Extraterrestial ice hockey by team Austria: IIHF WC 2010 Division I, Group A - Tilburg, Netherland 19 April 2010 - Austria - Serbia 13-0

In the second match of the tournament team Austria, minus their star Thomas Vanek, encountered team Serbia. Serbia with in it's ranks two North-American born, naturalized players, Frederick Perowne and Marc-Andre Fournier. Both Canadians joined team Serbia last season. Tilburg Trappers coach Mark Pederson is Serbia's head coach, with Smoke Eaters Geleen Belgian coach Mike Pellegrims assisting him. Team Serbia starts with diminutive Milan Lukovic in goal, while Austrian coach Bill Gilligan relies on Reinhard Divis.

In period number one team Austria served the audience the best ice hockey to be seen on Dutch rinks in decades! We did not see that kind of hockey way back till the eighties of last century, when the Sbornaja hit the ice in The Netherlands. And this was accompanied by constant singing and chanting of about fifty Austrian fans which lasted the whole match. But let us start with the beginning. From second one Austria attacked with a vehement power and speed drawing a first penalty by Serbian defenseman Filip Mirkovic. Both Darcy Werenka and Matthias Trattnig test goalie Lukovic, but both their shots went wide. But a smart pass to his left by Roland Kaspitz is tallied home by Gregor Hager, 1-0 after 3.57. A shot from the blueline by captain Gerhard Unterluggauer means 2-0 at 6.28. Oliver Setzinger cashes on a Thomas Koch pass, putting the put top shelf for 3-0 (9.14). Only incidentally the Serbians pass the red line. But excellent goaltender Reinhard Divis denies both Marko Milovanovic (glove save) as well as Marko Prokic (blocker save). The Austrian show goes on. Oliver Setzinger passes the puck to the incoming Matthias Trattnig who rifles the puck home. 4-0 after 13.16. After a Oliver Setzinger shot hits the goal post he passes to Thomas Koch, who ups the score to 5-0 (17.00). Only 18 seconds later Thomas Pock puts the puck into the net with a blast from the blueline. Christoph Harand needs a second backhand shot to beat Lukovic for 7-0 (19.33). And that ends the period of "ausserirdisches Eishockey" by the Austrian team.

Leading 7-0 the Austrian team throttles back in the second. But that does not mean the Serbian national team gets more chances. Only defenseman Daniel Jacob and center Fred Perowne at least try to light the offencive fire. Milan Lukovic only has to retrieve the puck three times from his cage. David Schuller scores a shorthander after 25.18. Darcy Werenka makes it 9-0 at 35.03 and Daniel Welser scores goal number 10 in the final minute of the middle stanza (39.33).

In the final period the same set up as in period number two. A superior Austrian team playing laid back hockey against an overpowered Serbia. Daniel Welser scores through the five hole, 11-0 at 44.02. Right after Thomas Raffl returns from the penalty box Daniel Welser hits again, 12-0 after 53.42. And after Markus Peintner only hits the goal post with his shot it is again Daniel Welser who tallies and settles the score at 13-0 (59.39).

So an impressive win by Team Austria. With a shut out for Reinhard Divis. And a dissilusioned Serbian squad. Best players from each team: goalie Milan Lukovic (Serbia) and Daniel Welser (Austria). With the price for Milan being more a consolation prize.

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