With three regulars missing, the first-place Berlin Eisbären looked punchless against the Augsburger Panther, losing 3-0 (0-0, 1-0, 2-0) on the road. Craig Leeb, Duane Moeser and Shawn Carter each had a goal and an assist for a very poised and focussed Panther team. Eisbären head coach Pierre Page rested defensemen John Gruden, Ricard Persson and forward Steve Walker with minor injuries.
Behind great goaltending from Frederic Chabot, the injury-riddled Nürnberg Ice Tigers skated to a 4-2 (1-0, 2-1, 1-1) win over the Hamburg Freezers, their fourth victory in a row. Playing with only 13 skaters, the Tigers took control late in the second period when scores by Ivan Droppa and Shawn Anderson made it 3-1 within less than three minutes. Marc Savard’s goal midway through the final frame put the game out of reach. Hlushko and Hynes lift Mannheim to win
Mannheim recorded its second straight win after penalty shootout, downing the Frankfurt Lions 5-4 (0-2, 2-1, 2-1) at home. Todd Hlushko had a pair of goals and also converted the game-winning penalty shot. Frankfurt had the lead three times, but Mannheim hung in and tied the game at 4-4 when Wayne Hynes scored his second goal of the night at 13:48 of the final period.
ERC Ingolstadt continued to look hot under new head coach Olle Öst, skating to their second straight win after going 1-12 in the previous 13 games. Behind scores from Sam Groleau (on the powerplay and shorthanded) and Sean Tallaire, the expansion team jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 (1-0, 2-0, 0-2) away win over the Krefeld Pinguine. Gary Shuchuk and defenseman Daniel Kunce came up with third-period scores for Krefeld which lost the game due to sluggish play in the first two periods. Tallaire’s score was his second straight game-winning goal after converting the decisive penalty shot in Friday’s win over the Kölner Haie.
Andrej Podkonicky converted the winning-attempt in the OT penalty shootout as the Iserlohn Roosters edged the Kassel Huskies 3-2 (0-0, 1-1, 1-1), who played in their fourth straight OT game.
Dwayne Norris had a powerplay goal and an assist as the Kölner Haie skated to their first win of 2003, beating the Schwenninger Wild Wings 5-2 (2-1, 2-1, 1-0). The Wings kept the game close for almost 40 minutes. A powerplay goal from Niclas Sundblad, which made it 4-2 with only three ticks left in the middle frame, turned out to be the neckbreaker.
Elsewhere, Tore Vikingstad and Jean-Francois Quintin both tallied a goal and an assist as the DEG Metro Stars beat the Hannover Scorpions on the road, 4-1 (0-0, 1-1, 3-0).