Felski scored two third-period goals and Daniel Kreutzer of the DEG Metro Stars added an empty-netter as the Germans rallied from a 4-3 deficit at the second intermission to down the All-Stars 6-4 (1-1, 1-3, 3-0). Team Germany now leads the all-time series 5-1.
Felski’s big performance was obviously sparked by his win in one of the pre-game skill contests where the Eisbären forward turned out to be the league’s fastest skater. Young defenseman Christian Ehrhoff of the Krefeld Pinguine, who was drafted by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks in 2001, boasted the hardest shot with 142 km/h (88 mph).Germany jumps out to 3-1 lead
With 15,126 in attendance at the KölnArena, Eduard Lewandowski (Kölner Haie) put Team Germany on the scoreboard seven minutes into the tilt, beating All-Star netminder and club-teammate Chris Rogles (Kölner Haie) on a breakaway after a pass from fellow Kazakhstan-born Boris Blank (Eisbären Berlin). Trond Magnussen (DEG Metro Stars) backhanded a cross-ice feed from Terry Yake (Nürnberg Ice Tigers) past Team Germany’s starting goalie Robert Müller (Krefeld Pinguine) to even the score at 1-1 midway through the first period.
Team Germany took a 2-1 lead early in the second when a pass from Vitalij Aab (Nürnberg Ice Tigers), the third Kazakhstan-born player on the team, from the left faceoff-circle found Sven Felski at the opposite post. Initially faking a pass, Aab made it 3-1 halfway through the period, one-timing the puck through Andrej Trefilov’s (DEG Metro Stars) five-hole from the near left.All-Stars put on second-period rally
But the All-Stars responded with three unanswered goals. Dave McLlwain (Kölner Haie) deflected a blast from defenseman Justin Harney (Iserlohn Roosters) past Germany’s goalie Alexander Jung (DEG Metro Stars), who had replaced starting netminder Müller in net halfway through the game. Seconds later, Brad Purdie’s (Krefeld Pinguine) feed from behind the net found Krefeld teammate Christoph Brandner on the doorstep for the 3-3 equalizer.
41-year-old Wally Schreiber (Hannover Scorpions) gave the All-Stars a 4-3 lead at the second intermission, knocking home the rebound of Jean-Francois Jomphe’s (ERC Ingolstadt) shot. Felski’s tallies turn the momentum
Felski evened the score at 4-4 eight minutes into the final period. He forced a turnover off Tommy Jakobsen (DEG Metro Stars) on he blueline, played give-and-go with Vitalij Aab and poked the puck past All-Star goalie Jimmy Waite (Iserlohn Roosters). Picking up Martin Reichel’s (Nürnberg Ice Tigers) feed from behind the net, Felski skated around Waite and lifted the puck over the diving goalie to give Team Germany a 5-4 lead. Kreutzer capped the scoring at 6-4 with an empty-net goal four seconds from the final horn.Click here for player headshots and bios of the DEL All-Stars!