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Sharks get routed by Polar Bears
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September 25, 2004; 14:07
Sharks get routed by Polar Bears
Waite's shutout streak ends, but Ingolstadt improves to 3-0
Frank Johne

Berlin's Alex Barta tallied a pair of goals and an assist

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Munich, Germany - While the Kölner Haie found themselves on the losing end of a 10-goal shootout in Berlin, ERC Ingolstadt extended its season-opening win streak to three games with a close road win over Iserlohn. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) on Friday, Hamburg and Kassel recorded their first wins of the season.

Newly signed Mark Greig sealed Kassel's first win
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Mike York did what neither the Berlin Eisbären nor Hamburg Freezers had done. He scored on Jimmy Waite, who had opened the season with two straight shutouts, tucking home a rebound at 5:17 of the second period on the power-play. But York's goal was not enough as Waite had another magnificent night. He turned aside 36 shots as ERC Ingolstadt held on for a 2-1 (1-0, 1-1, 0-0) road win over the Iserlohn Roosters. Waite was not the only former Rooster to shine. Doug Ast scored 75 seconds into the second period. His breakaway goal went down as the game-winner. Andy McDonald also scored for Ingolstadt.

The Berlin Eisbären (Polar Bears) rebounded from Sunday's painful 5-0 rout at Ingolstadt, crushing the unbeaten Kölner Haie (Sharks) at home, 7-3 (1-1, 2-2, 4-0). Alexander Barta (2G, 1A) and Mark Beaufait (3A) led the way with three points each. Cologne drew first blood when Sebastian Furchner scored 5:22 into the contest. Berlin turned the momentum on three straight goals from Denis Pederson, Barta and Kelly Fairchild, going up 3-1 early in the second stanza. But the Haie rallied. Dave McLlwain scored on the man advantage and Eduard Lewandowski tallied on a shorthanded breakaway with just a second left in the second period to knot the contest at 3-3. However the Eisbären came out buzzing in the third. Defenseman Micki DuPont rifled a slapshot past Chris Rogles to make it 4-3 55 seconds into the period. Less than two minutes later, Barta took advantage of a turnover by Haie defender Mirko Lüdemann and went top-shelf on Rogles to restore a two-goal lead, 5-3. The Eisbären put the game away with two late power-play goals by Stefan Ustorf and Sven Felski.

"The first two periods were ok", said Haie head coach Hans Zach. "But we obviously wanted too much too fast after our rally. And Berlin took advantage of that."

Elsewhere in the DEL on Friday

Edvin Frylén had a power-play goal and an assist and Christian Künast stopped 26 shots for his first shutout as the Hannover Scorpions blanked the Augsburg Panthers 3-0 (1-0, 2-0, 0-0). Jason Cipolla and Peter Abstreiter also scored for Hanover.

Mark Greig's power-play goal at 1:13 of the third went down as the game-winner as the Kassel Huskies held on for a 4-3 (0-1, 3-1, 1-1) road win over the Nürnberg Ice Tigers. Dominik Hammer, Brian Swanson (SH) and Tobias Abstreiter also scored for Kassel. Tomas Martinec, Brad Tapper and Pascal Trepanier tallied for Nuremberg (all on the PP).

Former Adler Klaus Kathan scored with 8:22 to go in the third to lift the DEG Metro Stars to a 3-2 (0-0, 2-1, 1-1) road win over the Mannheim Adler. Matt Herr and Mike Pellegrims (PP) also scored for Düsseldorf. Mannheim's goals were scored by Steve Kelly and Fabio Carciola.

Alexander Selivanov and Rob Guillet each had a goal and an assist as the Krefeld Pinguine thrashed defending champion Frankfurt Lions 4-1 (1-0, 1-1, 2-0). The game was tied at 1-1 after power-play goals by Ivo Jan and Frankfurt's Pat Lebeau. Krefeld took control late in the second when Selivanov scored a short-hander. Early third-period power-play goals from Guillet and Scott King put the game away.

Brandon Reid recorded two assists as the Hamburg Freezers rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to down expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 3-1 (0-1, 2-0, 1-0) for their first victory of the season. Wolfsburg drew first blood when Xavier Delisle scored on the man advantage midway through the opening frame. The momentum shifted in the second. Hamburg went up 2-1 on goals from Jürgen Rumrich and Shane Peacock (PP). Dave Tomlinson's third-period tally sealed the win.
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