Saturday, September 17, 2011

Highlanders Roast Turkey in Game 1

Kelley Davies at drop of the puck
The Neuberg Highlanders beat Team Turkey, 16-0, Friday night at Kapfenberg.  We came out strong as we took advantage of the game within the first few minutes of play.  Our time on offense seemed to triple our opponent's.  The puck seemed to be in Turkey's defensive zone for most of the game.  After observing our opponent's talent level, however, I noticed that our team, including myself, let up a bit.  We did not skate as hard as we could have, and we did not make simple plays.  It's always difficult playing down to your opponent's level but we seemed to do okay for our first game.  We have some work to do but it was a good start for us.  We play Turkey again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Kapfenberg.  Click here for a full recap of our game.  If you can't read German, I suggest translating it on Google Translate, at least that's what I do. 

After the game, the team ran outside to cool down.  We began running around a swimming pool, but then, we all decided that it would be a good idea to jump in.  Thus, we all took our clothes off and hopped in.  I suppose we were in a way "cooling down," but just in a pool.  After we all showered and got dressed, some of my teammates and I went to the Sport Hotel, which is next to the hockey rink.  We had a drink to celebrate and we were starving after the game, so we ordered toast.  Don't be fooled by the word "toast."  The toast here in Austria is mildly different than what you would think of as toast in America.  Austrian toast is a ham and cheese sandwich that is toasted and served with Ketchup.  This obviously differs from the American toast which is just toasted white bread, usually with butter or jam.  Eventually, we left the Sport Hotel and our temptations led us to McDonald's to get more food and Eis, or ice cream.  After our second meal, my roommates (Courtney Bradley and Jessica Jenkins) and I returned home.  Gute nacht!

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