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Daniel Janser

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Swiss Central Gazzette (goalscorer/assistant)


While Marcel together with @Will3 is still scouting the length and width of Australia for potential expansion teams. Daniel is sweating as well but for different reasons. He just played four games with Team Western Europe during the Hockey World Cup.


The first match was against the Mercs and ended 2-1 for Dan's team. The Europeans won the game when they scored two power play goals by Hadrian (Tessier, le Massif) and Tavau (Thunder, the Rock Johnson) within 40 seconds. Three minutes before the end the Mercenaries could pull one back but it was too little, too late and Western Europe reigned victorious. Both goalies showed a respectable performance with van Giersbergen (.960) being triumphant over Rasputin (.935). The three stars were van Giersbergen (24 saves), DaMoose (1g/0a) and the Rock Johnson (0g/1a). The European power play was immaculate (2/2) and the penalty kill respectable (4/5).

Daniel logged 0g, 0a, +0 and 25:56 minutes played 


The second match was against Team USA with the final score of 7-2 for the Old Worlders. Within 6:11 minutes in the  first period , the Europeans crushed every hope the US might have had to win this game, when they scored five unanswered goals (four in power play) by Jr (Hadrian, Tessier), Deathwalker (Tavau, Thunder), Tessier (Hadrian, Janser), Deathwalker (the Rock Johnson, McJake) and Deathwalker (Tessier). Especially Bob Tristan @N0HBDY did his team no favour in visiting the sin bin on five different occasions, two of which lead to goals against. We think that the third goal in particular was a textbook example of a power play goal.  Dan rushes into the zone on the left wing with speed. He fakes a shot and 'his' defender hits the deck, the Swiss relays the puck to Hadrian, who one touches it to Tessier. Same has time and space to chose the corner he wants to bury it and goes for the far top corner. Team USA pulls one back before the intermission, but this was like pissing in a Californian Wildfire, as Jr scores an other power play goal 38 seconds into the second with the helping hands of Tessier and Hadrian. Again the Yankees reduce the lead to four goals before the second horn. However, le Massif (Hadrian, Jr) bags the last goal of the game with a one man advantage yet again. The three stars were Deathwalker with a natural hattrick, Jr (2g/1a) and Tessier (1g/3a). Again, van Giersbergen (.935) had Sales' number (.875). The power play was magnificent (6/11) and the penalty kill impeccable. It is fair to state, that the US' lack of discipline cost them the match.

Daniel recorded 0g, 1a, +1 and 29:29 minutes on the ice.


In the third encounter the Europeans faced off the Vikings in 3-1 defeat. Dan's team opened the score in the first at the 6:51 minute mark when McJake (Tavau, the Rock Johnson) found the back of the net. Alas, from there onwards it was an uphill battle and the Nordics scored three unanswered goals. van Giersbergen showed a respectable performance (.932) but was bested this time by Maronen (.963). The boxplay was good (5/6) but the power play was inexistent (0/3). Maronen (26 saves), Odinsson (1g/0a) and Dear (1g/0a) were named the three stars of the match.

Daniel had 0g, 0a, -1 and 26:11 minutes TOI to his name


The direct rematch against the Northern Europe team was much closer and went into shootout with a 3-2 final score and the bitter end for the Europeans. The latter scored first when McJake (le Massif, the Rock Johnson) beat Emeritus. Tessier than deflected Deathwalker's shot who was fed the puck via the boards behind the goal after a missed shot from Janser. The Nordics replied with two consecutive goals which brought the game to sudden death and since no team managed to score in overtime, the shoot out lottery began with the Europeans showing nerves and missing the first attempt and Emeritus saving the second. Both Nordic shooters were succesful and thus the game ended with a defeat for the Western European delegation. van Giersbergen (.950) was once more better than her opponent (this time Emeritus) (.933). The power play was inefficient (0/1) where as the team excelled in killing penalties once more (3/3). The three stars were Odinsson (1g/1a), Tightrap (1g/1a) and van Giersbergen (38 saves). 

Daniel was reported with 0g, 1a, +0 and 29:32 minutes played.


With the results pretty equally spread, Team Western Europe sits on the throne time being, due to going into extra time (all teams lost two and won two, but only Europe lost in OT)


Stay tuned for further World Cup games and the upcoming VHL draft.














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