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Mannheim’s win spoilt by huge injury blow
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Dezember 30, 2002; 00:58
Mannheim’s win spoilt by huge injury blow
League’s top scorer goes down, Frankfurt Lions forward facing retirement
Frank Johne

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Munich, Germany - A severe injury blow to league-leading scorer Devin Edgerton overshadowed gameday 33 in the DEL. In Berlin, the meeting between the Eisbären and the Freezers turned into a high-scoring shootout.

Upset win: Jesse Belanger scored one of two Hamburg shorthanders in Berlin
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Two late powerplay goals from Andy Roach and Klaus Kathan lifted the Mannheim Adler to a 3-1 (0-0, 1-0, 2-1) win over the Krefeld Pinguine. Mannheim’s win came at a high price, though: Devin Edgerton, who led the league in scoring coming into the game with 12 goals and 26 assists, will be out for at least eight weeks after fracturing his forearm early in the game.

Jacek Plachta scored a powerplay goal and also converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Hamburg Freezers upset the Berlin Eisbären on the road, 6-5 (3-2, 1-0, 1-3, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Behind two shorthanded goals from Andy Schneider and Jesse Belanger, Hamburg had a 4-2 lead at the second intermission. Berlin’s Keith Aldrigde cut the lead in half early in the third, but Bobby House re-installed Hamburg’s two-goal lead midway through the period. The Eisbären managed to rally, though, and evened the score at 5-5 at the end of regulation on goals from Kelly Fairchild and Sven Felski. Defenseman Jeff Tory had three assists for the Freezers.

Lions forward facing retirement

The Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars scored four unanswered goals to come from behind to beat expansion team ERC Ingolstadt on the road, 4-2 (1-2, 2-0, 1-0). Early powerplay strikes from Shayne Toporowski and Sean Tallaire had Ingolstadt up 2-0 just 5:46 into the contest, but Jim Boni’s ailing team once again failed to bring a 60-minute effort. Scores from Leo Stefan, Jakub Ficenec, Marc Beaucage and Tommy Jakobsen turned the game around for Düsseldorf.

Paul Stanton’s late second-period goal turned out to be the game-winner as the Frankfurt Lions defeated the Kassel Huskies 4-3 (3-1, 1-2, 0-0).Greg Adams and Pat LeBeau each tallied a goal and an assist, defenseman Corey Laylin had two assists for the Lions. Off the ice, Frankurt announced that forward Rusty Fitzgerald is facing early retirement after unsuccessful surgery on his spinal discs. The 30-year-old former Manitoba Moose has been troubled by major back spasms for months.

Iserlohn had the lead three times, but could not stop its recent slide: The Roosters stayed winless for the eight straight time, being downed at home 4-3 (1-1, 1-1, 1-1) after penalty shootout by the Schwenningen Wild Wings. Great goaltending from Steffen Karg, who replaced starter Ian Gordon for the extra session, and the winning conversion from Christian Kohmann gave the Wings the road win. Schwenningen’s Francois Fortier and Iserlohn’s Steve Washburn both had a pair of goals for their respective teams.

Marc Savard scored shorthanded and on the two-man advantage as the Nuremberg Ice Tigers recorded their second straight home win, downing the Hannover Scorpions 4-2 (2-1, 2-0, 0-1). Rob Guillet added a goal and two assists.
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