With the league lead on the line, Yvon Corriveau scored two regulation tallies and the winning penalty shot as the Berlin Eisbären edged the Kölner Haie in a see-saw game, 5-4 (2-1, 1-3, 1-0) shootout. The win moved the Eisbären back into first place in the standings, the Haie dropped to second. Berlin had a 3-1 lead early in the second after goals from Corriveau and Dave Roberts. However the Eisbären failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 powerplay and Cologne managed to turn the momentum with three unanswered second-period tallies, two from Dwayne Norris and one from Andreas Morczinietz. With just under eight minutes to in regulation, Eisbären defenseman Brad Bergen tied the contest at four apiece.
In Hamburg, Mike Kennedy was the man of the night as the Mannheim Adler edged the Hamburg Freezers 3-2 (0-0, 1-1, 1-1) after penalty shootout. The “President” scored a hat trick, two powerplay tallies and the game-winning penalty shot, against netminder Boris Rousson and his former Munich Barons teammates. Kennedy opened the scoring early in the second, but Hamburg turned the game around with powerplay tallies from Jesse Belanger and Ted Crowley. With just under three minutes left in regulation, Kennedy forced the contest into a shootout decision and went on to seal the victory by himself.Augsburg continues to roll
Daniel Kreutzer’s second goal of the season helped the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars to a 2-1 (0-0, 2-1, 0-0) home win over the Frankfurt Lions. Marc Fortier’s powerplay tally put Frankfurt ahead early in the middle frame, but Düsseldorf turned the momentum later in the period on goals from defenseman Martin Ulrich and Kreutzer.
Three days after their stunning 5-0 win over the Kölner Haie, the Augsburg Panthers continued to roll. Philippe Audet tallied a goal and an assist as the Panthers shocked yet another top-notch team, beating the Krefeld Pinguine 4-1 (0-0, 3-0, 1-1) on the road. After a scoreless first, Augsburg cashed in on its first two powerplay opportunities with goals from Craig Leeb and Audet. Newly-signed defenseman Chris Armstrong added another tally give the Panthers a commanding 3-0 lead at the second intermission. Mario Doyon’s goal could not spark a Krefeld comeback. Panthers defender Ronny Arendt capped the scoring at 4-1 with 1:22 left in regulation. After three straight road wins, the Panthers are now only four points away from a playoff spot.Allan’s late strike ends Ingolstadt’s losing streak
Defenseman Chad Allan’s powerplay tally with 33 seconds to go lifted ERC Ingolstadt to a 2-1 (0-1, 0-0, 2-0) road win over the Iserlohn Roosters. Iserlohn took an early lead when Andrej Podkonicky scored 2:23 into the contest. But behind great goaltending from Mike Bales, Ingolstadt managed to hang in the game. Former Rooster Terry Campbell came up with the equalizer early in the third, fooling Iserlohn’s Jimmy Waite on a wrap-around. A late high-sticking penalty to Doug Ast paved the way for Ingolstadt’s victory, which ended a six-game losing streak. Iserlohn has lost three straight.
Thomas Greilinger converted the winning penalty shot as the Nuremberg Ice Tigers downed the Schwenningen Wild Wings on the road, 2-1 (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0) after shootout. Thomas Schinko gave Nuremberg a 1-0 lead early in the middle frame. Ralf Stärk’s early third-period tally sent the game into the bonus session.
Todd Hawkins had two goals and two assists and Fredrik Öberg had a goal and a helper as the Hannover Scorpions stormed to their third straight win, thrashing the Kassel Huskies 6-2 (3-0, 2-1, 1-1).