The debut of new head coach Olle Öst obviously turned into a big spark for troubled ERC Ingolstadt. Great goaltending from Ilpo Kauhanen and scores
from Jean-Francois Jomphe, Niki Mondt and Sean Tallaire (OT) lifted the troubled expansion team to a 3-2 (1-1, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0) upset road win over
the Kölner Haie, ending a six-game winless streak. For the Haie, the loss marked the fourth straight defeat after penalty shootout.
The meeting of the league's top-two teams also went to the extra session. Wayne Hynes converted the decisive attempt for the Mannheim Adler, capping
a 3-2 (0-2, 2-0, 0-0, 1-0) come-from-behind win over the Berlin Eisbären. A shorthanded goal from Mark Beaufait got Berlin on the scoreboard only 133 seconds in. Defenseman Ricard Persson doubled the lead midway through the first, giving the Eisbären a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. After a
slow start, Mannheim turned the momentum in the middle frame, tying the game at 2-2 with a point blast from Todd Hlushko and a tally from Igor
Terry Yake scored a pair of goals, including an empty-netter with 10 seconds to go, as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers downed the Frankfurt Lions on the
road, 4-2 (2-0, 1-0, 1-2).
Early powerplay goals from Ted Drury and Ted Crowley set the tone as the Hamburg Freezers held on for a 3-2 (2-1, 1-0, 1-0) win over the Krefeld
Pinguine. Doug Ast scored twice as the Iserlohn Roosters edged the Hannover Scorpions after penalty shootout, 4-3 (1-0, 0-2, 2-1, 1-0).
Elsewhere, Marc Beaucage scored a goal and two assists as the DEG Metro Stars downed the Augsburger Panther 4-2 (1-1, 2-0, 1-1). The Kassel Huskies
skated to their third-straight overtime win, beating the Schwenninger Wild Wings 2-1 (0-0, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout.