DEC celebrates National Day with four goals

October, 26th 2015 | A Story by cdmediateam | Photos: GEPA Pictures.

On the Austrian National Day the Dornbirner Eishockey Club prevailed against the HDD TELEMACH Olimpija Ljubljana 4:1. For the Green Dragons the Messestadion is like a haunted house — they haven’t won a single match in Dornbirn — ever.

The previous day the team of Fabian Dahlem had tried to outsmart the HC Bozen Südtirol. But the Slovenes had returned empty-handed (2:3-loss) from the encounter with the Foxes. Playing against the zappy Bulldogs on this Austrian National holiday Ljubljana could not afford showing signs of fatigue.

Following a short watching and reading each other period, the Bulldogs demonstrated their doggishness. When Andrej Hebar received a penalty in minute nine, the DEC started bombarding Tomaz Trelc’s goal. Eventually Arniel passed the puck to Dustin Sylvester (11./pp), who notched the first goal. Additional powerplay chances on both sides got left unexploited, thus the first period ended 1:0 for the home team.

In the second period for the most part the teams were evenly-matched. Both found several scoring chances, but were not able to overcome the counterpart’s compact defense, or failed ultimately because of the two goalies Florian Hardy and Tomaz Trelc. With three minutes left in the second period the Slovenes by mistake had six skaters on the ice, and ended up getting penalized. Matt Siddall (39./pp) seized the occasion. With a shot from the blue line Siddall scored the 2:0. Soon after the teams left the ice for the second intermission.

Dornbirn dominant

In the final period the home team started off with all guns blazing and Niki Petrik making for a goal worth seeing. Assisted by D’Aversa Dornbirn’s captain hammered the puck under the crossbar. From then on the visiting team tried everything to achieve the impossible. But when Fabian Scholz (54./pp2) finally took care of the consolation goal, Jamie Arniel (56.) responded with the apposite answer: Scoring the fourth Bulldogs-goal of the evening.

“It’s always tough to play against Ljubljana” — DEC Head Coach Dave MacQueen.

The DEC comes in fourth after this 4:1-victory, behind Salzburg, Linz and Znojmo. Before the EBEL-teams go on the International Break in November, the team of DEC Head Coach Dave MacQueen will be travelling to Vienna (Friday) and Fehervar (Saturday) next weekend. The Dragons are awaiting leader Salzburg.