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Waite, Ingolstadt blank Berlin
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Dezember 7, 2003; 18:54
Waite, Ingolstadt blank Berlin
See-saw game between Kassel and Hamburg
Frank Johne

Kassel's Stephane Robitaille
 
All smiles: Huskies defender Stephane Robitaille scored his 3rd GWG

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Munich, Germany - Thanks to a come-from-behind win, the Frankfurt Lions moved into a first-place tie with the Berlin Eisbären, who were shut out by ERC Ingolstadt. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) on Friday, the tilt between the Kassel Huskies and Hamburg Freezers turned into a crazy see-saw game.
 

Ex Chicago Black Hawks goalie Jimmy Waite
ERC Ingolstadt netminder Jimmy Waite recorded shutout no. 4
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Cameron Mann had a goal and an assist as ERC Ingolstadt registered its ninth win in twelve games, blanking the Berlin Eisbären 2-0 (0-0, 2-0, 0-0) at home. Jimmy Waite stopped 21 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. Ingolstadt controlled the game from the opening face-off, but failed to cash in on its opportunities. It took until the 7:05-mark of the middle frame for Ingolstadt to break the deadlock. Doug Ast knocked home the rebound after a shot from Mann for his 12th goal of the season. Mann scored himself on the power-play later in the period, to double the lead to 2-0 with 4:04 to go in the second. Eisbären forward Sven Felski made his first appearance of the season after a seven-month injury break in which he underwent reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Frankfurt rallies, extends Hanover’s losing streak

Martin Reichel tallied a pair of goals as the Frankfurt Lions rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Hannover Scorpions 4-3 (1-1, 1-2, 2-0) at home. The slumping Scorpions seemed in position to avoid their tenth straight loss after jumping out to a 3-1 second-period lead on three goals from Czech duo Zdenek Nedved and Patrik Augusta (2). After a sluggish start, Frankfurt found its rhythm and battled back. The Lions tied the game at 3-3 5:06 into the final stanza. Scorps netminder Ilpo Kauhanen left his cage to play the puck behind the net, but Lions forward Jason Young came up with it and sent it out in front to David Gosselin who rifled it past the diving Kauhanen into the wide-open net. With just under six minutes to go, Jesse Belanger scored the game-winning goal from the left slot, one-timing home a nice centering feed from defender Peter Ratchuk.

5th straight loss: Huskies edge Freezers after see-saw game

Defenseman Stephane Robitaille tallied his third game-winning conversion of the season as the Kassel Huskies came out on top of a thrilling see-saw game, edging the slumping Hamburg Freezers 6-5 (3-2, 0-2, 2-1, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Kassel’s Brent Peterson, Gert Acker and Hamburg’s Mark Greig each scored three points. Hamburg has lost five straight.

Ex-Freezer Ted Crowley received a five minute major plus game misconduct 2:27 into the opening period after checking Hamburg’s youngster Rene Röthke head-first into the boards. After being attended to for several minutes, Röthke was carried away on a stretcher. He was diagnosed with a concussion and able to make the bus ride home with his teammates. Hamburg cashed in on the ensuing power-play when defenseman Darren Van Impe scored on a slap shot from the point. The Freezers doubled the lead just after the power-play expired when Mark Greig found the back of the net afte a nice passing play from Mike Smazal and Brad Purdie. But the Huskies responded with three straight goals from Acker, Peterson and Paul Brousseau to take a 3-2 lead at the first intermission. The momentum shifted again in the middle frame. The Freezers regained a 4-3 lead on goals from Greig and Andy Schneider. Kassel battled back in the third and went up 5-4 after two lucky shots from Örjan Lindmark and Peterson, who stunned Freezers netminder Boris Rousson back-to-back with blasts from just inside the blueline. Hamburg managed to hang in and got rewarded with the late equalizer when defender Shane Peacock knocked home the rebound of a shot by Schneider with 49 ticks left in regulation.

Augsburg’s home streak ends

Pat Mikesch and Daniel Kreutzer both recorded two points as the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars beat the Augsburger Panther on the road, 3-1 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0). The loss marked Augsburg’s first home defeat in regulation time.

Alexander Selivanov converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Krefeld Pinguine edged the visiting Iserlohn Roosters after shootout, 2-1 (0-0, 0-0, 1-1, 1-0).

Defenseman Lasse Kopitz scored with 3:06 left in regulation as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers squandered a 2-0 lead but came back to down the Freiburg Wölfe on the road, 3-2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-1).
Frank Johne

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