Parker Bowles (rechts) schießt die Indians ins Viertelfinale der Play-offs.

The Hanover Indians remain in the Ice Hockey League playoffs. They won the crucial fifth match of the Round of 16 against Degendorfer, deservedly, 1-0 after extra time. The match at Pverdetturm started 13 minutes late because the crowd of spectators was very large, with 3,024 visitors.

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There was a surprise at first. In Deggendorf, like Friday, Thomas Bielmayr was on the ice – who turned himself into a terrible kid for the crowd in Tuesday’s game at Pwerdeturm. Mainly because of the post-game action. After the DSC players thanked the fans who traveled with them, Bellmayer slammed a lighter lying on ice in the direction of the runway. There the lighter exploded on the plexiglass, and fragments of it flew into the eye of the spectator. The Indian cheerleader received first aid from paramedics, after which the remaining shrapnel was removed in the hospital so that he would not suffer permanent damage.

The judges prepared an additional report and sent it to the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) – but the DEB did not announce the expected comment from the Indians. As announced by DEB league leader Marcus Schubert, no action has been opened. The Indians, on the other hand, had to dispense with Maxi Buhl, who twisted his knee in Friday’s game four in a 6-3 win in Deggendorf.

ECH is off to a much better start. After a cross from Branislav Bohanka, Ruben Balka missed the goal in front of DSC goalkeeper Timo Belmierre (fourth), Igor Pasek also failed to make the score 1-0 (fifth). During this stage, the hosts created constant pressure, settling into the DSC defensive zone with numerical equality – but didn’t bring the exposed disc over the line even with a turbulence in front of Pielmeier.

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Miserotti-Böttcher is always the winner

The guests announced themselves in the middle of the first third of the match. After a cross by Rene Rothke, Liam Blackburn turned the disc to the post (11), and shortly thereafter Indian goalkeeper David Miseruti Butcher won a direct duel against Daniel Schroeber (12). Rothke completed the three-pointer with big chances, who also squandered Misseruti Butcher’s win (13).

The midsection started at a slower pace – but with the feeling known from the previous two home games: the Indians can’t put the discus in goal. This was demonstrated by chances from Tobias Muller (25th place) and a double chance from Jayden Schubert and Nick Ischinger within a few seconds (31). However, Deggendorfers have always been dangerous on the counterattack – for example when Blackburn and Thomas Grelinger counterattack (26th position).

At the start of the last period, ECH’s next opportunity came through Schubert in the power game – he deliberately turned the disc in front of goal, who had already beaten Timo Pielmeier on Friday. Kyle Gibbons and Balka also missed a compensation goal at the end of regular time. This must then succeed in extra time on one side by Parker Bowles (73), causing the Horse Tower to shiver.

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