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Freiburg snaps losing streak
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Dezember 26, 2003; 18:27
Freiburg snaps losing streak
Kölner Haie: Shootout jinx continues
Frank Johne

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Czech netminder Rostislav "Hugo" Haas stopped 42 shots as Freiburg recorded only its fourth win of the season

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Munich, Germany - With new head coach Horst Valasek debuting behind the bench, the Freiburg Wölfe managed to snap their record-tying 18-game losing streak with a shootout win over the Hannover Scorpions. The battle between the fourth-place Kölner Haie and the Berlin Eisbären also had to be decided with a penalty showdown. Elsewhere in the DEL(Deutsche Eishockey Liga) on Tuesday, defending German champion Krefeld Pinguine squandered a two-goal lead in its last DEL appearance before the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.
 

Xavier Delisle, Bob Wren
Hot duo: Ausgburg's Xavier Delisle and Bob Wren teamed up for 6 points
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Hamburg rallies for road win, Krefeld heads off to Switzerland

The Hamburg Freezers scored four unanswered goals in the third period to rally for a 4-2 (0-1, 0-0, 4-1) road victory over the Krefeld Pinguine. Krefeld drew first blood when a shot from defenseman Paul Dyck found the back of the net with less than five minutes to go in the opening frame. The Pinguine doubled the lead to 2-0 37 seconds into the final period. Terry Yake finished a 2-on-2 rush with a nice move, backhanding the puck over Boris Rousson's glove hand. The momentum started to shift when Freezers defenseman Shane Peacock scored on a bad-angle shot from the right slot at 2:14 of the third. A pair of power-play goals then put Hamburg in front and the Freezers never looked back. Bobby House tucked the puck into the wide-open net after a deflected shot from Brad Purdie to tie the game at 2-2 at 6:10. On another man advantage five minutes later, a point shot from Dan Lambert bounced off teammate Dave Tomlinson in front of the net and Mark Greig buried the puck to give Hamburg a 3-2 advantage with 8:33 left. Purdie, who was one of the key figures in Krefeld’s amazing championship run this spring, sealed Hamburg’s win with an empty-netter 1:02 before the final buzzer.

Krefeld won’t play its next DEL game until January 2. The defending DEL champion will compete in the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland from December 26 to 31, where they will meet host team HC Davos, Team Canada, Jokerit Helsinki (Finland) and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Russia).

What’s new? Haie lose after shootout

Cologne’s shootout jinx continued. The Kölner Haie, who boast the league’s second-worst OT record, fell to 2-7 in shootout decisions. Defensman Micki DuPont converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Berlin Eisbären downed the Haie 4-3 (2-0, 0-2, 1-1, 1-0) at the KölnArena. Cologne had an early 2-0 lead after back-to-back scores from Jeremy Adduono, who netted a power-play goal and a short-handed tally. But Berlin turned the game around and took a 3-2 lead on goals from Alexander Barta and Kelly Fairchild, who also posted a power-play goal and a short-hander. The Haie battled back and forced OT when Alex Hicks notched the game-tying goal with 5:37 left in the third.

Bresagk returns after off-season tragedy, tallies two points

Defenseman Michael Bresagk scored a goal and an assist in return to the DEL as the Frankfurt Lions crushed the DEG Metro Stars 4-1 (1-0, 2-1, 1-0). Bresagk played his first game of the season after a tragic off-season, in which he lost his wife to cancer. He scored only 3:32 into the contest and later added an assist on Jessy Belanger’s power-play score that gave the Lions a 3-1 lead late in the second period.

Freiburg rallies, snaps record-tying losing streak

Sergej Stas converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Freiburg Wölfe snapped an 18-game losing streak with a 5-4 (1-0, 1-3, 2-1, 1-0) win after shootout over the Hannover Scorpions. Freiburg rallied from a one-goal deficit twice. Henrik Hölscher scored the game-tying goal 5:56 into the final frame.

Bavarian trio Ingolstadt, Augsburg, Nuremberg record wins

Team-leading scorers Bob Wren and Xavier Delisle both tallied three points as the Augsburger Panther rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Iserlohn Roosters 5-3 (1-2, 2-0, 2-1). Delisle’s goal at 14:27 of the final period broke a 3-3 tie. Francois Fortier added a power-play goal with 1:27 remaining, his second tally of the night, to seal Augsburg’s win. Wren also had a pair of goals.

Thomas Greilinger led the way with a pair of goals as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers routed the Kassel Huskies on the road, 5-1 (2-0, 1-0, 2-1).

Sean Tallaire scored a pair of power-play goals and Glen Goodall added the game-winning penalty shot as ERC Ingolstadt edged the Mannheim Adler 3-2 (1-0, 0-0, 1-2, 1-0) after shootout.
Frank Johne

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