13.01.2013 With catch-up hockey you can´t win games
The Eisbären Berlin lost against the Iserlohn Roosters by 2-3. Iserlohn´s Mark Bell scored the decisive shootout. Berlin´s strikers couldn´t convert their game dominance into success. It was a very rough game between the two teams. The referees didn´t call many penalties allowing a good game flow. “To play catch-up hockey is much more difficult than being in the lead” Berlin´s Frank Hördler´s voiced his frustration after the game. “Iserlohn played strong and used the chances”.
Iserlohn´s top scorer Michael Wolf scored his twentieth goal of the season by opening the scoring at 11:26 of the first period. He received Mark Bell´s pass in the neutral zone and took his chance. Wolf converted his break away chance with a quick stick handling move towards the right post. “It was an equal game” Wolf stated. “Berlin didn´t make much mistakes. We resisted their pressure. The win was very important for us”. Until the end of the period Iserlohn´s Derek Peltier´s roughing penalty (18:43) was the most important thing that had happened.
Berlin found an answer to the scoring at the beginning of the second period. Frank Hördler punished Peltier´s lack of discipline. He tipped in the rebound after 46 seconds of the second period. A few minutes later Vincent Schlenker visited the penalty box for a high stick (02:33). Frank Hördler sat right next to him for a slashing penalty 70 seconds later (03:43). The Roosters outplayed the defense and used their two men advantage situation. Goalie Rob Zepp blocked Mike York´s shot with his pad. But Jeffrey Giuliano reacted quickly standing at the low slot area and pushed the slice into the almost empty net (04:24). The guest team decimated themselves in the minutes that followed. The referees called a stick check on Mike York (07:58) and a charging penalty on Giuliano (09:09). In search for a free space on the ice Berlin´s strikers found André Rankel standing at the blue line. The captain equalized the game at 2 with a well aimed wrister at 10:23 of the second period.
The duel remained rough during the third period. Both teams played physically hard but neither team could score the decisive goal. Unfortunately Matt Foy couldn´t convert his tremendous “100-per cent scoring chance” at the end of the finishing period. The following overtime remained goalless – the game ended with a shootout. Mark Bell won the extra point for his team. He surprised goalie Rob Zepp with a low shot. “The league is becoming better and better” Eisbären coach Don Jackson commented on the game. “The teams are much more even. We still have high expectations. We are the top offensive team in the league but have to improve our defense urgently”.
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