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Road To Russia … Italy 4 – Holland 1


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Holland’s versatile winger JORDY VAN OORSCHOT (14) of HYS Den Haag shadows Italy right wing DIEGO KOSTNER (16) of Swiss elite league side HC Lugano, the emerging 20-year-old who has already scored six goals in the Nationalliga A this season after managing just two all of last term, during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualification Tournament contest at the TransEge Arena in the southwestern German city of Bietigheim-Bissingen.
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A pair of lightning strikes just 13 seconds apart at the start of the second period and another strong performance from the starting goaltender carried already-eliminated ITALY to a 4-1 victory over winless HOLLAND on the final day of competition at the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualificaton Tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

The Italians skated to the lead less than five and a half minutes into the contest thanks to the marksmanship of native Canadian PAT IANNONE of HC Val Pusteria Wolves, the 31-year-old left wing who has spent his entire professional career in Serie A after concluding his junior days with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League; the real damage was done when the two native Canadians VINCE ROCCO of HC Alleghe, the 25-year-old right wing who led Italy with three goals at this Olympic qualifying tournament, and ROB SIRIANNI of HC Valpellice quickly scored goals to leave the Netherlands trailing 3-0 just 1:07 into the second period.

Holland did have their best period of the entire Olympic qualfication tournament at the EgeTrans Arena in the middle frame of the match against the Italians. In a period that concluded without the benefit of even a single power play, the lightweight Dutch still managed to generate an impressive 17 shots on target and pulled a goal back through defenseman BJORN WILLEMSE of Tilburg Trappers. Holland might have had a few more, too, if not for the fine work of Italy goaltender DANIEL BELLISSIMO of Swedish elite league side IK Timra.

Bellissimo, the 28-year-old native of Toronto who tended the nets for Western Michigan University before heading across the Atlantic Ocean to sign with HC Asiago in the summer of 2007, made 31 saves for the Italians in his second start of this tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen while Rocco, the 25-year-old native Canadian who skated seven games (4 go, 9 pts) for the Reading Royals in the East Coast Hockey League after completing his career at the University of Niagara in the spring of 2009, finished off the Nethlerlands by adding his second goal of the game into an empty net with a little over a minute remaining.

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Italy’s native Canadian goaltender DANIEL BELLISSIMO of Swedish Elitserien club IK Timra and Holland winger MITCH BRUIJSTEN of Eaters Geleen, the 23-year-old rookie in his first season of professional hockey after three campaigns of NCAA college hockey with the University of Alaska – Anchorage, focus on the airborne puck in front of the net during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualification Tournament contest at the TransEge Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
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XXII Winter Olympic Games
Qualification Tournament, Group D
Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

ITALY 4 – HOLLAND 1
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05:16 … ITA – Iannone (Iori, Hofer)
penalties – di Casmirro ITA (14:34)
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20:54 … ITA – Rocco (de Marchi, Plastino)
21:07 … ITA – Sirriani (Scandella, Borgatello)
35:07 … HOL – Willemse (Demelinne, Smid) – ppg
penalties – van Oorschot HOL (hooking) 22:57
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58:52 … ITA – Rocco (Hofer, Insam) – eng
penalties – Iori ITA (interference) 52:00, de Marchi ITA (interference) 53:06, de Jong HOL (tripping) 54:24, Plastino ITA (hooking) 56:15

Shots-on-goal
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ITALY ………… 40 = 13 + 17 + 10
HOLLAND ……… 32 = 7 + 17 + 8

“Best Players”
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ITALY ………… Christain BORGATELLO – (HC Bolzano Foxes)
HOLLAND ……… JORDY VAN OORSCHOT – (HYS Den Haag)

ITALY : Bellissimo – Borgatello, Johnson ; Plastino, de Marchi ; Hofer, Willeit ; Helfer – Scandella, di Casmirro, Sirriani ; Rocco, Insam, Gander ; Iori, Scelfo, Iannone ; Fontanive, Kostner

HOLLAND : Meierdres – van de Heuvel, de Jong ; Smid, Willemse ; Overweg, van de Velden – Joly, Demmeline, M. Bruijsten ; Wurm, Kars, Postma ; van Oorschot, Bastings, Hagemeijer ; Houkes, Dijkstra, van Hulten

Attendance – 4,517

Referees – Eduards OVINS (Latvia), Alexei RAVODIN (Russia)

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Road To Russia … Austria 6 – Holland 1


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Two goals from THOMAS KOCH of AC Klagenfurt and a third strike of the compeition from DANIEL OBERKOFLER of EHC Black Wings Linz highlighted a five-goal outburst in the first period while solid defensive play took care of the rest as AUSTRIA romped to an easy 6-1 victory over HOLLAND for a second straight triumph at the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualfication Tournament in neighboring Germany.

Koch, the 29-year-veteran who has represented Austria at the highest level of the annual IIHF World Championships on five occasions (30 ga, 7 go, 15 pts) in his career, opened the scoring with a goal five and half minutes into the game and added an assist on the power play strike by left wing MICHAEL RAFFL of Swedish second division club IK Leksand less than three minutes later. Michael’s brother THOMAS RAFFL of EHC Red Bull Salzburg, the 26-year-old winger who had a season and a half in the Swedish Elitserien before returning to Austria in late November of 2010, tacked on yet another goal just forty-five seconds later and forced the shell-shocked Dutch to call for a time out. This tactic from Holland’s imported American trainer BARRY SMITH, the native of Michigan who also doubles as head coach of Tilburg Trappers in the Netherlands’ top flight, failed to settle his squad down, however.

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Austria left wing MICHAEL RAFFL (12), the developing 24-year-old who has totaled 22 goals and 45 points in 43 Swedish Allsvenskan contests for IK Leksands this term, lifts the puck over outstretched Holland goaltender IAN MEIERDRES of Tilburg Trappers to net a first period power play goal during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualification Tournament at the EgeTrans Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
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Oberkofler, the two-goal hero of the opening day triumph over Italy twenty-four hours earlier, notched a fourth goal for Austria at the 14:27 mark of the first period. Koch, meanwhile, added his second goal of the Olympic qualifying match against Holland with a little over two minutes to skate before the first intermission. Having allowed five goals on just thirteen Austrian shots, Holland’s starting netminder IAN MEIERDRES of Tilburg Trappers was benched at the break by his club trainer Smith in favor of understudy MARTIN OOSTERWIJK, the 22-year-old from the Friesland Flyers.

Oosterwijk permitted a second period goal by Austria’s highly experienced veteran MATHIAS TRATTNIG, the 33-year-old former University of Maine defenseman who was a fourth round NHL draft pick (1998, # 94 overall) of the Chicago Black Hawks and has appeared at 11 major international tournaments (64 ga, 7 go, 19 pts) in his career, but, overall, turned aside 24 of 25 shots the rest of the way while finally stabilizing the battered Dutch ship. The Austrians greeted Oosterwijk by piling up a lopsided 18-4 margin in the shots-on-goal department but, ultimately, called off the dogs in the final period of play. The Netherlands was rewarded for its never-say-die attitude when MITCH BRUIJSTEN of Eaters Geleen, the 23-year-old right wing who just spent the last three seasons playing NCAA hockey with the University of Alaska – Anchorage, scored a late consolation goal on the power play with a little less than two minutes to play in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

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Austria center DAVID SCHULLER (45) of AC Klagenfurt, the 31-year-old veteran who has appeared at the elite level of the annual IIHF World Championships on three occasions (18 ga, 0 go, 1 as) in his career, tangles with Holland left wing RAPHAEL JOLY (8) of HYS Den Haag during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualification Tournament contest watched by the healthy crowdy of 4,150 spectators at the modest EgeTrans Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
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XXII Winter Olympic Games
Qualification Tournament, Group D
Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

AUSTRIA 6 – HOLLAND 1
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05:39 … AUT – Koch (Oberkofler, Rotter)
08:15 … AUT – M. Raffl (Koch, Unterluggauer) – ppg
08:50 … AUT – T. Raffl (Schiller, Hundertpfund)
14:27 … AUT – Oberkofler (T. Raffl, Lakos)
17:51 … AUT – Koch (Baumgartner, M. Raffl)
penalties – van de Velden HOL (holding) 7:46, Altmann AUT (interference) 11:17
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32:41 … AUT – Trattnig (Peintner, Ulmer)
penalites – none
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58:08 … HOL – M. Bruijsten (Hagemeijer, Demelinne) – ppg
penalties – Baumgartner AUT (hooking) 40:36, Rotter AUT (hooking) 56:48

Shots-on-goal
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AUSTRIA ……. 38 = 13 + 18 + 7
HOLLAND …… 15 = 4 + 6 + 5

“Best Players”
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AUSTRIA ……. Thomas KOCH – (AC Klagenfurt)
HOLLAND …… Diederick HAGEMEIJER – (Tilburg Trappers)

AUSTRIA : Starkbaum – Trattnig, Lakos ; Unterluggauer, F. Iberer ; Schumnig, Altmann ; Lukas – M. Raffl, Koch, Baumgartner ; M. Iberer, Welser, Ulmer ; Hundertpfund, Schuller, T. Raffl ; Rotter, Oberkofler, Peintner

HOLLAND : Meierdres (Oosterwijk 21′) – van de Heuvel, de Jong ; Smid, Willemse ; Overweg, van de Velden – Joly, Demelinne, M. Bruijsten ; Wurm, Kars, Postma ; van Oorschot, Bastings, Hagemeijer ; Houkes, Dijkstra, van Hulten

Attendance – 4,150

Referees : Eduards ODINS (Latvia), Vladimir SINDLER (Czech Republic)

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Road To Russia … Germany 5 – Holland 1


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A noteworthy five-point night from veteran ALEXANDER BARTA of Swedish Elitserien outfit BK Rogle Angelholm combined with a stifling defensive effort from the entire team when off the puck allowed host GERMANY to effectively handle HOLLAND 5-1 and close out opening day activities at the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualification Tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

The Germans, who would go on to outshoot the hapless Dutch by the overwhelming margin of 57-10 on the whole of this Olympic qualifying contest, established control in the middle of the first period by firing two goals within a three and a half minute span. The Swedish legionnaire Barta, who appeared with Deutschland at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, but was left off of the national side that skated at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, opened Germany’s account with a sharp-angle shot at the 8:30 mark. Hamburg Freezers’ good-sized left wing DAVID WOLF drove to the net and jammed a loose puck in the crease home to double the lead not so long afterwards.

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Germany rearguard FELIX PETERMANN (43) of EHC Red Bull Munich, the seasoned 28-year-old defenseman who skated in three games (0 go, 0 pts) for Deutschland at the 2007 IIHF World Championships held in Russia, puts a halt to Holland left wing RAPHAEL JOLY of HYS Den Haag, the 24-year-old Dutchman who skated four seasons of lower-level Canadian junior hockey in Quebec before returning home, alongside the boards as the Netherlands captain MARCEL KARS of Amsterdam G’s digs for the puck during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualifying Tournament at the EgeTrans Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen.
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Holland managed to hang tough for more than half of their opening Olympic qualifying match at Bietigheim-Bissingen and skating opposite the host nation, no less. Perhaps inspired by a few words during the first intermission by American trainer BARRY SMITH, the former University of Alaska – Fairbanks defenseman who put in four seasons as a professional player in Great Britain before spending five years as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League, the Dutch even halved their deficit by striking on the power play after the Germans took a needless penalty for too many men on the ice. A goal by aging Holland captain MARCEL KARS of Amsterdam G’s, the 35-year-old native of Toronto and former University of Guelph center who had a spell in the German third division with SC Deggendorfer a few seasons ago, gave Deutschland trainer PAT CORTINA ever reason to be concerned at the 29:01 mark.

Barta, however, took an inviting cross-ice pass from fellow Swedish legionnaire MARCEL MUELLER of Mo Do Ornskoldsvik and swept the puck past Holland netminder IAN MEIERDRES of Tilburg Trappers to score his second goal of the game with a little over a minute remaining in the second period. German breathing room was restored although, with respect due the Dutch goaltender Meierdres, Deutschland probably should have had more to show for the all the one-way traffic in terms of shots on target over the first forty minutes. There is also little doubt that Germany’s trainer had something to say during the second intermission.

The Holland contest highlighted a major weakness for Germany that would show itself all thorughout this XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualification Tournament in Baden-Wuerttemberg. There was no quintessential attack-minded defenseman such as CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF of the Buffalo Sabres to quarterback the German offense from the blueline. Aside from Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman CONSTANTIN BRAUN, the 24-year-old who was a sixth round pick (# 164 overall) of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2006 National Hockey League Draft, the rest of the players on the blue line corps selected by the German trainer Cortina for the tournament at Bietigheim-Bissingen must be described as the classic “stay-at-home” types.

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Germany center ALEXANDER BARTA (29) of Swedish elite league club BK Rogle Angelholm, the 30-year-old veteran who has represented his country at seven major international tournaments (46 ga, 8 go, 11 pts) in his career, zips the puck past Holland netminder IAN MEIERDRES of Tilburg Trappers to give Deutschland a 3-1 lead late in the second period of the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualficiation Tournament contest at the EgeTrans Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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Germany captain MICHAEL WOLF (16), the 32-year-old Iserlohn Roosters right wing who registered 20 goals and 47 points in 43 Deutsche Eishockey Liga games this season, has represented Deutschland at six major international tournaments (38 ga, 9 go, 17 pts) in his career.
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The Germans emerged from the locker room for the final period at the new EgeTrans Arena and totally snuffed out any chance Holland had for a rally by unleashing the sort of offensive display that is just not seen every day. The home side, indeed, ran up an impressive 22-1 count in the shots-on-goal department against the beleagured Dutch for the final twenty minutes. Meierdres, the 24-year-old who was named the Best Goaltender at the Division 1-B tournament of the 2012 IIHF World Championships last season, did all he could to hold the score down and ended up with 52 saves as well as Holland’s “Best Player” selection for this Olympic qualifier with Germany.

Germany captain MICHAEL WOLF of Iserlohn Roosters, the 2010 Olympic veteran who leads all homegrown players in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with 20 goals this season, stretched the lead against the Netherlands to 4-1 with a power play goal seven and a half minutes into the third period. Koelner Haie left wing PHILIP GOGULLA, the 25-year-old former Buffalo Sabres farmhand who led the German national team with nine points (two goals) at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, earned his second assist of the contest with the Netherlands on that tally. Gogulla’s D.E.L. teammate MORITZ MUELLER, the 26-year-old defenseman who appeared in all six games (1 go, 0 as) for Germany at the 2009 IIHF World Championships in Switzerland, added a very late goal on the power play to finish off Holland.

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Germany left wing DAVID WOLF (89) of Hamburg Freezers, the good-sized (6’3″ 215 lbs) 23-year-old who has never appeared at a major international tournament as of yet, competes for the loose puck with youthful Holland defenseman MIKE OVERWEG (4) of Eindhoven Kemphanen during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D Qualfication Tournament contest witnessed by a crowd of 3,780 Zuschauer at the EgeTrans Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen.
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XXII Winter Olympic Games
Qualification Tournament, Group D
Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

GERMANY 5 – HOLLAND 1
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08:30 … GER – Barta (Flaake, Gogulla)
11:54 … GER – D. Wolf (Barta, Flaake)
penalties – Kars HOL (tripping) 15:50, D. Wolf GER (hooking) 20:00
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29:01 … HOL – Kars (Joly) – ppg
38:48 … GER – Barta (Ma. Mueller, Rankel)
penalties – Mo. Muller GER (tripping) 23:31, Kars HOL (hooking) 23:40, GER bench (too many men) 28:48, Postma HOL (slashing) 31:33
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47:21 … GER – M. Wolf (Gogulla, Barta) – ppg
58:57 … GER – Mo. Muller (M. Wolf, Barta) – pgg
penalties – Kars HOL (hooking) 46:58, van Oorschot HOL (holding) 52:47, Kink GER (slashing) 55:41, Hagemeijer HOL (tripping) 56:54, de Jong HOL (high sticking) 58:37

Shots-on-goal
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GERMANY …… 57 = 17 + 18 + 22
HOLLAND ……. 10 = 4 + 5 + 1

“Best Players”
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GERMANY ……… Alexander BARTA – (BK Rogle Angelholm – Swe)
HOLLAND ………. Ian MEIERDRES – (Tilburg Trappers)

GERMANY : Zepp – Baxmann, Braun ; Goc, Mo. Mueller ; Kohl, Petermann – Gogulla, Barta, M. Wolf ; Ma. Mueller, Hospelt, Rankel ; Kink, Schuetz, Reimer ; D. Wolf, Festerling, Flaake ; Pietta

HOLLAND : Meierdres – van den Heuvel, de Jong ; Smid, Willemse ; Overweg, van de Velden – Joly, Kars, Postma ; K. Bruijsten, Demelinne, M. Bruijsten ; van Oorschot, Bastings, Hagemeijer ; Wurm, Dijkstra, van Hulten ; Houkes

attendance : 3,780

Referees — Alexei ROVODIN (Russia), Vladimir SINDLER (Czech Republic)

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Holland Have No Chance


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Holland defenseman BJORN WILLEMSE (25), the 29-year-old Tilburg Trappers rearguard who has represented the Netherlands in the lower divisions of the annual IIHF World Championships on ten occasions (49 ga, 3 go, 14 pts) in his career, seeks to skate the puck away from the forecheck of Germany right wing MICHAEL WOLF (16), the 32-year-old veteran whose 20 goals for Iserlohn Roosters are the most by any homegrown player in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this term, during the XXII Winter Olympic Games – Group D qualification match at the EgeTrans Arena in Bietigheim-Bissingen.
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Having scored 23 goals in 22 games as a right wing for the Tilburg Trappers in the Dutch elite league to close out the 1993/94 campaign, new Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky can probably confirm that the national team of HOLLAND have absolutely no chance to qualify for the ice hockey tournament at the XXII Winter Olympic Games next year in Sochi, Russia.

The NETHERLANDS, of course, made its debut at the Group D qualifying tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen by being outshot 57-10 in the match against host Germany and will also be skating later this week with Austria as well as Italy.

A quick review of the statistics reported by the official website of the Deutscher Eishockey Bund help put the Dutch situation into proper perspective. Whereas the Germans claim 28,932 senior registered ice hockey players and the Austrians list 20,489 adult skaters of their own, modest Holland have a very small pool of just 3,448 senior players. Furthermore, there are 256 indoor ice hockey rinks in the whole of Germany and another 117 sites in neighboring Austria but there are only a scant 26 places to play hockey in all the Netherlands.

Perhaps most important of all, there is no Dick Decloe to call upon this time around, either. Players such as Holland team captain MARCEL KARS, the aging 35-year-old native of Toronto who once skated for the University of Guelph in the Canadian college ranks many moons ago, will have to suffice. Kars, to review, scored six goals in 21 games for SC Deggendorfer during the 2007/08 German Oberliga (third division) season.

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Canadian-born DICK DECLOE scored 12 goals in his first 14 NCAA games as a sophomore for Boston University before being declared ineligible by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association in the middle of the 1972/73 campaign. After winning the coveted Memorial Cup with the Toronto Marlboros to close out his amateur career later that spring, the lanky winger crossed the Atlantic Ocean and signed with Hijs Hokij Den Haag of the Dutch elite league. A year later, Decloe moved across the border into West Germany and became the Bundesliga’s top goal-scorer (der Torschuetzenkoenig) four consecutive seasons in a row with Krefeld EV from 1975 thru 1978 … the prolific DICK DECLOE notched three goals and five points in five games for the Netherlands at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games held at Lake Placid in the United States. After a brief stint with Koelner EC and a transfer to EG Duesseldorf, the dynamic 27-year-old finished as the 1980/81 season as the top point scorer in the West German elite league. Decloe also skated four seasons in Switzerland for SC Bern.

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