Straubing blank EHC
Olympic Ice Stadium, Munich – A penalty ridden second period gave the Straubing Tigers the advantage needed against EHC Red Bull München, scoring two goals en route to a 3-0 win.
Grant Lewis scored a power play goal at 6:48 after Munich’s Klaus Kathan’s second penalty of the period and Daniel Sparre another power play – EHC had too many players on the ice – with gave all the Tigers needed for the win.
The first period started with both teams very equally matched. Both teams had good looks at the goal and were strong on defense. Once the buzzer sounded at the end of the first period neither team had managed to score.
“In the first period we played with self-confidence and were organized, we created some scoring chances,” said Munich head coach Pat Cortina.
Editor’s Note: EHC Red Bull coach Pat Cortina is the new head coach of the German national ice hockey team. He debuts at the helm at the Deutschland Cup November 9-11. Here’s a preview.
Munich was hoping that they would be able to strike first in the second period but it was not meant to be. Instead they shot themselves many times. EHC played their worst 20 minutes of the night in the second period and nine of their ten penalties came in the second period.
“I think that our energy factor was a little low and we are coming off a pretty tough schedule, four games in eight days and I think we lost a little focus,” said Cortina.
Down 2-0, Munich tried to make a comeback; unfortunately they had no luck. The Tiger’s’ René Röthke would score in the 19:02 minute after EHC pulled the goalie. Röthke’s goal sealed the victory for the Tigers and handed EHC Munich a shut out at home.
All was not lost for Munich, as General Manager Christian Winkler announced that they had found a solution to cover for the injured Jason Ulmer. Blake Wheeler from the Winnipeg Jets has signed to play for Munich during the next six weeks and potentially longer depending on how long the NHL lockout lasts.
“Big body, good skater, and from what I hear a good solid young man,” remarked Cortina about his new signing. “But we cannot expect him to do everything on his own. I am quite confident that he is going to make us more dangerous offensively and hopefully we will be able to help him continue improving as well.”
Wheeler will join the club on November 1st, and will play his first game the next day in Dusseldorf.
Munich’s next game is Wednesday October 31st against the Hamburg Freezers, who currently sit 6th in the DEL standings. Face-off at 19:30.