seemed en route to a rout of their own, leading 2-0 2:04 into the contest. But the Eisbären were plagued by scoring inefficiency the rest of the way, while Mannheim
caught fire, thrashing Berlin 8-3 (2-2, 3-0, 3-1). The Eisbären outshot the Adler 37-33, but went 0 for 7 on the power-play while Mannheim cashed in on three of its four man-advantages. Starting netminder Oliver Jonas, who allowed five goals on 23 shots, was pulled after two periods, making way for 18-year-old prospect Youri Ziffzer, who did not fare much better, recording 3 goals against on 10 shots in his DEL debut.
Said Berlin Eisbären head coach Pierre Pagé: "When you create as many chances against a team like Mannheim, you are not a bad team. But we simply had no defense tonight. I wanted offensive-minded players on my team and that's what I got. It's my job to teach them to play defense."Second-period turnaround
Berlin had an early 2-0 lead after quick scores from defensemen Ricard Persson and Micki DuPont. The Adler responded just three minutes later when Fabio Carciola scored off a rebound of Vitalij Aab's shot at 5:06. Christoph Ullmann tied the contest at 2-2, tucking home the puck after a backhanded feed from winger Jochen Hecht with five minutes left in the opening frame. The game was still even, but the momentum shifted midway through the second. Steve Kelly gave the Adler a 3-2 lead after Carciola stole the puck from DuPont. Just a minute later, Mannheim struck again. With Persson in the penalty box, Devin Edgerton poked the puck past Oliver Jonas to make it 4-2 on the power-play at 8:31 of the second. Another power-play tally from Thomas Greilinger extended the lead to three later in the period. The Eisbären managed to cut the lead to 5-3 when Steve Walker scored at 7:29 of the third. Another Walker goal was disallowed because of high sticking and Mannheim drove the last nail into the coffin. Vitalij made it 6-3 at 9:17, cashing in on another turnover by DuPont. A power-play goal from Eric Healy and a short-hander by René Corbet closed out the rout.Tigers crush Penguins, Waite and Ingolstadt get 3rd shutout in 5 games
Yan Stastny led the way with two goals and two assists as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers
routed the Krefeld Pinguine
8-1 (1-1, 4-0, 3-0) at home. Lasse Kopitz recorded a pair of goals, Drew Bannister and Pascal Trepanier each had three assists. Nuremberg was sharp on the power-play, going 6 for 8 on the night. Krefeld's Chris Herperger had opened the scoring with a shorthander on a 5-on-3 advantage.
Jimmy Waite recorded his third shutout in five games as ERC Ingolstadt
blanked the Augsburger Panther
on the road, 2-0 (1-0, 1-0, 0-0). Marco Sturm's unassisted tally at 13:41 of the opening frame went down as the game-winner. Sturm blocked a shot by Panthers defenseman Steve Bancroft in his own zone, sped through the neutral zone and beat Jean-Francois Labbé on the breakaway. Jakub Ficenec added a power-play goal late in the second. Elsewhere in the German Elite League on Friday
Ted Drury scored at 17:26 of the second and Brian Swanson added a short-handed goal as the Kassel Huskies
rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Hannover Scorpions
4-2 (1-0, 2-2, 1-0). Huskies goalie Joaquin Gage recorded 40 saves on the night.
Defenseman Stephané Julien recorded his first game-winner of the season as the Kölner Haie
skated to a 4-1 (1-0, 3-0, 0-1) road victory over DEL expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
. Boris Blank had two assists on the night.
Dave Tomlinson netted a pair of goals, including a third-period shorthander, and Boris Rousson made 33 saves for his first shutout as the Hamburg Freezers
blanked the DEG Metro Stars
at home, 3-0 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0).
Team-leading scorer Martin Knold tallied a power-play goal and converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Iserlohn Roosters
edged the slumping Frankfurt Lions
2-1 (0-0, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0).