ERC Ingolstadt Blank Eisbaeren In Berlin


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A third period goal from Canadian legionnaire KRIS SPARRE and thirty-three saves from aging countryman IAN GORDON allowed visiting ERC INGOLSTADT to clip inconsistent defending champion EISBAEREN BERLIN 1-0 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

A long slapshot from well outside the blue line by Canadian legionnaire MICHEL PERIARD, the 33-year-old defenseman who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators but never played in the NHL, was not properly controlled by Eisbaeren Berlin netminder ROB ZEPP. The Germany national team goaltender did halt the initial rebound effort of American import JARED ROSS, the former University of Alabama-Huntsville center who skated 13 NHL games (0 go, 0 pts) for the Philadelphia Flyers. But a third try from Canadian legionnaire KRIS SPARRE, the 26-year-old left wing who has been skating in the D.E.L. since departing the East Coast Hockey League’s Idaho Steelheads in the summer of 2009, beat Zepp to the short side for his fifth strike of the season and provided ERC Ingolstadt with the only goal it would reguire at the O2 World Arena Berlin.

Eisbaeren Berlin’s versatile Canadian legionnaire JULIAN TALBOT, the forward-turned-defenseman who has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, had a glorious opportunity to even the match with American trainer DON JACKSON having removed Zepp for an extra attacker late but ERC Ingolstadt’s veteran shot-stopper would not be beaten even at close range.

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Eisbaeren Berlin’s new Canadian legionnaire RYAN CALDWELL (10), the veteran defenseman just added from Finnish elite league side Lukko Rauma, tangles with ERC Ingolstadt’s Canadian legionnaire SEAN O’CONNOR (73), the former third round draft choice (2000, # 82 overall) of the Florida Panthers who spent most of his eight seasons as a professional in North America skating in the East Coast Hockey League, in front of the net during the low-scoring Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the sold-out O2 World Arena Berlin.
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The result spoiled the Eisbaeren Berlin debut of Canadian legionnaire RYAN CALDWELL, the 31-year-old journeyman who won won the NCAA title at the University of Denver in 2004 and later skated two games (0 go, 0 pts) for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League; Caldwell, who put in two years on the EG Duesseldorf blue line before signing with Finnish outfit Assat Pori in the summer of 2010, had joined the German champions earlier in the week after leaving SM-liiga club Lukko Rauma (37 ga, 1 go, 13 pts) but did not make the trip to Baden-Wuerttemberg for the match with Adler Mannheim.

ERC Ingolstadt, it will be noted, were without injured star left wing THOMAS GREILINGER, the 31-year-old who has represented Germany at five major international tournaments (27 ga, 4 go, 5 pts) in his career and is tied for fourth place on the D.E.L. scoring chart with 16 goals and 44 points in 38 D.E.L. contests this term — the exact same totals as those of Eisbaeren Berlin captain ANDRE RANKEL.

All was not lost in the setback to ERC Ingolstadt, though. Despite being shutout for the first time all season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the defending champion still retained its hold on third place in the German top flight standings. Eisbaeren Berlin are level with Krefeld Pinguine on 70 points but lead by virtue of a better goal-differential. The German capital city club have also skated one fewer contest than their North Rhine-Westphalian counterparts during this 2012/13 campaign as the D.E.L. pauses for the XXII Winter Olympic Games qualification tournament in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

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Canadian legionnaire IAN GORDON (34), the 37-year-old veteran who has appeared in more than six hundred D.E.L. contests in his career, watches as ERC Ingolstadt defenseman DEREK DINGER (47) neutralizes Eisbaeren Berlin’s Canadian legionnaire COREY LOCKE (23), the former American Hockey League Most Valuable Player who is still looking to score his first goal in the German top flight, during the Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest watched by the sell-out crowd of 14,200 spectators at the O2 World Arena Berlin.

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