Monday, January 21, 2013

Highlanders Crush Kitzbühel

The Neuberg Highlanders secured second place in the Damen Eishockey Bundesliga (DEBL) standings with an 8-0 victory against EC "Die Adler" Kitzbühel on Sunday.

The Highlanders scored their first goal at the eight-minute mark as Jennifer Pesendorfer received the puck at the red line, skated past Kitzbühel's defenders with speed, and maneuvered the puck through the goalie.  Sabrina Schlauer scored the Highlanders' second goal eight minutes later.  The Highlanders ended the first period with a 2-0 lead.

Penalties at the start of the second period could have cost the game for the Highlanders, but the Highlanders managed to kill off three consecutive penalties and a 5-on-3 disadvantage.  After four Highlanders' penalties, Schlauer struck again to advance the lead 3-0.  The Highlanders ended the period with yet another goal from Pesendorfer.

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In the third period, I skated down toward Kitzbühel's net and ripped a shot off the crossbar.  Recovering the rebound, I put the puck in the back of the net.  Nearly 30 seconds later, I scored my second goal of the game.  I won the faceoff at center ice and my team went down into Kitzbühel's defensive zone.  Chelsea Illchuk sailed the puck to me from the right corner, and I hit the puck into the net.  With a 6-0 advantage, Dayna Janzen added another tally to the scoreboard as Pesendorfer passed her the puck in front of the net and Janzen deked the goalie.  Pesendorfer earned another assist as she gave a pass to Schlauer in the final minute of play.  Schlauer scored the final goal for the Highlanders and earned her first hattrick of the season.

Four different Highlanders scored in the game (Schlauer 3, Pesendorfer 2, Davies 2, Janzen 1), and Highlanders' goaltender, Bianca Feeberger, earned her third straight shutout with Sunday's victory.  The Highlanders improved to an overall record of 8-1 and continued their winning streak to eight games.  Click here to view the DEBL standings.

The Highlanders travel to Klagenfurt on Saturday for their next game against DEC Dragons Klagenfurt. 

At the end of Sunday's match, the Highlanders celebrated their team manager's birthday.  Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" with sparklers in their hands and presented Margret Kraischek with a gift basket for her birthday!  Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Margret!  Danke für alles!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Highlanders Defeat Triglav, Chance for Title

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The Neuberg Highlanders beat Slovenia's HK Triglav Kranj, 2-0, on Saturday at Kapfenberg Eishalle.  The game remained even for the first half of the match.  The Highlanders scored their first goal in the second period, as Julia Willenshofer battled in front of the net to push the loose puck passed Triglav's goaltender.  Triglav attempted to tie the game but went unsuccessful.  In the final minute of play, I came onto the ice and poke-checked the puck away from Triglav's defender.  I suddenly found myself on a breakaway and secured the win with a goal.

With the victory, the Highlanders extended their winning streak to seven games.  They now safely hold the second place spot in the Damen Eishockey Bundesliga (DEBL) standings, with HDK Maribor in first place.  Maribor witnessed its first loss of the season on Saturday, as KHL Gric Zagreb beat them, 6-4.  With Maribor's loss, the Highlanders now have a chance for the title.  If the Highlanders continue to win the remainder of the season and beat Maribor, they will take the top seed.

 2012-13 DEBL Standings 


1 HDK Maribor 9 8 1 0 0 64 25 24
2 Neuberg Highlanders 8 7 1 1 0 49 19 20
3 HK Triglav Kranj 7 5 2 2 0 29 21 13
4 KHL Gric Zagreb 7 4 3 0 0 43 36 12
5 DEC Dragons Klagenfurt 6 2 4 0 1 21 26 7
6 EC "Die Adler" Kitzbühel 9 2 7 0 1 25 37 7
7 EHV Sabres Wien II 9 2 7 0 1 29 58 7
8 Gipsy Girls Villach 9 2 7 0 0 26 64 6

The Highlanders return to action as they play EC "Die Adler" Kitzbühel on Sunday at Kapfenberg Eishalle at 4:30 p.m.

To view the Highlanders' player stats, click here.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas in Austria

Guten Tag!

Vienna Christmas Market
I have had some eventful past couple months.  I traveled back to America on Nov. 19 to spend Thanksgiving with my family.  After enjoying my time at home, I flew back to Austria on Dec. 12, arriving the next day.  I was very excited to spend Christmas and New Year's in Austria for the first time.  Since Austria doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving but it does celebrate Christmas, it made more sense to go home for Thanksgiving.  I was still able to have both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year!  I was most excited to return to the Vienna Christmas market, or what Austrians call "Wiener Christkindlmarkt."  I was able to shop around for some Christmas gifts that I sent home to my family.  The package mostly consisted of Milka chocolate bars because my family absolutely adores them!  In addition to shopping, I was finally able to taste Glühwein!  This special drink only comes during the winter time in Austria and I have been waiting all year to taste it!  Glühwein is a traditional beverage that is offered during Christmas holidays in German-speaking countries.  It is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus, sugar, and some other ingredients.  It tastes like a hot apple cider but with alcohol, and it definitely warms you up on a cold winter day in Austria.

The Glühwein sure warmed me up when I visited a sheep farm on a mountain.  One of my teammate's parents own a sheep farm and invited me to see their two baby sheep.  The sheep were so adorable!  After seeing the sheep, my teammate's parents were sweet enough to make us some homemade Glühwein as well.  We walked a little farther up the mountain to their "garden hut," which are very popular in Austria, and we enjoyed each other's company as we sipped on the fresh Glühwein.  The hut reminded me of a little girl's playhouse.  It had a table surrounded by benches, a little stove/oven, and a cabinet full of Austrian liquors.  Well, everything reminded of a little girl's playhouse until I found the cabinet of alcohol.  I have noticed these huts all around Austria and I found that many Austrians use these huts to socialize with friends and family, and simply just to relax.  

I had another relaxing time when Christmas came around.  I was so happy to spend the holiday with my fiancé for the first time.  We celebrated the holiday on Dec. 24 because that's what people do here in Austria, which was different for me.  I also discovered that people go out to the bars on Christmas Day, so on the 24th, I went to the bar around 11 a.m. and surprisingly found the bar full of people!  This definitely was a change I had not been used to!  I sipped on champagne in the morning, then came home to have more champagne with our Christmas feast, which did not include a giant turkey.  We had an arrangement of food on the table with a huge cooking device in the middle of the table, called "raclette" or a "raclette grill."  It was almost like fondue, where everyone puts whatever they want to eat on the cooking device with a skewer or miniature frying pan.  It was an interesting experience but actually really fun! 

I have had a great time so far this winter, but I am most surprised by the weather.  It is not as cold as it was this time last year...thank God!  There is barely any snow, but I think it will get much colder later this month.  Although it's not that cold, my hockey team has been able to practice on our outdoor rink occasionally.  And let me tell you, it still gets pretty cold on the outdoor rink at night!  We had two friendly matches, one on the outdoor rink in Bruck and one on the outdoor rink in Langenwang.  Both games were just for fun, but it was good preparation for my team's next league game.

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We had a home game on Dec. 23 against Gipsy Girls Villach.  We won 9-0.  The nine goals came from five different Highlanders.  I led the team with three goals while Julia Willenshofer and Sabrina Schlauer scored two goals each.  Evelyn Hochegger and Theresa Johann each had a goal as well.

We have our next game against HK Triglav Kranj on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Kapfenberg Eishalle at 4:30 p.m.  My roommates come back from Canada today after spending Christmas at home, and I can't wait to play some hockey with them again!


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