Behind four power-play scores, Adler Mannheim stunned the league-leading Berlin Eisbären 4-0 (2-0, 1-0, 1-0) on the road. The Adler took a 1-0 lead 8:14 into the game when the puck ricocheted off the backboards and Robert Hock knocked it in from the doorstep on the power-play. Mannheim doubled their lead when Derek Plante deflected Yves Racine’s shot from the center point on the two-man advantage with 5:37 left in the opening stanza. René Corbet made it 3-0 6:22 into the middle frame, squeezing the puck past Rich Parent’s pads to score the third power-play tally of the night. Racine capped the scoring 45 seconds from the final horn on another 5-on-3 opportunity, blasting home a point shot past screened Eisbären goalie Parent.Victories for Augsburg and Hamburg
Bob Wren tallied a goal and two assists as the Augsburger Panther handed local rivals ERC Ingolstadt their third straight loss, winning 4-1 (1-1, 1-0, 2-0) at home.
Boris Rousson turned aside 26 shots on way to his second shutout of the season and defenseman Darren Van Impe scored the only goal on the power-play midway through the second as the Hamburg Freezers edged the Hannover Scorpions 1-0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0) on the road.Nuremberg fails to climb back to number one spot
The Nürnberg Ice Tigers failed to capitalize on Berlin’s loss. Norwegian forward Trond Magnussen scored a pair of late goals as the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars wrestled down Nuremberg 5-3 (0-0, 3-2, 2-1) on the road to register their second straight win. Marian Cisar’s power-play goal broke the deadlock 7:28 into the middle frame. Düsseldorf turned the momentum within only three minutes, taking a 3-1 lead on three unanswered goals from defenseman Tommy Jakobsen (PP), Christian Brittig and Pat Mikesch (4-on-4). A late second-period power-play tally from Stephané Julien got Nuremberg back into the game. Petr Fical scored the 3-3 equalizer 5:05 into the final stanza. But Düsseldorf’s Scandinavian line teamed up for the game-winner. Assisted by Swede Johan Molin and fellow Norwegian Tore Vikingstad, Magnussen struck with 4:19 left in regulation to make it 4-3. He added an empty-net goal to cap the scoring 22 seconds from the final horn, giving the DEG back-to-back victories after opening the season 0-5. Krefeld’s Appel beats former team
Former Lion Pascal Appel tallied the 2-2 equalizer with 5:50 to go in the second on a 5-on-3 powerplay and later converted the game-winning attempt in the penalty shootout as defending champs Krefeld Pinguine defeated the Frankfurt Lions at home 3-2 (1-1, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0).
A three-goal second-period effort helped the Kassel Huskies keep expansion team Freiburg Wölfe at bay, winning 3-2 (0-1, 3-0, 0-1) at home. Ted Crowley (5-on-3 PP), Tobias Abstreiter and Brent Peterson (PP) tallied within the final nine minutes of the middle frame as Kassel rallied from an early 1-0 deficit. Olivier Coqueux and Juraj Faith scored for Freiburg. Haie bite Roosters
Veteran Dave McLlwain sealed Cologne’s 3-1 (1-0, 1-0, 1-1) home win over the Iserlohn Roosters, ripping a slapshot past netminder Michael Fountain on the powerplay with less than two minutes to go. The Kölner Haie had a 2-0 lead after scores from Tino Boos and Jean-Yves Roy, but a breakaway goal by James Black with 3:04 to go in regulation cut the lead in half and gave the Roosters some hope. Not for long, though: Iserlohn’s Matt Henderson got ejected for spearing just a minute later and McLlwain’s goal put the game away on the ensuing power-play.