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Miner puts Augsburg back in contention
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Februar 21, 2004; 18:15
Miner puts Augsburg back in contention
Nuremberg grabs playoff spot
Frank Johne

John Miner of the Augsburg Panthers
 
John Miner's late goal gives Augsburg new hope in the playoff race

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Munich, Germany - Defender John Miner drilled home a one-timer from the slot to put the Augsburger Panther back into the DEL playoff race with a last-minute win over the Krefeld Pinguine Friday night. While the Nürnberg Ice Tigers became the fourth team to wrap up a playoff berth with a close win over Hamburg, ERC Ingolstadt needs just one more point to clinch after its 13th straight home win.
 

Robert Tomik of the Nurnberg Ice Tigers
Robert Tomik's two goals sent Nuremberg into the playoffs
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Augsburg snaps 5-game losing streak

John Miner scored with 31 seconds to go to lift the Augsburger Panther to a 5-4 (2-3, 2-0, 1-1) road win over the Krefeld Pinguine. The game-winning goal came just 3 seconds after a penalty to Krefeld’s Justin Kurtz expired. Augsburg’s Francois Fortier opened the scoring just 10 seconds into the contest. He scored on a wrap-around after Penguins defender Chris Luongo turned over the puck at his own blueline after the opening face-off. Krefeld responded with a pair of goals. Rob Guillet scored from the doorstep after Marc Beaucage’s feed from behind-the-net on the man advantage at 4:20. Three minutes later, Beaucage fired a high wrister past Panthers netminder Magnus Eriksson to make it 2-1 in favor of the hosts. Rick Girard’s power-play tally tied the contest at two apiece, but Guillet converted a bad-angle shot for his second goal of the night to give Krefeld a 3-2 advantage at the first intermission. Augsburg took control of the game in the middle frame and reclaimed a 4-3 lead on back-to-back power-play goals from Marc Savard and Shawn Carter. The Penguins fought back hard and evened the score at 4-4 with their only power-play tally of the night when Kurtz connected on a wrister midway through the final stanza.

Ingolstadt wins 13th straight at home

The road win puts Augsburg back in playoff contention. The Panthers trail the 8th-place DEG Metro Stars by only three points. The Metro Stars lost on the road to ERC Ingolstadt, 4-2.

Günter Oswald and Craig Ferguson each had a goal and an assist as ERC Ingolstadt rallied from a 2-1 deficit and avoided a season sweep against Düsseldorf, skating to a 4-2 (2-2, 0-0, 2-0) home victory. Oswald fired a low shot past Metro Stars netminder Alex Jung on an odd-man rush with Ferguson to give Ingolstadt a 3-2 lead at 7:19 of the third. Ferguson put the game away four minutes later, scoring on the rebound of a blast by Ken Sutton from the neutral zone.

Nuremberg clinches

The Nuremberg Ice Tigers became the fourth team to clinch a spot in the DEL playoffs. Robert Tomik scored a pair of goals as the Tigers edged out the Hamburg Freezers at Arena Nürnberg, 2-1 (1-0, 0-0, 1-1). Nuremberg didn’t waste much time early on. Tomik tucked home his own rebound to put the Tigers on the scoreboard 1:15 into the contest. While the Freezers failed to take advantage of their chances, including a 30-second two-man advantage in the middle frame, Nuremberg doubled its lead on a 5-on-3 opportunity of their own when Tomik netted his second goal of the night early in the third. Bobby House put Hamburg on the scoreboard with a power-play tally midway through the period, but Nuremberg managed to protect the one-goal lead.

Frankfurt ends losing streak with rout
Defenseman Peter Ratchuk led the way with a hat trick as the Frankfurt Lions ended their three-game losing streak with a blow-out win over the hapless Freiburg Wölfe. Ian Gordon made saves for his third shutout as Frankfurt won 7-0 (2-0, 3-0, 2-0). Paul Stanton, Dan Peters, David Sulkovsky and Pat Lebeau also scored for the Lions.

Wins for Berlin and Mannheim

The Berlin Eisbären squandered a 2-0 lead but still came away with two points. Yvon Corriveau converted the only attempt in the penalty shootout as the “Polar Bears” prevailed 3-2 over the Iserlohn Roosters (1-0, 1-2, 0-0, 1-0) on the road. Corriveau actually fanned on the puck but managed to slip the puck past Roosters goalie Michael Fountain for the game winner. Berlin was up 2-0 early in the second after goals by David Roberts and Marc Beaufait (short-handed), but Iserlohn battled back and tied the score at 2-2 at the second intermission on tallies from Scott King and Bryan Adams (power-play).

The Mannheim Adler handed the Hannover Scorpions their sixth loss in a row, winning 4-1 (2-1, 0-0, 2-0) at Hanover’s Preussag Arena. Niko Pyka (power-play), Robert Hock, Todd Hlushko and Steve Junker scored for the Eagles while Matthias Lööf netted the only goal for the Scorpions.
Frank Johne

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