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Get inside the DEL! Hamburg Freezers goalie Boris Rousson - nicknamed "The Spider" - opens his web journal. Check out the latest issues of "Spider's Web":
New start (September 5, 2005)
The last stretch (February 21, 2005)
New year, new hope (January 13, 2005)
It's not the size of the dog (December 4, 2004)
Good time for a little break! (November 16, 2004)
Can't buy any goals (November 1, 2004)
2nd shutout (October 21, 2004)
Power Play festival (October 14, 2004)
Exciting (October 9, 2004)
Here we go! (September 20, 2004)
Disappointing (April 14, 2004)
Four teams left (March 25, 2004)
Bring on the Adler! (March 8, 2004)

W-OTW-RT-L

Pts

Strk

1

Berlin

29-5-3-15

100

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2 Ingolstadt 30-3-2-17 98 -
3 Düsseldorf 26-4-7-15 93 -
4 Nürnberg 26-2-9-15 91 -
5 Köln 24-6-5-17 89 -
6 Hamburg 21-8-6-17 85 -
7 Hannover 21-7-7-17 84 -
8 Krefeld 19-9-4-20 79 -
9 Frankfurt 18-5-6-23 70 -
10 Mannheim 19-4-3-26 68 -
11 Iserlohn 18-3-5-26 65 -
12 Augsburg 15-5-6-26 61 -
13 Kassel 15-5-3-29 58 -
14 Wolfsburg 12-5-5-30 51 -
Playoff spots: 1-8
Relegation series: 13-14

W = Win (3 points)
OTW = Overtime Win (2 points)
RT = Regulation Tie (1 point)
L = Loss (0 points)

Spider's Web   |   December 4, 2004  home
It's not the size of the dog
Goaltender Boris Rousson of the Hamburg Freezers opens his web journal
By Boris Rousson
bo@prohockey.de

German-Canadian forward Wayne Hynes
 
Former Freezer Wayne Hynes was signed off waivers by the Hannover Scorpions
Hamburg, Germany -
...in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog... It has become one of our favorite sayings recently as we have battled injuries and line-up shuffling with some of our best and most inspired hockey of the season. We have played five games since our return from the Deutschland Cup pause, and even though we won only 3 of the 5 games, we have made some real progress as far as establishing our style of play and going up the standings.

I wrote in my last column that we needed to improve our power-play and our performances at home. We did just that, winning our two home games and scoring power-play goals in every game since the break (8 goals in 24 opportunities for a 33,3%, which is excellent), and in 7 straight games together.

Our last game against Krefeld Pinguine is a good example of our persistency and desperation. Even when Krefeld came back from a 2-goal deficit in the second period, we stayed poised and dominated the third period, and used all of it before scoring the game-winning goal with only 3 seconds left on the scoreboard, when Tom-Tom [Dave Tomlinson] scored our 3rd power-play goal of the afternoon. Going from an almost sure shootout situation to a huge win against a direct playoff opponent was a great boost for the team, and we are looking forward to our next game already, on Sunday only, when we will play the second round of the "Nord Derby" against the Hannover Scorpions, in TUI Arena. We lost the first game against Küni [Christian Künast], Lambo [Dan Lambert] and Co, in a shootout in Color Line Arena, and we want to make sure that we even the season series. To add a little spice to the matchup, another ex-Freezers will be involved, as it will the first time we meet the Scorpions since Hynesie [Wayne Hynes] switched sides. I am very sure that he will be pumped like never before for this game, and he sure will try to motivate his new teammates too.
 

Forward Dave Tomlinsson
"Tom-Tom" Tomlinson scored the last-second GWG vs. Krefeld


On Tuesday night, the Kölner Haie will visit Color Line Arena for the first time this season, and they have been sitting in first place of the standings for the last month, despite losing key members of their defensive unit to injuries in Brad Schlegel and Andreas Renz. CoLinA has been sold out for quite a while for this game, and we sure don’t want to disappoint our fans!!

Losses in Nürnberg and Berlin

Our two losses since the break have been good performances in Nürnberg and Berlin, against two top-teams. In both games, we battled hard, and stayed head to head with these “powerhouses” of the league, which is a good sign... We have showed a lot of resilience as we battled back from deficits in each of the games, and forcing the play until the last seconds before surrendering... It is the attitude that we need to display game after game, no matter who we play or where we play.

Injuries

Our team is playing with 15 skaters since the break is over, because of some roster changes and injuries. Hynesie [Wayne Hynes] left for the Hannover Scorpions, Leonhard "Hardi" Wild was freed so he can go play with the Essen Moskitoes (Division-2), and we lost Jacko (knee) [Jacek Plachta], Robert Francz (elbow), Smash (ribs) [Heiko Smazal] and Alan Letang (hand) to injuries. Only Smash might be ready to come back this week, so unless we find some help soon, it looks like we will play with the short bench a little longer. And to make things even more complicated, Hardi’s replacement, Jochen Reimer, has not yet received his release from his old team Kaufbeuren Buron Jokers, so Christian Krüger is logging some serious mileage between Bietigheim and Hamburg to back me up for every game.

Everybody stepped up to the plate though, and because of the increased ice time that all the skaters get, we seem to be playing with a lot more energy and flow.

New rule

Since the league resumed on Nov. 16th, the referees have been instructed to call minor penalties when a player shoots the puck in the stands, intentionally or not. I guess the rule has always been there, but now, all of a sudden, somebody decides to enforce it to the extreme. I think that it is a stupid rule. I am in favor of a minor penalty if it is very obvious that a player deliberately throws the puck out, although I admit that it is sometimes hard to judge what is deliberate or not. A couple of our games have been affected by the new rule. One funny thing is that a couple of the refs refused to call it (Frank Awizus in Wolfsburg, and Willi Schimm in Berlin), while Martin Reichert against Augsburg, Gerhard Lichtnecker in Nürnberg and Heiko Dahle against Krefeld all called the infraction 4 or 5 times in the game. We all will have to adjust to it, and it probably won’t be an issue in a couple of weeks again...

Coaching cemetery

Three coaches lost their jobs in the last couple of weeks, and if the changes in Kassel and Hannover were not so surprising if we look at where these teams are in the standings, the last coaching change in Mannheim came as a little shock for most of the DEL. They came out of the gate flying this season, but they have been inconsistent for the last month and a half or so... I am curious to see how they will play under Stephane Richer, who has no head coaching experience at all, but was a very respected leader and captain as a player. Or is the team just waiting to get an NHL coach when or if they wipe out their season? 

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