Former NHLer Alexander Selivanov scored the game-winner in his first game back in the DEL as the Krefeld Pinguine stunned the first-place Berlin Eisbären on the road, 2-1 (1-1, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout. In what proved to be the decisive attempt in the 5-round OT shootout, Selivanov went top-shelf on Eisbären goalie Oliver Jonas. Berlin outshot Krefeld 46-24, including 19 third-period shots, but thanks to Pinguine goalie Robert Müller, the difference did not show on the scoreboard. Alexander Barta gave the Eisbären a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the game, but Terry Yake evened the score at one just two minutes later. Krefeld has won three straight.Augsburg powers past Frankfurt
The second-place Frankfurt Lions failed to take advantage of Berlin’s defeat. Led by a three-point effort from Colin Beardsmore, the Augsburger Panther scored four first-period goals and held on for a 5-2 (4-0, 1-0, 0-2) home win over former head coach Rich Chernomaz and his Lions. Augsburg was a perfect 3-for-3 on its first-period power-play opportunities. The Panther were up 5-0 early in the middle frame and never looked back. After allowing three goals on seven shots, Lions goalie Ian Gordon was replaced by 25-year-old Marc Dillmann, who turned aside 19 of 21 shots in his Del debut.
Augsburg opened the scoring just 3:53 into the contest. Frankfurt’s Jesse Belanger fanned on the puck deep in his own zone and Beardsmore rifled a quick wrister from the left slot through Ian Gordon's five-hole for the 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, 40-year-old Panther captain Duanne Moeser squeezed the puck between Gordon's right pad and the goal post to double the lead on the power-play. At 10:22, Shawn Carter re-directed Xavier Delisle's slap-shot from the left face-off circle into the net to make it 3-0 on the man advantage.
The third straight power-play goal came with 28 seconds left in the opening frame. Francois Fortier played a little give-and-go with Beardsmore in the Lions zone and went top-shelf on Dillmann's inside shoulder to make it 4-0 at the first intermission. The Panther picked it up right where they left. Only 35 seconds into the middle frame, Bob Wren received a feed from Moeser with his back to the net, turned around quickly and lifted the puck over the diving netminder to extend the Augsburg’s lead to 5-0. Markus Jocher and defenseman Francois Bouchard scored in the third period to avoid the shutout.Building a streak? Adler win again
After weeks of struggling, the Mannheim Adler seem to get back in sync. Robert Hock tallied a pair of assists as Mannheim downed the fourth-place Nürnberg Ice Tigers at home, 4-1 (1-1, 1-0, 2-0), to record its second straight win. Sascha Goc (PP), Michael Bakos, Steve Junker and Tomas Martinec scored for the Adler, Steve Larouche posted Nuremberg’s only score for the temporary 1-1 equalizer on the man advantage midway through the opening period.Ingolstadt and Düsseldorf continue to look good
ERC Ingolstadt bounced back from Tuesday’s home loss against Mannheim. Sean Tallaire scored a pair of goals, including a power-play tally, as Ingolstadt blanked the Kassel Huskies 4-0 (1-0, 1-0, 2-0) on the road. Goaltender Jimmy Waite stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season. Cameron Mann and Terry Campbell also scored for the ERC, Doug Ast contributed two assists.
Ingolstadt, which has won 5 of its last 6, will host another streaking team Sunday when Düsseldorf comes to town. Daniel Kreutzer tallied two goals, one on the man advantage, to lead the DEG Metro Stars to their sixth straight win. Defenseman Gerhard Unterluggauer also scored as Düsseldorf skated past the hapless Hannover Scorpions 3-1 (2-0, 1-0, 0-1). David Haas notched Hanover’s sole goal midway through the third.14 goals: Furchner scores 4 times as Haie and Wölfe light up the scoreboard
After Tuesday’s 14-goal shootout with Hanover, the Kölner Haie were involved in another high-scoring game. Young standout Sebastian Furchner scored four goals, including a natural hat trick, as the Haie rallied from a 4-1 deficit to down expansion team Freiburg Wölfe after penalty shootout, 8-7 (1-2, 5-3, 0-1, 1-0). Furchner’s hat trick could not have been timed any better. With the Haie down 4-1 early in the third, the 21-year-old scored three times within a 5:34-span, including two power-play tallies. Cologne then twice took a one-goal lead on scores from Dave McLlwain and Eduard Lewandowski respectively. But the Wölfe battled back hard. Tallies from Oliver Coqueux and Peter Mares, who led Freiburg with two power-play goals and an assist, forced the game into overtime. Jeremy Adduono got credit for the game-winning shot in the penalty shootout.