Mike Rosati recorded his first shutout of the season as the Mannheim Adler blanked the Augsburger Panther on the road, 2-0 (1-0, 0-0, 1-0). An early first-period goal by defenseman Chris Joseph turned out to be the game-winner. Stephan Ustorf doubled the lead 3:21 into the final frame.
Ustorf suffered a major concussion later on when he got slashed by Augsburg’s goalie Eriksson and crashed head-first into the framework. He passed out and had to be attended to on the ice for several minutes. The 29-year-old is expected to miss a couple of games. Just a week ago, Mannheim had lost top scorer Devin Edgerton with a forearm fracture. Eriksson was not penalized, but might be fined by the league. Mannheim announced that video footage of the incident was on its way to the league office. Serikow big in Kassel win
Mark Beaufait scored two first-period goals, including a powerplay tally, as the league-leading Berlin Eisbären skated past the Iserlohn Roosters 3-1 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0). A powerplay goal by Kelly Fairchild put the game out of reach midway through the final frame. Newly-signed Yale product Jason Cipolla scored Iserlohn’s only goal of the night seconds later, his second goal of the weekend.
Thriving Kassel Huskies forward Alexander Serikow had a regulation goal and the game-winner in the overtime shootout as his team rallied back from a deficit three times to down the Kolner Haie 4-3 (1-1, 0-1, 2-1, 1-0).
Fifth-place Nuremberg got three precious points in the battle for a playoff spot, blanking the DEG Metro Stars 4-0 (1-0, 1-0, 2-0) at home. Behind great goaltending from Frederic Chabot, who got his second shutout in his ninth start of the season, Nuremberg clearly dominated fourth-place Dusseldorf. Vitalij Aab had two goals, the other two scores came from Rob Guillet and Martin Sychra.Ingolstadt gets thrashed, brings in new coach, Young returns
The departure of head coach Jim Boni obviously could not spark ailing expansion team ERC Ingolstadt. Greg Adams had a pair of powerplay goals and Marc Fortier scored four assists as the Frankfurt Lions routed Ingolstadt 6-1 (3-0, 3-1, 0-0).
Ingolstadt, which ranks three points ahead of last-place Schwenningen, has lost six straight and 12 out of its last 13 games. The club hopes that new head coach Olle Ost can turn the season around. The 61-year-old Swede, who has previous DEL experience with the Berlin Capitals, Mannheim Adler and Hannover Scorpions, will take over from interim coach Ben Davis. In a first move, Oest talked suspended captain Jason Young into returning. Young had been released by ex-head coach Boni last week. Boni stepped down three days later.
Robert Muller recorded his third shutout of the season as the Krefeld Pinguine beat the Schwenningen Wild Wings 3-0 (1-0, -1-0, 1-0). David Musial and Christoph Brandner scored first- and second period powerplay goals respectively, Brandner’s linemate Patrick Augusta capped the scoring at 3-0 with 2:33 left.