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King’s Freezers keep rollin’
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Januar 3, 2004; 20:41
King’s Freezers keep rollin’
Mannheim and Ingolstadt start 2004 with road losses
Frank Johne

Austrian winger Matthias Trattnig of the Kassel Huskies
Austrian Matthias Trattnig netted a pair of goals in Kassel's road win at Augsburg

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Munich, Germany - Even an injury to starting netminder Boris Rousson can’t slow down the Hamburg Freezers. Dave King’s team extended its hot streak into the new year, downing the slumping Kölner Haie at ColorLine Arena Friday night. The Krefeld Pinguine recorded a last-minute win in their first DEL game since the Spengler Cup.

Christian Künast has formed a goalie tandem with Canadian Boris Rousson since the inauguration of the Munchen Barons in 1999
Always strong when called upon: Hamburg's Christian Künast
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Rousson out, but Hamburg unstoppable

Peter Abstreiter and defender Darren Van Impe each recorded two assists as the Hamburg Freezers extended their win streak to six straight games, downing the slumping Kölner Haie 3-1 (2-0, 1-1, 0-1). The Haie have lost three straight and were winless in five of their last six games.

Hamburg’s second-stringer Christian Künast made 23 saves, starting his second straight game in place of injured starter Boris Rousson, who is out with a groin strain. Hamburg opened the scoring on a power-play midway through the first period when Dave Tomlinson re-directed a shot from Van Impe and Bobby House eventually knocked the puck across the goal line. Wayne Hynes took a pass from Peter Abstreiter and put the puck through Chris Rogles’ five-hole to make it 2-0 with under three minutes to go in the opening frame. A power-play tally from Jeremy Adduono put Cologne on the scoreboard at 4:32 of the second. Hamburg needed less than a minute to respond, though. Rene Röthke scored with heavy traffic in front of the Haie net to reclaim the two-goal lead . Tino Boos’ goal with 29 seconds to go came way too late for a Haie comeback.

DEG beats Mannheim, loses Thuresson

Tore Vikingstad netted a pair of goals as the DEG Metro Stars skated past the Mannheim Adler, 4-1 (2-0, 1-1, 1-0). Mannheim self-destructed with a series of penalties in the second half of the opening period. Vikingstad put Düsseldorf ahead 1-0 with a low wrister from the slot on delayed penalty call at 12:27. Alexander Sulzer blasted a one-timer under the crossbar on a two-man advantage with just over four minutes to go in the opening frame. Clayton Young extended the lead to 3-0 4:37 into the middle frame, re-directing a feed from Jeff Tory past screened netminder Marc Seliger. Vikingstad scored his second of the day to make it 4-at 11:32 of the third, capping a short-handed odd-man rush with fellow-Norwegian Trond Magnussen, who had two assists on the day. Jochen Molling spoiled Andrej Trefilov’s shutout bid 1:23 from the final horn. Metro Stars forward Marcus Thuresson left the game with a severe groin strain and might miss the remainder of the season.

Frankfurt holds off Ingolstadt

Behind great goaltending from Ian Gordon, the Frankfurt Lions edged out ERC Ingolstadt 2-1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1) despite being outshot 35-24 over three periods. Jason Young opened the scoring on a power-play 4:35 into the contest. League-leading scorer Pat Lebeau doubled the lead to 2-0 at 4:41 of the second, increasing his point total to 45. Sam Groleau scored on the breakaway to put Ingolstadt on the scoreboard 3:57 into the third, but Frankfurt held off a late charge.

Kassel steals points in 10-goal shootout at Augsburg

Matthias Trattnig scored a pair of goals as the Kassel Huskies squandered a two-goal lead two times but held on for a 6-5 (2-0, 2-4, 1-1, 1-0) road win over the Augsburger Panther after penalty shootout. Rob Busch, who also tallied a goal in regulation, converted the game-winning shot for Kassel. The Huskies took a 5-4 lead with less than seven minutes to go when Panther netminder Steffen Karg mishandled Brent Peterson’s shot from the left face-off circle. Augsburg forced overtime when Duanne Moeser re-directed a point shot from defenseman John Miner past Jan Münster with 2:10 to go. Panther forwards Bob Wren and Björn Barta both recorded a goal and two assists on the night.

Cisar strikes twice as Tigers hunt down Roosters

Marian Cisar led the way with a pair of goals as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Iserlohn Roosters on the road, 3-1 (2-1, 0-0, 1-0). Iserlohn drew first blood when Chris Bartolone connected on a two-man advantage just 2:31 into the tilt. Nuremberg evened the score three minutes later when Vitalij Aab deflected a point shot from Guy Lehoux past Dimitrij Kotschnew. Cisar scored on a spectacular solo effort to give the Ice Tigers a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The game stayed close until Cisar tallied his second of the night on an odd-man rush seven minutes into the final stanza.

Krefeld rallies, wins on last-minute goal

Marcel Rodman scored with 27 seconds left to lift the Krefeld Pinguine to a 4-3 (1-0, 1-2, 2-1) come-from-behind victory over the Freiburg Wölfe in their first game back from the Spengler Cup in Switzerland. Goals from Alexander Selivanov and Justin Kurtz gave Krefeld a 2-0 lead. Freiburg turned the momentum and took a 3-2 lead on goals from Jiri Zelenka, Ravil Khaydarov and Dany Bousquet. But Krefeld fought back hard. Terry Yake scored the well deserved equalizer at 8:10 of the third. In the final minute of the game, the Wolves failed to clear the puck out of their zone and Rodman re-directed a point blast from defenseman Chris Luongo past Hugo Haas.

Berlin rallies for win over Hanover

Denis Pederson scored a goal and two assists and Steve Walker recorded four helpers as the Berlin Eisbären overcame a 2-1 deficit to down the Hannover Scorpions 5-2 (1-0, 1-2, 3-0). Pederson’s power-play goal put Berlin on the scoreboard 5:29 into the tilt. The momentum seemed to shift when Steve Wilson and Björn Bombis scored back-to-back goals within a 50-second span to give the Scorpions a 2-1 lead at the start of the middle frame. Hanover then failed to capitalize on a double minor to Berlin’s Brad Bergen and it came back to haunt them. Keith Aldridge knotted the score at 2-2 with a power-play midway through the second period. The Eisbären took a 3-2 lead when Rob Leask connected on another man advantage 5:31 into the final stanza. Alexander Barta and Sven Felski scored 31 seconds apart to seal the win with seven minutes to go.
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