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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.