Selects Tour 2012-2013 Blog

Jan. 6, 2013
Munich, Germany
We boarded the bus early this morning for the trip to the airport.  After unloading the bus, the Selects said good-bye to Tomas and Bridgette and checked in for the 11-hour flight back to the USA.  Congratulations to the players and coaches of the 2012-2013 Selects on their successful trip and we will see you all again in 2014-2015.
Jan. 5, 2013
Transfer to Munich, Germany
Today is the final full tour day in Europe.  We are stopping thru Innsbruck, Austria on our way back to Munich.  We fly back to Atlanta from Munich early Sunday morning.
Jan. 4, 2013
Telfs, Austria
The final game for the Selects was against the Silz Bulls/Tyrolean Selects.  The final score was 8-1 with Vince DiCarlo getting the final win of the tour.  The scoring summary is a follows:
  1. Nick Rolla from Matt Meyers
  2. Jeremy Roberts unassisted
  3. Blair Bigwood from Tyler Bandurski and Jake Ninko
  4. Tyler Bandurski from Peter Kacer and Sam Milligan
  5. Justin Glick from Byron Guerin and Jake Ninko
  6. Blair Bigwood from Peter Kacer and Tyler Bandurski
  7. Steve Rosencrantz from Joe Kulczycki and Matt Meyers
  8. Nick Rolla from Josh Drazin
Jan. 4, 2013
Transfer to Telfs, Austria
This morning we got up early to transfer up to Austria.  We took the southern pass thru the mountains which included a lunch stop in Italy.  After a slice of pizza and some shopping, we boarded the bus to finish the transfer to Telfs.  After checking in to the hotel and a light lunch, the team headed over to the rink for their final game.
Jan. 3, 2013
Bled, Slovenia
This evening the ACHA Selects faced HD Maribor and won their 4th game of the Europe tour 4-2.  Trevor Boardway played the 1st period with TJ Caswell finishing the game.  The scoring summary is as follows:
  1. Nick Rolla unassisted
  2. Jeremy Roberts from Matt Meyers and Steven Rosencrantz
  3. Mike Tecmire from Brendan Boyle
  4. Byron Guerin from Bryan Salicco and Josh Drazin
We will be transferring back to Austria in the morning.  Our next game is tomorrow night.
Jan. 3, 2013
Bled, Slovenia
This morning the players have some free time to explore Bled and do some shopping.  They will have lunch on their own and meet back at the hotel before heading back to the rink for game #4 of the trip.
Jan. 2, 2013
Bled, Slovenia
The ACHA Selects won tonight’s game against HD Jesenice in a shoot-out.  Vince DiCarlo played the 1st 40 minutes of the game.  Trevor Boardway played the last 20 mins and the shoot-out.  Boardway stopped the 1st two shooters and the Selects Milligan and Bigwood scored on their attempts.  Final score of the game was 7-6.  The scoring summary is as follows:
  1. Sam Milligan from Peter Kacer and Josh Drazin
  2. Nick Rolla from Steve Pelky
  3. Peter Kacer from Byron Guerin and Josh Drazin
  4. Sam Milligan from Josh Drazin (power play)
  5. Nick Drenchko from Jake Ninko
  6. Byron Guerin from Sam Milligan and Steve Rosenkrantz
Shoot-out Scorers:  Sam Milligan and Blair Bigwood
Jan. 2, 2013
Bled, Slovenia
The Select team is planning a walking tour this afternoon of the capital of Slovenia prior to our 3rd game of the tour tonight.
Jan. 1, 2013
Transfer Day
This morning we packed up the bus early and headed south from Munch.  We made a quick stop for lunch in Salzburg, Austria before continuing onto Bled, Slovenia.   After the long bus ride, we stopped by the rink to drop off our equipment and have a quick practice.  We then walk to the restaurant for a buffet dinner before returning to the hotel.
Dec. 31, 2012
Munich, Germany
Today was an off day for the Selects team.  We got together and had a small lunch before heading into the city center again.  We walked down to see the English Gardens of Munich.  The English Gardens is a large open park just outside of the city center area much like Central Park in New York.  After seeing them we travelled back by subway to the hotel so everyone could cleanup and get ready for dinner.
Following dinner, the player changed and headed out into the heart of Munich to join in the New Year’s celebrations.  We leave tomorrow for Slovenia.
Dec. 30, 2012
Ottobrunn, Germany
The ACHA Selects won their 2nd game of the tour 9-5.  The scoring summary is as follows:
  1. Blair Bigwood from Jeremy Roberts and Joe Kulczyski
  2. Steve Rosencrantz from Nick Drenchko
  3. Josh Drazin from Bryon Guerin and Peter Kacer
  4. Josh Drazin unassisted
  5. Bryon Guerin from Josh Drazin and Peter Kacer
  6. Bryan Salicco unassisted
  7. Bryan Salicco from Sam Milligan and Steve Pelky
  8. Michael Tecmire from Peter Kacer and Josh Drazin
  9. Michael Leprine from Jake Ninko
Following the game we had a BBQ with the Ottobrunn team and staff outside of the rink.  They are fantastic host and we look forward to returning again soon.
Dec. 30, 2012
Dachau, Germany
The ACHA Selects took a couple hours out of the trip to visit the concentration camp memorial in Dachau.  We had some time to walk around the camp ground to learn about the life and death of those send there.  We then gather for a presentation video that explained about the history of Dachau and other camp like it during the last World War.  This was the second visit for some but still a moving experience for all that went.  After a brief lunch in the Visitor center, we transferred by bus to Ottobrunn for our second game.
Dec. 29, 2012
Oberstdorf, Germany
The ACHA Selects won their 1st game of the tour 7-3.  The scoring summary is as follows:
  1. Steve Pelky from Steve Rosencrantz
  2. Peter Kacer from Bryon Guerin
  3. Josh Drazin from Steve Pelky and Bryon Guerin
  4. Brenden Boyle unassisted
  5. Nic Drenchko from Justin Glick
  6. Blair Bigwood on a Penalty Shot
  7. Nic Drenchko from Steve Rosencrantz and Josh Dollinger
After the game we shared a dinner with the German players before loading the bus for a two hours ride back to Munich.
Dec. 29, 2012
Munich, Germany
After our breakfast in Munich, the Selects will board the bus and head down to the Bavarian Alps.  We are having lunch at a traditional Bavarian Ski Hut before taking in the Alpine Roller Coaster.  After the ride down the mountain, we will continue on to the Oberstdorf ice rink for our first game against a team from the German Landes league (SPG Oberstorf/ERC Sonthofen).  You can follow the game on twitter @achamensd3.  A scoring summary will be posted here tomorrow.
Dec. 28, 2012
Munich, Germany
The ACHA Selects hit the ground in Germany at 7:30am.  We met up with our tour guide and bus driver.  After dropping off our personal luggage, we met with a Local Tour Guide Markus for a walking tour of the city center.  Unfortunately it was cold and rainy this morning in Munich so we had to trim the tour length back.  The player got a taste of the culture of Bavaria and some idea of how to get around the city.  After some free time to rest, we boarded the bus for Ottobrunn where we had a traditional Bavarian dinner prior to our outdoor practice.
Dec. 27, 2012
Atlanta, GA
The team got together for a early morning jog prior to breakfast.  After loading the bus, we headed over to the rink for our second team practice.  We will leave the rink around noon to head over to the airport where we depart for Munich Germany.  We will arrive early morning on Dec 28, 2012.
Dec. 26, 2012
Atlanta, GA
Today was the team arrival day in Atlanta.  Most of the team arrived without any issue but a few were delayed by the winter storm that hit the mid-west and east coast.  Thankfully all did eventually safely and got a good night’s rest in prep for a long day tomorrow.
Dec 25, 2012
Atlanta, GA
Merry Christmas!!!!!  The coaches of the 2nd ACHA Selects team: Sean Weaver, John Hoos and Mike Petrumsa meet up in Atlanta to go over final agenda items and player decisions.
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