5:1 win against Nürnberg – Robert Müller makes a brief return to the ice
Sunday, 16. November 2008
The Haie defeated the Sinupret Ice Tigers from Nürnberg 5:1 on Sunday. The win means the Haie are back in the race for a play-off spot. The emotional highlight of the match-up, played in front of 13,143 spectators at the LANXESS arena, was Robert Müller's appearance in the 53th minute.
The game got off to a relatively cagey start. There were a few chances for both teams, but the first period ended goalless without any real excitement.
Marcel and Moritz Müller eventually combined to put the Haie ahead following the restart. After goalie Cassivi was able to keep out Moritz's initial shot, Marcel forced home the rebound (23 minutes). The Haie's best line on the day, Marcel Müller, Ullmann and Gogulla, combined smartly to make it 2:0: Gogulla hammered the puck home from close range following a pass from Ullmann (29 minutes). However, the visitors weren't yet beaten, and Peacock responded with a powerplay marker (36 minutes). Stellar Haie goaltender Doyle was then forced to make some big saves to maintain the KEC's lead. He came in for special praise from Head Coach Beddoes after the game: “Doyle made the difference today.” The KEC were unfortunate when Johnson rang a shot off the crossbar with five seconds left in the period, but it wasn't long before their luck returned…
The KEC sealed victory in the final period. Lüdemann broke away and his shot was redirected into the net off the skate of a Nürnberg player to make it 3:1 (43 minutes), before Haie forward Rudslätt notched his first goal of the season (thus far, the Swede had had to be content with an impressive 12 assists) to extend the lead to 4:1 (45 minutes). The celebrations following Cologne's fifth goal, scored by Gogulla (who had two goals on the night; 53 minutes) hadn't died down before Head Coach Beddoes gave the fans, team and, first and foremost, Robert Müller a special moment. In view of the clear-cut scoreline, he switched goalies and made Müller's return to the ice complete triggering standing ovations, chanting and applause. “I'd like to thank Clayton Beddoes for that. It shows what kind of guy he is”, said Müller after the game. Beddoes: “We don't want to ruch Robert back. He still needs time, because he's not ready to play 60 minutes yet. Today we had the opportunity to give him some time on the ice. He needs that, as well as a lot of training, so we can see how he's doing. We have to take it day by day.”
The Haie host the DEG Metro Stars for the derby at the LANXESS arena Thursday. The puck drops at 19.30.
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