Right now in the EIHL we have some superb goalies. Ben Bowns for example leading the way for the Brits, Tyler Beskorowany back stopping the Giants to potential silverware this year and Patrick Killeen putting in stellar performances despite his club being in last place.
But one of the best goaltenders the league has ever seen stopped by for one year in Scotland, and since then has gone to unbelievable heights following his year in Dundee.
Just in his second year of professional hockey following a great four years at Bemidji State University between 2008 and 2012, Dan Bakala joined the Dundee Stars for the 2013/14 season, helping the Stars to an incredible third place finish in the EIHL that year, with Bakala playing outstanding in net, and guys like Nico Sacchetti, Jerry Pollastrone and Nikita Kashirsky scoring for fun to help Dundee to their highest ever finish in their EIHL career.
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After months of hockey among some of the best Europe has to offer, the Champions Hockey League draws to a close tonight as the Frölunda Indians search for their third CHL title in four appearances over the past five seasons, and they’ll be taking on Red Bull Munich of Germany who are making their debut in the final, being the first German representative to make it to this stage of the tournament.
Last year was the first time ever a Swedish side hasn’t won the competition, as Finnish side JYP Jyväskylä won a close fought final over the Växjö Lakers, shutting out the Lakers who also hosted the final in a 2 – 0 final score.
It was the first time Frölunda haven’t made the final as well, crashing out in the first knockout round after an impressive group stage performance, while Red Bull Munich also crashed out in the first knockout round for the third straight year, before finally breaking their curse this year and winning a playoff series for the first time.
Continue reading CHL FINAL SUPER PREVIEW: Frölunda chasing third Champions Hockey League title in final against Munich