Ice pirates finally want to score again
Created: 12/28/2022, 9:30 am
By: Georg Brennauer
Acrobatic and successful: Peißenberg's Brett Mecrones (2nd from left) pushes the puck over the line, Dorfen's (from left) Florian Fischer, goalkeeper Maxi Englbrecht and Gaspr Susanj are unable to prevent the goal.
© Roland Halmel
ESC Dorfen has to play the third game in six days tonight.
Dorfen – VfE Ulm/Neu-Ulm are the opponents in the local Dr.-Rudolf-Halle at 8 p.m.
Although the ice pirates had to accept a zero round at the weekend with the defeats against Königsbrunn (2:4) and in Peißenberg (4:6), the performance curve is clearly pointing upwards again.
In both games, the Isenstadt team presented themselves well recovered after the previous low, which was particularly evident in the home game last week against Geretsried (1:5).
In the Dorfen camp, they are now hoping that the knot will burst against the seventh-placed team and that the moderate point account of 21 points will be improved.
The Devils, with their new coach Martin Jainz, were able to join the circle of potential playoff contenders thanks to targeted reinforcements.
In their own house, the Ulmer have been a force so far, with nine wins from twelve games they are third.
In the away table, on the other hand, VfE is fourth from bottom with only nine points.
Top scorers for the Devils are the two Czech strikers Dominik Synek with 36 and Martin Podesva with 35 points.
If the Ice Pirates can get a grip on these two top guys, they might well be up for something.
Coach Jainz has also stabilized the defense with the signings of Oberliga side Lindau, 24-year-old goalkeeper David Heckenberger and 28-year-old defender Simon Klingler.
Looking back on the 4:6 defeat in Peißenberg, Dorfen's coach Franz Steer regretted: "Unfortunately, we missed a few very good chances in the first third and also in the final third."
The individual mistakes, especially in the quick 4-0 at the beginning of the second period, “cost us at least a point”.
In addition, when Steer had brought his goalkeeper off the ice for a sixth field player, after an unnecessary cross pass in the last minute with a shot into the empty goal to 6:4, the final end.
It was gratifying from Dorfen's point of view that the 17-year-old attacker Felix Wiedenhofer was once again convincing and was voted the best player in the Ice Pirates.
For today's game, Steer has the same squad as in Peißenberg.
"A few players still have minor injuries," reports the coach.