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Eispiraten Crimmitschau Victorious In Finale For NHL-Cracks


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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS, the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing making his final appearance for the German second division club, celebrates a goal with countryman AUSTIN WYCISK (80), the 2.Bundesliga veteran wearing a different color helmet as the Saxon team’s leading scorer, during the match with Star Bulls Rosenheim watched by 1,972 spectators at the Staedtische Katherin-Stadion in southern Bavaria very near the Austrian border.
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Locked-out National Hockey League forward WAYNE SIMMONDS snapped a tie midway through the second period and fellow NHL exile CHRIS STEWART scored the next goal two minutes in the third period to spark EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU’s 5-1 defeat of host STAR BULL ROSENHEIM in the 2.Bundesliga encounter on Sunday.

The two Canadian legionnaires had announced the day before that they would not be signing new contracts with Eispiraten Crimmitschau just a day earlier and were skating with the west Saxon club for the very last time.

Defenseman DARCY CAMPBELL, the 28-year-old Canadian legionnaire who previously made one appearance in the NHL for the Columbus Blue Jackets after leaving the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in the spring of 2007, drew assists on the first three goals for visiting Eispiraten Crimmitschau.

Canadian legionnaire AUSTIN WYCISK, the 32-year-old veteran who has been playing professional hockey in Germany ever since leaving Lakehead University in the summer of 2005, opened the scoring for trainer FABIAN DAHLEM’s side five minutes into the second period and then sealed the 2.Bundesliga contest on an empty net goal with a little less than a minute and a half to play.

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Despite missing the first two games of the 2.Bundesliga season, NHL-Crack WAYNE SIMMONDS (71) took over the top position on the scoring chart for the Eispiraten Crimmitschau team with one goal and three assists against host Star Bulls Rosenheim on his farewell appearance in the second division for the eastern German club.
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EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU
2.Bundesliga – 2012/13 season
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4 goals … 14 points …… Wayne SIMMONDS
4 goals … 13 points …… Austin WYCISK
5 goals … 11 points …… Chris STEWART
3 goals ….. 9 points …… Cam KEITH
3 goals ….. 9 points …… Thomas PIELMEIER
5 goals ….. 8 points …… Martin HEINISCH
2 goals ….. 7 points …… Darcy CAMPBELL

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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire CHRIS STEWART (55)

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Sad Day For Crimmitschau : NHL-Cracks Do Not Re-Sign With Eispiraten


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A day after being beat on home ice by the intra-state, arch-rival Dresdner Eisloewen in an exciting Sachsenderby at the splendid little Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark, unlucky EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU were dealt yet another major setback with the announcement that its two National Hockey League players have decided not to extend their stay with the modest second division club from eastern Germany.

Both WAYNE SIMMONDS, the stranded Philadelphia Flyers right wing who was credited with two goals for Eispiraten in the disappointing 5-4 loss to the visitors from Dresden on Friday night, and CHRIS STEWART, the locked-out St. Louis Blues right wing who netted once for Crimmitschau in the great Sachsenderby match, decided not to sign new contracts with trainer FABIAN DAHLEM’s club. The two NHL-Cracks, of course, originally signed 30-day contracts with Eispiraten Crimmitschau when first arriving in Deutschland. It is said that the Canadian pair, who are friends from childhood and taking advantage of the NHL Lockout situation in order to skate on the same team together, would like to try their luck with a club in the Czech Republic’s elite league while continuing their sight-seeing of Europe at the same time.

Simmonds and Stewart, though, still had one last, important appearance left to make in the 2.Bundesliga for Eispiraten Crimmitschau on Sunday …

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Scenes From An Intra-State Saxon Rivalry


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The KUNSTEISSTADION IM SAHNPARK in the little eastern German town of CRIMMITSCHAU is illuminated by more than four thousand sparklers as it prepares for the arrival of their local EISPIRATEN heroes, who are preparing to face the visiting intra-state, arch-rival DRESDNER EISLOEWEN in what was billed by some as “dem wohl einmialigsten Sachensenderby aller Zeiten” — “probably the most unique Saxon Derby of all time”.
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There can be no question that the presence of the two NHL Cracks on the roster of EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU added a certain historical spice and greatly helped to generate some serious anticipation in the eastern part of Deutschland for the upcoming ALL-SAXONY rival game with the visiting DRESDNER EISLOEWEN at the standing-room-only KUNSTEISSTADION IM SAHNPARK on Friday night.

Not surprisingly, in light of the circumstances, that a season-high total 5,081 raucous Eishockey-Fans, including some ready and able to support the visiting side, turned out at the partially-open air ice rink on the edge of Crimmitschau to witness the genuine spectacle of the 2.Bundesliga’s battle for Saxon supremacy.

Of course, the attendance figure, in itself, represented a triumph for the modest second division club from the western part of the German state. The total for the Dresdner Eisloewen engagement was only just short of capacity (5,222) for the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark. Considering last season was the first time in four years that Eispiraten Crimmitschau had been able to attract an average of more than two thousand spectators per 2.Bundesliga contest, there can be no doubt that a gate of five thousand people is definitely something to celebrate.

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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s pair of NHL Cracks, the Canadian legionnaire CHRIS STEWART (55) along with trailing countryman and childhood chum WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), step out onto the ice for the historical Sachsenderby with visiting Dresdner Eisloewen that will actually prove to be their final appearance at the wonderful Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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Supporters of EISBAEREN CRIMMITSCHAU wave energetically wave flags and ‘welcome’ traditional intra-state, arch-rival DRESDNER LOEWEN for the 2.Bundesliga’s big Battle of Saxony at the noisy KUNSTEISSTADION IM SAHNPARK on exciting SACHSENDERBY-NACHT in eastern Germany.
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As is the case with an ice hockey rivalry ANYWHERE in the world that is actually worth its salt, the German match officials need to keep a sharp lookout for trouble as well as occasionally step in between to maintain proper order during the vigorously-contested Sachenderby in the 2.Bundesliga between visiting Dresdner Eisloewen and intra-state host Eispiraten Crimmitschau at the boisterous but essentially standing-room-only Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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As is the case with pretty much all of this blog’s numerous reports with respect to EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU in the fall of this 2012/13 ice hockey campaign, the photos for this display were most gratefully pirated from the club’s official fan website —— http://www.etconline.de
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Super Sachsenderby! – Eisloewen Besiegen Gastgeber Eispiraten


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Dresdner Loewen’s aging rearguard JAN BENDA (17), the 40-year-old native of Belgium who had represented Germany at 12 major international tournaments (75 ga, 12 go, 30 pts) including three Winter Olympic Games and skated in nine National Hockey League contests (0 go, 3 pts) for the Washington Capitals as a center earlier in his career, looks down at the puck behind the net at Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire CAM KEITH (22), one of three former University of Alaska-Fairbanks players on the current roster of the west Saxon club, gives chase during the 2.Bundesliga Sachensenderby at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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A spectacular, if not surprising, contest saw the visitors stage a dramatic third period rally by scoring three goals in the final ten minutes as upstart DRESDNER EISLOEWEN edged intra-state, arch-rival EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU 5-4 in the 2.Bundesliga’s much-anticipated, back-and-forth battle for Saxon supremacy.

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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s veteran Canadian legionnaire AUSTIN WYCISK (80), the western Saxon club’s leading scorer this season heading into the intra-state clash with arch-rival Dresdner Eisloewen, just absolutely cannot believe the referee’s final decision to wave off the first ‘goal’ scored on account of a crease violation in the opening period of the Sachensenderby at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau had entered the big Sachenderby match with traditional arch-adversary Dresdner Eisloewen placed third in the 2.Bundesliga standings and had won all five of its contests at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark to start this 2012/13 season. Their intra-state opponents, on the other hand, had only played four games all season on account of on-going repairs to its home rink. Aside from match fitness, the visitors also did not have the luxury of two locked-out National Hockey League players in its line-up.

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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing who had scored one goal in his first seven games in the German second division but tallied twice on his final appearance at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark, controls the puck one-handed along the boards as eager Dresdner Eisloewen defenseman THOMAS ZIOLKOWSKI, the 23-year-old native of Cologne who spent all of last season with third division EV Duisburg, prepares to deliver a crunching check during the 2.Bundesliga’s Sachsenderby.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire CHRIS STEWART (55), the exiled St. Louis Blues right wing who scored three goals in his first seven 2.Bundesliga games with the west Saxon club, looks to skate past the Dresdner Loewen’s back-checking veteran Canadian legionnaire HUGO BOISVERT (12), the 36-year-old, one-time Ohio State University center who has been earning his paycheck in Germany since signing for second division EV Duisburg in the summer of 2004, during the exciting Sachsenderby at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Czech Republic import MARTIN HEINISCH (23), the 27-year-old forward in his first season of German hockey, scores his fifth goal of this 2.Bundesliga campaign to give the home side the lead nearly halfway through the exciting Sachsenderby with intra-state, arch-rival Dresdner Loewen at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau, who had already been bolstered by strikes from its NHL-Stars WAYNE SIMMONDS and CHRIS STEWART earlier in the second period, appeared as if it might very well be on its way to a sixth consecutive triumph at home after Czech Republic import MARTIN HEINISCH netted his club-leading goal of this 2.Bundesliga season to give the hosts a 3-2 lead nearing the midway point of the match.

But Dresdner Loewen discussed things during the second intermission and emerged for the final period of play with much different ideas.

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Dresdner Eisloewen’s imported American goaltender KELLEN BRIGGS (34), the former University of Minnesota shot-stopper who made six appearances (2.85 avg, .903 svpct) for the Portland Pirates during the 2008/09 American Hockey League campaign but spent most of his two and a half-year North American professional career in the lower East Coast Hockey League with the Idaho Steelheads and the Ontario Reign, puts a halt to the scoring effort of Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing who scored 28 goals in the National Hockey League last season, during the exciting Sachsenderby at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau were less than ten minutes from collecting another vital three points in the 2.Bundesliga table but could not close the deal in the see-saw Sachsenderby.

Berlin native JARI PIETSCH scored on a rebound to level the match at the 11:38 mark of the final frame and then a surging Dresdner Eisloewen seized the lead a little less than four minutes. Imported defenseman DAVID HAJEK, the 32-year-old native of the Czech Republic who was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the eighth round (# 239 overall) of the 2000 National Hockey League Draft back in the day, launched a big slapshot from well outside the Eispiraten blue line. Somehow, the puck eluded Crimmitschau goalitender SEBASTIAN ALBRECHT, who, earlier in the period had denied Dresdner Loewen’s aging Canadian legionnaire HUGO BOISVERT on a penalty shot.

CARSTEN GOSDECK, the 33-year-old veteran who had assisted on three of the Dresden goals earlier in the contest, clinched the comeback triumph for the visitors by scoring into the empty net with a minute to play. A four-point night, then, for Gosdeck, who totaled all of four points (0 go, 4 as) in 50 games for Krefeld Pinguine on his last tour of duty in the German top flight during the 2004/05 Deutsche Eishockey Liga campaign. The NHL-Crack Simmonds a goal back for Eispiraten Crimmitschau on a rebound with exactly one second left on the clock, but it was, of course, mere academics.

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Dresdner Eisloewen’s Man of the Match CARSTEN GOSDECK (97), imported American goaltender KELLEN BRIGGS and Canadian legionnaire JUSTIN KURTZ (55), the well-traveled, 35-year-old defenseman who previously skated 27 games (3 go, 8 pts) for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2001/02 National Hockey League season, all celebrate the visitors’ triumph in the exciting Sachsenderby at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.

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Eispiraten Crimmitschau Remain Perfect At Kunsteisstadion Im Sahnpark, Seize Third Place In 2.Bundesliga


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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s veteran Swedish defenseman ESBJORN HOFVERBERG (28), the aging, 42-year-old native of Seoul, South Korea, who is on his second tour of duty with the West Saxon club after transferring from third division ERV Chemnitz 07 towards the end of last season, skates away from ESV Kaufbeuren’s rookie Canadian legionnaire LOUKE OAKLEY (19), the 23-year-old, first-year professional who completed his college career at Clarkson University then had a spell with the Wheeling Nailers in the East Coast Hockey League last spring, during the 2.Bundesliga contest at the cozy, standing-room-only Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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A tie-breaking strike nearing the halfway point of the third period and an empty net goal late lifted surging EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU to a 3-1 triumph over visiting ESV KAUFBEUREN and enabled the modest club from western Saxony to assume sole possession of third place in the 2.Bundesliga standings.

The success on Sunday marked a fifth consecutive win on home ice to start this 2012/13 campaign for high-flying Eispiraten Crimmitschau, who celebrated a third consecutive victory in the German second division, as well.

Eispiraten Crimmitschau, who have 16 points after nine contests, trail only the Landshut Cannibals (19) and the Schwenninger Wild Wings (17 pts) on the 2.Bundesliga chart this term.

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Eispiraten Crimmitschau right wing THOMAS PIELMEIER (51), the 25-year-old who appeared with Germany at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships and has already spent time with several different Deutsche Eishockey League clubs, receives well-earned congratulations from left wing PHILIP GUNKEL (26) and goal-scorer DANIEL BUCHELI following the opening strike of the 2.Bundesliga contest with ESV Kaufbeuren at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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An energetic crowd of 2,475 specatators showed up at the little Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark to see the local Eispiraten Crimmitschau club take on visiting ESV Kaufbeuren, the southern Bavarian side who entered third from bottom in the 2.Bundesliga standings.

All would have to wait until more than half the contest had been played before somebody finally put their name on the scoresheet. Center DANIEL BUCHELI, the 23-year-old whose current contract with Eispiraten Crimmitschau expires out at the end of November, scored his second goal in as many matches with a little less than six minutes remaining until the second intermission. But ESV Kaufbeuren was able to respond with just 20 seconds left in the period on a deflected shot by defenseman CHRISTOF ASSNER, the 24-year-old who has spent his entire career with the Bavarian club aside from two appearances in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the Augsburg Panthers.

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ESV Kaufbeuren’s 20-year-old CHRISTIAN FROEHLICH (61) raises his stick to signal the game-tying goal scored by the not-pictured defenseman Christof Assner at the very end of the second period as Eispiraten Crimmitschau goaltender SEBASTIAN ALBRECHT is left to reflect upon recent events during the 2.Bundesliga contest at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing who scored 28 goals and totaled 49 points in the National Hockey League last season, has registered eight points (one goal) in seven 2.Bundesliga games since signing for the surging Saxony club at the end of September.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire CHRIS STEWART (55), the exiled St. Louis Blues right wing who scored 15 goals and totaled 30 points in the National Hockey League last season, has registered eight points (three goals, including the game-winner in the shootout against Schwenninger Wild Wings on Friday night) in seven games since signing for the third-place Saxony club at the end of the September.
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ESV Kaufbeuren’s Czech defenseman MILOS VAVRUSA (10), the 34-year-old veteran who spent the past five years skating with third division side EC Peiting, can do nothing as visiting goaltender STEFAN VAJS (32), the 24-year-old who made seven appearances for current Deutsche Eishockey Liga leaders Koelner Haie during the 2009/10 campaign, looks back at the puck that has crossed the goal line nearing the halfway point of the third period in the 2.Bundesliga contest at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark; assisting on what proves to be the game-winning strike are Canadian legionnaires WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), the NHL-Crack settling nicely in eastern Germany, and CAM KEITH (22), the 31-year-old, former University of Alaska-Fairbanks journeyman who led Eispiraten Crimmitschau with 47 points (14 goals) last season.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau seized the lead for good at the 9:59 mark of the third period when veteran Canadian legionnaire AUSTIN WYCISK, the 32-year-old who originally signed with German second division outfit Fischtown Pinguins in the summer of 2005 after leaving Lakehead University, scored his second goal of this 2009/10 season.

As was the case in Friday night’s victory over Schwenninger Wild Wings, the decision by trainer FABIAN DAHLEM to focus on defensive tactics in practice sessions, once again, paid off as Eispiraten Crimmitschau were able to stifle the ESV Kaufbeuren attack for the remainder of the hard-fought contest.

Eispiraten Crimmitschau left wing PHILIP GUNKEL, the 24-year-old who returned to Saxony after spending the last two seasons with 2.Bundesliga clubs Hannover Indians and Fischtown Pinguins, respectively, and assisted on the opening goal in the match with ESV Kaufbeuren, was able to break away at center ice and slide the puck into the empty net with more than a minute and a half to go. Canadian legionnaire DARCY CAMPBELL, the 27-year-old defenseman who skated exactly one game in the National Hockey League for the Columbus Blue Jackets after leaving the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in the spring of 2007, drew an assist on the play — a first helper ever in Germany. The well-traveled Campbell, who also has two goals in six games for Eispiraten Crimmitschau this term, signed in the summer after spending most of last season in the East Coast Hockey League with the Chicago Express.

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Canadian legionnaire AUSTIN WYCISK (80), the seasoned import who leads Eispiraten Crimmitschau with 10 points (two goals) in nine games this season and wears the helmet colored-differently from the rest of his teammates as a result of that accomplishment, is all smiles at the end of the line after scoring the game-winning goal midway through the final period of the 2.Bundesliga contest with visiting ESV Kaufbeuren at the standing-room-only Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark in the eastern German state of Saxony.

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Stewart Nets Shootout Winner, Eispiraten Score First Away Victory


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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), the NHL-Crack currently locked out by the Philadelphia Flyers, looks for a puck that is controlled by Schwenninger Wild Wings’ Canadian legionnaire STEFAN MAYER (5), the native of Alberta who once skated 20 NHL games (0 go, 2 pts) for the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames before leaving the American Hockey League’s Abbortsford Heat in the middle of last season to sign with Swedish Elitserien side BK Farjestad Karlstad, following a faceoff during the 2.Bundesliga contest at the Helios Arena in Villingen-Schwenningen.
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A week’s worth of training focused specifically on defensive tactics clearly paid off, then, as visiting EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU rallied in the third period and triumphed over host SCHWEINNINGER WILD WINGS 2-1 in a shootout to earn their first points of the season away from home in the German second division.

The two points earned also allowed trainer FABIAN DAHLEM’s team to move up and assume fourth place in the 2.Bundesliga standings.

Schwenninger Wild Wings went to the lead only eleven minutes into the contest when ALEXANDER DUECK, the 32-year-old veteran defenseman who signed in the summer from Deutsche Eishockey Liga outfit Krefeld Pinguine, snapped a wrist shot from the faceoff circle to score his first goal of this 2.Bundesliga season; American import DAN HACKER, the 27-year-old former University of Nebraska-Omaha product who leads Schwenninger Wild Wings with 10 points (five goals) after seven games this term, set Dueck up with a smooth pass in the offensive zone.

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Canada national team veteran CHRIS STEWART, the 25-year-old right wing who totaled 15 goals and 30 points in 79 NHL games for the St. Louis Blues last season, has registered two goals and seven points in five games since signing for German second division club Eispiraten Crimmitschau.
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Dahlem would have to wait until after delivering a second team talk in between period, but Eispiraten Crimmitschau finally equalized three minutes into the final session.

THOMAS PIELMEIER, the 25-year-old right wing who represented Germany at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships and has appeared in the Deutsche Eischokey Liga for a number of different clubs, controlled a puck along the left wing boards and whipped a smart centering pass out in front for DANIEL BUCHELI. The 23-year-old off-season signing from third division side EHF Passau Black Hawks successfully met with the nice feed to score his first-ever goal after seven games in the 2.Bundesliga. Bucheli, it should be noted, currently has a contract that expires on November 30th.

And so it was off to a shootout where Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Czech winger MARTIN HEINISCH, the summer signing from HC Litivinov who leads the Saxon club with four goals in the 2.Bundesliga this term, and Schwenninger Wild Wings left wing PETER BOON, the 27-year-old second divison veteran who once bagged five goals in as many games for Germany at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championships, each scored to open the tie-breaking compeition.

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Schwenninger Wild Wings forward MARC WITTFOTH (83) is whistled for a roughing penalty along with unseen Eispiraten Crimmitschau left wing ANDRE SCHIETZOLD in the first period of the very defensive 2.Bundesliga contest watched by 2,895 Zuschauer at the Helios Arena in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS, the exiled right winger who scored 28 goals in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers last season, was forced wide by Schwenninger Wild Wings goaltender LUKAS LANG, the 26-year-old Czech native who spent all of last term as the number two for D.E.L. club Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, and never did get his shot anywhere near target; this failure was negated when visiting goaltender SEBASTIAN ALBRECHT snuffed out the shot of Wild Wings veteran center MATTHIAS FORSTER.

CHRIS STEWART, the other NHL-Crack currently skating with Eispiraten Crimmitschau, was able to negotiate Lang and give the visitors the advantage with a final shot from the home side pending; after Albrecht halted Hacker, the fourth-year Auslaender of the Schwenninger Wild Wings who once had a season with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Stars before signing to play with Finnish elite league club Saipa Lappeenranta in the summer of 2007, the visitors could formally celebrate their first road victory of the season.

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Stewart Scores First German Goals, Eispiraten Still Perfect At Kunsteisstadion Im Sahnpark


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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire CAM KEITH (22), one of three former University of Alaska-Fairbanks skaters on the current roster of the German second division club, shields the puck from his Ravensburg Tower Stars defender during the 2.Bundesliga contest at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark in the western region of Saxony.
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After falling behind by a pair in the first part of the second period, the home side pulled itself level before the last intermission and secured full points in the final frame as resilient EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU toppled the visiting RAVENSBURG TOWER STARS 5-3 to remain unbeaten at home in the 2.Bundesliga this season.

As has been the case before this season, the hosts surrendered an early goal to the visitors at the standing-room-only Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark. Canadian legionnaire DARCY CAMPBELL, the attack-minded, former University of Alaska-Fairbanks defenseman who made exactly one appearance in the National Hockey League for the Columbus Blue Jackets after coming out of college in the spring of 2007, was able to equalize with his second goal this new campaign with three and half minutes to play in the first period. But the Ravensburg Tower Stars would regain control shortly after play resumed in the second period.

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Ravensburg Tower Stars goaltender CHRISTIAN ROHDE (33) has no idea where the puck is as he watches Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s lurking Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing at the side of the net; the biscuit is actually between the skates of Canadian legionnaire AUSTIN WYCISK (80), who is wearing a distinctive helmet colored differently than his teammates because he is the current leading scorer for Eispiraten Crimmitschau this season.
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LARS GROEZINGER, the 19-year-old Germany youth international, finally got things going for Eispiraten Crimmitschau with his second goal this term at the 17:46 mark of the middle period. Exiled Canadian legionnaire CHRIS STEWART, the Lockout refugee who has scored 82 goals in 271 NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues so far in his career, bagged his very first goal on German soil ever exactly one minute and two seconds later. Thus, Eispiraten could adjourn to the cabin for the final intermission and trainer FABIAN DAHLEM’s team talk in positive spirits.

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High-profile import CHRIS STEWART, the NHL-Crack and Canada national team player who had failed to find the back of the net in his first four German second division contests, came through with two clutch goals, including the game-tying strike and the empty-net insurance, in the 2.Bundesliga match with visiting Ravensburg Tower Stars at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark … (above) with the net left unguarded, Stewart corrals the puck as Ravensburg Tower Stars forward TOMMI HANNUS (40), the 32-year-old Finnish import who was selected in the seventh round (# 190 overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, chases in vain.
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Suitably inspired by the 2,174 supporters that showed up to cheer the local side, Eispiraten Crimmitschau delivered the goods with a strong effort in the final period.

Canadian legionnaire CAM KEITH, the well-traveled, 31-year-old who led Eispiraten with 47 points (14 goals) in 48 games last season after transferring from the Arizona Sundogs of the lowly Central Hockey League, snatched the game-winner with 7:15 remaining on the clock. Stewart sewed things up for Dahlem’s troops with an empty-netter 23 seconds from full time. Canadian legionnaires WAYNE SIMMONDS, the NHL-Profi who has fled the Philadelphia Flyers, and AUSTIN WYCISK, the 32-year-old German second division veteran who leads Eispiraten Crimmitschau with nine points (eight assists) this term, had helpers on both third period goals at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.

The sheer class of the NHL players showed at the end, the official Fan Page of Eispiraten Crimmitschau noted — in the empty net situation, the crafty Simmonds was simply able to lob the puck into space for Stewart anticipating on the same wavelength.

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EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU maintained its perfect record in the 2.Bundesliga this 2012/13 season at the friendly confines of the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark. Trainer FABIAN DAHLEM’s club have now won all four of its matches contested at home so far, the first victory coming before the arrival of the two NHL-Cracks in Saxony. The triumph over Ravensburg Tower Stars means that Eispiraten Crimmitschau currently stand sixth in the 13-team German second division with eleven points from seven games.
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As always, the photos presented in this match report are gratefully pirated from the official FAN PAGE of EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU — www.etconline.de/

Herzlichen Glueckwuensche! Noch wieder zum Sieg. Es sieht wie aus, Simmonds und Stewart hat Tor-Form dieses Wochenende gefunden …

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Simmonds Scores First German Goal, Eispiraten Still Winless Away


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Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s Canadian legionnaire winger CHRIS STEWART (55), the exiled St. Louis Blues forward who has scored 82 goals in 271 National Hockey League contests thus far in his career, is confronted by the Fischtown Pinguins’ 36-year-old Russian defenseman ANDREI TELYUKIN (4) during the 2.Bundesliga match at the Eisarena Bremerhaven in northern Germany.
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Following an eight-hour bus ride to the North Sea coast, a creaky defense conceded seven goals in Bremerhaven as a, perhaps, tired EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU club dropped a 7-4 decision to the FISCHTOWN PINGUINS in an early-season battle of mid-table 2.Bundesliga teams.

BJOERN BOMBIS, the 30-year-old veteran of four different Deutsche Eishockey Liga clubs who is now skating with his fifth second division outfit in as many seasons, tormented the traveling Eispiraten by scoring four goals and assisting on yet another.

Newly-signed Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS, skating in his fourth German second division contest since being locked out by the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, notched his very first goal for Eispiraten Crimmitschau on the power play in the first period to half an early deficit. All for naught, as events played themselves out, though. CHRIS STEWART, the other NHL refugee now residing in Crimmitschau, had two assists for the visitors in the tussle with Fischtown Pinguins.

Two of the three former University of Alaska-Fairbanks products featuring for Eispiraten Crimmitschau this season, Canadian legionnaires AARON LEE and CAM KEITH, also scored goals in Bremerhaven as did fellow Canuck AUSTIN WYCISK, the 31-year-old native of Windsor, Ontario, who currently leads the western Saxon club with seven points from six games in this 2012/13 season.

Trainer FABIAN DAHLEM’s side maintained its “perfect” record in the 2.Bundesliga to date having won all three of its matches at home but also having lost a trio of contests on the road.

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Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS (71) of Eispiraten Crimmitschau, the 24-year-old “Lockout” refugee who recorded a career-high 28 goals for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League last season and, altogether, has scored 67 goals in 322 games during his time in the NHL, notched his very first goal in the German second division at the fourth attempt, then.

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Eispiraten Crimmitschau – These Are The Times To Remember


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Underneath a banner that reads “THE NHL TO GUEST IN CRIMMITSCHAU”, EISPIRATEN foward ANDRE SCHIETZOLD (13) and backup goaltender MARTIN FOUS (52) lead the second division German club out of the tunnel and onto the ice at the KUNSTEISSTADION IM SAHNPARK to face-off against visiting SC Riessersee in a mid-week 2.Bundesliga match.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau trainer FABIAN DAHLEM has understood from Day One that the this magic carpet ride of having not just one, but two multi-million dollar professional hockey players on the roster of his modest second division German club is an indefinite deal that can end on a moment’s notice and will, of course, terminate at some point.

All the more reason for everyone involved with the club to be thankful for the present and what has been billed as the “Transfer of the Century”, then, as Neuzugaenge WAYNE SIMMONDS and CHRIS STEWART from the Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues, respectively, settle in western Saxony and help the local team rack up important victories on the ice in the 2.Bundesliga.

Neither Simmonds nor Stewart have been able to break through with a first goal for Eispiraten Crimmitschau as of yet, but the Dahlem’s side have won two out of three games since the two NHL-Cracks have arrived in Germany and that, of course, is the statistic that certainly carries the most weight in any league.

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“EIN BILD FUER DIE EWIGKEIT” – “A PHOTO FOR THE AGES” … An updated EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU team picture taken in front of the open air section of the standing-room-only Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark includes the two new, early-season arrivals from the National Hockey League, WAYNE SIMMONDS (71) and CHRIS STEWART (55), sitting next to the bookend goaltenders on either side of the front row.
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What is sure to be a most memorable part of the once-in-a-lifetime experience in the German second division for both Simmonds and Stewart will coincide with Friday’s scheduled activities.

The Eispiraten Crimmitschau team bus will depart early that morning for the long, eight-hour drive to the North Sea coast. Once there, the travelers from western Saxony will face-off against the Fischtown Pinguine in a 2.Bundesliga contest that begins at eight o’clock in the evening, local time. It should be remembered that the two NHL-Cracks, collectively, have very little first-hand knowledge about riding the buses in the North American minor leagues.

Stewart, a first round selection (# 18 overall) at the 2006 National Hockey League Draft, did spend about a year and a quarter skating for the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League prior to being promoted by the Colorado Avalanche during the 2008/09 NHL campaign.

But Simmonds, a former second round pick (# 61 overall) at the 2007 National Hockey League Draft, successfully made the leap from the junior ranks right to the Los Angeles Kings and, thus, has never played professionally in any other league outside the NHL for even one single game — until the (latest) labor dispute resulting in the “Lockout” came along, that is.

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The man holding a beer and looking straight at the camera seems to be suggesting he has a great place to watch the 2.Bundesliga game right next to a pretty German girl in her Eispiraten Crimmitschau hockey sweater available along the railing at the standing-room-only Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark all saved just for YOU …
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The photos for the above report are gratefully pirated from the official FANPAGE of the EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU — www.etconline.de/

Fuer eueren ausgezeichneten Fotos, vielen Dank! Es macht Spass, eueren Bilder zu zeigen und auch was passiert ein bischen erklaeren. Immer Interessant und Spass, das Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark zu besuchen.

Auf geht’s Eispiraten Crimmitschau!

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Three Points For Wayne Simmonds, Eispiraten Crimmitschau


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Eispiraten Crimmitschau right wing WAYNE SIMMONDS (71), the exiled Profi who scored 28 goals for the Philadelphia Flyers in the vaunted National Hockey League last season, is confronted by SC Riessersee’s imported American defenseman MICHAEL DEVIN (25) during the German second division contest in western Saxony.
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Four unanswered goals in the first thirty-three minutes of the match was more than would be required as reinforced EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU saw off visiting SC RIESSERSEE 4-1 and remained unbeaten at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark to start this early 2.Bundesliga season.

Shaking off a decisive 6-2 loss on the road against the Landshut Cannibals just two days earlier, the home side grabbed the lead almost eleven minutes into the game with the team from Garmish-Partenkirchen when Canadian legionnaire DARCY CAMPBELL, the former University of Alaska-Fairbanks defenseman who skated exactly one National Hockey League contest for the Columbus Blue Jackets several years ago, notched his first career goal in Germany.

It is interesting to note that the journeyman Campbell, who was suspended for the first three games of this 2.Bundesliga season as a result of an infraction during a pre-season Testspiel, counted his first strike in the German second division, then, before either of Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s celebrated NHL Lockout refugees, WAYNE SIMMONDS and CHRIS STEWART.

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Canadian legionnaire defenseman DARCY CAMPBELL (6), the 27-year-old native of Airdrie, Alberta, who has already appeared abroad with TPS Turku in Finland and HC Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic, skated two games apiece for both the Oklahoma City Barons and Springfield Falcons in the American Hockey League last season but spent most of the 2011/12 term with the Chicago Express in the East Coast Hockey League before signing to play in Germany this summer.
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Eispiraten Crimmitschau established a stranglehold on the match against SC Riessersee by striking for three goals in a little over eight minutes at the start of the second period as defenseman FLORIAN MUELLER, who appeared with Germany at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships, Canadian legionnaire CAM KEITH and well-traveled rearguard PATRICK VOGL all put their names on the scoresheet.

The 31-year-old winger Keith, another University of Alaska-Fairbanks product who has skated in three different North American minor professional leagues (AHL, ECHL, CHL) as well as in Italy, also added an assist for Eispiraten.

Simmonds, who had a career-year in the NHL last season following a blockbuster trade between the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers the previous summer but is still looking for his first goal in the 2.Bundesliga, assisted on three of Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s four markers in the contest with visiting SC Riessersee.

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“SOUTH BROAD STREET-STYLE” … Eispiraten Crimmitschau’s newly-arrived Canadian legionnaire WAYNE SIMMONDS collides with SC Riessersee’s unfortunate American defenseman MICHAEL DEVIN (25), the undrafted Cornell University graduate who spent his rookie professional campaign with the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL last season, during the 2.Bundesliga contest at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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Canadian legionnaire and NHL refugee CHRIS STEWART (55) of Eispiraten Crimmitschau has dropped his glove and a clenched fist ready to strike as an altercation with visiting SC Riessersee’s rough-housing Canadian legionnaire ANDREW LORD, the Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute output who later racked up 397 penalty minutes in just 165 contests for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL, develops during the last minute of the 2.Bundesliga contest at the Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.
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“MAPLE LEAF MAYHEM” … Both Lord, the 27-year-old who hails from Vancouver in Britsh Columbia, and Stewart, the native of Toronto, Ontario, who had a career-high 109 penalty minutes in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues last season, were assessed double-minors for roughing in the last minute of the 2.Bundesliga match between Eispiraten Crimmitschau and visiting SC Riessersee at the standing-room-only Kunsteisstadion im Sahnpark.

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