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D.E.L. Winter Game – Ice Tigers Triumph Over Eisbaeren


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s seasoned Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK (62) is pursued by Nuremberg Ice Tigers defenseman TIM SCHUELE (27) during the history-making “WINTER GAME” staged outdoors by the Deutsche Eishockey Liga at the old Frankenstadion in the southern German state of Bavaria.
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A pair of goals scored roughly seven and a half minutes apart in the middle of the final period and 34 saves from the host netminder allowed streaking THOMAS SABO ICE TIGERS of NUREMBERG to hold off visiting defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN 4-3 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s inaugural “WINTER GAME”, which was played outdoors under the not-so-clear skies in front of a European record-setting audience of 50,000 spectators.

Although the drizzly precipitation falling from above made playing conditions less than ideal there would be nothing to disrupt the celebratory atmosphere inside the venerable Frankenstadion; the D.E.L. has every intention of establishing the Winter Game as the premier event on the annual regular season calendar and succeeded rather well in bringing off its historic contest at the traditional home of Bundesliga football club 1.FC Nuernberg without a hitch.

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Eisbaeren Berlin, who outshot the Nuremberg Ice Tigers 14-9 in the opening period, were unlucky to have winger LAURIN BRAUN hit the outside of the post at the base of the net with his attempt in the 12th minute of play and were destined to fall behind after the first intermission was over when veteran Canadian TYSON MULOCK went to the penalty box for roughing at the 11:43 mark of the second session.

The hosts cashed in on the ensuing power play opportunity via a creative pass on the point by experienced Canadian legionnaire STEVE REINPRECHT, the 36-year-old veteran of 663 NHL games (140 go, 382 pts) who was signed by the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg in late September, and a strike by Canadian legionnaire CONNOR JAMES, the 30-year-old former University of Denver center who scored exaclty one goal in 16 NHL games for the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins previously in his career.

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Nuremberg Ice Tigers’ Canadian legionnaire CONNOR JAMES (20), the productive center signed from EG Duesseldorf in the summer, slips the puck (visible between the legs of James just inside the post) past Eisbaeren Berlin netminder ROB ZEPP (72) to score the first-ever outdoor goal in the history of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga at the 12:42 mark of the second period during the inaugural “D.E.L. Winter Game” contested at the sold-out Frankenstadion.
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Eisbaeren Berlin, who, once again, outshot the Nuremberg Ice Tigers in the second period (this time by 14-8), were able to level the historic match with just two seconds left in the middle frame, however.

Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER had been sent off for Eisbaeren late in the second period to leave Berlin shorthanded. But it was a fabulous solo rush and deadly accurate wrist shot by left wing FLORIAN BUSCH, the newly-turned 28-year-old who registered his sixth goal of this 2012/13 D.E.L. campaign in the process, that snapped over the shoulder of Nuremberg Ice Tigers’ Canadian legionnaire netminder TYLER WEIMAN and tucked neatly under the crossbar. And so both sides had everything to play for with just twenty minutes remaining in the inaugural Winter Game, then.

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Eisbaeren Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH, to the right of veteran defenseman JENS BAXMANN (29), is acknowledged by relieved teammates at the bench area after equalizing against Nuremberg Ice Tigers with a well-taken shorthanded goal late in the second period of the very first D.E.L. Winter Game at the old Frankenstadion in Bavaria.
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In stark contrast to the first forty minutes of play which had seen just two goals scored under the open skies at the sold-out Frankenstadion, the first 6:19 of the third and final period began at a frantic pace with a total of three pucks finding their way into the back of the net.

It was veteran Canadian legionnaire ERIC CHOUINARD, the former first round NHL draft pick (1998, # 16 overall) of the Montreal Canadiens who later skated 90 NHL games (11 go, 22 pts) for the Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers as well as the Minnesota Wild, who initiated this scoring spree with an excellent pass out from behind the net to the open man at the point; it is also, of course, the skilled 32-year-old veteran Chouinard, who has been skating in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga since bolting the Swiss Nationalliga B side HC Sierre for Straubing Tigers early into the 2006/07 season, that leads Nuremberg Ice Tigers with 32 points (nine goals) in the D.E.L. this season.

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Nuremberg Ice Tigers defenseman TIM SCHUELE (27), the 22-year-old former Germany youth international, scored his fifth goal of this D.E.L. season with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle two minutes and five seconds into the third period of the inauguarl D.E.L. Winter Game opposite Eisbaeren Berlin at the Frankenstadion in Bavaria; the strike marked a third in as many matches for the young rearguard with all five of Schuele’s goals this season having come after the new Swedish trainer Bengt-Ake Gustafsson was hired in early December of 2012 after Canadian bench boss JEFF TOMLINSON, the former Eisbaeren Berlin center who was in charge at EG Duesseldorf last season, had been let go.
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Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL (24), the 27-year-old left wing who leads the German capital city club with 38 points in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term, scored his 13th goal of this D.E.L. season just 27 seconds after host Nuremberg Ice Tigers had gone back out in front to start the third period of the historic Winter Game at the sold-out Frankenstadion.
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Wearing the captain’s “C” on his sweater for the match that reportedly had a double-decker bus worth of his relatives in attendance, Germany national team winger PATRICK REIMER receives congratulations from teammates after scoring his team-leading 14th goal of this D.E.L. season to give Nuremberg Ice Tigers the lead against Eisbaeren Berlin that would never relinquish at the 6:19 mark of the third period in the first-ever D.E.L. Winter Game at the venerable Frankenstadion in Bavaria.
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The pivotal moment of the match came when Nuremberg Ice Tigers right wing PATRICK REIMER, the 30-year-old who represented Germany at the last two annual IIHF World Championships (14 ga, 5 go, 8 pts) before transferring to the Bavarian club from EG Duesseldorf this past summer, shot the puck from behind the goal line. Somehow, perhaps inexcusably so, the little black disc was permitted to squeeze between the post and the pads of Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team netminder ROB ZEPP. This time, though, the visitors would not be able to find their way back at the Frankenstadion.

Nuremberg Ice Tigers added a crucial insurance goal at the 13:47 mark of the third period, as well. Once again it was the decorated Reinprecht — who has accomplished the unique hat trick of an NCAA title with the University of Wisconsin in 1998, a Stanley Cup championship with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 in addition to a gold medal for Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Championship — at the heart of it all for the hosts with a centering pass for fellow Canadian legionnaire JASON JASPERS in the slot. A blistering one-timer from the 31-year-old center, the former third round choice (# 71 overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes at the 1999 National Hockey League Draft who switched to Nuremberg Ice Tigers from Koelner Haie this past summer, banked in off the post and provided the home side with a daunting 4-2 lead this very first D.E.L. Winter Game.

A desperate Eisbaeren Berlin, who ended up outshooting their hosts 37-27 for the entire contest, exchanged the goaltender Zepp for a sixth attacker late in the game and did manage to draw within 4-3. Germany’s 2010 Olympic veteran T.J. MULOCK jammed the puck under the pads of Nuremberg Ice Tigers’ Canadian legionnaire netminder TYLER WEIMAN, who then swept the little black disc over the goal line and back again with his leg only to be caught by the match referees using video replay. Mulock’s 13th strike of the season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for Eisbaeren at the 19:13 mark of the third period gave the visitors a glimmer of hope but only for a very brief while.

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This because Weiman, the 28-year-old who had made one appearance in the National Hockey League for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2007/08 campaign and originally signed on to guard the nets in the German top flight with Augsburg Panthers after leaving the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League in the summer of 2011, was not to be beaten by the the visiting Eisbaeren again.

With the victory in the first-ever D.E.L. Winter Game, the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg stormed to a seventh win in eight D.E.L. contests since Swedish trainer BENGT-AKE GUSTAFSSON, the former NHL forward who steered Tre Kronor to the Olympic gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games in Italy, was brought on board in early December.

Understrength Eisbaeren Berlin, on the other hand, lost for a third consecutive time in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and must now undergo the long trip north for the next day’s D.E.L. contest with the Hannover Scorpions in Lower Saxony.

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Outdoors In Nuremberg – Inaugural D.E.L. Winter Game


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Ice hockey history will be made in Germany when two-time reigning champion EISBAEREN BERLIN meet with host THOMAS SABO ICE TIGERS of NUREMBERG in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s very first outdoor WINTER GAME on Saturday.

A record-setting crowd of somewhere around 50,000 spectators — which would be the largest audience ever to witness a professional ice hockey contest in Europe — is expected to be on hand at the venerable Frankenstadion, the historical soccer (football) stadium which serves as the home of Bundesliga club 1.FC Nuernberg and was originally contstructed in 1928, to witness the potentially record-setting contest.

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The German elite league is, of course, drawing off of the same concept which has already proved itself to be very popular in the National Hockey League. The Deutsche Eishockey Liga is looking to establish the so-called “Winter Game” as a prominent fixture on the annual schedule in the minds of German ice hockey fans, as the NHL has already been able to achieve on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

The same German firm AST ICE and SOLAR TECHOLOGY that built the rink at the Veltins Arena (the home of Bundesliga side Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen) for the opening match of the 2010 IIHF World Championships hosted by Deutschland, is also managing the affairs at the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg for this first-ever D.E.L. Winter Game.

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Two prominent players for Eisbaeren Berlin were also involved for the national team of Germany in that memorable contest witness by 77,803 spectators at the Veltins Arena to open the 2010 IIHF World Championships — Defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN led all host skaters with 21:34 of ice time while left wing ANDRE RANKEL totaled 10:32 out on the ice as Deutschland dramatically defeated the United States 2-1 on a deflected goal by center FELIX SCHUTZ, then representing the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates, just 21 seconds into the overtime period.

Nuremberg Ice Tigers defenseman SVEN BUTENSCHOEN, the 36-year-old veteran who previously skated in 140 NHL games (2 go, 14 pts) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks in his career, also appeared in that record-setting tie at the 2010 IIHF World Championships against the United States the Veltins Arena; on that occasion, the aging Butenschoen of Adler Mannheim received the least amount of ice time (8:25) of any player on that Germany squad trained by Uwe Krupp in the match against the USA.

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American trainer DON JACKSON, the former Notre Dame University defenseman who lifted the National Hockey League’s coveted Stanley Cup twice with the Edmonton Oilers during his playing days, gets off the team bus just prior to Eisbaeren Berlin’s first training session skating on the surface of the outdoor rink at the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg.
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Unfortunately for Eisbaeren Berlin, the hand injury to star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE has not healed and will force the NHL refugee to miss the historic D.E.L. Winter Game in Bavaria. The locked-out Philadelphia Flyers right wing, who has totaled 34 points (10 goals) in 21 D.E.L. games this season since signing for the German capital city club earlier this fall, might have been the first player in the modern era to ever appear in two separate outdoor contests on two different continents in two consecutive seasons. But it was, obviously, not meant to be.

Eisbaeren Berlin were also hoping that Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY, the veteran of 56 NHL games (6 go, 13 pts) for the Minnesota Wild who has been out of action the past few weeks with an injury to his ribs, might be able to skate in the D.E.L. Winter Game but that never materialized for American trainer DON JACKSON. The 29-year-old right wing was tied for second on the German capital city club with 13 goals scored in all competitions going into the historic meeting with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers but has actually not appeared with Eisbaeren since the 3-1 victory over Adler Mannheim in Berlin on December 4. Foy also missed the disappointing 2012 Red Bull Salute – European Trophy Finals quaterfinal contest against UPC Vienna Capitals at the Albert Schultz Halle in Austria.

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Eisbaeren Berlin – Daniel Weiss Will Stay Out On Loan


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Depsite its inabilty in the last few weeks to ice a full squad due to a shortage of available players, EISBAEREN BERLIN have announced that youthful forward DANIEL WEISS will, indeed, remain out on loan with the NUREMBERG THOMAS SABO ICE TIGERS until the conclusion of the 2012/13 campaign.

As part of the loan arrangements made with the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, Eisbaeren had reserved the right to recall the former Germany U-20 international at the end of the 2012 calendar year but, now, Berlin have formally stated that they have declined to exercise that option.

Eisbaeren general manager PETER JOHN LEE, in explaining the decision, noted that Weiss will continue to receive more ice time in Nuremberg as compared to that in Berlin. The 22-year-old center / left wing had recorded exactly one goal in 17 Deutsche Eishockey Liga games for Eisbaeren this 2012/13 campaign before being farmed out in mid-November. Since that time, Weiss has registered six points (two goals) in 16 D.E.L. contests for the Nuremberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.

Weiss totaled 15 points (five goals) after appearing in 71 games for Eisbaeren Berlin in all competitions last season, including the both the European Trophy and Deutsche Eishockey Liga playoffs.

The announcement arrives as visiting Eisbaeren Berlin and host Nuremberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers prepare to face-off in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s first-ever “Winter Game”, which will be played outdoors at the venerable Frankenstadion in front on an expected audience of 50,000 spectators.

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Nuremberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers forward DANIEL WEISS (65), the on-loan attacker who is a youth team product of contemporary German powerhouse Eisbaeren Berlin, has made 225 regular season appearances (19 go, 44 pts) in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in his career to date.

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Wahnsinn! – Eisbaeren Win Wild Affair With Ice Tigers


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Germany U-20 international winger LEO PFOEDERL (93) of Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers and visiting Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American defenseman JIMMY SHARROW (3), the Framingham, Massachusetts native who still leads the capital city club with six goals in all competitions this season, race for the loose puck during the back-and-forth Deutsche Eishockey Liga affair at the Arena Nuernberg Versicherung in Bavaria.
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A hustling play along the boards behind the net by team captain ANDRE RANKEL enabled Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN to score his second goal of the game with just thirty-six seconds left to lift visiting EISBAEREN BERLIN to a dramatic 6-5 triumph over THOMAS SABO ICE TIGERS of NUREMBERG in a see-saw Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest.

After an exceptionally rocky start to the season for the two-time defending German champions, three wins in the last four games have righted the ship somewhat for American trainer DON JACKSON’s charges after Eisbaeren Berlin lost three of its first four matches to begin this 2012/13 campaign.

Jackson, the former National Hockey League rearguard who won two Stanley Cups with the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers in the mid-1980s, has led the capital city club to four D.E.L. titles in the past four years, just to review.

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Czech Republic native DUSAN FROSCH, the 31-year-old right wing who totaled just four goals in 45 D.E.L. games for Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg last season, nabbed his second goal of this early 2012/13 season just 1:57 into the Friday night contest with visiting Eisbaeren Berlin with a precise shot just inside the far post.
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Eisbaeren Berlin was able to respond on the power play when Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY (83), a summer signing who once skated 56 NHL games (6 go, 13 pts) for the Minnesota Wild, forced the puck home at close range to score his first-ever goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with roughly five and half minutes to play in the opening period.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s new Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY (83), the oft-injured 29-year-old who spent all of last season skating in the East Coast Hockey League for the Stockton Thunder (67 ga, 16 go, 52 pts), had scored four goals in six European Trophy games this summer but needed eight D.E.L. outings to register his first in the German top flight.
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Canadian legionnaire RYAN BARDA (11), the former University of North Dakota left wing who skated 179 NHL games (16 go, 40 pts) over parts of five seasons for the Carolina Hurricanes before crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 2010, sent Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg back out in front a little less than three minutes into the second period.
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The referee signals emphatically as Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK celebrates his second goal of the domestic season (third th in all compeitions this term) for Eisbaeren Berlin from the seat of his pants after knotting the D.E.L. contest with Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg at 2-2 with a little more than five minutes played in the second period.
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Newly-arrived EVAN KAUFMANN (9), the American-born, former University of Minnesota forward who skated in seven games for Germany at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, finishes a sharp passing play and scores his third goal of this new campaign; the 27-year-old native of Tonka Bay, Minnesota, transferred just this summer after spending his first four professional seasons with EG Duesseldorf.
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Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers’ imported American defenseman CASEY BOYER (55), the Minneapolis native as well as former St. Cloud State product who later appeared in 16 NHL games (0 go, 2 pts) for the Carolina Hurricanes and transferred to the Nuremberg club this summer after skating last season with HC Pardubice in the Czech Republic, squeezed the puck past Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP (72) a little past the halfway point of the D.E.L. contest.
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Germany Olympic center T.J. MULOCK (15) totaled four points (three assists) for Eisbaeren Berlin in the high-scoring Deutsche Eishockey Liga match with Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg at the Arena in Bavaria; the younger of the two Mulock brothers continues to lead the capital city club with 22 points (four goals) in all compeitions this term.
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Christensen, the diminutive Dane who is starting his third season with Eisbaeren Berlin after transferring from Iserlohn Roosters, initiated the comeback by scoring his first goal of this D.E.L. season with a little less than a minute and a half to play in the second period. Germany national team blueliner FRANK HOERDLER then tied the contest at 4-4 with a booming slapshot less than a minute to play before the final intermission. A third goal in the last five D.E.L. games, then, for the in-form 27-year-old defenseman, who had five goals in 66 matches in all competitions for Eisbaeren Berlin last term.

Including European Trophy contests this summer, Hoerdler already has netted five goals in a baker’s dozen matches for the capital city club this season.

Eisbaeren Berlin’s leading scorer T.J. MULOCK broke away to score a huge shorthanded goal for the visitors with a little less than ten minutes to play. But newly-arrived STEVEN REINPRECHT, the accomplished veteran of 663 NHL games (140 go, 382 pts) and Stanley Cup champion (Colorado Avalanche, 2001) who spent most of last season with the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League, equalized for Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers with just 1:41 left in regulation. The highly-experienced 36-year-old, who also won an NCAA championship with the University of Wisconsin in 1998 and a gold medal with Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Championships in Finland, was appearing in just his second D.E.L. contest for the Bavarian side and has also scored on his debut, as well.

And so it was left for Christensen to cover himself in glory for Eisbaeren Berlin after receiving a fantastic centering pass from the hard-working Rankel, who ended up with three assists in the riveting contest from Nuremberg.

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Germany Olympic winger ANDRE RANKEL (24) and imported American defenseman JIMMY SHARROW congratulate ROB ZEPP (72), the Germany national team goaltender who was born in Canada and drafted by two different National Hockey League teams, following Eisbaeren Berlin’s wild 6-5 victory over host Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of Nuremberg in the exciting Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest witnessed by 4,724 spectators at the Arena Nuernberg Versicherung in Bavaria.

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