Behind great goaltending from Rousson and a three-point night from forward Peter Abstreiter, the Hamburg Freezers improved to 7-4 with a 3-0 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0) home victory over the Iserlohn Roosters. Hamburg was in control after early tallies from former Rooster Steve Washburn and Andrew Schneider. Iserlohn hung in, but failed to get the puck past Rousson. Abstreiter’s late score 4:36 before the final horn put the game away. After six consecutive games without a win, the Roosters dropped to 3-8.
ERC Ingolstadt ended their six-game winless streak with their first home win in the newly built SaturnArena. They jumped out to a three-goal lead and managed to hold on for a 3-2 (2-0, 1-1, 0-1) victory over expansion team Freiburg Wölfe. Although Ingolstadt outshot the visiting team 45-22, the game was close until the end. Ingolstadt was up 3-0 at 12:51 of the second after first-period goals by Mike Stevens and Sean Tallaire and a short-hander from Terry Campbell. Still up by a man, Dany Bousquet put Freiburg on the scoreboard shortly after Campbell’s tally. Ingolstadt continued to dominate, but failed to put the game away. They even squandered a two-man advantage for a span of 1:35 late in the second and early in the third. Vadim Slivchenko got Freiburg within a goal with 14:12 left in the third. The Wölfe tried but could not create enough pressure to put Ingolstadt’s first home win of the season in jeopardy. With the win, ERC Ingolstadt improved to 2-6 while Freiburg fell to 2-8.