Olympia Eissportzentrum, Munich - March 11th, 2012. After having lost to the Iserlohn Roosters on March 9th, which closed the door to any playoff hopes, EHC Munich goes up against the Hamburg Freezers. The big question was, can they win their last game of the season, which just so happens to be a home game? The answer was yes.
Munich started off their last home game with a goal from Ulrich Maurer in the 5:52 minute and then again from Maurer in the 16:18 minute. Munich was able to keep Hamburg scoreless in the first period but that would all change in the second period.
The second period would be scoreless for Munich despite several great opportunities. Hamburg would be able to take advantage and Serge Aubin would put a point on the board for the Freezers. The second period would end 2-1 for Munich but the final period of Munich's tough season would prove to be a reward for all of their hard work throughout the season.
EHC's Jason Ulmer would score in the 4:35 minute. Brandon Dietrich would follow up in the 6:12 minute with a power play goal, which would give Munich a comfortable 4-1 lead. With 15.9 seconds left in the game Hamburg's Brettt Engelhardt scored putting the final point on the board at 4-2. Munich wins the game but is not offered the same opportunity as the Freezers who will be in the playoffs. "We played meaningful games but did not always give it our best effort...but consistence is very difficult in a very competitive league." said Coach Pat Cortina regarding his take on the season as a whole.
"One of the things we missed was Bryan Adams work ethic. He was such an important player for us because he is the type of guy who really reflects what our team is all about, it's a hard working, honest team and Bryan Adams with his enthusiasm, was the type of player that could turn a so-so situation," said Cortina regarding one of the things he missed and is looking forward to the return of Bryan Adams.
When asked how important the power play goal was for Munich, Cortina responded by saying, "We didn't get a break on our power play, but there are teams that are playing in the playoffs that have worse power plays than we do. For us seeing that we don't score too many goals, it's an important part of the game. We suffered from the fact that we didn't score too many power play goals."
Cortina is hopefull that next season will bring some good," One of the things we missed was Bryan Adams. We have to analyze our team; we have to draw some conclusions and build on that. We are going to make some changes, I think that's expected and as far as who, that's too early to answer yet. We have to asses what we would like as a team and look at what we have and look at what's available and go from there.
Munich's season is over but there is still more Hockey. Playoffs start March 14th at 19:30 when the DEG Metro Stars take on the Iserlohn Roosters and the Augsburg Panthers go up against the Cologne Sharks.