Upon Further Review, D.E.L. Decides Noebels Scored Goal On Eisbaeren Debut


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Sometime on Saturday, somebody in a position of importance over at the main offices of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga decided that former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand Marcel Noebels should have been credited for the late third period game-tying goal that ultimately enabled visiting Eisbaeren Berlin to defeat host Koelner Haie 3-2 after overtime on Friday night.

Thus, the credit for Eisbaeren Berlin’s second goal, which was originally given to veteran Germany national team defenseman Frank Hoerdler, was officially changed to Noebels, the 22-year-old left wing who was appearing in his first D.E.L. contest since signing formally signing a three-year contract with the German capital city club less than one week earlier.

Noebels, to review, had gone to training camp this fall with the American Hockey League’s new Lehigh Valley Phantoms outfit. But, after being held pointless in two AHL exhibition games, the fourth round pick (# 118 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft was sent down to the Reading Royals of the third-tier East Coast Hockey League on October 5th. And so, the German national team winger simply refused to accept this abrupt demotion and quickly ended up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean with Eisbaeren Berlin, a highly successful team who have celebrated no less than seven German elite league titles in the last ten years.

“Personally, I saw no future under the coach of the Philadelpha Flyers,” Noebels told the German website, bz-berlin.de, in an interview just after having arrived from North America.

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Krefeld Pinguine winger Marcel Noebels (15) chases the Hamburg Freezers’ well-traveled American attacker Peter Ratchuk, the aging veteran who was once the first round choice (# 25 overall) of the Colorado Avalanche at the 1996 National Hockey League Draft but only did ever skate in 32 NHL games for the Florida Panthers before concluding his professional career in Europe, along the boards in a Deutsche Eishockey Liga game contested during the 2009/10 season … as is the case in all European senior professional leagues regardless of division, all players who would be eligible to participate at that year’s annual IIHF World Junior Championships (read, those who are 19 years of age or younger) must wear a full facemask.
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Noebels’ first goal for his new club, Eisbaeren Berlin, is not the first lamp-lighter the now 22-year-old native of Toenisvorst has ever notched in the senior German elite league. As a 17-year-old, Noebels made 33 appearances and scored one goal for the Krefeld Pinguine during the 2009/10 Deutsche Eishockey Liga campaign before heading off to North America to skate two seasons in the Canadian junior hockey system for the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Portland Winterhawks. As a professional for two years in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, Noebels tallied 11 goals in 31 games for the Trenton Titans of the East Coast Hockey League and then 16 goals in 95 games for the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

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In explaining his reasons for having dissolved his contract with the Philadelphia Flyers organization, the last comment that Noebels had for bz-berlin.de was particularly interesting.

“Ich will der Mannschaft helfen und nicht einfach nur die Scheibe von der Mittellinie blind ins Drittel schiessen.” — “I want to help the team and not just shoot the puck from the red line blindly into the (offensive) third.”

Noebels is, of course, not merely expressing his displeasure for the specific strategies & tactics of the Philadelphia Flyers organization, itself, so much as the youthful winger who has appeared with Germany at the last two IIHF World Championships in a row now was simply voicing his disdain for the traditional North American style of “dump and chase” hockey, in general.

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