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Eisbären keep rolling
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Dezember 8, 2002; 00:18
Eisbären keep rolling
Four contests decided in shootouts
Frank Johne

Two assists in Iserlohn’s win: Colin Beardsmore

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Munich, Germany - Pierre Page’s Berlin Eisbären always seem to find a way to win these days. With the regular season in the DEL reaching its midway point, the team from the nation’s capital travelled to Mannheim to face one of its fiercest rivals. Despite squandering a late two-goal-lead, Berlin came out on top after bonus action. Elsewhere, the Frankfurt Lions continued their hot streak.

Hlushko’s two goals secured a point for Mannheim, but couldn’t stop Berlin
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Yvon Corriveau converted the winning penalty shot as the league-leading Eisbären downed the second-place Mannheim Adler on the road, 4-3 (0-0, 1-0, 2-3, 1-0). Berlin enjoyed a 3-1 lead halfway through the final period after goals by Alexander Barta, Mark Beaufait and Rob Shearer. The Adler started a rally, though. Devin Edgerton, who had assisted on Mannheim’s first goal by Tomas Martinec, registered two more helpers as Todd Hlushko tied the score at 3-3 with back-to-back strikes within only 33 seconds, the equalizer coming on the man advantage.

Fourth-place Düsseldorf did not have too much reason to celebrate after its sixth straight win. The Metro Stars squandered a 4-0 third-period lead against the Augsburg Panthers on the road and needed a penalty shootout to edge the ailing hosts, 5-4 (1-0, 3-0, 0-4, 1-0). Belgian Mike Pellegrims converted the winning attempt. Tore Vikingstad scored a shorthanded goal and an assist for the DEG. Augsburg’s Phillipe Audet had two late powerplay tallies, the second of which tied the contest with just five ticks left on the clock.

Lebeau’s late heroics keep Frankfurt’s streak going

Krefeld was not as fortunate. Jesse Belanger recorded a goal and two assists as the Hamburg Freezers rallied from a 4-1 second period deficit to down the Pinguine after shootout, 5-4 (1-2, 2-2, 1-0, 1-0). Bobby House sealed Hamburg’s win on the final attempt of the penalty contest. All eight goals in regulation were scored on the man advantage.

Pat Lebeau scored the last-minute equalizer and the GWG in the ensuing penalty shootout as the Frankfurt Lions bounced back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Nuremberg Ice Tigers on the road, 4-3 (1-1, 0-2, 2-0, 1-0), extending their current win streak to four games.

Elsewhere, the Hannover Scorpions continued their recent slide. Colin Beardsmore tallied two assists as the Iserlohn Roosters dominated the Scorpions on the road, 4-1 (3-1, 1-0, 0-0). Andrej Podkonicky’s powerplay tally, which made it 2-1 just 4:53 into the tilt, turned out to be the game-winner.

After 60 scoreless minutes, Christian Kohmann converted the decisive shootout attempt to lift the Schwenningen Wild Wings to a surprising 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0) road win over the Kassel Huskies. Young netminder Stefan Karg was denied a shutout, though, as Ian Gordon came in to replace him for 16 seconds.
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