Expansion team Freiburg Wölfe seemed to have the Berlin Eisbären on the verge of defeat when Peter Mares made it 4-2 three minutes into the final period. But Kelly Fairchild scored a three times within an 11-minute span to give Berlin a rather lucky 5-4 (1-2, 0-1, 4-1) road win. Down 3-1 at the second intermission, Berlin cut Freiburg’s lead to one goal when David Roberts scored into a wide open net after a feed from Steve Walker 1:13 into the final frame. Freiburg regained a two-goal lead when Mares ripped a hard short past Berlin’s Oliver Jonas from the deep left slot. Led by Kelly Fairchild, the Eisbären battled back, though. He closed the gap to 4-3, batting the airborne puck into the Wölfe net at 4:34. Fairchild knotted the contest at 4-4 with Berlin’s second powerplay tally of the night with 7:16 to go in the third.
The Eisbären kept pressing. Off Denis Perderson’s face-off win, Fairchild ripped a slapshot past Wölfe goalie Hugo Haas for the game-winner 4:44 from the final buzzer.
Scott King scored back-to-back goals late in the middle frame and also converted the game-winning attempt in the penalty shootout as the Iserlohn Roosters rallied to down the second-place Frankfurt Lions 4-3 (1-0, 2-3, 0-0, 1-0) on the road. Frankfurt clearly dominated the game early on, but blew a 3-1 lead. Mark Etz put the Lions up 1-0 from near left slot late in the opening frame. Martin Reichel doubled the lead 4:50 into the second, knocking home his own rebound from the left slot. A breakaway goal by Jason Cipolla put the Roosters on the scoreboard midway through the middle stanza. Frankfurt regained a two-goal lead when Michael Hackert netted the rebound of a one-timer from Dwayne Norris for the game’s only power-play goal with 5:16 left in the second. But two late goals by King tied the contest at 3-3 heading into the final period. With exactly 2 minutes left, he knocked a shot from the deep left slot past Lions netminder Ian Gordon. Only 20 seconds from the buzzer, James Black made a nice outlet pass and King rifled home a slapper from the right faceoff circle for the 3-3 equalizer. After a scoreless third, King secured Iserlohn’s road win with the game-winning penalty shot.
Brad Purdie scored a goal, an assist and the game-winning conversion as the Hamburg Freezers came from behind to beat the Augsburger Panther on the road, 4-3 (1-2, 1-1, 1-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout. The home loss marked Augsburg’s third straight defeat.
Kassel twice managed to erase a two-goal deficit, but Mike Kennedy scored on the breakaway with 5:43 to go in regulation to lift the Mannheim Adler to a 5-4 (2-0, 2-3, 1-1) road victory over the Kassel Huskies. After a neutral zone turnover and a quick pass by Christoph Ullmann, Kennedy found himself on a 1-on-0 and fooled Huskies netminder Joaquin Gage with a nifty backhand move for the game-winning-goal. Adler forward Jason Podollan recorded a hat trick.
The Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars squandered a three-goal lead, but Daniel Kreutzer saved the day. His game-winning conversion in the penalty shootout gave Düsseldorf a 4-3 (0-0, 2-0, 1-3, 1-0) road win over defending champs Krefeld Pinguine. After a scoreless first, Kreutzer faked shot and found Mikesch in near right slot for the 1-0 on the man advantage with under five minutes to go in the second. After a Pinguine turnover, Christian Brittig set up Trond Magnussen with a terrific backhand feed and Magnussen lifted the puck over diving netminder Robert Müller for the 2-0 lead late in the middle frame. While skating 4-4, Kreutzer made it 3-0 on an odd-man rush 2:24 into the final stanza. Krefeld’s Marc Beaucage scored off the rebound of Eric Bertrand’s shot to cut the lead to 3-1. With just over three minutes to go, Jonas Lanier went top-shelf from between the hashmarks to put the Pinguine within a goal. 1:03 from the final horn, defender Chris Kelleher faked a shot, skated to left point and sent the puck at the net. Rob Guillet redirected it for the late equalizer.
Elsewhere, the Kölner Haie kept the Nürnberg Ice Tigers at bay, 3-2 (0-0, 3-2, 0-0). ERC Ingolstadt registered its second straight home win, edging the Hannover Scorpions by the same score, 3-2 (2-1, 1-1, 0-0).