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Stastny debuts as Tigers move to top spot
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September 20, 2003; 14:48
Stastny debuts as Tigers move to top spot
Slumping Düsseldorf falls to 0-5
Frank Johne

 
Late GWG on the PP: Cologne’s Dave McLlwain

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Munich, Germany - Obviously sparked by the debut of Peter Stastny’s son Yan, the Nürnberg Ice Tigers jumped to the top of the DEL table, handing the Berlin Eisbären their first loss of the season. Elsewhere, the battle between the Kölner Haie and Frankfurt Lions was decided by a late power-play tally.
 

Thomas Greilinger’s breakaway goal capped Nuremberg’s win over Berlin
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Nürnberg Ice Tigers on top

Behind two power-play scores, the Nürnberg Ice Tigers held on for a 4-2 (1-1, 2-1, 1-0) home win over the Berlin Eisbären. 20-year-old Slovak Yan Stastny, son of Quebec Nordiques legend Peter, made his first appearance with the Tigers after being cut by the Boston Bruins.

Youngster Nils Antons put the Eisbären on the scoreboard just 3:44 in with an awkward score. Driving to the net, Antons was knocked down by Tigers defender Petr Fical. Both players fell and slid toward the net before crashing into goalie Freddie Chabot. The puck somehow slid across the goal line to give Berlin a 1-0 lead. Nuremberg used their third power-play of the night to tie the game at 1-1 with four minutes left in the first. Coming from behind the net, Tigers captain Jürgen Rumrich re-directed Kevin Dahl's point shot past Eisbären netminder Rich Parent. The Ice Tigers struck again on the man advantage 1:11 into the middle frame when Robert Tomik burst into the Eisbären zone after a neutral zone turnover, unleashed a no-look wrist shot from the right face-off circle and Craig Leeb knocked home the rebound from the left slot to give Nuremberg a 2-1 lead.

Youngster Josef Menauer doubled the lead to 3-1 midway through the game on a wrap-around, flipping a blind backhander over Parent's glove-side shoulder. The Eisbären responded only two minutes later. Denis Pederson cut the lead to 3-2 with his first DEL goal, chipping home Rob Leask's feed from behind the net from the near slot on the power-play. With the game on the line, Nuremberg’s Thomas Greilinger scored on the breakaway at 12:30 of the third, out-waiting Parent and beating him with a nifty move to his backhand to cap the scoring at 4-2. Both teams have a 4-1 record.

Cologne wins on the road after McLlwain’s late goal

Dave McLlwain scored on the power-play with 2:15 to go to lift the Kölner Haie (2-3) to a 3-2 (0-1, 2-1, 1-0) road win over the Frankfurt Lions (3-2). All goals were scored on the power-play. Pat Lebeau gave Frankfurt a 1-0 lead 3 minutes in, ripping the puck past Haie netminder Chris Rogles from the slot. Second-period goals by Tino Boos and defender Brad Schlegel (on a screened shot) turned the momentum, giving the Haie a 2-1 lead at the game’s midway point. With under seven minutes to go in the middle frame, Frankfurt’s Martin Reichel knocked home the rebound of Francois Bouchard’s point shot to tie the score at two apiece.

Krefeld gets first shutout win

Robert Müller recorded his first shutout of the season as defending champions Krefeld Pinguine improved their record to 3-2 with a 2-0 (1-0, 0-0, 1-0) road win over the Hannover Scorpions (2-3). Marc Beaucage opened the scoring just four minutes into the campaign. Eric Bertrand, who also assisted on Beaucage’s goal, put the game away with less than seven minutes to go in the third.

Mannheim thrashes Augsburg

Andy Roach and Todd Hlushko each had a goal and an assist as the Mannheim Adler jumped out to 4-0 lead and hung on to beat the Augsburger Panther 5-2 (3-0, 1-0, 1-2). The home win got Mannheim (2-2) back to the .500 mark while Augsburg is 3-2. Power-play scores from Roach and Tomas Martinec and a late tally by Mike Kennedy gave the Adler a 3-0 lead at the first intermission. Hlushko’s score midway through the second made it 4-0. Back-to-back goals by Eric Dandenault and Rick Girard put Augsburg on the scoreboard midway through the final period, but it was too little, too late. Michael Bakos’ goal 5:32 from the final horn capped the scoring.

Düsseldorf still winless, Iserlohn skates past Kassel

The Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars fell to 0-5, losing on the road to the Hamburg Freezers (4-2). Jacek Plachta scored a pair of power-play goals and Brad Purdie and Dan Lambert each had two assists as Hamburg edged the DEG 3-2 (2-1, 1-0, 0-1). Hamburg’s Bobby House opened the scoring on the man advantage six minutes into the campaign. A power-play goal by Metro Stars defender Tommy Jakobsen tied the score at 1-1 before Plachta’s first score of the night put the Freezers ahead 2-1 after one. Plachta struck again at 11:16 of the middle frame to double Hamburg’s lead to 3-1. A short-handed goal by Daniel Kreutzer gave Düsseldorf hope midway through the third. But that was as close as the Metro Stars could get.

Matt Henderson scored short-handed 3:46 into the game as the Iserlohn Roosters (3-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 (2-0, 2-0, 0-2) home victory over the Kassel Huskies (1-4). James Black (power-play), Matt Higgins and Jason Cipolla also scored for Iserlohn before Kassel got with two third-period power-play scores from Gert Acker and defenseman Stephane Robitaille.
Frank Johne

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