Bousquet, Freiburg light up scoreboard against firs-place Berlin
Dany Bousquet led the way with four goals and three assists as the last-place Freiburg Wölfe thrashed the first-place Berlin Eisbären 10-5 (3-1, 2-3, 3-1) in a wild shootout at Freiburg’s Franz-Siegel Halle. The Wölfe squandered a 5-1 lead but bounced back and scored five unanswered third period goals to record only their fifth victory of the season, improving the record of interim head coach Horst Valasek to 2-1.
Seven of Freiburg’s goals were even-strength tallies. Vadym Slivchenko (1 goal, 4 assists), Ravil Khaydarov (1G, 3A), Sergej Stas (1G, 3A) and Adam Nittel-Spylo also recorded multiple point nights for Freiburg, which was routed 8-1 by Berlin just a week ago.
The Eisbären drew first blood when Florian Keller tallied only 52 seconds into the contest. Khaydarov tied the game at 1-1 on a penalty shot three minutes later. Freiburg jumped out to a 5-1 lead thanks to goals from Henrik Hölscher (short-handed), Stas, Bousquet (pp) and Michael Filobok. Berlin battled back and scored three goals within a 109-second span (Rob Shearer, Darryl Shannon, Kelly Fairchild) to pull within a goal late in the second period. The momentum seemed to shift when Sven Felski evened the score at 5-5 four minutes into the final frame. However Slivchenko put Freiburg ahead 6-5 at the 6:28-mark. The Eisbären decided to open up and the floodgates opened. Dany Bousquet recorded a third-period hat trick and Jiri Zelenka scored as the hungry “Wolves” lit up the scoreboard four more times.
Eisbären starter Rich Parent was pulled early in the second after allowing four goals on 16 shots. Oliver Jonas didn’t do any better, conceding six goals on 18 shots. Freiburg’s goalie Rostislav Haas made 38 saves.Fical scores twice as Nuremberg wins in KölnArena
Petr Fical tallied a pair of goals and Martin Jiranek recorded two assists as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers stunned the Kölner Haie 3-1 (0-0, 1-1, 2-0) at the KölnArena.
After 30 scoreless minutes, the teams exchanged goals within a 50-second span around the game’s midway point. League-leading goal scorer Dave McLlwain gave the Haie a 1-0 lead with his 19th goal of the season, ripping a wrister from the high slot past Tigers goalie Frederic Chabot on a 5-on-3 power-play. Still up by a man, Haie defender Brad Schlegel had trouble keeping the puck inside the Tigers zone. Martin Jiranek intercepted the puck, sped along the left boards and passed it to trailing defenseman Lasse Kopitz, who capped the 2-on-2 rush with a wrist shot over Chris Rogles’ stick-side shoulder to tie the game at 1-1.
Nuremberg took the lead 4:43 into the third when Fical played give-and-go with Marian Cisar. Cisar's pass found Fical wide-open near the goalmouth and he went top-shelf on his backhand to put the Tigers up 2-1. Fical’s empty-netter capped the scoring at 3-1 33 seconds from the buzzer.Hamburg beats Augsburg again, extends win streak to four games
Dave Tomlinson scored on the man advantage at 9:09 of the third and Andy Schneider added an empty-netter as the streaking Hamburg Freezers edged the Augsburger Panther for the second time in a week, winning 5-3 (1-1, 2-1, 2-1) at Augsburg’s Curt-Frenzel Arena. Schneider had two goals on the night as the Freezers recorded their fourth win in a row. A controversial penalty call led to the game-winning goal. With the contest knotted at 3-3 early in the third, Freezers defenseman Dan Lambert had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after a check near the boards by Panther forwards Rick Girard. Girard received a boarding major plus game misconduct and Hamburg took advantage of the ensuing five-minute power-play. Second-straight shutout for Ingolstadt’s Waite
Jimmy Waite recorded his second straight shutout as ERC Ingolstadt blanked the Hannover Scorpions 3-0 (1-0, 0-0, 2-0) at Ingolstadt’s SaturnArena. Coming off a 21-save performance in Friday’s 3-0 win at Iserlohn, Waite turned aside 18 shots to earn his sixth shutout of the season, tying Hamburg’s Boris Rousson for the league lead. Ingolstadt, which suffered its only loss in the last nine games a week ago at Hanover, clearly dominated the game, outshooting the Scorpions 42-18.
Ingolstadt didn’t waste much time early on. Defenseman Yves Racine opened the scoring just 1:31 into the tilt, ripping a point shot past Hanover’s second-stringer Christian Rohde. Doug Ast doubled the lead 5:14 into the final period. Justin Harney scored the final goal of the night with 1:31 to go, capping an odd-man rush with Brad Burym.Kassel turns in highest-scoring game, beats Mannheim
Mikael Wahlberg notched two goals and Tobias Abstreiter had a goal and two assists as the Kassel Huskies came back from two early deficits to down the Mannheim Adler at home, 6-3 (3-2, 2-1, 1-0). Sven Valenti (pp), Andreas Loth (pp) and defenseman Stephane Robitaille also scored as the Huskies turned in their highest-scoring game of the season. Trailing 2-1 late in the first, Kassel turned the momentum with back-to-back power-play goals from Abstreiter and Loth. The Huskies added to more goals in the second half of the middle frame and never looked back. Mike Kennedy (short-handed), Robert Hock and Devin Edgerton scored for the Adler.Gordon suspended, Melanson tallies twice as Iserlohn upsets Frankfurt
Dean Melanson scored on a screened shot to break a 1-1 tie with 57 seconds to go and Jason Cipolla added an empty-net goal to lift the Iserlohn Roosters to a 3-1 (0-0, 0-0, 3-1) road win over the Frankfurt Lions. The Lions dominated the game but failed to find the back of the net. They went 1-for-13 on the power-play en route to their second straight loss. After two scoreless periods, Melanson broke the deadlock with his first goal of two goals on an odd-man rush at 15:12 of the third. The Lions responded just over a minute later when Jason Young tallied on the power-play.
Frankfurt started second-string netminder Marc Dillmann in place of Ian Gordon. Gordon injured Mannheim’s Tomas Martinec with a slash in the back of his leg Friday. The referee called a slashing major plus game misconduct on Lions forward Christian Kohmann, but the league revised the decision after reviewing TV footage and suspended Gordon for Sunday’s game.