After the regular season of the Dutch top - Honorary - Division numbers five, six and seven played a competition for the Hans Teengs Gerritsen Cup. Numbers one (Red Eagles Den Bosch) and two (HIJS HOKIJ Wolves Den Haag) qualified for the best-of-five Play Off Final. Den Bosch won match number one with 5-4 in overtime and also won match number two more confincing with 6-1. Then the venue changed to Den Haag for game number three March 10th, 2000. Den Haag had to replace player-manager and Belgian international Kristoff van den Broeck and youngsters Jimmy Raats and Andri Salomonson, both at the Euroepan Championship U18 Division II in Bulgaria. On the powerplay Josef Rybar opened the scoring for Den Bosch, coached by the world famous dr. Marcel Sakac a former top Czechoslovakian international, at 6.57, 0-1.

{Glove Save by Den Bosch goalie Bjorn Steylen}

Glove Save by Den Bosch goalie Bjorn Steylen

At 7.29 Manitas Demelinne put HIJS on the scoreboard, 1-1. And with that score the period ended. In the second Aaron Lewis hit the net for 2-1 at 22.12. With an extra skater on the ice Radek Kristan hit the net for 2-2 at 25.31. But Den Bosch again coughed up a goal, 3-2. Defenseman Marco Kronenburg had rifled the puck home. With 28 seconds on the clock Peter Pelesny got the equilizer, 3-3.

In the final period Den Bosch goaltender Bjorn Steylen got lots of action. But he stood his ground. Freom the bleuline Robert van Laarhoven fire at the net. The puck hit the inside of the right skate of the goaltender and went in, 3-4 at 46.02. Players from both sides are ordered to the penalty box. With both teams at full strength Petr Matula skates around the goal and marked on a wrap around, 3-5 at 52.48. With almost two minutes to play Den Bosch faces six skaters, while being understaffed with a man in the penalty box. After a boxing match of netminder Bjorn Steylen with Todd Mallette coach Marcel Sakac takes a time out. With 51 seconds on the clock Todd Mallette scores 4-5. Den Bosch has five skaters by that time and defends the lead.

Heavy traffic in front of the Den Bosch cage

At the final buzzer the whole team jumps on goalie Bjorn Steylen and celebrates the winning of the Hans Teengs Gerritsen Cup in three straight games. Honorary Chairman of the Dutch Ice Hockey Federation Frans van Erp hands over the Cup to the captain of the Red Eagles and there is a medal for every player and official. And while the large Czech contigent of team Den Bosch leaves the ice they yell for 'pivo' (beer in Czechian).

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Bjorn Steylen (Den Bosch) is content