The Lac St. Louis Tigers faced an unusual foe last Tuesday as the Eisbaren Juniors from Berlin, Germany were in town for an exhibition game. The Tigers made short work of the Germans by defeating them 14-1. Lac St. Louis was dominant throughout the game, using its skill and speed to get the best of their European opponents.
“It was a pretty good game for the first 15 minutes, we limited mistakes defensively but the jet-lag hurt us. This team is pretty young as well. Lac St. Louis was a tough opponent. They have a good first shot to the net and their level of passing is of high quality. It’s a big difference to play here too because the neutral zone is pretty narrow as well as the offensive and defensive zones. It was pretty difficult for us to find out about that in 60 minutes of play,” said Berlin’s head coach Andreas Gensel.
It took five good minutes for the Tigers to set the pace but once they were started, they couldn’t be stopped. Daniel Sprong came down the aisle and surprised goaltender Lucas Hofmann with a perfect wrister to open the score at 5:40.
Two minutes later, Chris Chaddock deked a defenseman near the crease before he put the puck on Sprong’s stick. The latter put the puck behind Hofmann with ease to make the score 2-0.
Kevin St-Amour got the best of Hofmann at 9:00 when his slapshot from the faceoff circle was too much to handle. Twenty seconds later, Alex Bourhas came down on a three-on-one and he went five-hole to give his team a four-goal lead.
By then, the Tigers had clearly established dominance on the ice. Their passes and rushes were too swift, they were always firsts on the puck and the Berlin fore-checking was deficient. Nonetheless, it was still only 4-0 after one period of play.
“After the first period we told our guys to relax a bit, to try to make more passing plays and work on plays to get ready for the tournament coming up,” said Tigers’ assistant coach Jason Dorrington.
But the Tigers added four goals in the second period, Nico Derastvis netting two of them. To add insult to injury, the Tigers’ goalie even stopped Marco Clemens on a clean breakaway with a beautiful glove save with less than a minute to go in the period.
Lac St. Louis scored six more times in the third while the Eisbaren managed to score one to save face with Vincent Hessler’s goal at 15:53 of the third period. Chaddock and St-Amour obtained a hat trick each while Sam Dove-McFalls who had played for the Eisbaren the year before while his father was working in Germany put up three assists.
“It was really fun. I really appreciated playing against my old friends. I already knew half the team,” he said.