Nuremberg (dpa / bb) – The Eisbären Berlin started the new season of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) with an away defeat. On Sunday, the German champions lost 4-2 (0-0, 1-2, 1-2) at the Nuremberg Ice Tigers. Kevin Clark and Marcel Noebels scored for the capitals, who made too many mistakes, especially in the build-up game.
In front of 4018 spectators in the Nuremberg Arena, the Berliners determined the match from the start with their consistent forechecking, but lacked the necessary determination in attack to create clear chances against the solidly defending Franconia. Because the hosts missed their few counterattack opportunities, the opening third remained goalless.
In the second period, Nuremberg did more for the offensive and took the lead through a goal by Ryan Stoa. Clark equalized for the polar bears , but 15 seconds before the half-time siren, Patrick Reimer scored the home side’s second goal.
In the final section, the Berliners also found it difficult to build up the game, while the hosts remained much more dangerous and were able to extend their lead with goals from Blake Parlett and Dane Fox. Noebels shortened the power play again for the polar bears, but the defending champion was no longer able to avert the deserved defeat.
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