Apart from long-time injured Jason Herter, Shane Peacock, Kent Fearns, Hans Lodin and Peter Abstreiter, Eduard Uvira and Mike Kennedy also cancelled the trip to Kassel. While the 40-year-old Uvira got a well-deserved break, Kennedy missed his third straight game with a hand injury.
A powerplay goal by Barons top scorer Derek Plante cut an early two-goal deficit in half five minutes into the third period. The Barons kept pressing heavily thereafter, but were denied again and again by an outstanding Leonid Fatikov in Kassel’s net. Manuel Kofler, David Oliver and Andrew Schneider wasted quality opportunities before Andi Loth sealed Kassel’s victory with an empty-netter three ticks before the final horn.Kassel jumps out to early lead
Kassel got ahead eight minutes in when Pat Mikesch deflected a powerplay blast from Stephane Robitaille past Barons netminder Christian Künast. The Huskies doubled their lead two minutes later on a goal by Doug Derraugh.
"This was a very typical game between these two teams,” Barons head coach Sean Simpson remarked. “Both were very well organised and I guess we saw a good game. Kassel played terrific hockey in the first period. But we showed character and battled back. We created a lot of pressure in the final period. But considering all our injuries, we did all we could do. Kassel played well and deserves the win.”Zach: “Munich has a clever team”
Added Kassel’s coach Hans Zach: „It was a great game. We clearly dominated the opening period. But Munich has a clever team and the game was on the edge after they scored in the final period. However my team played good defense and Fatikov helped us with good goaltending.” Schröder twins debut, Völk returns to minors
The 20-year old twins Markus and Stefan Schröder of second division team Bad Tölz made their season debuts for the Barons. They alternately played alongside Andrej Strakhov and Thomas Dolak on the fourth line. Stefan had also made one appearance for the Barons last season.
Like the Schröders, defender Christian Völk was reassigned to his minor league team Erding Jets after the game. “He did a great job in the three games he played,” Barons sports director Max Fedra said.
Veteran defender Jason Herter, who has appeared in only eight games so far due to a meniscus injury, is expected back in the lineup for Friday’s home game against the Düsseldorfer EG.Kassel Huskies – Munich Barons 3-1 (2-0, 0-0, 1-1)
Scoring: 1-0 (07:09) Pat Mikesch (Stéphane Robitaille, Brian Felsner - 5:4), 2-0 (09:06) Doug Derraugh (Shayne Wright, Andreas Loth), 2-1 (44:11) Derek Plante (Andy Schneider, Greg Johnston - 5:4), 3-1 (59:57) Andreas Loth (Doug Derraugh, Pat Mikesch - 5:6).
Penalties: Kassel 4, Munich 4.
Attendance: 3,192 (Eissporthalle, Kassel).