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Third Period Eisbaeren Explosion Saves Day In Duesseldorf


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s new Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23), the American Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player for the Binghamton Senators in 2011 who just signed with the German capital city club from Finnish elite league outfit TPS Turku last week, positions himself next to EG Duesseldorf’s imported American goaltender BOBBY GOEPFERT (41) during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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After having their attack stymied by the cellar-dwellers of the German top flight for more than two-thirds of the contest and finding themselves down by two goals with less than sixteen minutes to play, the two-time defending champions finally erupted to score five times unanswered as visiting EISBAEREN BERLIN skated away from host EG DUESSELDORF 6-3 to remain the fifth place team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

EG Duesseldorf, who celebrated four consecutive German Bundesliga titles from 1990 thru 1993 with current Eisbaeren Berlin general manager PETER JOHN LEE skating and scoring lots of goals on the right wing for the North Rhine Westphalian club, have fallen on hard times. The club now trained by CHRISTIAN BRITTIG, the retired right who represented EV Landshut and West Germany at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the Canadian city of Calgary, finished second in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and reached the semifinals of the D.E.L. playoffs before falling to the eventual champions from Berlin two years ago. Now, in stark contrast, the legendary club that was originally founded in 1935 are languishing dead-last in the 14-team D.E.L. standings.

Nevertheless, it was the hosts who got on the scoreboard first when Canadian legionnaire ASHTON ROME, the 27-year-old right wing who skated five games (0 go, 0 as) for the Greenville Road Warriors in the East Coast Hockey League this season before signing with EG Duesseldorf in late October, used the backhand to score his 10th goal on his 22nd appearance in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term after a lovely little pass into the slot by American import COLIN LONG, the 23-year-old native of Santa Ana, Caifornia, who was chosen in the fourth round (# 99 overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2008 NHL Draft and is only just returning from a very long spell on the injury shelf, set the table.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY (83) shoots the puck over EG Dusseldorf’s imported American netminder BOBBY GOEPFERT (41), the native New Yorker and NHL draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penquins (2002, 6th round, # 171 overall) who played college hockey at both Providence College in Rhode Island as well as St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, to score his 14th goal of the season in all competitions on the power play in the first period of the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Eisbaeren Berlin pulled themselves even rather quickly, though, after capitalizing on a two-man advantage with the power play. New signing COREY LOCKE, the Canadian legionnaire who just transferred to the two-time defending German champions from Finnish side TPS Turku, zipped a precise pass across ice and found his former junior teammate with the Ottawa 67′s standing at the other side of the net. Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY, the NHL veteran who only just returned to the Eisbaeren line-up after missing eleven games on the trot with a crippling rib injury, lifted the puck over EG Duesseldorf’s imported American netminder BOBBY GOEPFERT to count his 10th goal in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term.

Brittig’s troops went back out in front roughly five and a half minutes into the second period after EG Duesseldorf had an opportunity up two skaters on the power play, itself. Swedish import CARL RIDDERWALL, the former Notre Dame University left wing who leads EG Duesseldorf with both 13 goals and 35 points in 37 D.E.L matches this season after recording eight goals and 28 points for the Providence Bruins in 68 American Hockey League games last term, launched a long shot from the point that Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP failed to control. Veteran center NIKI MONDT, the off-season signing from the Hannover Scorpions who was also stationed at the side of the net, jumped on the rebound for the North Rhine-Westphalian club.

Rome, the native of Nesbitt, Manitoba, who was selected at the annual National Hockey League Draft by both the Boston Bruins (2004, 4th round, # 108 overall) and San Jose Sharks (2006, 5th round, # 143 overall) was directly involved in the third goal for EG Duesseldorf after a rush down the right flank. Norway international ANDREAS MARTINSEN, the youthful off-season signing from IK Lillehammer, needed a second whack at the puck but was, ultimately, able to net his fourth goal in the German top flight this season at the 33:07 mark of the match with Eisbaeren Berlin. And so the productive Rome, who celebrated the AHL’s Calder Cup title with the Hershey Bears in the spring of 2010, was rewarded with a third point of the night.

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EG Duesseldorf center ANDREAS MARTINSEN (24), the 22-year-old center who has appeared with the national team of Norway at the last three IIHF World Championships (18 ga, 1 go, 3 pts), shouts with glee after scoring a goal against visiting Eisbaeren Berlin in the second period of the tops-tury Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Eisbaeren Berlin were staring at the very real prospect of a sixth loss in its last seven contests heading for the locker room at the ISS Dome and the second intermission of the match with EG Duesseldorf. American trainer DON JACKSON, the former Stanley Cup champion defenseman for the mighty Edmonton Oilers who was in charge at EG Duesseldorf for two years before taking over the reigns of die Eisbaeren in the summer of 2007, could not have been happy. What was said between periods has not been reported but must have been inspirational, to say the least.

Indeed, the capital city club who have claimed the Deutsche Eishockey Liga title four of the past five years proceeded to strike for three Blitztore within a span of 120 seconds shortly after its return to the ice for the third and final period. Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT, the left wing-turned-defenseman who was also a teammate of both Foy and Locke with the Ottawa 67′s in the Ontario Hockey League back during his junior days, started the Berlin rally by crashing the net to have at a rebound of his own, then. The resulting tally for the visitors, at the 44:44 mark of the match in North Rhine-Westphalia, denoted a first goal for Talbot in Eisbaeren’s last 15 contests.

In what was a successful bid by the trainer Jackson to bolster an attack which has been seriously slumping as of late, the versatile Talbot was shifted back to offense for the final period in Duesseldorf.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48)
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In-form Denmark international MADS CHRISTENSEN soon brought Eisbaeren Berlin level after bursting into the zone down the left wing side. A sharp-angle shot up and over the shoulder of the EG Duesseldorf netminder Goepfert was enough for the 25-year-old forward to celebrate his 11th goal in all competitions this term and haul Berlin level yet again. Christensen, the diminutive Dane who scored just three goals in Eisbaeren’s first 33 games of this season, has picked up the pace considerably by registering eight goals on his last 13 outings for the German capital city club.

The opportunistic Talbot then completed Eisbaren Berlin’s lightning-fast comeback by knocking home his second rebound in as many minutes. A big but wide-angled slapshot from American import BARRY TALLACKSON, the former University of Minnesota right wing and New Jersey Devils farmhand, was not properly controlled by the netminder nor did the EG Duesseldorf defense do much to follow up on the play, either. Thus, a 10th goal in the D.E.L. this term by Talbot gave the visitors its very first lead of the match at the ISS Dome.

The battered Goepfert, meanwhile, would later be forced to leave the ice with just five minutes remaining.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK (60), the native of North Delta, British Columbia, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Sunday, fires the puck past EG Duesseldorf’s replacement goaltender BJORN LINDA (30) to give himself an early present during the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Eisbaeren Berlin greeted the backup netminder BJORN LINDA, a 23-year-old who is on loan to EG Duesseldorf from third division club EV Duisburg, by grabbing an important insurance goal with less than two and a half minutes left to skate. A slick pass from Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the former Northern Michigan University center who led the Deutsche Eishockey Liga champion in scoring last year, set his countryman TYSON MULOCK up in the slot. The elder Mulock brother, who amassed an even 50 goals and 100 points in 52 games for the Essen Moskitos during the 2006/07 2.Bundesliga campaign prior to signing with Eisbaeren Berlin at the conclusion of that prolific season, finished with aplomb to net his sixth goal in the D.E.L. this term.

EG Duesseldorf went for broke after Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL was sent to the penalty box for slashing with a little over a minute remaining. The goaltender was recalled to the bench and replaced with an extra skater to give the hosts a six-on-four manpower advantage in the offensive zone. But a shorthanded, empty-net goal from Olver with half a minute to play put an end to any potential rally.

An emotional triumph, then, for an Eisbaeren club still struggling enough to win Eishockey games as of late …

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Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman JIMMY SHARROW (3), the imported American rearguard who collected two assists in the match with host EG Duesseldorf, and Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER (40) bump fists after an empty-net goal from the 2nd round NHL draft pick of the New York Rangers wrapped up the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by 5,034 spectators at the ISS Dome in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Duesseldorf Beats Berlin, But Only After Shootout


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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN (right), the sixth round NHL draft pick (2006, # 164 overall) of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings who recently scored three goals in his first four games back after returning from a lenghty spell on the injury shelf, poke checks the puck away from EG Duesseldorf’s imported American center TRAVIS TURNBULL, the 26-year-old, newly-arrived Auslaender who skated in three National Hockey League games and scored one goal for the Buffalo Sabres last season, during the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital city.
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A clash of German champions, past and present, went back and forth until, appropriately enough, a shootout was required as host EG DUESSELDORF edged visiting two-time defending titlist EISBAEREN BERLIN 4-3 in Deutsche Eishockey Liga action.

Eislauf Gemeinschaft Duesseldorf is, of course, one of Germany’s oldest and most successful ice hockey teams ever. The club, which for years skated at the famous Eisstadion am Brehmstrasse, captured eight national championships and finished second another eight times from 1967 until the club was automatically relegated to the second division on account of financial difficulties in the late 1990s.

Eisbaeren Berlin’s highly-successful general manager PETER JOHN LEE was, in-fact, a top player with EG Duesseldorf for a decade after arriving in what was then West Germany in the summer of 1983. Once a first round selection (# 12 overall) of the mighty Montreal Canadiens at the 1976 National Hockey League Draft, the native of Chester, England, later skated 431 NHL games (114 go, 245 pts) for the Pittsburgh Penguins. While at the Eisstadion am Brehmstrasse, Lee would lead the entire German top flight with 35 goals during the 1986/87 season and then win four consecutive Bundesliga titles from 1990 thru 1993.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE (84), the exiled Philadelphia Flyers right wing who has racked up 18 points (four goals) in his first eight games since arriving in Germany to escape the National Hockey League “Lock-Out” situation, is denied at the side of the net by EG Duesseldorf’s imported American goaltender BOBBY GOEPFERT during the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome.
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EG Duesseldorf, who won the 2.Bundesliga title in 2000 and finished as D.E.L. runners-up in both 2006 and 2009 have, once again, fallen on hard times in recent seasons. The North Rhine-Westphalian club trained by CHRISTIAN BRITTIG, the former EV Landshut right wing who represented West Germany at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Calgary in western Canada, entered the match with Eisbaeren Berlin ranked dead-last in the 14-team domestic elite league. As for their visiting opponents who have won the German title in six of the past eight years, this particular contest was, indeed, a fifth consecutive match on the road for American trainer DON JACKSON’s charges from the German captial city.

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EG Duesseldorf’s imported Scandinavian center ANDREAS MARTINSEN (24), the 22-year-old who has represented Norway at the last three IIHF World Championships (18 ga, 1 go, 3 pts) and was just signed from IK Lillehammer this past summer, fishes after the rebound as Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender ROB ZEPP (72), who had two solid games in between the pipes for Deutschland at the 2010 IIHF World Championships hosted by Germany, stays focused during the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome.
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The obvious underdogs jumped out in front almost eight minutes into the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome when imported American center TRAVIS TURNBULL, the undrafted University of Michigan product who signed with EG Duesseldorf this summer after spending the last three years laboring in the Buffalo Sabres organization, swept home a centering pass from fellow American import JUSTIN BOSTROM, the former University of Minnesota who only arrived in Germany this past summer from Norwegian side IK Lillehammer.

Eisbaeren Berlin retaliated on the power play after EG Duesseldorf saw both defenseman THOMAS GOEDTEL (slashing) and Norwegian import ANDREAS MARTINSEN (tripping) banished to the penalty box at the 12:22 mark of the opening period; with just ten seconds left on two-man advantage, Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT took a pass on the right side of the net from exiled NHL superstar CLAUDE GIROUX and casually walked in to pot his fifth goal of this D.E.L. campaign.

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A trio of disappointed Eisbaeren Berlin players despair as EG Duesseldorf center TRAVIS TURNBULL (71), who spent the majority of his time during the 2011/12 campaign in the American Hockey League while registering 27 points (15 goals) in 63 games for the Rochester Americans, raises his stick to signal the first goal of the D.E.L contest at the ISS Dome in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital city.
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The sin bin was just beginning to fill up, however.

A odd-sight occured at the 15:51 of the first period when EG Duesseldorf’s newly-signed Canadian legionnaire ASHTON ROME, the 26-year-old native of Nesbitt, Manitoba, who spent skated in 66 games (11 go, 20 pts, 63 pen.min) last season with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, came to blows with Eisbaeren Berlin’s imported NHL veteran MATT FOY and ended up throwing haymakers while standing in his own team’s bench area. Both players would be assessed the standard double-minor for roughing and ten-minute misconduct penalties, respectively. A little more than half a minute later, the feisty Goedtel engaged in an altercation with the goal-scorer Talbot.

As in the previous case, both players would subsequently pick up 14 minutes in penalties for their combative efforts.

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EG Duesseldorf’s newly-arrived Canadian legionnaire/enforcer ASHTON ROME, the 26-year-old journeyman who began this 2012/13 season by skating in five East Coast Hockey League games with the Greenville Road Warriors before recently making the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to sign with the North Rhine-Westphalian club, engages Eisbaeren Berlin’s visiting Canadian legionnaire and NHL veteran MATT FOY while standing along his own bench during the penalty-filled D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE (84) looks on as EG Duesseldorf defenseman THOMAS GOEDTEL grapples with Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT (48) along the boards during the D.E.L. contest at the ISS Dome in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital city.
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Eisbaeren Berlin’s star Canadian legionnaire DANNY BRIERE also received a roughing minor in the last skirmish between Goedtel and Talbot. To compound the visitors’ woes, Germany national team defenseman FRANK HOERDLER went off for tripping and provided the hosts with a two-man advantage they would not waste. Again it was Turnbull, the first-year hired hand who had previously recorded just one goal on his first 17 appearances in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga heading into the match with visiting two-time defending champions, that sent EG Duesseldorf to the lead — on this occasion employing a big slapshot taken from behind the left faceoff circle.

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EG Duesseldorf’s imported American center TRAVIS TURNBULL (71) never was very much of a goal-scorer, either at the NCAA level (126 ga, 40 go) skating four seasons with the University of Michigan or at the American Hockey League level (143 ga, 26 go) in three years with the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans while in the Buffalo Sabres organization.
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It would take a little while, but Eisbaeren Berlin were able to equalize after a rush by MARK KATIC, the 23-year-old, former New York Islanders defenseman who just recently sat out a four-game suspension from the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and has been selected to appear for the national team of his native Canada at the upcoming 2012 Deutschland Cup. Youthful winger LAURIN BRAUN centered the puck well from behind the net and Canadian legionnaire TYSON MULOCK, whose brother T.J. leads Eisbaeren Berlin in scoring this season, backhanded the puck past EG Duesseldorf’s imported American goaltender BOBBY GOEPFERT. Mulock’s third goal of this D.E.L. campaign arrived at 29:29 mark, roughly half a minute from the official halfway point of the the match.

Yet one more time, though, it would be Turnbull that gave the advantage to EG Duesseldorf. The hosts charged up ice on a counterattack and Bostrom, the 26-year-old who won the coveted NCAA championship title in 2007 while at the University of Minnesota, again made an outstanding play to feed his American constituent. The red-hot Turnbull then backhanded over the shoulder of Eisbaeren Berlin’s Germany national team goaltender ROB ZEPP to compete his hat trick at 18:35 of the second period.

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EG Duesseldorf’s imported American TRAVIS TURNBULL (71) is the son of former National Hockey League veteran Perry Turnbull, the native of Bentley in the western Canadian province of Alberta who was the chosen by the St. Louis Blue as the second player taken overall in the first round of the 1979 National Hockey League Draft; the elder Turnbull later skated 608 NHL games for the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets before ending his active career after a couple of seasons in Europe with Italian outfits HC Alleghe and HC Bolzano, respectively.
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Although the contest had been extremely even in terms of shots-on-goal over the first two periods, the final frame clearly belonged to Eisbaeren Berlin. The vistitors, in fact, outshoot EG Duesseldorf by the wide 16-6 margin only to be held at by by the superior netminding of American import BOBBY GOEPFERT, the third-year D.E.L. veteran who was selected in the 6th round (# 171 overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2002 National Hockey League Draft but never made it to the elite level in North America. All the pressure did pay off for Eisbaeren in the end, however.

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By registering two assists in the match on the road with EG Duesseldorf, exiled NHL star CLAUDE GRIOUX moved into fourth place on the Deutsche Eishockey Liga scoring chart with 19 points (four goals) despite having skated in just eight D.E.L. games for Eisbaeren Berlin this fall after being locked out by the Philadelphia Flyers and arriving to play in the German capital city.
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Eisbaeren Berlin leveled the match with a little over four and a half minutes remaining when star Canadian legionnaire CLAUDE GIROUX showed why he is one of the National Hockey League’s elite offensive players. After taking a puck from Talbot along the boards, Giroux distributed a fabulous, first-time pass from behind the net that allowed Laurin Braun to score his seventh goal of this D.E.L. season. And, thus, the visitors were even when the final horn sounded to end the third period at the ISS Dome.

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EG Duesseldorf’s imported American goaltender BOBBY GOEPFERT (41), the 29-year-old native of Kings Point, New York, who transferred from Providence College in New England to St. Cloud State University in Minnesota before spending the majority of his three professional seasons in North America in the East Coast Hockey League tending the nets for the Augusta Lynx, South Carolina Stingrays and Florida Evergreens, made his first appearance in the D.E.L. for the Hamburg Freezers during the 2009/10 season.
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Eisbaeren Berlin, who ended up outshooting host EG Duesseldorf by the margin of 40-30 for the entire game, had the better of play in the five-minute overtime session but, to their regret, would not be able to get another puck behind the in-form Goepfert. The hat trick hero Turnbull had one last chance in overtime after skating in on Zepp but slid the puck just inches wide of the far post, perhaps affected just enough by the deperate lunge of a backchecking Giroux. And so it was off to the shootout, then.

After Turnbull netted for EG Duesseldorf and Germany national team veteran and visiting club captain ANDRE RANKEL did the same for Eisbaeren Berlin, the stage was set for home team skipper DANIEL KREUTZER to be the decider.

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EG Duesseldorf captain DANIEL KREUTZER (23), the very well experienced, 33-year-old veteran right wing who has represented Germany at 12 major international tournaments (73 ga, 9 go, 25 pts) — including the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games — over the course of his lengthy career, beats Eisbaeren Berlin netminder ROB ZEPP (72) to record the game-winning goal in the shootout phase of the Deutsche Eishockey Contest watched by 6,812 spectators at the ISS Dome in the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Eisbaeren Berlin Finally Bag First D.E.L. Victory


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EG Duesseldorf goaltender and Long Island native BOBBY GOEPFERT, the sixth round selection (# 171 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2002 National Hockey League Draft who began at Providence College in Rhode Island but transferred to St. Cloud State University in Minnesota before turning professional, looks on as newly-arrived Canadian legionnaire ALEX HENRY (5), the 32-year-old veteran of 177 NHL games who signed to play in Deutschland this summer after leaving the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs, and Eisbaeren Berlin forward LAURIN BRAUN (12) scramble for a bouncing puck in front during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga match at the O2 World Arena in the capital city of Germany.
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The third time is the charm, or at least that is the way it is supposed to be according to the old expression.

A go-ahead goal just over eight minutes into the match and another strike a little more than eight minutes into the second period proved to be all that was necessary for the two-time defending Detusche Eishockey Liga champion to finally end its four-game losing streak against domestic competition as EISBAEREN BERLIN blanked visiting EG DUESSELDORF 2-0 and claimed its first triumph in the third round of this new 2012/13 D.E.L. campaign.

An important victory, then, for American trainer DON JACKSON, the former Stanley Cup-winning defenseman with the Edmonton Oilers who was in charge at EG Duesseldorf for two seasons before taking the reins at Eisbaeren Berlin to start the 2007/08 schedule.

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After taking a dream diagonal pass on the power play from Canadian legionnaire JAMIE ARNIEL, the Eisbaeren Berlin summer signing who spent the past three seasons with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League, youthful wing LAURIN BRAUN beat EG Duesseldorf’s imported American goaltender BOBBY GOEPFERT through the five-hole at the side of the net. Sitting in the penalty box on a checking-from-behind charge for the visitors was CALLE RIDDERWALL, the 22-year-old undrafted Swede who was teammates with Arniel in the AHL for Providence as a rookie professional last season after finishing his college career in the United States at Notre Dame University. A first goal of the season for Braun, the 21-year-old who netted a combined ten times in the D.E.L. regular season and playoffs a season ago, then.

Still out injured for Eisbaeren Berlin, of course, is Laurin’s older brother, the Germany national team defenseman and Los Angeles Kings’ draft pick CONSTANTIN BRAUN, not to mention Canadian legionnaire DARIN OLVER, the former New York Rangers’ second round draft pick out of Northern Michigan University who led the capital city club with both 30 goals and 67 points in all competitions last season.

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Former Germany national team winger FLORIAN BUSCH finished off a fancy tick-tack-toe, back-and-forth passing play in front after re-directing Canadian legionnaire defenseman MARK KATIC’s surgical feed past the stranded EG Duesseldorf netminder at 8:21 of the second period to give the hosts a firm hold on the game. Also directly involved on the pretty play was imported American wing BARRY TALLACKSON, the former two-time NCAA champion with the University of Minnesota who was the second leading scorer for Eisbaeren Berlin last season with 61 points (29 goals) points in all competitions. A first goal of the season for Busch, the 27-year-old winger who tallied 12 goals all told for the capital city club a year ago.

Goepfert, the 29-year-old, one-time EHC Red Bull Salzburg and Hamburg Freezers goaltender who joined EG Duessdorf in the summer of 2011 after a season spent almost exclusively with the Florida Everblades in the East Coast Hockey League, gave a good account of himself, nonetheless, and ended up with 33 saves against swarming Eisbaeren.

Meanwhile, Germany national backstop ROB ZEPP, the native Canadian who appeared in 102 ECHL games over the course of three seasons for the Florida Everblades before signing with Finnish club Saipa Lappeenranta in the summer of 2005, turned away all eighteen shots faced to collect a first shutout of the new season; the 31-year-old’s signature save coincided with the breakaway opportunity by EG Duesseldorf defenseman MARC ZANETTI, a 21-year-old rookie professional just coming out of the Canadian junior ranks.

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Swedish winger CALLE RIDDERWALL (22) of EG Duesseldorf, the 24-year-old who scored two goals in his first two D.E.L. games to start his career in Europe, is tied up on the goal line as Germany national team netminder ROB ZEPP of Eisbaeren Berlin lies flat to cover the puck and the net is dislodged from moorings by goal-scorer FLORIAN BUSCH (26) during the hectic Deutsche Eishockey League contest witnessed by 13,900 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin.
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Germany national team winger and club captain ANDRE RANKEL is currently serving a one-game suspension and, now, Eisbaeren Berlin will now be without imported American defenseman JIMMY SHARROW in their next D.E.L. match with ERC Ingolstadt this Sunday, as well. The 27-year-old native of Framingham, Massachusetts, was assessed a checking-to-the-head penalty and resulting game misconduct and that mandates a suspension. The in-form Sharrow is currently leading Eisbaeren Berlin having scored six goals after ten games in all competitions so far this 2012/13 season.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire MATT FOY, the oft-injured National Hockey League veteran who spent last season with the Stockton Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League, takes a shot to the face from EG Duesseldorf’s Slovakian defenseman MARIAN BAZANY (7), the aging 37-year-old who began his career in Germany with fourth division outfit TSV Peissenberg after transferring from the reserve team of HC Slovan Bratislava more than a dozen years ago, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the O2 World Arena in the capital city of Germany.

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