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Adler Healey ends Ingolstadt's unbeaten streak
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September 27, 2004; 19:31
Adler Healey ends Ingolstadt's unbeaten streak
Slumping champ Lions miss sniper, only have "league's dumbest"
Frank Johne

Frankfurt's Peter Ratchuk, arguably the best offensive defenseman in the German Elite League DEL
 
Dumbest player in the league? Peter Ratchuk has taken a lot of heat for his lack of discipline

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Munich, Germany - Eric Healey led the way with three tallies and an assist as the Mannheim Adler knocked league leader ERC Ingolstadt from the unbeaten ranks Sunday. Meanwhile, the Frankfurt Lions continued their slump. With Augsburg and expansion Wolfsburg recording their first wins, the defending DEL champion slipped to the bottom of the standings.
 

Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams forward Xavier Delisle
Xavier Delisle recorded two points in Wolfsburg's first DEL win
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

The Frankfurt Lions squandered 2-0 and 3-2 leads and were downed 4-3 (1-2, 2-1, 1-0) at home by the Hamburg Freezers. Frankfurt outshot Hamburg 35-20. The Lions wasted little time and were up 2-0 at 2:02 of the opening period after two quick goals from Lions defenseman Mikael Magnusson. Both goals were scored on delayed penalty calls. Hamburg managed to rebound. On another delayed penalty call, Dave Tomlinson put the Freezers on the scoreboard four minutes later. Brad Purdie's power-play tally evened the score at 2-2 early in the middle frame. But just a minute later, the Lions reclaimed the lead on a power-play goal of their own. Pat Lebeau made it 3-2 at 7:23. Hamburg tied the score again midway through the period. Paul Manning had the first even-strength goal of the night, knocking home the rebound after a shot by Darren Van Impe. A turnover by Michael Hackert behind the own net cost Frankfurt the game. Michael Rumrich stole the puck and found Brandon Reid on the doorstep who re-directed the puck past Ian Gordon to give Hamburg a 4-3 lead at 8:25 of the third. The Freezers protected the lead with an effective neutral zone trap and Boris Rousson's goaltending, who had 32 saves on the night.

"We're too slow", said Lions coach Rich Chernomaz after the game. "That's why we keep getting penalties and goals. It's probably a mental problem. Moreover, we fail to cash in on our chances. We're missing a sniper like Jesse Belanger."

As if that was not enough, the Lions staff was also mad at defenseman Peter Ratchuk who missed the Hamburg game due to a game misconduct he received after the final horn in Friday's 4-1 loss at Krefeld. Out of frustration over a 10-minute misconduct, Ratchuk had smashed his stick against the boards, drawing the ejection.

Said Lions GM Lance Nethery: "He should get an award as dumbest player in the league." Nethery also issued a 3000 Euro fine on Ratchuk.

Mannheim knocks Ingolstadt from unbeaten ranks

With an extra attacker on the ice, Glen Goodall scored the 3-3 equalizer with only 16 seconds left to save a point for ERC Ingolstadt against the Mannheim Adler. Mannheim won the ensuing penalty shootout, though, ending Ingolstadt's season-opening three game win streak. Eric Healey, who also scored two goals during regulation, converted the game-winning attempt in Mannheim's 4-3 (1-1, 1-1, 1-1, 1-0) road win. René Corbet also scored for Mannheim. Marco Sturm and Cameron Mann (PP) had goals for Ingolstadt

The Kölner Haie bounced back well from Friday’s 7-3 rout in Berlin. They improved to 3-1 and advanced to second place in the standings with a 3-1 (1-1, 1-0, 1-0) home victory over the Hannover Scorpions. The guest got off to a good start when Patrik Augusta scored just five minutes into the contest. But Cologne turned the game around. Jeremy Adduono tied the game at 1-1 with a late first-period powerplay goal. In the final minute of the second period, Sebastian Furchner ripped a shot from the right wing past Hanover's Christian Künast to put the Haie up 2-1, a goal that finally went down as the game-winner. Boris Blank sealed the win with a late third-period powerplay tally.

The Kassel Huskies blew a two-goal lead but hung on for a 3-2 (1-0, 1-2, 0-0, 1-0) home win after penalty shootout over the Berlin Eisbären. Ted Drury scored the game-winning goal. Kassel was up 2-0 after goals from Dany Bousquet, who knocked home his own rebound 1:50 into the contest, and newly signed Nick Schultz, who scored on the power-play 13 seconds into the middle frame. Berlin rallied an knotted the score at 2-2 with a pair of second-period power-play tallies from Marc Beaufait and Steve Walker.

Petr Smrek and Xavier Delisle each had a power-play tally and an assist and Marek Mastic stopped 41 shots for his first career DEL shutout as expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg recorded its first-ever DEL win, blanking the Iserlohn Roosters 2-0 (0-0, 0-0, 2-0).

Francois Fortier led the way with two goals and an assist as the Augsburger Panther skated to their first win of the season, thrashing the Krefeld Pinguine 5-1 (0-1, 3-0, 2-0). Robert Brezina, Shawn Carter and Björn Barta also scored for Augsburg, Chris Herperger had Krefeld's only goal.

Goals from Björn Bombis, Brad Tapper and Petr Fical lifted the Nürnberg Ice Tigers to a 3-1 (1-0, 2-1, 0-0) road win over the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars. Matt Herr scored Düsseldorf's lone goal.
Frank Johne

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