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Bacashihua’s Nightmare Near The Ostbahnhof


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Straubing Tigers goaltender JASON BACASHIHUA, the former first round selection (# 26 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2001 National Hockey League Draft who has appeared at the annual IIHF World Championships on two occasions for the United States, had played every minute of all 29 D.E.L. games for the Bavarians this season prior Sunday’s match in the German top flight with unfriendly host Eisbaeren Berlin at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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It was the National Hockey League veteran JASON BACASHIHUA who had been the big star on his very own debut in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the last time the 30-year-old, imported American goaltender had visited the O2 World Arena Berlin in the capital city of Germany, then.

On that occasion in the middle of this past September, it had been the native of Garden City, Michigan, who spent most of last season on the roster of the Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hockey League, that made all the difference in the world. For it was Bacashihua who turned aside 42 shots as the visiting Straubing Tigers upset two-time defending D.E.L. champion Eisbaeren Berlin 3-1 on their home ice to inaugurate the 2012/13 domestic campaign in Germany. Not a bad way, from the Bavarian perspective, to begin the brand new season at all.

This past Sunday, however, would prove to be a much different story when the veteran of 38 NHL games for the St. Louis Blues engaged Eisbaeren at the own rink again just a few days prior to Christmas of 2012.

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Straubing Tigers’ imported American goaltender JASON BACASHIHUA, he of the distinctive facemask, stretches out his left leg to deny Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY (83), the oft-injured NHL veteran who, like Bacashihua, first signed to skate in Germany only this past summer, during the 2012/13 Deutsche Eishockey Liga season-opener for both clubs at the O2 World Arena Berlin this past September.
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Bacashihua made twenty saves for Straubing Tigers in the opening period against Eisbaeren Berlin while doing his very best to try and keep the visitors in the contest. But, by the end of forty minutes of play, the scoreline had risen to 4-0 in favor of the hosts and there was very little the imported American netminder could do about that. Another four goals fire home in the final twenty minutes by Eisbaeren (who fired 57 shots on target in all) made sure of a very long trip back to Bavaria for Bacashihua and his teammates.

The 8-0 romp by Eisbaeren Berlin did not do very much for the numbers of Bacashihua in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga — the goals-against-average for the first-year Auslaender ballooned from 2.47 to 2.66 after the heavy defeat by Straubing Tigers.

Oddly enough, Bacashihua did not surrender a goal to Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE, the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing. The Straubing Tigers shot-stopper, of course, was briefly teammates with Briere on two different occasions in February and March of 2012 after twice being recalled by the Broad Street Bullies from the AHL farm club. Bacashihua, however, did not appear in an NHL contest for the Flyers last season.

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After experiencing the 8-0 drubbing at the hands of defending German titlist Eisbaeren Berlin, perhaps American goaltender JASON BACASHIHUA did wish for Christmas that he was still standing between the pipes for the Adirondack Phantoms while playing in the American Hockey League!

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Early Eisbaeren Present For Supporters, Straubing Tigers Stomped 8-0 In Berlin


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American defenseman JIMMY SHARROW (3), the former fourth round selection (# 110 overall) of the Atlanta Tharahser at the 2003 National Hockey Leauge Draft, and Straubing Tigers left wing BERNHARD KIEL (18), the 20-year-old who has represented Germany at the last two annual IIHF World Junior Championships, jocked for position in front of the net during the lop-sided Deutsche Eischockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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A pair of goals scored in both the first and second periods as well as four more strikes piled on in the final session for good measure allowed the home side to present it’s derserving and loyal supporters with an early Christmas present as EISBAEREN BERLIN absolutely crushed visiting STRAUBING TIGERS 8-0 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

A giant extraction of revenge by the Eisbaeren, then, as it should be remembered that Straubing Tigers had defeated the two-time defending German champions twice already in the two previous meetings betweent two clubs this term — this including the 2012/13 season opener in Berlin back on September 14th.

Seven different Eisbaeren Berlin players put pucks in the back of the net in the romp against the visitors from Bavaria. What’s more, 14 of the 17 skaters dressed for American trainer DON JACKSON’s club recorded at least one point in the massive triumph over the Straubing Tigers. Curiously, none of the five players — (injured) MATT FOY 13, ANDRE RANKEL 13, T.J. MULOCK 12, JULIAN TALBOT 11, LAURIN BRAUN 8 — who have scored the most goals for Eisbaeren Berlin in all competitions this term going into the memorable holdiday season match had a strike in the rout of Canadian trainer DAN RATUSHNY’s guesting club.

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American import JIMMY SHARROW (3), the 27-year-old defenseman who is in his third season for Eisbaeren Berlin after spending the majority of his final professional season in North America skating for the Victoria Salmon Kings of the East Coast Hockey League, has now totaled eight goals and 16 points in all compeitions for the German capital city club this term.
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The home side provided a foreshadow of what was to follow with a Blitztor only one minute and twelve seconds into the D.E.L. match with Straubing Tigers. Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL found imported American JIMMY SHARROW, who had netted a fortunate goal in the previous contest with then-league leading Koelner Haie, and the seasoned defenseman quickly snapped a shot past visiting netminder JASON BACASHIHUA, the former first round selection (# 26 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2001 National Hockey League Draft. A second in as many games for prototypical, stay-at-home Sharrow, the native of Framingham, Massachusetts, who had managed just one goal on his first 24 outings in the D.E.L. this term.

Red hot Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN doubled the advantage for Eisbaeren Berlin almost halfway through the first period after receiving a pass behind the goal line and walking right out in front. A rising backhander by the diminutive Danish center left the outstretched Bacashihua no chance whatsoever. Christensen, who scored two goals in the big 4-1 victory over Koelner Haie on Friday, extended his personal goal-scoring streak to four games in all compeitions for the German capital city club this season.

Christensen’s three goals in his last two D.E.L. contests have equaled the three goals that the little Dane had tallied in his first 21 D.E.L. games of this season.

American trainer DON JACKSON, who had just recently criticized his troops for a general lack of energy and commitment over the past few weeks, had to be pleased by the fact that Eisbaeren Berlin outshot Straubing Tigers by the utterly overwhelming margin of 22-4 over the first twenty minutes of play at the O2 World Arena.

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Eisbaeren Berlin center MADS CHRISTENSEN (60), the suddenly productive Danish import who has raised his totals to eight gals and 16 points in all competitions for the two-time defending D.E.L. titlists, is stripped of the puck by the Straubing Tigers’ imported American MATT HUSSEY (28), the 33-year-old former University of Wisconsin center who skated 21 NHL games (2 go, 4 as) for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings in his North American professional career before joining Finnish club Jokerit Helsinki midway through the 2007/08 campaign, during the Deutsche Eischokey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin in the capital city of Germany.
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Eisbaeren Berlin center MADS CHRISTENSEN (60), the diminutive Denmark international who is in the midst of a four-game goal-scoring streak in all compeitions, and Canadian legionnaire JAMIE ARNIEL, the former Boston Bruins prospect who is skating his first season in the German top flight, celeberate the host’s second strike of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga conetst with the visting Straubing Tigers at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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With the two sides were skating in a four-on-four situation, it would take Eisbaeren Berlin exactly 54 seconds after the second period started to increase its lead; Germany national team defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN took a back pass from Rankel at the blue line and wristed a shot past Bacashihua, the veteran of 38 NHL games (3.19 avg) for the St. Louis Blues who had performed so brillantly for Straubing Tigers in the 2012/13 D.E.L. season opener at the O2 World Arena perviously.

Germany 2006 Olympic veteran FLORIAN BUSCH left the Straubing Tigers staring at a 4-0 deficit late after starting a rush for Eisbaeren Berlin late in the second period. American import BARRY TALLACKSON was spilled by his Straubing Tigers’ defender but still managed go to get his shot off. Busch, smartly following up on the play, netted his fifth goal of this D.E.L. season at the 36:29 mark of the match.

The guests had actually come into the game more in the middle period, although Eisbaeren Berlin still held the 17-14 advantage in the shots-on-goal department for the second sesssion; Bacashihua, who spent last season tending the nets for the Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hockey League, doing all he could to keep things from getting out of hand. But matters would, from the Straubing Tigers goaltender’s perspective, only go from bad to worse.

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Eisbaeren Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH (center), the 27-year-old youth team product and former Germany national team player who has totaled six goals and 18 points in all compeitions for the two-time defending German champions this season, receives customary congratulations from his teammates after scoring against visting Straubing Tigers in the second period of the lopsided D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman FRANK HOERDLER (7), the national team veteran who has resgistered six goals and 17 points from 34 games in all competitions for the German capital city club this season, absorbs the elbow from Staubing Tigers’ imported American GRANT LEWIS (15), the native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and former Dartmouth College defenseman who was a second round pick (# 40 overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers at the at the 2004 NHL Draft, during the D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s versatile Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48), the left wing so often this season has been co-opted for service on the blue line but has still managed to score 11 goals in all competitons this term, nevertheless, wipes out Straubing Tigers’ Canadian legionnaire BLAINE DOWN (79), the off-season signing from Swiss champion SC Zuerich who scored two goals in his first game for his new German employers when Eisbaeren lost the D.E.L. season-opener to their Bavarian guests earlier this past September, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Not content with the seeminglingly signficant margin on the scoreboard, the hosts continued to skate hard in the thrid period … to illustrate that point, Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK, the 29-year-old, defensive-minded elder brother of Eisbaeren Berlin’s top scorer in all competitons this season, posted his fourth goal of this D.E.L. campaign after catching the lackadaisical Bacashihua napping with a hustling, wrap-around strike roughly six and half minutes into the final frame.

Perhaps borne out of frustration, Straubing Tigers’ veteran imported American ANDY CANZANELLO, the former Colorado College defenseman who signed with the Bavarian club in the summer of 2007 after departing the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, was assessed a five-minute major penalty for checking to the head of the youthful Eisbaeren Berlin right wing LAURIN BRAUN and also received the automatic game misconduct at the 49:44 mark of the D.E.L. match.

The 31-year-old native of Rochester, Minnesota, would be subsequently handed a six-game suspension by the Deutsche Eishockey Liga as a result of this action.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American JIMMY SHARROW (3), the seasoned defenseman who has registered four points in his last two D.E.L. contests after totaling four points in his first 24 D.E.L. contests this season, watches as Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP (72) deals with a shot during the D.E.L. contest with the Straubing Tigers at the O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof.
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For this trangression by Canzanello, the visiting Straubing Tigers were made to pay more immediately when Tallackson increased the count to 6-0 on the resulting power play. Busch fed the converted-defenseman Talbot in the slot for a chance and the lanky, former New Jersey Devils right wing who standing unmolested in front of the former NHL netminder, was able to beat Bacashihua with the slightest of deflections and notch his seventh goal of this D.E.L. season. Eisbaeren Berlin were far from finished, however.

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Veteran imported American BARRY TALLACKSON (22), the former University of Minnesota right wing who finished last term second on Eisbaeren Berlin with both 29 goals and 61 points in all competitions, had a goal and an assist against Straubing Tigers and improved his totals for the defending D.E.L. titlists to seven goals and 21 points from 37 contests in all competitons this season.
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The elder Braun brother, Constantin, netted another power play goal for the home team before Canzanello’s major penalty had, in fact, expired. A point shot from the left by Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC, the former New York Islanders prospect who finished as the leading point-scorer among all defensemen at the 2012 European Trophy, went wide of the Straubing Tigers’ net but still took a favorable bounce off the boards. Braun, an NHL draft pick of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, skated in from the other point and hammered a wicked slapshot from down lown in the right face-off circle past the beleagured Bacashihua to score his second goal of this D.E.L. contest.

Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE, the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing whose contract in Germany is set to expire at the end of this calendar year, picked up an assist and created a three-way tie for scoring on Jackson’s club in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga :

29 pts ….. 7 go … 22 as … 19 ga …… Danny BRIERE
29 pts … 10 go … 19 as … 24 ga …… Andre RANKEL
29 pts … 11 go … 18 as … 28 ga …… T. J. MULOCK

Only Mulock has pariticpated in every contest for Eisbaeren Berlin in the German top flight this season, it shall be noted.

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Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN (90), the 24-year-old who has represented Germany at the annual IIHF World Championships on two occasions (16 ga, 0 go, 2 pts) in early stages of his career, has demonstrated a little offensive form since returning from a long injury layoff and has posted 16 points (four goals) despite playing in only 17 D.E.L. contests this season.
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All that was left for Eisbaeren Berlin, who ended up putting a whopping 57 pucks on target, to do was equal a season-high by scoring an eighth goal against the hapless Straubing Tigers. The elder Mulock, who has been with the German capital city club since transferring from 2.Bundesliga side ESC Moskitos Essen in the summer of 2007, led a late rush down the left wing with two sides skating four-on-four again. A wonderful pass allowed Canadian legionnaire JAMIE ARNIEL, the 23-year-old who was signed this summer after spending most of the last three seasons with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League, to glide right down the middle and snap a shot past his former AHL adversary for his fifth goal of this D.E.L. schedule.

Ten different Eisbaeren Berlin players in all, including Arniel, recorded at least two points in the eye-opening 8-0 destruction of the visiting Straubing Tigers.

Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP kept out 29 shots from the Straubing Tigers to record his third shutout in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season. The 31-year-old veteran has turned aside 319 of 336 shots faced (.949 save percentage) on his last nine appearances in the D.E.L. after experiencing somewhat of a slow start this term. Coincidentally, two of Zepp’s shutouts have come in his last nine matches for the two-time defending champions.

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Was Fuer Ein Weihnachtsgeschenk!


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Manchmal, ein Foto ist wert ein tausend Woerter … wenn mehr nicht!
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Was fuer ein echte Torschuetzenfest beim O2 World Arena Berlin!

Und auch ein grosse Revanche. Man muss nicht vergessen, natuerlich. STRAUBING TIGERS hatten EISBAEREN BERLIN zwei Mal dieses Deutsche Eishockey Liga-Saison schon besiegten — im Jahr begann mit einer Eisbaeren-Niederlage gegen Straubing.

Deshalb, ein grosser 8:0 Sieg durch die Eisbaeren war ein echte Weihnachtsgeschenk. Sieben Berliner (C. Braun 2, Sharrow, Christensen, Busch, Ty Mulock, Tallackson und Arniel) haben mindestens ein Tor gegen Straubing Tigers am Sonntag getroffen. Auch, 14 von 17 Eisbaeren-Spieler haben mindestens ein Punkt waehrend des froehliches Spiels gemacht.

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Eisbaeren-Stuermer MADS CHRISTENSEN (60), der ingesamt acht Tore dieses Saison hat, trifft noch wieder diesmal gegen Straubing Tigers.
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Jetzt vier Spiele in Folge, dass mindestens ein Tor geschossen hat der daenische Stuermer MADS CHRISTENSEN von Eisbaeren Berlin. Drei Spiele in der Deutsche Eishockey Liga und auch gegen UPC Vienna Capitals waehrend des Red Bull Salute-Turniers in Wien. Fuenf Tore ingesamt mit den letzten vier Spiele von der kleine Angreifer, der von Iserlohn Roosters ein paar Jahre vor kam.

In dieser Saison schoss Christensen nur drei Tore in den ersten 33 Spiele von Eisbaeren Berlin … aber jetzt ein bischen Form gefunden hat der kleine daenische Stuermer.

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Straubing Tigers Take Eisbaeren Berlin – Again


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s veteran Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK (62), the 29-year old native of British Columbia who has spent his entire professional career in Germany after graduating from junior hockey, cannot get the puck past Straubing Tigers’ imported American shot-stopper JASON BACASHIHUA, the former first round selection (# 26 overall) of the Dallas Stars at the 2001 National Hockey League Draft who has appeared in every contest for the Bavarian club since arriving from the Philadelphia Flyers’ top farm club, the Adirondack Phantoms, this past summer during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Eisstadion am Pulverturm in eastern Bavaria.
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A most-evenly contested Deutsche Eishockey Liga encounter featuring a rematch of last season’s playoff semifinalist came down to the wire, then, as host STRAUBING TIGERS knocked off two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN 5-3 by snapping a deadlock with a pair of well-taken strikes inside the final four minutes.

Straubing Tigers, it should be remembered, only qualified for the post-season playoffs for the first time ever in the club’s history last term after being originally promoted to the German top flight to begin the 2006/07 campaign; but, now, the troops of trainer DAN RATUSHNY, the Cornell University product who skated in exactly one National Hockey League contest for the Vancouver Canucks shortly after collecting a silver medal with Canada at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in France, can speak of two triumphs over mighty Eisbaeren Berlin this season in as many attempts.

Perhaps it was the time-consuming trip to northern Sweden, the emotionally-exhausting triumph in the European Trophy over Elitserien opponent HF Lulea or even the long return trip home to Germany — whatever the case, Eisbaeren Berlin got off to a very sluggish start in eastern Bavaria.

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Straubing Tigers’ Canadian legionnaire JASON SPARRE (14), the 28-year-old, seasoned native of Ontario who went undrafted out of junior and never played more than 41 games (6 go, 16 pts) combined either the Hartford Wolf Pack or Springfield Falcons at the American Hockey League level while spending the majority of his three professional seasons in North America skating 150 contests (57 go, 121 pts) for the Charlotte Checkers, Texas Wildcatters and Columbus Inferno in the lower East Coast Hockey League, is in his fourth season of Deutsche Eishockey Liga action after spending a year with northern Italian club SG Pontebba on the border with Austria.
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A miscommunication between young defenseman THOMAS SUPIS and veteran Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP gifted a first goal for Canadian legionnairre JASON SPARRE and host Straubing Tigers just two minutes into the contest; sixty seconds later, a blast from Canadian legionnaire GRANT LEWIS, the astute summer signing from now-defunct, Slovakian-based HC Lev Poprad formerly of the Kontinental Hockey League, left the visitors to contend with a quick 2-0 deficit.

After Straubing Tigers captain SANDRO SCHOENBERGER was sent off for hooking, Eisbaeren Berlin were able to pull one back on the power play when NHL-Superstar CLAUDE GIROUX and Germany Olympic veteran T.J. MULOCK worked the puck to the blue line and Germany national team defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN slammed his third goal in as many matches for the capital city club at the 6:28 mark of the first period.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire CLAUDE GRIOUX (28), the former first round pick (# 22 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2006 National Hockey League Draft, and imported American defenseman GRANT LEWIS (15), the 27-year-old native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who went on to Dartmouth College where he was taken in the second round (#40 overall) of the 2001 National Hockey League Draft and later skated in a solitary NHL game for the Atlanta Thrashers, along the boards behind the net during the D.E.L. contest at the Eisstadion am Pulverturm.
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Straubing Tigers probably had a bit better of the play as the contest advanced into the second session but then Eisbaeren Berlin equalized halfway through the match after locked-out Philadelphia Flyers right wing DANNY BRIERE made a fine pass into the slot from behind the net. Unmarked to sweep the puck past Straubing Tigers’ imported American goaltender JASON BACASHIHUA was countryman BARRY TALLACKSON, the one-time University of Minnesota forward who finished second on Eisbaeren Berlin last season with 29 goals in all competitions. A fifth goal on the domestic campaign for the 29-year-old winger, who also scored the capital city club’s only goal in the loss these very same Straubing Tigers on opening day earlier this season.

And so it ended all square at two with the shots-at-goal very close (21-18, in favor of the hosts) as the the two sides adjourned for the second intermission.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American forward BARRY TALLACKSON (22), the University of Minnesota product who spent most of his five seasons in North American professional hockey skating for the Lowell Devils and Peoria Rivermen in the American Hockey League (315 ga, 77 go, 166 pts), took a splendid pass in the slot from Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE (# 84 in the right hand corner) behind the net and easily beat Straubing Tigers’ former AHL veteran shot-stopper JASON BACASHIHUA to score his fifth goal of this domesitc campaign during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Eisstadion am Pulverturm.
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The seasoned Sparre had a glorious chance for Straubing Tigers early into the final frame but could not beat Zepp in a one-on-one situation. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old right wing would soon net his second goal of the game despite being surrounded by three Eisbaeren Berlin defenders shortly thereafter.

The surging Straubing Tigers might have stretched their lead, as well, but a one-handed, backhand shot from imported American ANDY CANZANELLO, the former Colorado College defenseman who has been with the eastern Bavarian club since the summer of 2007, bounced harmlessly off the crossbar.

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Canadian legionnaire JASON SPERRE (13) of Straubing Tigers would fail to beat Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team netminder ROB ZEPP (72) on this particular opportunity earlier into the third period of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Eisstadion am Pulverturm but it would not be long before the Auslaender who has already spent time in the D.E.L. with the Iserlohn Roosters and Koelner Haie before transferring to the eastern Bavarian club in the summer of 2011 had restored the home side to the lead.
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Once again, the visitors were presented with a valuable opportunity after Straubing Tigers’ former national team defenseman SEBASTIAN OSTERLOH, the 29-year-old rearguard who skated in 16 games (0 go, 0 pts) for Germany at the annual IIHF World Championships from 2007 thru 2009, was escorted to the penalty box for slashing. A little over a half a minute later, Eisbaeren Berlin were level again after Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT took a nifty pass from his countryman Giroux and slipped the disc past Bacashihua from a very sharp angle. A third goal for this D.E.L. season, then, for Talbot, who ended last term as the third-leading marksman for the capital city club having totaled 21 goals in all competitions.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48), the 27-year-old native of Wahnapitae, Ontario, who came through with a big empty net goal against Elitserien side HF Lulea in Sweden, sneaks the puck past Straubing Tigers’ imported American goaltender JASON BACASHIHUA during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Eisstadion am Pulverturm; the two adversaries here, Bachashihua and Talbot, were, of course, teammates with the Lake Erie Monsters during the 2010/11 American Hockey League campaign and had also, albeit briefly, previously wore the same sweater for the Peoria Rivermen during the 200/08 AHL season.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s exiled NHL-Superstar DANIEL BRIERE (84), the locked-out Philadelphia Flyers right wing who missed the Euroepan Trophy game against HF Lulea in Sweden due to illness, tangles with Straubing Tigers veteran Canadian legionnaire DUSTIN WHITECOTTON (9), the 33-year-old, one-time Miami (Ohio) University forward who put in two seasons for the Missouri River Otters in the ill-fated United Hockey League before originally signing in Germany with second division EV Weiden in the summer of 2003, in front of imported American netminder JASON BACASHIHUA, the 30-year-old NHL veteran who was briefly Briere’s teammate on South Broad Street when recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League last season, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Eisstadion am Pulvertum in eastern Bavaria.
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Straubing Tigers settled the issue once and for all though with less than four minutes remaining. Man of the Match Sparre and the Minnesota native Canzanello maneuvered the puck to heretofore Canadian journeyman BLAINE DOWN, the 30-year-old center who is enjoying a terrific start to his tenure in Germany. The summer signing from reigning Swiss champion SC Zuerich, who scored two goals for Straubing Tigers in the 3-1 victory over Eisbaeren Berlin at the O2 World Arena Berlin on the first day of this Deutsche Eishockey Liga season, marked his ninth goal in his 13th D.E.L. contest with what would prove to be the match-winner.

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Straubing Tigers’ well-traveled Canadian legionnaire BLAINE DOWN (79), who had difficulty getting a regular place in the line-up for his Swiss employers SC Zuerich while scoring just seven goals in 32 Nationalliga A regular season and playoff games last term, slips the puck past Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team netminder ROB ZEPP (72) to net what will eventually be the game-winning-goal during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest witnessed by a strong crowd of 5,660 spectators at the modest Eisstadion am Pulverturm in eastern Bavaria.
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Straubing Tigers’s Canadian legionnaire BLAINE DOWN (79) went undrafted out of junior hockey and spent his first three professional seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (134 ga, 18 go, 46 pts) in the American Hockey League. The now 30-year-old cener next signed on for a season with Italian club SV Renon/Ritten in the summer of 2005 before spending two campaigns in Scandinavia with IK Herning in Denmark. The diminutive Down (5’11″ 183 lbs) then inked a deal with Grasshopper Club Kuesnacht Lions, the farm club of SC Zuerich operating in the Swiss second division, in the summer of 2008.
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Eisbaeren Berlin searched in vain for yet another equalizer but it was Straubing Tigers who wrapped up all three important points for the Deutsche Eishockey Liga standings. This, thanks to veteran French legionnaire LAURENT MEUNIER, the one-time University of Massachusetts at Lowell right wing who spent the 2002/03 season as a teammate of Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP with the Florida Everblades in the East Coast Hockey League. The very well-traveled, 33-year-old veteran, who has represented France at eight major international tournaments (38 ga, 9 go, 24 pts) and signed from Swiss second divison outfit HC La Chaux de Fonds in the middle of the 2010/11 season, found an empty net with 33 seconds remaining to seal the visitors’ fate.

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Bacashihua Walls Off Eisbaeren Berlin


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Eisbaeren Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH (26), the 2006 Olympian who appeared with the national team of Germany at three major international tournaments (17 ga, 3 go, 6 pts) in the early stages of his career, is sent flying by veteran Straubing Tigers defenseman SEBASTIAN OSTERLOH, the former Frankfurt Lions rearguard who represented Deutschland at the annual IIHF World Championships on three occasions (18 ga, 0 pts, 28 pim, -7 rating) from 2007 thru 2009, during the dramatic Deutsche Eishockey Liga opener at the packed O2 World Arena in the capital city of Germany.
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The free-spending Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski can only be envious of the crowd of 14,100 spectators that the Deutsche Eishockey Liga season-opener attracted to the still-relatively new O2 World Arena in the capital city of Germany while corporate welfare dependents Jim and Rob Brooks, owners of a soon-to-be state-sponsored Adirondack Phantoms team which has failed to make the playoffs for the past three seasons on the trot, can only hope to get such heroic goaltending on a consistent basis this season in the American Hockey League.

Nevertheless, a pair of goals from a well-traveled Canadian legionnaire and 42 saves from a former first round pick at the annual National Hockey League draft propelled visiting STRAUBING TIGERS to a stunning 3-1 upset of contemporary German powerhouse EISBAEREN BERLIN on the opening night of play which begins the 2012/13 D.E.L. campaign.

Eisbaeren Berlin, the two-time defending D.E.L. champion who are widely expected to roll to a third consecutive title this season, have won German ice hockey’s top prize in four of the past five years under American trainer DON JACKSON. All told, the capital city club owned by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (the same outfit that owns half of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings) have celebrated six D.E.L. titles since the end of the 2004/05 season. Furthermore, Jackson’s charges had exhibited fine form this summer in the European Trophy tournament but all of this troubled the unheralded Straubing Tigers, who lost to the very same Eisbaeren Berlin at the semifinal stage of the D.E.L. playoffs last term, very little, indeed.

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Neither Straubing Tigers veteran defenseman SEBASTIAN OSTERLOH (8) nor recently-arrived goaltender JASON BACASHIHUA, the first round draft choice of the Dallas Stars at the 2001 National Hockey League Draft who signed on this summer after spending most of last season sitting on the bench for the Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hockey League, can prevent Eisbaeren Berlin right wing BARRY TALLACKSON (22), once a second round NHL draft pick of the New Jersey Devils out of the University of Minnesota, from leveling the Deutsche Eishockey Liga opener in the second period at the O2 World Arena in the capital city of Germany.
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BLAINE DOWN became expendable in Switzerland when Nationalliga A champion SC Zuerich signed former NHL first round draft picks Gilbert Brule and Matt Lashof as well as experienced NHL veteran Ryan Shannon this summer. But the 30-year-old left wing seems to be fitting in fine at his new German club and gave Straubing Tigers a shock 1-0 lead in only the seventh minute at the 02 World Arena Berlin. Typically used in a checking role throughout his career, the veteran Down expertly finished off a two-on-one break, himself, by squeezing a short-sided shot past Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP.

American import BARRY TALLACKSON, who finished second on Eisbaeren Berlin last season with both 29 goals and 61 points in all competitions, was able to equalize for the two-time defending D.E.L. champions on the powerplay with the Straubing Tigers shorthanded a pair almost eight minutes into the second period but the visitors would retake the lead before the last intermission arrived.

American defenseman ANDY CANZANELLO, the seasoned native of Rochester, Minnesota, who has been with the Straubing Tigers since leaving the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch in the summer of 2007, rifled a point shot past Zepp only nine seconds after Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN of Eisbaeren Berlin had been banished to penalty box for tripping. Thereafter, the hosts had a hard time successfully negotiating the visiting netminder JASON BACASHIHUA, the 29-year-old veteran of 38 NHL games for the St. Louis Blues, despite dominating the shots-on-goal category 43-27 in the penalty-filled contest. Last season’s Philadelphia Flyers farmhand was at his best in the final frame, when Eisbaeren Berlin laid total siege to the Straubing Tigers’ goal but were left completely frustrated by fifteen saves from the in-form Bacashihua.

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Canadian journeyman BLAINE DOWN spent most of last season fighting for a place in the line-up with surprising SC Zuerich (above), the upstart who finished seventh in the Nationalliga A regular season standings but stormed to the Swiss title in the playoffs under the direction of former Stanley Cup-winning Canadian trainer Bob Hartley. The undrafted 30-year-old native of Oshawa, Ontario, embarked on his professional career by skating three seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League before signing on with SV Ritten/Renon in Italy. After two years in Denmark with IK Herning, the diminutive Down (5’11″ 183 lbs) inked a deal with Grasshoppers Club Kuesnacht Lions, the farm club of SC Zuerich operating in the Swiss second division, in the summer of 2008.
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Straubing Tigers forward BLAINE DOWN, the Doppelpack Hero for his new club in this year’s D.E.L. opener who had actually only appeared in 32 of a possible 65 contests and scored just seven goals for his Swiss employers SC Zuerich all of last season, crashes into Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP (72) with 14,100 spectators watching at the O2 World Arena in the capital city of Berlin.
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A second goal from der Neuzugang Down into the empty net with half a minute remaining ended all hope for Eisbaeren Berlin and capped a spirited performance by the Straubing Tigers, who have also clearly benefited by the arrival defenseman GRANT LEWIS, the 27-year-old Dartmouth College product and former NHL 2nd round draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers, from Slovakian club HC Lev Poprad of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Eisbaeren Berlin’s new captain for this 2012/13 season, the experienced Germany national team winger ANDRE RANKEL, has joined the reigning champion’s growing injury list and did not appear in the disappointing opener against Straubing Tigers at the O2 World Arena.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported Canadian center MATT FOY (83), the oft-injured, former NHL-Neuzugang who spent all of last season with the Stockton Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League, is thwarted by Straubing Tigers’ new American goaltender JASON BACASHIHUA, the former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand who celebrated his European professional debut with 42 saves, during the stunning Deutsche Eishockey Liga opener at the transformative O2 World Arena in the capital city of Germany.
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Straubing Tigers co-trainer BERNHARD ENGELBRECHT, who tended the nets for West Germany at both the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympic Games, was chosen from EV Landshut in the 12th round (# 196 overall) by the Atlanta Flames at the 1978 National Hockey League Draft in Montreal.

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