This figure indicates an even better showing than the six thousand and seven Zuschauer that had come to witness the Olympic defenseman just arriving from Buffalo skate in his D.E.L. season debut contest against the Hamburg Freezers. Of course, the North Rhine-Westphalian club would love to be able to attract a minimum audience of six thousand fans per game for an entire season.

Average attendance at the Koenigpalast in Krefeld, which has the ability to accomodate 8,109 people, the past five D.E.L. seasons has been as follows :

2011/12 … 4,486 avg … 26 games
2010/11 … 4,901 avg … 30 games
2009/10 … 3,439 avg … 28 games
2008/09 … 4,835 avg … 29 games
2007/08 … 3,673 avg … 28 games

(Note – attendance averages reflect figures for both regular season and playoff contests, if applicable)

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There is nothing EG Duesseldorf’s Swedish winger CARL RIDDERWALL (22), the University of Notre Dame product who spent all of last season with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League, can do as the Krefeld Pinguine’s attacking national team defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (55) lifts his stick to celebrate while the Deutsche Eishockey Liga match referee (far right) gives the proper signal for a goal during the German top flight contest at the Koenigpalast in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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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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Ehrhoff Under Contract In Krefeld


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It’s a great day for Eishockey not only in Krefeld but all the rest of Deutschland, as well. National team star CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, the talented Buffalo Sabres defenseman with the $ 40.0 million dollar contract, will be lacing his skates in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga henceforth as the National Hockey League labor dispute on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean advances into the “Lockout” phase. Back to the beginning for the priciest German ice hockey player who ever lived, then.

Although just 17 years old at the time, Ehrhoff graduated from third division EV Duisburg to the Krefeld Pinguine and the German top flight at the tail end of the 1999/2000 season. The Germany U-20 international quickly established himself as a regular with Krefeld the very next term and was tabbed in the fourth round of the 2001 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. Still just 19 years of age, the offensive-minded Ehrhoff represented the Pinguine well by making his senior international debut for Germany at no less of an occasion than the 2002 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Salt Lake City in the United States.

In his fourth season with the Krefeld Pinquine, the talented Ehrhoff netted a career-high 13 goals in 62 games as the North Rhine-Westphalian club who were originally founded in 1936 captured the German national championship for only the second time ever. That summer, the young defenseman promptly flew off to the United States and inked his first NHL deal with San Jose. And now, after nine years in the high-profile National Hockey League as well as one appearance in the playoff finals for the right to hoist the coveted Stanley Cup, the local boy done good is going home to Deutschland.

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF (10), wearing the captain’s “C” on his sweater to mark the historic occasion, gets tangled up in front of the net with Adler Mannheim’s imported American defenseman JAMIE SIFERS (26), University of Vermont product who skated 37 NHL games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild before signing on to play in Germany, during the intercontinental exhibition contest last year at the SAP Arena.
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One noticeable thing that has changed about the Krefeld Pinguine since Ehrhoff first departed almost a decade ago is the team’s home ice rink. The old Rhinelandhalle, a smaller, mostly standing-room-only arena which had served the club since the very beginning, was retired and a more modern facility was constructed. The would-be three-time Germany Olympic defenseman was putting in time with the Cleveland Barons in the American Hockey League when the KOENIGPALAST (Royal Palace) with the capacity for 8,109 spectators originally opened back in December of 2004.

The arrival of the Buffalo Sabres blueliner should provide a box office bonanza for Krefeld Pinguine, who averaged only 4,486 spectators per Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest last season. This figure, which ranked 69th among all professional ice hockey clubs in Europe, marks a slight decrease in average attendance from the previous year by exactly fourteen people. Surely, the Koenigpalast can expect a few more visitors than normal for a D.E.L. match — perhaps more than a few who are not even regular supporters of the Krefeld Pinguine but are willing to buy tickets in order to see a world-class player such as Ehrhoff.

The Krefeld Pinguine, who finished 12th out of 14 teams in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the second time in three years, should also benefit from having the crack National Hockey League rearguard on the ice, as well. Neither of the two imported defensemen that the North Rhine-Westphalian club signed this summer, the American JOSH MEYERS, the seventh round pick (# 206 overall) from the University of Minnesota-Duluth by the Los Angeles Kings at the 2005 NHL Draft who skated last season with HC Bolzano in Italy, nor the undrafted MARK VOAKES, a Canadian college product out of Wilfrid Laurier University who was with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League a year ago, have any NHL experience at all. The 30-year-old Ehrhoff, who does have 566 NHL games under his belt, can be expected to improve a less-than-airtight Krefeld defensive corps that conceded 153 goals last season, the third most in entire German elite league.

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Germany defenseman CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, at that time under contract to the hometown Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, on the puck at the arena temporarily known as Hockey Canada Place (the old General Motors Place now known as Rogers Arena) in the ice hockey match opposite Sweden during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the western Canadian city of Vancouver.

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