What we learnt from the Devils overtime loss to Växjö

The Cardiff Devils couldn’t quite get the win against the Växjö Lakers in their final Champions Hockey League game of the 2018/19 campaign meaning the EIHL side ended this group stage with two points from two overtime losses, and four regulation losses.

Now before the criticism comes, we can honestly learn a lot from the Devils from this. They didn’t quite reach the successes of their previous campaign but this was a huge step up from last year.

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Fife Prepare for First Test of the Season

With six wins in seven games, Fife have had the best start to the the season that they could have hoped for. However, with success always comes tests and this week the Flyers will face their first greatest test in the form of Sheffield, Nottingham and Cardiff.

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Kings End the Road Trip Feeling Blue in Toronto

The Kings road trip ends in a way that they rather would not have ended it, by way of losing 4-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite throwing 34 shots on net and scoring one past backup Garret Sparks, it wouldn’t be enough as on the other end of the ice Jack Campbell would chalk up another L.

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Can the Sharks fix their abysmal power play?

There’s no way to beat around the bush on this one. The San Jose Sharks’ penalty killing units have scored more goals than the power play. It’s baffling, but given the way they’ve played, not completely surprising.

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DEL ROUNDUP: Mannheim tops standings / Augsburger remain on fire / Wild Wings stay winless

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Adler Mannheim and Kolner Haie battle Photo: City-Press

DEL ROUNDUP

Another interesting weekend of hockey in Germany’s DEL came and went, and with it saw a new leader after an action-packed Round 10 and 11 with Adler Mannheim soaring above the rest of the pack in the standings, following their back to back victories over the Wild Wings and Kölner Haie.

Kölner Haie made it three wins on the bounce to beat Iserlohn Roosters 2-1 in Cologne, after Felix Schutz opened the scoring late on in the second period courtesy of a power play goal, that was until Anthony Camara equalised early on in the third for the Roosters to see overtime and have Michael Zalewski skating from his own zone to snap a shot that beat the keeper for the extra point.

Two teams that haven’t got going so far this season are the Nurnberg Ice Tigers and Grizzly Wolfsburg. Their game saw Gerrit Fauser firing the home side in front on the power play with Philippe Dupuis soon levelling things up for Nürnberg. A Daniel Sparre effort soon restored the lead for Wolfsburg four minutes later.

Leonhard Pfoderl then tied the game up with less than five to play. With 2.19 gone in the extra overtime period, Brandon Buck slammed home the puck to give the Ice Tigers victory.

From two sides out of form to two teams that are in-form. The Augsburger Panther and the Straubing Tigers meeting up in Straubing and saw the visiting Panthers side holding a two-goal advantage for most of the game, thanks to Daniel Schmolz and David Stieler scoring inside the opening ten minutes.

Straubing then scored twice in a minute, as Stefan Loibl made it 2-1 before Antoine Laganiere drew the scores level at 2-2. Adam Payerl managed to put Augsburger back ahead late on and then have Matthew Fraser closing the game out an empty-net goal for 4-2.

Eisbaren Berlin won on the road at Krefeld 3-1, as a Louis-Marc Aubry goal cancelled out a Jacob Berglund effort for the hometown Penguine side midway through the first. Brendan Ranford scored on the power play for a 2-1 lead and then had Sean Backman adding a third for the win.

Adler Mannheim moved to the top of the DEL summit after beating the Schwenniger Wild Wings 3-1 in Mannheim. Both sides traded goals, with a Mirko Sacher power-play strike sandwiched in between the Mannheim goals from Benjamin Smith and Matthias Plachta for the home side. Garrett Festerling added a third as Mannheim eventually overcame the stubborn bottom of the table side.

Recent leaders DEG Dusseldorf suffered back to back overtime losses over this past weekend, starting firstly a 3-2 overtime loss against ERC Ingolstadt in Bavaria, as goals by Jaedon Descheneau and a power-play effort by Ryan McKiernan put DEG 2-0 up. Vili Sopanen and Brett Olson then levelled things up for Ingolstadt to force overtime and saw Mike Collins netting the game-winning goal for ERC.

On Sunday, Dusseldorf then faced another Bavarian side in German champions Munchen Red Bulls in a nine-goal thriller at Munich’s Olympia Eishalle. As Maximilian Kastner and Matthew Stajan scoring a brace each for Munchen, with Stajan scoring the overtime winner with 1.10 gone into the extra period for the 5-4 victory.

ERC Ingolstadt travelled to the German capital to take on Eisbaren Berlin and left with all the points, as goals by David Elsner and Brett Olson put them two up before a powerplay effort by Danny Richmond made it a one-goal game and late on saw Jerry D’Amigo scoring into an empty cage for a 3-1 win.

Straubing Tigers picked up a 4-2 road win over Iserlohn Roosters, as two goals by Michael Connolly helped the Tigers get back to winning ways and moved up into fourth place in the standings.

Krefeld Penguine made the trip to Nurnberg to face the Ice Tigers and was forced to battle back from 3-1 down, having led through a Jacob Berglund goal till the hosts scored three unanswered goals from firstly Chad Bassen, Brandon Buck and then a power-play goal from Jason Bast made it 3-1. The Penguine hit back with three unanswered goals of their own, starting with a Vincent Saponari goal and was soon followed by Daniel Pietta tying the game up with less than nine to play and had Phillip Bruggisser scoring the winner with five minutes to play for a 4-3 win.

The winless Schwenniger Wild Wings welcomed Bremerhaven Pinguins to the Helios Arena and despite two goals by Simon Danner, the visitors led thanks to strikes by Michael Moore and Miha Verlic with the Pinguins leading after one. Danner scored his second of the match for the Wild Wings for 2-2, but Chad Nehring scored the deciding goal nearly ten minutes from time to see Bremerhaven as 3-2 winners.

Augsburger Panther made it four wins in a row, and are the current form team in the DEL as it stands now following their 6-0 hammering of Grizzly Wolfsburg. Goals from Matthew White and Simon Sezemsky put the home side two up inside seven minutes of play before Wolfsburg collapsed in the final ten of the match and see Thomas Holzmann, a quick-fire double from Patrick McNeill and a Daniel Schmolz goal completing the rout.

The last word belongs to leaders Adler Mannheim, as they came back from a two-goal deficit away at Cologne, as Chad Kolarik started the comeback and saw two powerplay goals by David Wolf and then Markus Eisenschmid put the leaders 3-2 up, before former Chicago and San Jose man Andrew Desjardins made sure of the points for a 4-2 win.

NWHL Roundup: Buffalo shuts out the Whales again / Boston inflict more misery on the Mets’

NWHL ROUNDUP

Another weekend of National Women’s Hockey League games took place this past week and saw the new girls on the block in the Minnesota Whitecaps sitting it out while the remaining four sides all played.

The two games saw the Buffalo Beauts looking to make it two wins in two against their opponents from last week, the Connecticut Whale. The Boston Pride opened their league programme up against the 0-2 Metropolitan Riveters.

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