Deutschland Adler LC entered the 3rd, and final, regular season weekend in Prague, knowing that we had our work cut out for us. Our first game was a match up against Aitcom Pardubice, who was only a couple of points behind us in the standings. We simply had to win this game and that is exactly what we did. In fact, we not only won, but we sent a message to league that we are here to win the ELL.
Before the weekend, we made some changes to our roster. Three more Canadians from New Westminster were added to the team: Alec and Eric Turra and Neil Tyacke who came to join his brother Brian. We also made two trades with the Radotin Wolves. The first trade was Martin Culman for Philipp Broz, and the second was Dominik Sika for the rights to Eric Turra.
The first game was pretty much controlled by us from the get go as we scored 9 goals in the first period. The scoring was spread out in the 1 st with only Pavel Dosly and Tim Wunderlich being able to tally more then one goal. Wunderlich went down with a foot injury, and is out for the remainder of the ELL season. From everybody at the DALC (and LAS), we hope you get well soon, Tim.
We exchanged goals in the final two periods and finished the game with a 19-9 win. With the win we secured second place in the league standings, which gives us a bye to the semi finals in the final weekend.
Our next opponent was ELL Blue, who is currently at the bottom of the standings. With their spot at the bottom the standings, we underestimated just what kind of parity there is in the ELL. Blue pretty much controlled the game for the 1st two periods leading 11-6 going into the 3rd.
This is when we made a goalie change. Neil Tyacke replaced Christian Geschke who played well in net for us, but was getting zero support on defence. The switch really seemed to wake us up. Broz managed to get us on the board first, and then I quickly got a second one to start the 3rd period off strong.
Blue managed to get another tally from Tomas Zipaj, but from this point on we took over the game
completely, and showed everybody that no matter what the score is, the DALC will never quit. Brian Tyacke, Pavel Dosly, and Eric Tuura ran the show as we managed to score 9 goals in a period for the second time in 2 games. Final score DALC 15, Blue 13.
With the dramatic come from behind win over Blue, were up against the Radotin Wolves in the weekend final. This would be no easy task for us. The Wolves have dramatically improved over the course of the season. With an early morning thunderstorm, and rain falling pretty much right until the opening faceoff, the game was a wet one to say the least.
The rain and cold didn’t make things easy for us. Wolves jumped out to a very early lead, but we managed to fight back and tie the game. This was a very tight game and we flip-flopped scoring until we managed to go on a little bit of a run and take a 6-4 goal leading into the 3rd. With a last minute play planned, we pulled our goalie to play six on five. With a botched play they managed to scoop up the ball and put it into the empty net; cutting the lead to 6-5.
We didn’t make things easy on ourselves, being the only team to get penalized in the final game. This made it difficult to maintain our lead. Wolves managed to tie up the game, but not long after, Dosly put us in the lead again. Both teams battled till the end and where the Wolves managed to get one more goal and tie up the game at 7; sending the finals to a sudden death OT.
OT didn’t take long. Wolves won the faceoff and with time ticking away on their shot clock Jakub Vymola took a desperation shot on goal that managed to fool Neil Tyacke in net, giving the Wolves the win and making them Tournament Champions.
Despite the outcome of the OT loss, I was very proud of our guys all weekend. From the great start in the 1st period against Pardubice, to the amazing come back in the 3rd to BLUE, to an OT loss against the Wolves, we never quit all weekend.
The ELL finals are set for October 19th and 20th in Prague. We get a bye into the semi finals and will play against the winner of the Wolves versus ELL BLUE game.
Here are the standings and stats after the regular season of the ELL:
1 – LC Bison Radotin – 92 points
2 – Deutschland Adler – 73 points
3 – Radotin Wolves – 65 points
4 – Aitcom Pardubice – 49 points
5 – Old Dogs Plzen – 41 points
6 – ELL Blue – 38 points
1 Dominik Pesek – 22, 21 – 43 points
2 Jamie Plunkett – 32, 9 – 41 points
3 Pavel Dosly – 23, 14 – 37 points
4 Petr Poupe – 14, 18 – 32 points
5 Sean Menz – 27, 4 – 31 points