New name, same results

Tom Duggan
Contributing writer

***image1***The KMC Eagles, formerly known as the Ramstein Rams, took to the ice on three separate occasions, tying one and winning two games despite the loss of their starting goaltender.

On Dec. 5, the Eagles traveled to play the Viernheim Export in a league match thriller that resulted in a 4-4 tie. The Eagles found themselves down 3-0 after two periods but fought back in the third, scoring four straight goals in less than seven minutes. John Hoffman started the scoring with a rebound in front of the net. Eric Schoenhals, Paul Hilfer and Ryan Argenta finished out the scoring for the Eagles to give them the lead. The Export came back to tie things up with eight minutes left in the game and it was a battle the rest of the way.  

The Eagles had numerous opportunities to regain the lead but the Export Goalie was on his game. With the loss of their staring goaltender until January, forward Dustin Johnson moved to the Eagle net as the goaltender. Johnson was outstanding with 28 saves. The Eagles also featured Amy Tribble and Lindsey Wetzel on the ice together for the first time. Skating regular shifts against the Ligenabwicklung League’s toughest team, both ladies played up to the standard required against the Export.     

The Eagles then played a rare home game at Zweibrücken Ice Arena Dec. 11 against the Zweibrücken Hornets in non-league action. Despite the Eagles 7-5 victory, the contest was marred by penalties that saw the Eagles playing a man or two short for almost the entire game. Schoenhals led all Eagle Scorers with four goals. Lex Litzen had two goals and Hilfer netted the other before exiting the match with a game misconduct. Adam Woolley and Johnson split goaltender duties and came up with 21 saves combined.              

In a league rematch against a team that beat the Eagles 11-0 last year,  the Eagles traveled to Eppleheim on Dec. 16 to face a team of Russian skaters, the Eppleheim Kristall.  

In a furious contest the Eagles got the victory with a 5-1 decision. Ed Koditec scored the first goal to tie it at one and the Eagles never looked back. Rounding out the scoring was Schoenhals and Hilfer with two each. Player/Coach John lane added three assists. Adam Woolley was huge in the net with 31 saves.

The Eagles have amassed a 7-1-1 record with their only loss coming in a league match against the Veirnhiem Lamade squad.

“It says a lot about our player’s versatility when we can put anybody in the net and still be competitive.  With Woolley now playing and Rafael Lezcano due to return back to the team in January, we shouldn’t have to suit up forwards as goaltenders any longer,” said Player/Coach Lane.