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Rousson, Gordon post shutouts
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März 15, 2004; 15:12
Rousson, Gordon post shutouts
Berlin, Hamburg and Nuremberg up 2-0
Frank Johne

Craig Leeb of the Nurnberg Ice Tigers
Craig Leeb scored twice in Nuremberg's win over Ingolstadt

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Munich, Germany - Boris Rousson put on a goaltending clinic to backstop the Hamburg Freezers to a Game 2 win and 2-0 series lead over the Mannheim Adler Friday. Frankfurt’s Ian Gordon also kept the door shut as the Lions evened their first-round series with the Kölner Haie. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Playoffs, Berlin and Nuremberg recorded road wins to go up 2-0 in their respective first-round series.

Hamburg Freezers netminder Bo Rousson registered his first postseason shutout
Hamburg's Boris Rousson earned a 34-save shutout
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Hamburg blanks Mannheim

Rousson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the postseason and his eight of the year as the 3rd-seeded Hamburg Freezers blanked the 6th-seeded Mannheim Adler 1-0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0). With 5,900 on hand at Mannheim’s Friedrichspark Arena, Mark Greig scored the only goal of the night. He tucked home the rebound of Brad Purdie’s shot on an odd-man rush at 13:17 of the middle frame. The “Eagles” had their opportunities, but couldn’t find a way to get the puck past Rousson. They went 0 for 10 on the man advantage, including a 59-second 5-on-3 in the second period. Hamburg has a 2-0 lead in the series.

Frankfurt shuts out Cologne

Gordon also registered his first playoff shutout. He turned aside 27 shots for his fourth shuotout of the year as the 5th-seeded Frankfurt Lions edged the 4th-seeded Kölner Haie 1-0 (1-0, 0-0, 0-0). Backed by a capacity crowd of 6,600 at Frankfurt’s Eissporthalle, Michael Hackert notched the only goal of the game early in the opening frame. On the power-play, Jason Young centered the puck from behind the net and Hackert rifled a one-timer from the left slot past Chris Rogles. The series is tied at 1-1.

Berlin wins in OT

The 8th-seeded DEG Metro Stars managed to take the top-seeded Berlin Eisbären to overtime, but hurt themselves with a stupid penalty. Düsseldorf was called for too many men on the ice and Ricard Persson scored on the ensuing power-play at 14:02 of the first overtime period to lift Berlin to a 4-3 (2-1, 0-1, 1-1, 1-0) road win.

Persson deflected a shot from Kelly Fairchild past DEG netminder Andrje Trefilov to end a see-saw game in front of 7,557 spectators at Düsseldorf’s Brehmstrasse Arena, giving Berlin a 2-0 series lead.

The “Polar Bears” went up 3-2 on a power-play goal by defenseman Keith Aldridge 32 seconds into the final frame. But the Stars responded with a power-play goal of their own. Tore Vikingstad tallied with 8:37 left to send the contest into OT. Mark Beaufait and Kelly Fairchild also scored for Berlin, Johan Molin and Jeff Tory (5-on-3 pp) for Düsseldorf.

Leeb leads Nuremberg over Ingolstadt

Greg Leeb tallied two goals, including the game-winner at 11:52 of the second period, to lead the 2nd-seeded Nürnberg Ice Tigers to a 5-2 (1-0, 2-1, 2-1) road victory over 7th-seeded ERC Ingolstadt. Nuremberg leads the series 2-0.

With 4,681 in attendance at Ingolstadt’s Saturn Arena, Nuremberg drew first blood on a power-play goal from defenseman Lasse Kopitz late in the first. Ingolstadt responded, tying the score at one apiece on a mighty point blast from defender Jakub Ficenec 1:25 into the middle stanza. The Ice Tigers then broke the game open with a pair of second-period goals. Thomas Greilinger went top-shelf from the left slot on the power-play to make it 2-1 at 4:43 of the second. Seven minutes later, a blueline blast from Greilinger rang off the crossbar and Leeb knocked the puck into the wide-open net for a 3-1 lead. A power-play goal from Glen Goodall gave Ingolstadt hope early in the second, but Leeb put the game out of reach at 4-2 with a breakaway goal with 9:21 to go. Robert Tomik sealed the 5-2 win with an empty-netter.

Freiburg evens “Playdown” series

Vadim Slivchenko and Dany Bousquet led the way with two goals and two assists each as the Freiburg Wölfe evened the best-of-seven relegation series against the Hannover Scorpions at 1-1 with a 6-2 (2-1, 1-0, 3-1) home win in front of 4,148 at Freiburg’s Franz-Siegel Arena.
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