“Just bitter”: Staring shock after Munich’s slip-up
Munich – EHC Red Bull Munich fails to start into the DEL playoffs against Bremerhaven. A striker is served, EHC coach Don Jackson plays down the bankruptcy.
While the penguins of Bremerhaven celebrated their winning goal scorer Nicolas Jensen on the ice, the 4720 spectators in the Olympic ice rink in Munich were shocked.
With 3:4 after extra time, Red Bull had lost to the Fischtown Pinguins and lost his home advantage to the quarter-final playoffs in the DEL.
“The way things went today is just bitter,”Munich striker Maximilian Kastner said after the match,”we just didn’t take our chances, played a lot in their zone. Bremerhaven simply wiped out the odds,” coach Don Jackson agreed:”We left a lot of good opportunities behind us and ended up making a mistake too much. It cost us our victory.”
For Jackson it was just a slip-up and not the end,”It was just a game in the playoffs. It’s a best-of-seven series,”said the coach, who is aiming for the third consecutive championship title with his star ensemble of seven Olympic runners.
On the other hand, however, Bremerhaven’s match winner Jensen could hardly believe his luck, but praised the outstanding goalkeeper Tomas Pöpperle, who had fought off 45 of the 48 shots:”He is the game winner – 100 percent,”said the 28-year-old defender.
In fact, it seemed as if the Munichers were living up to their role as favourites from the very beginning. Silver medallist Frank Mauer (5th) and goal scorer Michael Wolf (11th) had taken the lead in a seemingly reassuring manner. The lead could have been even higher, as many other opportunities remained untapped.
But the first-round ninth, who prevailed against Iserlohn in the pre-playoffs, turned the game around – not least because the Munich team took their foot off the accelerator after their lightning start.
The Munich equalization of Mauer 77 seconds before the final siren was outnumbered by Jensen with his winning goal after only 3:18 minutes of extra time.
After a nice single action the Dane had passed the record in falling past Olympic keeper Danny from the birch trees. The title favourite from Munich, for example, is already under pressure at the away game on Friday (19.30 hrs in the LIVETICKER) and needs an away win in order to regain the lost home right.