Tornado goes to Germany for the preparation game
“I wanted to compete against a strong team with good skaters that is well organized”, Ackerman explained. “I know you guys, you have many talented players and you know each other for years. I’m also big fan of your coach.”, he continued.
Just like Tornado, Neusser also practices 2 times per week. The difference is that they play 40 games during the regular season while Tornado plays only 14. Also, Neusser has been on the ice around one week longer than Tornado but they have already played 4 preparation games.
“We have 22 players, 4 lines and two goalies. We play with 3 lines and have reserve of 5 players for rotation, injuries, job queries and other stuff.”
In the league where Neusser play, there are 10 teams. “We are the underdog. The difference between us and the top teams is big. We are one of the few teams in the league who don't pay our players.”
The other Luxembourgish team, Beaufort, has played in the past in German 5th division with good results. So there we have a bit comparison about the level. “I’m excpecting to have a tight game. And yes, let’s have a beer after the game!” Ackerman finished.