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Bird-clipart-black-swan-12Four losses by home teams highlight this week's set of games as Meechen strengthened its hold on first place in the table.

National Selection talk is ramping up. The Borschland team will have 20 places, 3 lines, 6 defenders, 3 bench players, and 2 goaltenders. At the midseason break they will play a round-robin of games versus Vinasola, Zimroth, The Celtlands, the Twin Kingdoms, Anvoria, and Bearland. The two teams with the best record face off in a final for the Continental Cup of Ice Hockey.

Every year, Borschland is expected to win. If they do not, it is a national disaster and a moment for collective soul-searching.

0 Te Staff v. Holtzlund 2: Zimrothian goaltender Gareth Velnath led a revamped Holtzlund defense that came into Staff Borsch and shut them out for the first time in 21 years. Velnath has now gone 83 minutes without giving up a goal in an Axe Men jersey. Newly-acquired defenseman Koldar Vorochel played 21:31 and was a +1 on the night, while Holtzlund’s forechecking caused 7 giveaways.

1 Sajbell v. Atterische 3: Atterische are still tied with the fewest losses on the year (1, with Meechen) after taking care of business away from home against the last-place Tritons. The hero of this game was Targus Wupperthaal, Atterische’s third-line center, who broke a 1-1 tie in the second with an acrobatic move in front of the Sajbell net. Coach Paul Angewejrt said afterwards, “That wasn’t just a ‘happy birthday to you’ thing. He can do that and he’s gone to do it more as he gets more confident.” Wupperthaal was happy to hear the news that Atterische was going to be bringing in promising forward Theeduj Konstantujnus to bolster his line. And at least for this game, Atterische did not miss departed defenseman Koldar Vorochel, having purchased the contract of Irish defender Seamus Rig from the Celtlands’ top league team, Cuchulainn Heroes.

0 Tarlunz v. Meechen 2: The Lions are looking tougher and tougher to beat. Tarlunz were on a solid roll, going 5-1-0 in their last six games, with three games on the road. But Tarlunz came home to a fortress manned by Lion goaltender Welneth Ungarth and defenders Bartul van Abeele and veteran Wujbe Kappe. Tarlunz went 0-3 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal to Meechen’s third-line winger Doutze Holweerde.

1 Dohmatische v. Rjaward 3: The irresistible force (Rjaward’s offense) was pitted against the immovable object (Dohmatische’s defense), and the winner was the Cattle Drivers. Dohmatische is in desperate need of goals at the moment but there seems to be no help on the horizon for the drought. Meanwhile, Rjaward’s centers Jens Klijnehoop and Gerd Zijterwoode continue to make their case for the National Selection team at midseason. Jens has 4 goals and 4 assists while Gerd has 3 and 7 after both scored in this game.

3 Sichebach v. Lojren 2: Sichebach went 2-0-1 on this homestand after opening the season 0-6-2. Te Lughaus was the victim this time; they were hoping for at least a 2-2 draw away from home and a point, but Sichebach’s Marck Munchmann shoveled in the puck after a scrum at the net with only 1:49 to go in the game. 41-year old Dragoon Camarata did a solid job in net for first-teamer Fredduj Frujddenackt, stopping 30 of 33 shots, but it was Arnesten Schupinck who got first-star honors for turning back 36 of 38 Lojren efforts. Kai Ganesmund seems a shoo-in for the National Selection at left wing as he scored his eighth goal of the year.

3 Bevinlunz v. Wrischer 0: Heiko Moordfors and the Bevinlunz defense shut down the high-flying Wrischer first line. The Bargemen are spiraling down on a 4-game losing streak after starting the year 5-1-1. Merchantman defensebear Christopher Sacrament had an assist and blocked 5 shots to pad his resumé for first-line National Selection honors.

2 Onatten v. Matexipar 1: Early-season inconsistency continues to plague the Iron Sticks. It’s never easy to come into Onatten’s noisy rink, but this year with Onatten down and struggling, Matexipar coach must have figured this was one in their pocket. The Longshoremen broke a 1-1 tie late in the third with a power play tap-in from after was called for boarding. Jaan “the Brick” Brichterglad stopped 23 of 25 shots, but Onatten’s Cendar Perdath was one goal better, making 31 saves along the way.

5 Bjaward v. Meenesanne 1: The Bulls of Bjaward did what was expected of them at home and more, taking down a disorganized Meenesanne team that gave up two power play goals and four penalties. Anvorian Pascal Nuessli scored 2 goals while goaltender Breet van Hejgl stopped 17 of 18 Weaver shots.

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