Berlin had to battle hard though to steal three points at Augsburg, 5-3 (1-1, 1-1, 3-1). Defenseman Ronny Arendt got the Augsburg Panthers ahead 3-2 early in the final period. A wide-open Sergej Vostrikov then failed to double the lead. The game seemed to be bound for overtime after Marc Beaufait’s equalizer on the man advantage three minutes later. But a tally by John Gruden with exactly two minutes left in regulation put Berlin ahead 4-3. Sven Felski capped the scoring at 5-3 with an empty-netter.
Jason Podollan and Devin Edgerton both struck twice as the second-place Mannheim Adler cruised to a 4-1 (1-0, 2-0, 1-1) win over the Frankfurt Lions.Cologne gets first double-digit win
The Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars defended third place despite a 4-2 (0-0, 1-2, 1-2) road loss to the Hannover Scorpions, who recorded their fourth straight home win. Stefan Hellkvist scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Hannover moved up to fifth place.
The Kölner Haie are fourth after an offensive explosion against the Schwenningen Wild Wings. Dave McLlwain and Eduard Lewandowski both scored twice as the Haie steamrolled over the last-place team,10-2 (4-1, 1-1, 5-0) in the KölnArena. Unlike the previous games, Cologne managed to cash in on its scoring opportunites. The win marked the first double-digit victory since the Haie moved to their new home in 1998.
Steve Larouche scored the game-winner at 12:18 of the final period and also had an assist as the Nuremberg Ice Tigers rallied back from a two goal deficit to beat the Hamburg Freezers 3-2 (0-1, 0-1, 3-0). Hamburg seemed to be in control after scores from Greg Andrusak and Bob Lachance. But Vitalij Aab’s strike only 56 seconds into the final stanza sparked a great rally.Ailing Huskies lose again
The Kassel Huskies failed to end their losing streak. They recorded their fourth straight loss, being blanked on home ice by the Iserlohn Roosters, 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0). After two scoreless periods, Chris Lipsett came up with the game-winner on the powerplay 3:49 into the final stanza. Roosters netminder Jimmy Waite got his first shutout of the season.
Thomas Brandl had a goal and two assists as the Krefeld Pinguine recorded their fourth straight home win, downing ERC Ingolstadt 5-2 (2-0, 2-0, 1-2). Krefeld jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Ingolstadt’s captain Jason Young got two late consolation scores.