Tino Boos and Brad Schlegel each scored a goal and an assist as the Haie cruised to a convincing home win, blanking the Adler 4-0 (0-0, 3-0, 1-0). Cologne’s netminder Chris Rogles recorded his fourth shutout of the season.
A breakaway score by defenseman Brad Schlegel opened the scoring 4:27 into the middle frame. Schlegel gained possession of the puck just inside the Cologne blueline, sped through the neutral zone and beat diving Adler goalie Mike Rosati with a move to his backhand. Tino Boos doubled the lead midway through the period, converting a feed from Niclas Sundblad from the right wing on the man advantage. Late in the period, Alex Hicks jammed the puck home from the doorstep to put the game out of reach at the second intermission. A powerplay goal by Darcy Werenka capped the scoring at 4-0 1:37 from the final horn.Stewart: “No championship trophies in November”
“They don’t hand out any championship trophies in November,“ Mannheim’s head coach Bill Stewart said. “Cologne had 20 strong players on the ice today. We couldn’t match that.”
Steve Walker and Kelly Fairchild both tallied two goals and an assist as the Berlin Eisbären thrashed the Frankfurt Lions on the road, 7-3 (3-1, 2-0, 2-2).
Cologne (48) is now two points ahead of the second-place Berlin Eisbären (46), Mannheim (44) is in third place. Mannheim has one, Berlin even two games in hand over the Haie.Hamburg pushes Schwenningen to the bottom
The streaking Hamburg Freezers moved out of last place for the first time in five weeks. Bobby House’s second-period tally turned out to be the game-winner as the Freezers hung on to beat the Schwenningen Wild Wings 3-2 (2-1, 1-1, 0-0), extending their longest winning-streak since the off-season move from Munich to four straight games. Having played seven more games than Hamburg, Schwenningen slipped to the bottom of the table.
Terry Yake recorded three assists as the Nuremberg Ice Tigers rallied from a three-goal first-period deficit to beat the ailing Augsburg Panthers 6-4 (1-3, 4-1, 1-0). Augsburg was up 3-0 just 4:11 into the game, but gave the game out of hand to suffer its eleventh straight loss.
Elsewhere, Alexander Serikow scored a goal and an assist as the Kassel Huskies overcame an early deficit to beat the Krefeld Pinguine 4-1 (0-1, 0-0, 4-0) and extend their win-streak to three games. Ingolstadt, Düsseldorf get shootout wins
Captain Jason Young converted the winning attempt as Ingolstadt downed the Hannover Scorpions 4-3 (2-1, 1-2, 0-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Sam Grouleau tallied two points for Ingolstadt, including a first-period goal on the two-man advantage. The hosts failed to capitalize on a flood of penalties against the Scorpions though. Hannover amassed a total of 90 penalty minutes, including game misconducts to Wally Schreiber and Todd Hawkins. Taking a 2-1 lead into the middle frame, Ingolstadt conceded a shorthander by Sebastian Klenner that temporarily turned the momentum in favor of the Scorpions. Gilbert Dionne gave Hannover a 3-2 lead with his second tally of the night, but Sean Tallaire came up with the 3-3 equalizer late in the second.
On Saturday, the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars also needed a shootout to wrestle down the Iserlohn Roosters on the road. Daniel Kreutzer ended his season-long goal-scoring drought, converting the winning penalty shot in Düsseldorf’s 3-2 (0-1, 1-0, 1-1, 1-0) victory.