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Iserlohn Roosters move into sixth place
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Oktober 21, 2002; 14:16
Iserlohn Roosters move into sixth place
Cologne rallies to win seventh straight game
Frank Johne

 
Slowly finding their rhythm: Chris Valentine’s Krefeld Pinguine

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Munich, Germany - Greg Poss’s Iserlohn Roosters continue to stun the league. Sunday night, the underdogs sneaked into sixth place with another surprising road win on gameday 15. Elsewhere, the Hamburg Freezers suffered their ninth loss of the season, squandering a third-period lead in Cologne.
 

Productive day: Berlin’s Keith Aldridge scored two goals and an assist
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Oliver Bernhardt and Andrej Podkonicky both had a goal and an assist as the Iserlohn Roosters upset the Augsburg Panthers on the road, 5-3 (1-0, 2-1, 2-2). Back-to-back second-period goals from Lasse Kopitz and Greg Lipsett gave Iserlohn a commanding 3-0 lead.

Defender Keith Aldridge scored two goals and also had an assist as the Berlin Eisbären downed the Nuremberg Ice Tigers on the road, 4-1 (2-0, 0-0, 2-1). Playing with only three forward lines and five defensemen, the injury-riddled Tigers put on a great fight against the first-place team.

The key moment came late in the opening period. Down a man already, Nuremberg got called for too many men on the ice. Aldridge cashed in on the ensuing two-man advantage, hammering the puck past Tigers netminder Marc Seliger from between the hashmarks. With the second penalty just expired and only three ticks left in the period, Aldridge added another one, doubling the lead to 2-0 on a slapshot through Seliger’s five-hole. Nuremberg battled back, though. Defenseman Shawn Anderson deservedly cut the lead in half eight minutes into the final stanza. But while the Tigers failed to capitalize on multiple good scoring opportunities, Berlin remained efficient. Rob Shearer put the game out of reach with just under six minutes to go. Kelly Fairchild capped the scoring at 4-1 with an empty-net goal.

Steve Junker scored with 1:25 left in regulation to give the second-place Mannheim Adler a 3-1 (1-0, 1-0, 1-1) home win over ERC Ingolstadt. Stefan Ustorf and Andy Roach had put the hosts ahead 2-0 before Sean Tallaire cut the lead in half on the powerplay midway through the final period - Ingolstadt’s first goal after being shut out for eight consecutive periods.

Alex Hicks helps Cologne to come-from-behind win

Alex Hicks came up with two powerplay tallies as the third-place Kölner Haie skated to their seventh straight win. Trailing for over two periods, Cologne put on a late rally to beat the Hamburg Freezers 4-2 (0-0, 0-1, 4-1). Special teams made the difference: The Haie scored three times on the man advantage. The other goal came shorthanded: Mickey Elick put Cologne in the lead just 87 seconds after Andreas Renz’s equalizer early in the third. With an extra skater on, Hamburg’s Andy Schneider got the Freezers to within a goal before Hicks sealed Cologne’s win with his second of the day, an empty-netter.

Leo Stefan tallied two third-period goals as the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars handed the Kassel Huskies their third straight home loss, 4-2 (1-0, 1-1, 2-1).

A late powerplay goal from Darry Shannon lifted the Krefeld Pinguine to a 3-2 (1-0, 1-0, 1-2) win over the Frankfurt Lions. Krefeld enjoyed a 2-0 lead going into the final period after scores from defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (powerplay) and Dan Lambert. But Frankfurt put on a late rally and evened the score on goals by Jackson Penney and Collin Danielsmeier before Shannon’s goal with 43 seconds to go gave Krefeld the win.

Fredrik Öberg converted the winning penalty shot as the Hannover Scorpions downed the Schwenningen Wild Wings 2-1 (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout.
Frank Johne

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