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Pinguine tame the Eisbären
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Dezember 2, 2002; 02:18
Pinguine tame the Eisbären
Blinded Roosters fall to Mannheim
Frank Johne

 
Invincible in the shootout session: Krefeld’s starting goalie Robert Müller

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Munich, Germany - Gameday 25 saw the league-leading Berlin Eisbären lose their first game since the Deutschland Cup break in late October. The Mannheim Adler seized the opportunity and moved to within four points with an easy home win. Elsewhere, the last-place Wild Wings had reason to celebrate.
 

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Sergej Stas converted the winning penalty shot as the Krefeld Pinguine came from behind to edge the Eisbären 3-2 (0-0, 0-0, 2-2, 1-0) after shootout, ending Berlin's five-game win streak. Despite quality opportunities at both ends of the ice, the game was still scoreless after fourty minutes. Pinguine defender Dan Lambert got the hosts on the scoreboard 54 seconds into the final session. But Berlin turned the momentum within two minutes: A tally from Dave Roberts and a nice solo effort by Steve Walker gave the Eisbären a 2-1 lead. Krefeld battled back and got the well-deserved equalizer when Günter Oswald came up with a shorthanded goal at 49:48. In the ensuing penalty shootout, Krefeld's netminder Robert Müller stopped all of Berlin's attempts while Dan Lambert and Stas converted for the Pinguine.

Iserlohn protests - Will Mannheim's win stand?

A strong second-period effort made the difference as the Mannheim Adler thrashed the Iserlohn Roosters at home, 5-1 (0-0, 3-0, 2-1). Defenseman Chris Joseph recorded two goals and an assist for the Adler. However Iserlohn filed a protest after the game, complaining about irregular conditions during the afternoon game. Sunlight came flashing into the arena during the second period, creating very bad vision in the Roosters zone.

Todd Hlushko opened the scoring three minutes into the middle frame. Goals by defenseman Chris Joseph and Klaus Kathan extended Mannheim's lead to 3-0 at the second intermission. Lasse Kopitz's tally with less than five minutes to go in regulation came too late for the Roosters. An empty-net goal by Devon Edgerton and Joseph's second tally of the afternoon sealed Mannheim's win.

A late third-period goal from Eric Houde ended a five-game losing streak for the last-place Schwenningen Wild Wings. Houde scored with less than six minutes to go to lift the Wings to a 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0) road win over the Augsburg Panthers. After getting their first win after eleven straight defeats in Rich Chernomaz's coaching debut last Saturday, the Panthers have posted three straight losses.

Perfect weekend for injury-riddled Ice Tigers

The injury-riddled Nuremberg Ice Tigers recorded a six-point weekend, blanking ERC Ingolstadt 2-0 (0-0, 2-0, 0-0) on home ice Sunday night. After a scoreless first, Vitalij Aab broke the deadlock 45 seconds into the second, capping an odd-man rush after a nice feed from Fritz Fritzmeyer. Shawn Anderson's blueline blast doubled the lead on the man advantage. Ingolstadt woke up too late. Michael Hackert blew their biggest chance when he was denied by the framework in the final period.

A late powerplay goal from Shayne Wright gave the Kassel Huskies a 2-1 (0-0, 1-1, 1-0) home win over the Hamburg Freezers. Bobby House put Hamburg ahead 1-0 lead early in the second. Behind great goaltending from Jan Münster, Kassel rallied back, though. Sven Valenti came up with the equalizer midway through the second. With less than six minutes left in regulation, Wright hammered a point shot past Freezers netminder Boris Rousson on the man advantage to give the Huskies the edge.

Frankfurt wins again

The Frankfurt Lions skated to their second-straight win, edging the Hannover Scorpions 6-5 (2-2, 1-2, 2-1, 1-0) after penalty shootout. After lifting the Lions to a home win over Mannheim with a third-period tally on Friday, Jackson Penney scored the game-winner once again, converting the winning attempt in the OT session.
Frank Johne

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