Leo Stefan and Marc Beaucage scored third-period goals as the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars rallied from a one-goal deficit to down the Kölner Haie 2-1 (0-0, 0-0, 2-1) in the local derby on the Rhine river. With a capacity crowd of over 10,000 on hand at Düsseldorf’s Brehmstraße Arena. After two scoreless periods, both teams opened it up after Cologne’s Alex Hicks broke the deadlock early in the first. Both teams could have won, Düsseldorf was a little more fortunate in the end.
“The loss doesn’t hurt ’cause we played veryy well“, Haie head coach Hans Zach said. Iserlohn’s hot finish knocks Mannheim out of third
Instead of capitalizing on Cologne’s loss and moving into second place, the Mannheim Adler lost on the road and dropped to fourth place. Trailing 3-2 at the second intermission, the Iserlohn Roosters put on a great comeback, scoring four unanswered goals to beat the Adler 6-3 (1-0, 1-3, 4-0). Iserlohn’s offense literally exploded after Chris Lipsett’s equalizer 7:18 into the final frame. Jeff Dessner, Colin Beardsmore and Andrej Podkonicky scored in the final four minutes to lift the Roosters to a well-deserved win.
The league-leading Berlin Eisbären also lost. Krefeld looked good in the first game under new head coach Butch Goring. In a see-saw game, the Pinguine upset the Eisbären. Berlin rallied back from a one-goal deficit four times, but Sandy Moger scored with under three minutes left in regulation to lift Krefeld to a 5-4 (2-1, 1-2, 2-1) road victory. Austrian forward Christoph Brandner notched a pair of goals for the Pinguine.
Due to a failure of the cooling system in the newly-built Color Line Arena, the game between the Hamburg Freezers and the Kassel Huskies had to be forfeited after twenty minutes. Behind goals from Bob Lachance and Jason Miller, Hamburg had a 2-1 lead at that point. With the ice surface literally melting away, the referee ended the game which now will likely be re-scheduled and re-played entirely. Aab gets league-leading 5th GWG
Vitalij Aab scored two goals as the Nuremberg Ice Tigers defeated ERC Ingolstadt for the second time within a week. Behind great netminding from Marc Seliger, the Tigers recorded a 3-1 (1-1, 0-0, 2-0) road win Sunday night.
Sam Groleau got Ingolstadt on the scoreboard after a nice give-and-go with Jean-Francois Jomphe, but the Tigers responded right away. Aab tied the score at one apiece when he re-directed Shawn Anderson’s powerplay blast into the net late in the first period. Jürgen Rumrich could have put Nuremberg ahead on a shorthanded breakaway in the middle frame, but was denied by ERC goalie Ilpo Kauhanen. Aab’s league-leading game-winner came midway through the final period when he converted a feed from Martin Reichel from behind the net, wristing the puck past Kauhanen from the near left slot. Rob Guillet iced the win with an empty-netter.Frankfurt keeps rolling, Augsburg snaps losing streak
Jackson Penney tallied two powerplay goals and defenseman Chris Snell added a pair of assists as the Frankfurt Lions picked up their fifth win in a row, edging the Hannover Scorpions 3-2 (1-0, 0-0, 2-2) at home. Veteran Paul Stanton got Frankfurt ahead on the man advantage midway through the opening period. Penney’s first of the night doubled the lead 8:42 into the final frame. Fredrik Öberg managed to cut the lead in half less than a minute later, but Penney put the game out of reach, knocking home a rebound from the doorstep. Gilbert Dionne scored Hannover’s second goal with only one tick left on the clock.
Pierre-Claude Drouin and Craig Leeb scored as the Augsburg Panthers got their first win after four straight losses, blanking the last-place Schwenningen Wild Wings 2-0 (1-0, 0-0, 1-0) at home.