Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Highlanders Witness First Loss in League

Photo Courtesy of Patrick Juricek
The Neuberg Highlanders lost, 3-2, in overtime against the Sabres Wien II on Sunday at the Albert-Schultz Eishalle.  This marked the Highlanders' first loss in the Damen Eishockey Bundesliga (DEBL).  Despite the loss, the Highlanders remain as the top seed in the standings with an 8-1 record.  The Sabres follow in second place with a 7-2 record.

Photo Courtesy of Patrick Juricek
Photo Courtesy of Patrick Juricek
The game was scoreless after two periods.  The Highlanders struck first, as Jennifer Pesendorfer scored nearly halfway into the third period.  I passed the puck to Pesendorfer as she went down on a 2-on-1.  She sailed the puck blocker side of the goaltender, putting the first tally on the board.  In a one-goal deficit, the Sabres quickly responded scoring the game-tying goal nearly two minutes later.  After another two minutes, I scored the go-ahead goal for the Highlanders.   Bianca Tendl passed the puck to me as I skated through two Sabres defenders creating a breakaway opportunity.  I deked the goaltender and scored on my backhand to give my team a 2-1 lead.  The Sabres managed to tie the game before the end of the period, sending the game into overtime.  The Sabres were called for a penalty with 12 seconds remaining in regulation time, so the Highlanders started the overtime period on a powerplay.  Although with a one-man advantage, the Highlanders let the Sabres slip in a shorthanded goal, ending the game with a 3-2 loss. 



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