Reimer Ices Penguins
Posted by Gabriel Nounna
Posted in Ice Hockey
EHC Red Bull München beat Krefeld 3-1
Olympic Ice Stadium, Ulrich Maurer’s goal in the opening minutes of the first period gave EHC Red Bull München the confidence that they needed against the Krefeld Penguins to win 3-1.
Sören Sturm would add to that lead with 3:55 left in the first period, when received a pass in front of the blue line and decided that it was a good opportunity to take a shot. His decision proved worthy and his score increased Munich’s lead and give them the extra push of momentum to keep the Penguins at bay.
“The second goal was a big one for us, it brought us some momentum and we believed we could do the job,” said head coach Pat Cortina.
EHC and Krefeld faceoff during their game at the Olympic Ice Stadium. Photo: Sport Eagle / Nounna
The first period ended 2-0 with Munich’s goaltender Jochen Reimer blocking 11 shot attempts, which allowed the team some breathing room going in to the second period.
The second period was less eventful from a scoring standpoint but there was no lack of action and penalties. Krefeld were attacking Munich’s goal desperately trying to score but Reimer would just not let up. The Penguin’s Patrick Klöpper was given a penalty shot when EHC’s own Ryan Kavanagh held onto a Krefeld player in front of Munich’s goal. Lucky for Munich that Reimer stopped the penalty shot attempt as well.
In the final period, Munich’s co-captain Martin Buchwieser would take advantage of the power play at 7:54 giving his team a 3-0 lead. It looked as though Munich would be able to shutout the Penguins until Felix Petermann received a 2 minute penalty for hooking at 18:07.
Unfortunately for Munich they would receive another penalty 17 seconds later at 18:24 when Sturm would be called for tripping. This gave the Penguins a two-man advantage that they desperately needed. Penguin’s Christian Ehrhoff would be the lucky one to finally score against Reimer in the 19:08 minute, crushing Munich’s chances of a clean sheet.
The game’s MVP was Reimer not just because he blocked 28 of 29 shot attempts in the game but also because he played a pivotal role in keeping the team’s motivation from dwindling.
“Possibly the most important point of this evening was our goalie Jochen Reimer. He was our best player on the ice. He was on his game from the first moment on and a big reason why we were successful tonight,” said Cortina.
Jochen Reimer was happy for the win. “Winning is always fun, sometimes we wonder if all the work we are doing is going to pay off and tonight it did and it is especially good for our fans.”
Munich’s travel to Cologne for their next game on October 9th against the Sharks. Munich’s next home game is October 14th at 16:30 against the Iserlohn Roosters.