MUNICH, Germany – Usually, Munich teams have their down time during Octoberfest. But what the EHC did last weekend seemed like a weekend holiday group back from a week of drinking.
In Mannheim, the coach said, “all players, all position” system worked well for 10 minutes.
In the next 40 minutes, the Mannheim fans saw a brilliant game by their team. And more or less unwilling Munich players on the ice.
The destruction of the EHC didn’t stop after the first period, Mannheim scored three more goals agains Jochen Reimer and in the last period, four more against backup Kevin Reich.
Just two events showed that Munich was on the ice.
Captain Felix Petermann dropped gloves against Jonathan Rhenault.
Well known at the game suspension board was Sean O’Connor. In the 50th minute, he got a penalty which he disputed. During the discussion with Mannheim’s Sascha Goc about the situation, he surprisingly hit Goc in the face. The linesman separated both players, O’Connor came back and threw Goc down to the ice and kept hitting him. He will be missed for the next six games because of this action.
The second game of the weekend was against champion favorite, Cologne Sharks. Again, the first ten minutes worked well, Munich had the better chances but wasn’t able to score the first goal.
In the 23rd minute, Cologne’s Andreas Falk scored the game opener and with this goal, the guests took advantage of the game. The second and the third goal followed and the Pagè System changed to a “chaos-system”.
The first time this season, the fans booed after a game, the coach was in discussions in the press.
The next games against Iserlohn and champion Berlin will be very important for the project EHC Red Bull Munich.