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Iserlohn Takes Berlin By Shootout


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A pair of experienced National Hockey League veterans played pivotal roles as solid netminding and a decisive goal in the shootout powered visiting upstart ISERLOHN ROOSTERS to a 3-2 triumph over two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

The disappointing loss marked a fifth setback in the last six D.E.L. matches for American trainer DON JACKSON’s slumping troops. Iserlohn, to review, entered the afternoon contest with the capital city club ranked 12th in the fourteen-team German elite league this season. Furthermore, it had been the Roosters who were, in fact, routed 7-1 on their last trip to the O2 World Arena Berlin in late October.

The hosts finally welcomed back oft-injured Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY, the 29-year-old NHL veteran who had totaled 13 goals and 23 points in 32 games from all competitions for Eisbaeren Berlin this season before being sidelined with a ribs problem which would take quite some time to fully heal. The former Minnesota Wild right wing who signed for Eisbaeren this past summer ended up missing eleven straight games before his return against the Roosters on Sunday. The addition of Foy, however, was offset by the subtraction of Berlin scoring leader T.J. MULOCK, the 27-year-old Olympic veteran who paces the German capital club with 49 points in all competitions this term.

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Iserlohn Roosters went to the lead eleven and a half minutes into the first period after MICHAEL WOLF skated in all alone on Eisbaeren Berlin netminder and Germany national team constituent ROB ZEPP to score his league-leading 20th goal in the D.E.L. this season. The hosts were able to haul themselves level after Berlin left wing FLORIAN BUSCH found Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER alone in the slot just 46 seconds into the second period. But Eisbaeren then were assessed three separate minor penalties, all within a span of one minute and thirty-nine seconds, not so long after Hoerdler had notched his sixth strike in the D.E.L. this term.

The visitors quickly re-established their lead with the benefit of the two-man advantage when 33-year-old American import JEFF GUILIANO, the former Boston College left wing who later skated 101 NHL games (3 go, 13 pts) for the Los Angeles Kings before signing with Belarussian club Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in the summer of 2008, netted his seventh goal in the D.E.L. this season at close range; the prolific pair of Wolf (20+22) and American import MIKE YORK (12+30), both of whom are now tied with the Straubing Tigers’ Canadian legionnaire BLAINE DOWN for second place on the D.E.L. scoring chart this term with 42 points, were credited with assists on Iserlohn Roosters’ go-ahead tally at the 24:24 mark of the match against Eisbaeren Berlin.

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Iserlohn Roosters’ imported American center MIKE YORK (78), the 35-year-old veteran of 579 NHL games (127 go, 322 pts) who also skated a season in the Finnish elite league for the Lahti Pelicans before signing with the Sauerland club in the summer of 2011, and Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman JENS BAXMANN compete for the loose puck during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by 14,200 spectators at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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The two-time defending champions rallied with a power play strike of its own a little past the halfway point of the D.E.L contest in Berlin. Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the former Northern Michigan University center who was chosen by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2004 National Hockey League Draft and later skated six games (1 go, 0 as) in the American Hockey League for the Hartford Wolf Pack after leaving college in the spring of 2007, deflected a shot from the point to bring Eisbaeren even. Olver’s ninth goal in only his 18th D.E.L. game this season would be the last time either side would find the back of the net for the remainder of both regulation play as well as the overtime period, though.

Jackson’s charges outshot the Iserlohn Roosters over the entire course of the sixty minutes 29-22 but Canadian legionnaire SEBASTIEN CARON, the very well-traveled NHL veteran who had conceded all seven goals in the third period during his last appearance at the O2 World Arena Berlin, stood his ground againt the Eisbaeren this time out; it was the guests who had all three of the chances created by both teams in overtime but Zepp proved himself equal to that task.

Caron, the 32-year-old who made three appearances in the National Hockey League for the Tampa Bay Lightning after the Iserlohn Roosters’ campaign ended a year ago, halted Olver to begin the third round of the shootout. Thus, the stage was set for Canadian legionnaire MARK BELL, the veteran left wing who skated only five NHL games (0 go, 0 as) for the Anaheim Ducks all of last term after transferring from Swiss Nationalliga A side EHC Kloten, to be a match-winning hero. And the 32-year-old who spent most of last season skating in the AHL for the Syracuse Crunch (39 ga, 7 go, 17 pts), would not miss.

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Iserlohn Roosters’ Canadian legionnaire MARK BELL (22) was chosen in the first round (# 8 overall) of the 1998 National Hockey League Draft by the Chicago Black Hawks and later skated in 450 NHL contests (87 go, 182 pts) for the Black Hawks, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs before signing with the Sauerland club this past summer.
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Wahnsinn! – Roosters Rally Late, Beat Eisbaeren In Iserlohn


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Iserlohn Roosters’ imported American BRANDON ROGERS (28), the former University of Michigan defenseman who was signed just this past summer by the North Rhine-Westphalian club from Italian champion HC Bolzano, plays the puck forward as Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported American BARRY TALLACKSON (22), the former University of Minnesota right wing who won his first Deutsche Eishockey Liga title last season, eyes up a potential shoulder check during the D.E.L. contest at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn in western Germany.
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A shorthanded goal scored with just 29 seconds left in regulation and a power play strike almost halfway through overtime allowed lowly ISERLOHN ROOSTERS to complete a stunning rally and defeat two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN 4-3 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Eisbaeren Berlin supporters, as well as American trainer DON JACKSON, would have every reason to feel disappointed by the two points that have been left to slip away in the D.E.L. standings. Even more frustrating might be the thought that the North Rhine-Westphalian club entered the match at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn ranked 12th out of 14 top teams in the German top flight. And, to review, it was a pink-sweatered Eisbaeren side that defeated the visiting Roosters 7-1 in spectacular fashion the last time the two sides met at the O2 World Arena Berlin earlier this season.

Indeed, it was Iserlohn Roosters who made a relatively quick start after seasoned Canadian legionnaire defenseman MARK ARDELAN found captain ROBERT HOCK at center ice with a long outlet pass. The 39-year-old veteran cruised into the slot and snapped a shot past Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP at the 3:51 mark of the first period. It had been Hock, of course, who had scored the lone goal for Iserlohn Roosters in the rout at the O2 World Arena Berlin previously.

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Iserlohn Roosters right wing MICHAEL WOLF (13), the 31-year-old who served as the captain of the host nation at the recent 2012 Deutschland Cup and led all players in the tournament with five assists, scores on his own rebound as center MIKE YORK (78), the National Hockey League veteran who earned a silver medal with the host United States squad at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, during the D.E.L. contest at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn.
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The revenge-minded home side doubled its advantage not so long after the halfway point of the first period, as well. Germany national team veteran MICHAEL WOLF, who tied for the tournament lead with five points at the 2012 Deutschland Cup in Bavaria, did a marvelous job to garner his own rebound score his 13th goal of this D.E.L. season. Eisbaeren Berlin, playing in their final domestic match before the monster Red Bull Salute tournament which will decide the 2012 European Trophy winner, were reeling.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48), the versatile left wing who helped punch the two-time defending German champions’ ticket to the upcoming Red Bull Salute final tournament by scoring a big empty-net goal in Sweden against Elitserien club HF Lulea earlier this season, controls the puck behind the Iserlohn Roosters cage during the D.E.L. contest at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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The two-time defending champions did, however, right the ship’s course and, indeed, managed to pull even in the second session.

Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the former Northern Michigan University center who led Eisbaeren Berlin with 30 goals in all competitions last season, took a pass from imported American BARRY TALLACKSON, the one-time University of Minnesota right wing who finished second on the capital city club with 29 goals altogether a year ago, with his back to the net roughly three and a half minutes into the middle frame. The skillful Olver then wheeled around and accurately wristed the puck past SEBASTIEN CARON, the veteran Canadian legionnaire who regularly stands between the pipes for Iserlohn Roosters, all in one fluid motion. It was a fourth goal on a ninth appearance of this D.E.L. season for the prolific player who led the entire German top flight in scoring for Augsburg Panthers during the 2010/11 campaign, then.

The visitors later equalized at the 14:26 mark of the second period when the point shot of Canadian legionnaire MARK KATIC, who currently leads all defensemen involved with the 2012 European Trophy tournament in scoring, was neatly re-directed over Caron’s shoulder by Eisbaeren Berlin center MADS CHRISTENSEN. The strike was only the third goal of this domestic campaign for the 25-year-old from Denmark who has represented his country at five major international tournaments (29 ga, 9 go, 12 pts) in his career. Christensen, who was signed by Eisbaeren from Iserlohn Roosters in the summer of 2010, was skating in his 21st D.E.L. contest of this 2012/13 season.

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Iserlohn Roosters’ seasoned defenseman LASSE KOPITZ (6), the 32-year-old veteran who has represented Germany at four major international tournaments (17 ga, 1 go, 0 as) in his career including the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, looks away as Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40), the second round pick (# 36 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2004 National Hockey League Draft, crashes into the boards during the dramatic D.E.L. contest at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn.
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Eisbaeren Berlin even grabbed the lead almost six minutes into the final frame at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn. Star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE, the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing who has worked his way into seventh place on the D.E.L’s list for top scorers despite missing the first nine games of the German season, tried to skate from behind the net out in front but was halted. Germany 2010 Olympic veteran T.J. MULOCK, however, was more than happy to get a hold of the loose puck in the crease and shoot past Caron to score his 11th goal and record his 28th point of this D.E.L. campaign.

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Iserlohn Roosters’ Canadian legionnaire SEBASTIEN CARON (35), the National Hockey League veteran who had such a disastrous third period against the defending champions at the O2 World Arena earlier this season, redeemed himself with 34 saves in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest with Eisbaeren Berlin at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn.
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Iserlohn Roosters really piled on the pressure after falling behind and would, ultimately, outshoot their guests by the decisive margin of 16-7 in the third period. But it seemed as if the visiting netminder Zepp, who made 49 saves for Eisbaeren Berlin in their previous D.E.L. contest against the league leaders Adler Mannheim in midweek, would not be beaten again by an Iserlohn shot. The hopes of the home side genuinely seemed to fade when the veteran defenseman Ardelan was sent to the penalty box for tripping with a scant one minute and five seconds to go.

But then Wolf, who would become the second leading scorer (29 points) in all the Deutsche Eishockey Liga by game’s end, started a shorthanded rush. Superb patience by Iserlohn Roosters’ imported American MIKE YORK, the former Michigan State University star who later skated 579 NHL games (127 go, 322 pts) before signing on for a second tour of duty in the D.E.L. with the club from North Rhine-Westphalia in the summer of 2011, allowed rookie American import MATT TOMASSONI to join the play late. A pinpoint pass from York and an accurate shot from the former Miami (Ohio) University defenseman combined to provide the hosts with an amazing comeback.

The unlikely rally by the Iserlohn Roosters also meant that overtime with Eisbaeren Berlin would now be required.

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Iserlohn Roosters’ imported American MATT TOMASSONI (24), the 23-year-old now in his first rookie professional season after finishing his NCAA career at Miami (Ohio) Univeristy, wheels away after equalizing while shorthanded against visiting Eisbaeren Berlin during the riveting Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest witnessed by exactly 4,001 spectators at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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A penalty would also have a huge impact in the extra session as Eisbaeren Berlin’s youthful right wing LAURIN BRAUN left his side to face a 4-on-3 situation by drawing an interference call at the 2:21 mark. Another outstanding pass by York, who spent the entire 2004/05 campaign with Iserlohn Roosters (52 ga, 16 go, 62 pts) the last time the National Hockey League experienced a “Lock-Out” situation on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, made certain it was all over just eight seconds later. Standing alone at the right side of the net, all the Iserlohn Roosters captain Hock needed to do was simply tap the puck into a wide-open net.

An insane ending at the Eissporthalle Iserlohn, to be sure.

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Iserlohn Roosters captain ROBERT HOCK, the 39-year-old Deutsche Eishockey Liga veteran who was born in Sternberk in what was then the country of Czechoslovakia, has skated in 24 matches with the senior national team of Germany but has never appeared at a major international tournament with Deutschland.

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Pink Polar Bears Pound Iserlohn Roosters With Productive Third Period


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On what was supposed to be a special occasion to promote awareness, it certainly turned out to be a most memorable ice hockey match, then — on the heels of two scoreless periods which saw the visiting side hit the goalpost no less than three times, the home team set off a seven-goal bomb in the final frame as two-time defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN ending up routing ISERLOHN ROOSTERS in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest witnessed by 14,100 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof.

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Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN (90), the sixth round pick (# 164 overall) of the current Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings at the 2006 National Hockey League Draft playing just his second game of this 2012/13 season, becomes entangled with national team constituent and Iserlohn Roosters right wing MICHAEL WOLF (13), the 31-year-old Olympic veteran who has represented Germany at six major international tournaments (38 ga, 9 go, 17 pts) in his career, during the would-be lopsided D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Visiting goaltender SEBASTIEN CARON, the very well-traveled Canadian legionnaire who made three appearances in the National Hockey League with the Tampa Bay Lightning last spring after Iserlohn Roosters were knocked out of the D.E.L. playoffs, had turned aside all 25 shots he had faced in the first forty minutes. This included a save after Eisbaeren Berlin’s NHL new star DANNY BRIERE had made a rink-long, solo rush up ice. The 32-year-old netminder, it should be remembered, signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in the spring of 2010 after completing the European season for HC Fribourg-Gotteron in the Swiss Nationalliga A.

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A trio imported Americans now skating in the German elite league for the Iserlohn Roosters — DEREK PELTIER (5), the former University of Minnesota rearguard who skated 14 NHL games (0 go, 0 pts) for the Colorado Avalanche, rookie MATT TOMASSONI (24), the first-year professional out of the Miami University in Ohio, and 34-year-old veteran MIKE YORK (78), the one-time Michigan State University center who skated 579 NHL games (127 go, 322 pts) for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets — battle the Eisbaeren Berlin along the boards during the D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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If it were not for their misfortune with the iron, then Iserlohn Roosters would have had no luck at all. Despite being outshot 13-5 in the first period, the visitors got two pucks past Eisbaeren Berlin netminder SEBASTIAN ELWING only to see the capital city club’s backup bailed out by the frame of his goal each time. Elwing’s crossbar again came to his rescue in the second period after a big slapshot from Iserlohn Roosters captain ROBERT HOCK, the experienced, 39-year-old native of the Czech Republic who is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga having totaled 715 points (223 goals) after 787 career games in the German top flight.

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Iserlohn Rooster’s Canadian legionnaire goaltender SEBASTIEN CARON, the native of Amqui, Quebec, who has appeared in 95 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Black Hawks and Anaheim Mighty Ducks over the course of his career, makes the save at the side of the net as Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL (24) fishes for the rebound during the D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arnea Berlin.
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Those who had come to the O2 World Arena Berlin near the Ostbahnhof in the capital city of Germany (or those watching on Servus TV via live-streaming-link from the official D.E.L. website) on Sunday wanting to see plenty of goals scored would not have wait long once play resumed in the third and final period. And, by the time the game clock had counted down to zero, the host team directed by American trainer DON JACKSON had managed to put at least five pucks in the back of the net for a fourth consecutive match in Deutsche Eishockey Liga competition. Once again, the presence of the two National Hockey League stars from the Philadelphia Flyers would have its impact.

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41:28 … Canadian legionnaire CLAUDE GIROUX (28), the locked-out Philadelphia Flyers star skating in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for only the second weekend since arriving in Germany, went to the backhand to beat fellow countryman and Iserlohn Roosters shot-stopper SEBASTIEN CARON; the prolific 24-year-old center, who finished as the third-highest scorer in all the National Hockey League last season, had received a pin-point pass right in front of the net, then, from Germany national team veteran and current Eisbaeren Berlin captain Andre Rankel.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48) congratulates countryman CLAUDE GIROUX after the exiled Philadelphia Flyers superstar scored his third goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season; while representing the Peoria Rivermen, the 27-year-old Talbot skated opposite Giroux in the American Hockey League before the talented prospect was promoted from the Philadelphia Phantoms to the National Hockey League roughly halfway through the 2008/09 season in North America.
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49:10 … Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY (83), the former National Hockey League veteran and off-season signing who had scored three goals in his last five D.E.L. contests for Eisbaeren Berlin after waiting until the eighth game of the D.E.L. campaign to register his very first strike in German domestic competition, found the back of the Iserlohn Roosters net for the initial time on Sunday after fine approach-work from Denmark international Mads Christensen and Canadian legionnaire Julian Talbot.
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49:52 … Germany 2010 Olympic forward T.J. MULOCK (15), the 27-year-old native of British Columbia who is currently the second-leading scorer in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga having recorded 16 points after a baker’s dozen games, took a gorgeous, no-look pass from NHL-Superstar Claude Giroux and easily beat Iserlohn Roosters’s Canadian legionnaire SEBASTIEN CARON to register his fourth goal this term in the domestic top flight.
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52:28 … Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL delicately re-directs a puck from 2010 Germany Olympic colleague T.J. Mulock past Iserlohn Roosters’ beleaguered Canadian legionnaire SEBASTIEN CARON (35) and scores his fourth goal of this domestic season as the Sunday D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin starts to get out of hand in the last period; a second goal in as many matches for the 27-year-old national team winger, who also tallied in Friday night’s D.E.L. contest in Berlin against the visiting Augsburg Panthers.
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T.J. MULOCK (15) leads Eisbaeren Berlin with 27 points (five goals) after the first 20 games in all competitions this season while captain ANDRE RANKEL (24), who has registered 20 points (seven goals) from 17 games in all contests for Eisbaeren this term, stands second on American trainer Don Jackson’s team with 13 points in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for this 2012/13 campaign.
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53:03 … Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY (83) is mobbed by his Eisbaeren Berlin teammates after scoring his second goal of the D.E.L. game against the visiting Iserlohn Roosters at the O2 World Arena Berlin. The 29-year-old NHL veteran now counts five goals in the German top flight this term with all of these strikes for the Ontario native arriving in the last six D.E.L. contests. Overall, Foy has totaled nine goals and 16 points in 19 games for Eisbaeren Berlin after transferring from the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League.
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53:43 … Iserlohn Roosters captain ROBERT HOCK (91), the aging, veteran point-producer who skated 24 games with the national team of Germany earlier in his career but never appeared at a major international tournament on behalf of Deutschland, pulled a goal back for the visitors with a rising slapshot over the shoulder of Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Sebastian Elwing; the wiley Hock had done very well to dispossess Canadian legionnaire Jamie Arniel, the capital city club’s youthful off-season arrival from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, on the wing at the blueline and then skate right between the faceoff circles.
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55:15 … Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN (90) scored his very first goal of this 2012/13 campaign after taking an alert, cross-ice pass from two-goal Canadian legionnaire Matt Foy and blistering a slapshot from the top of the circle into the top corner of the Iserlohn Roosters net in the memorable D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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The return of steady Germany national team defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN (90), the 24-year-old who has already notched five Deutsche Eishockey Liga titles in his career, after his lengthy spell on the injury list has already provided a tremendous boost to Eisbaeren Berlin, who have already had to cope with suspensions to Canadian legionnaires Jimmy Sharrow and Mark Katic in addition to injuries suffered by youthful defensemen Dominik Bielke (the NHL prospect of the San Jose Sharks) and Thomas Supis on the blueline this season, as well.
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University of Minnesota product BARRY TALLACKSON (22), the one-time 2nd round pick (# 52 overall) of the New Jersey Devils at the 2002 National Hockey League Draft who later skated in 20 NHL contests (1 go, 2 pts) before signing with the Augsburg Panthers in the summer of 2010, finished second on Eisbaeren Berlin last term with both 29 goals and 61 points from 73 games in all competitions; the 29-year-old native of Grafton, North Dakota, captured two NCAA titles with the Golden Gophers (2002, 2003) before celebrating his first Deutsche Eishockey Liga title this past spring.
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57:15 … Recently-arrived Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE (84), the locked-out, 5’10″ right wing under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers who has registered 11 points for Eisbaeren Berlin in just four Deutsche Eishockey Liga games, and 6’5″ imported American forward BARRY TALLACKSON (22) bump fists after the final goal of the D.E.L. contest at the O2 World Arena Berlin; Tallackson netted his fourth goal of this 2012/13 domestic season for the capital city club by simply one-timing a fabulous pass from behind the net off the creative stick of the influential NHL-Star.
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Recently-retired Eisbaeren Berlin captain STEFAN USTDORF, the distinguished veteran who skated 54 NHL games (7 go, 17 pts) for the Washington Capitals and also appeared at 11 major interantional tournaments (56 ga, 9 go, 23 pts), including four Winter Olympic Games, for the national team of Germany during his long career, which included time with the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League as well as service for the Las Vegas Thunder, Detroit Vipers and Cincinnati Cyclones in the since-departed International Hockey League.
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Alright. So the blog went out of its way to make sure this report was overflowing with alot of photos from the EISBAEREN BERLIN v ISERLOHN ROOSTERS contest featuring the home side sporting the special pink jerseys … this is because the whole Breast Cancer Awareness thing is, without question, an important cause and is certainly not restricted to any one specific team and / or country, of course!

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