Germany battles Austria in Antigonish

David Reinbacher (left) advances the puck with Germany’s Haakon Hänelt on hot pursuit.
Photos by Drake Lowthers
Austria celebrates their overtime goal defeating Germany 4-3 in IIHF exhibition play at StFX on Dec. 20.
Austria’s Max Stiegler carries the puck into the attacking zone as Germany’s Leon van der Linde provides pressure.
Things got a little physical near the end of regulation resulting in Adrian Klein (left) and Finn van Ee mixing it up, before Austria won 4-3 in overtime.
Montreal draft pick and captain of the Austrian team, Vinzenz Rohrer, had a strong showing in Antigonish.
Jakob Lippitsch was among the final cuts for team Austria.
Rihards Babulis watches the play unfold in front of him.
Germany’s Adrian Klein watches the play during an exhibiton game in Antigonish on Dec. 20. Germany and Austria hosted training camps at StFX prior to the IIHF tournament.
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Drake Lowthers has been a community journalist for The Reporter since July, 2018. His coverage of the suspicious death of Cassidy Bernard garnered him a 2018 Atlantic Journalism Award and a 2019 Better Newspaper Competition Award; while his extensive coverage of the Lionel Desmond Fatality Inquiry received a second place finish nationally in the 2020 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards for Best Feature Series. A Nova Scotia native, who has called Antigonish home for the past decade, Lowthers has a strong passion in telling people’s stories in a creative, yet thought-provoking way. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2016, where he played varsity football with the Hurricanes. His simple pleasures in life include his two children, photography, live music and the local sports scene.