Hamburg improved its record to 13-5 (37 points) and is one point ahead of the Berlin Eisbären (12-4), who have two games in hand though. The third-place Nürnberg Ice Tigers (12-5) trail Berlin by two points.
Goals from Wayne Hynes and Brad Purdie set the tone early on as the Hamburg Freezers shut out the Kassel Huskies 4-0 (2-0, 2-0, 0-0). Andy Schneider and Rene Röthke added second-period goals. The game was not as lop-sided as the score might imply, though. Rousson’s netminding, solid D and good scoring efficiency made the difference. Set up by defenseman Kent Fearns, Hynes beat Huskies goalie Jan Münster 1-on-0 8:40 into the contest. Purdie doubled the lead after a nifty backhand feed from Mark Greig at the 13:37-mark. Schneider scored the only power-play tally of the night, hammering a point blast past Münster two minutes into the middle frame. Hamburg’s youngest line capped the scoring at 4-0 7:45 into the second. Assisted by the Schröder twins, Stefan and Markus, Rene Röthke tallied his second goal of the season on an odd-man rush.
Marian Cisar notched a pair of goals and Steve Larouche added three assists as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers skated past ERC Ingolstadt. The 4-2 (1-0, 1-1, 2-1) road win ended Ingolstadt’s season-long two-game win streak.