19.01.2013 Comeback win in Düsseldorf
At the beginning of the first period the Eisbären Berlin played with a lot of respect. The Düsseldorfer EG had won all of their four games of the year 2013 and played with much self-confidence. But the Eisbären fought back and won the game by 6-3.
Düsseldorf opened the scoring at 11:39 of the first period. Colin Long hustled through Berlin´s defense and put Ashton Rome in action with a short quick pass. Rome lifted the puck besides goalie Rob Zepp with his backhand (11:39). A few seconds later the home team decimated themselves. Nikolaus Mondt stepped into the penalty box with a high stick penalty (12:48) as well as Ashton Rome for delaying the game (13:12). New Eisbär player Corey Locke used his free space and waited a long time to look for a teammate. He found Mat Foy standing at the far left post with a hard cross the ice pass. Foy´s onetimer equalized the game at 1 at 14:13 of the period. “It was nice to assist Matt Foy” new Eisbär player Corey Locke said after his first game for Berlin. “Obviously Matt and I have some chemistry but we didn´t play together for a long time. With more time and with more games we will get better and more familiar. It was good to get such a win on the road. We came back in the third period – scored 5 goals and showed a lot of character. I am happy to be a part of it”.
During the second period the home team continued pressuring towards Rob Zepp´s goal. Resultantly they renewed heir one goal lead. Nikolaus Mondt punished Berlin´s Tyson Mulock and Julian Talbot for their loss of discipline on the ice. Goalie Rob Zepp blocked Calle Ridderwall´s slap shot from the blue line but wasn´t quick enough to interfere with Mondt´s rebound at 05:36 of the period. Later on Andreas Martinsen made it a two goal difference by pushing the puck over the goal line from short distance (13:07). But the game wasn´t over yet. “It´s a shame to lose a game like that in the third period” Düsseldorf´s Travis Turnbull voiced his frustration. “We had a couple of breakdowns – they ended up costing us. We have to refocus right now for the game against Iserlohn. It´s our first road game in three weeks. We have to win there”.
Eisbär coach Don Jackson must have said the right words to his players during the second intermission. Berlin´s strikers stepped back onto the ice and played much more determined. Julian Talbot made it a one goal game by lifting the puck besides goalie Roebert Goepfert at 04:44 of the third period. The home team seemed shocked. Mads Christensen equalized the match only 65 seconds later. He used Frank Hördler´s cross the ice pass to hammer the puck right under the crossbar (05:49). It was a demonstration of simple hockey. For Düsseldorf it got even worse. Julian Talbot outplayed goalie Goepfert and scored his second goal only 55 seconds later (06:44). Berlin had scored three goals within 120 seconds. The guest team led by 4-3. “To win a game like that feels pretty good” stated the most valuable player Julian Talbot. “We got a lot of chances tonight, but nothing seemed to go in. Then finally a couple went in for me. After that we had the momentum. It was just a matter of time to get the win”.
Düsseldorf´s strikers tried everything to score the equalizer. They had many good scoring chances. Unfortunately for the home team goalie Robert Goepfert had to leave the ice injured at 15:00. A few seconds later new goalie Björn Linda couldn´t stop Berlin´s counterattack. Tyson Mulock onetimed Darin Olver´s cross pass at the low slot area at 17:40. Darin Olver finalized the scoring at 6-3 with an empty-netter (19:27). It was Berlin´s first win on the road in the year 2013.
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