Hamburg Freezers vs ERC Ingolstadt
For an afternoon of professional violence you can’t beat an ice hockey game and the Hamburg Freezers are good enough to make it worth your while. Last year the Freezers had one of the most successful seasons in recent years and were the second strongest home team finishing 5th, one place ahead of ERC Ingolstadt.
The German Ice Hockey League, or Deutsche Eishockey Liga, is almost 20 years old and has the highest number of American and Canadian players outside of North America. This will give you a good idea of the high standard of the players and teams.
There is little love lost between the Hamburg Freezers and ERC Ingolstadt so you can expect an exciting match with both teams looking for the win.
One of the older, more established teams, they are commonly known as The Panthers so you may well see blue panther banners and flags in the away crowd. ERC Ingolstadt has had their ups and downs in the league, but they usually make it to the quarters or semi finals. This will not make them a pushover for Hamburg though and you can expect a tough match. If you follow the German Ice Hockey league you will know that they took part in the famous Spengler Cup in 2008-9.
The home team will be psyched up for this match as they are looking to keep near the top of the table. The mascot is Stanley the Lion who is “related” to the lion of the LA Kings as both teams are owned by the same company. Although a much newer club, the Freezers have a solid reputation for steady form and continuity of players. This means they are consistently in the top half of the table and are worth backing.