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Berlin Eisbären continue to roll
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Oktober 7, 2002; 18:59
Berlin Eisbären continue to roll
Last-gasp goal lets Mannheim Adler prevail
Frank Johne

 
Nightmarish night: Augsburg’s young netminder Patrick Koslow

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Munich, Germany - The Berlin Eisbären made it look easy once again. John Gruden scored two goals as the league-leader blanked the last-place Schwenningen Wild Wings on the road. Meanwhile, the Kassel Huskies gave the second-place Mannheim Adler a tough time.
 

Late heroics: Mannheim’s Devin Edgerton
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

After recording his first of the season on Friday, Eisbären defender John Gruden added goals number two and three as Berlin skated to an easy 5-0 (0-0, 2-0, 3-0) win at Schwenningen. Backup netminder Oliver Jonas registered his first shutout of the season. Despite the result, the Schwenningen Wild Wings showed some improvement in their first game after the release of hapless head coach Tom Pokel.

A last-gasp goal by Devin Edgerton gave the second-place Mannheim Adler a lucky 3-2 (1-1, 0-1, 2-0) win over the Kassel Huskies. The game seemed to be bound for overtime after a third-period powerplay tally from Adler defenseman Nick Naumenko. But down a man, Kassel failed to clear the zone in the waning seconds and Edgerton cashed in with just 11 ticks left on the clock.

Playing the second straight game without starting netminder Magnus Eriksson, the Augsburg Panthers got thrashed by newcomer ERC Ingolstadt on the road. Neville Rautert scored two early goals and also had an assist as Ingolstadt routed Ausgburg 8-2 (5-1, 2-0, 1-1). Ironically, Ingolstadt was outshot 30-21 by the guests. But they turned the evening into a nightmare for Augsburg’s 17-year-old netminder Patrick Koslow, who allowed seven goals on just 12 shots before being pulled midway through the game.

Dwayne Norris converted the decisive penalty shot as the Kölner Haie defeated the Nuremberg Ice Tigers 3-2 (1-1, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Dave McLlwain got Cologne on the scoreboard just 22 seconds into the contest. But goals from Steve Larouche and Martin Sychra (on the powerplay) turned the momentum in favor of the Tigers. Robert Hock scored at 06:40 of the final period to send the game into OT.

Three powerplay goals paved the way for Düsseldorf’s 4-1 (2-0, 1-1, 1-0) victory over the Hamburg Freezers. The Frankfurt Lions got their first road win of the season, as they hung on for a 4-2 (2-1, 1-1, 1-1) win over the Iserlohn Roosters. Former Roosters defenseman Cory Laylin tallied three assists for the Lions.
Frank Johne

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