Up yet another time at the crack of dawn to catch the bus from the ice rink for a drive to Vipiteno, Italy and a game with the Bronchos. Have I mentioned that there is about 3 inches of snow on the ground? The roads are clear, but there is definitely a temperature change being in the mountains of Germany.
On our way we passed through the Lechtaler Alpen mountain range (the Swiss Alps) where not only did we see amazing snow covered mountains jetting from every side, but several castles embedded in the mountain side.
Our route took us through several tunnels to reach Vipiteno, a town snuggled in the mountains. Despite a lot of open land, this town has a quaint shopping and market area ending at the summit of a ski area.
After a short walk through the town, it was time to get ready for the game with Vipiteno. The rink is open air, meaning that the side walls do not touch the roof allowing the air to flow in the rink, and making it much colder that the 20 degrees it felt like in there.
A 15-1 win, the Select team is now 4-0 on the 2009-2010 tour and 8-0 overall in European Tour play.
Per 1 - 06:04 - SEL - Von Mondevergine from Jerry Holden
Per 1 - 17:49 - SEL - Ryan Hernandez from Adam Thomas and Kent Arsenault
Per 1 - 19:01 - SEL - Kent Arsenault from Ryan Hernandez and Jeremy Barber
Per 2 - 05:06 - SEL - Shaun McTigue from Steve Sypek (SH)
Per 2 - 11:34 - SEL - Matthew Morang from Bill Allen and Steve Sypek
Per 2 - 12:57 - SEL - Ryan Kovesdy (unassisted)
Per 2 - 17:16 - SEL - Matthew Morang from Michael Truex and Steve Sypek (PP)
Per 2 - 18:56 - SEL - Bill Allen from Michael Truex and Andrew Trainor
Per 3 - 01:23 - SEL - Adam Thomas from Kent Arsenault and Steve Sypek
Per 3 - 02:50 - SEL - Von Mondevergine from Jeremy Barber
Per 3 - 03:02 - SEL - Jerry Holden from Von Mondevergine
Per 3 - 04:19 - SEL - Matthew Morang from Steve Sypek and Michael Truex
Per 3 - 07:17 - SEL - Brett Galbraith from Jordan Jakubik
Per 3 - 07:31 - SEL - Kent Arsenault from Ryan Hernandez and Adam Thomas
Per 3 - 07:53 - SEL - Ryan Hernandez from Adam Thomas
Per 3 - 19:03 - VIP - Mattias Dellice (PP)
Selects - 1 for 2, Vipiteno 1 for 11
Selects 39 (on Dominik Steinmann), Vipiteno 27 (13 on Mike Poepping, 6 on Justin Sand, and 8 on Adam Brown)
Then we headed to Innsbrook - another incredible city - this time in Austria. Basically, parts of Austria cut through Italy and Germany. Our route back to Fussen included a detour.
Apparently America is liked by someone in Innsbrook.
And as I close most of my blogs, it's time to head out at 1am to take the 1/2 mile journey to my hotel. Tomorrow we take a 9am train into Munich, Germany. Then, We may just have some time tomorrow night to take a much needed rest before Game #5 with Memmingen on Tuesday.
Guntas Noyas Yah! (Happy New Year in German)