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Mannheim continues to roll
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Oktober 9, 2004; 15:12
Mannheim continues to roll
Offensive outburst in Iserlohn
Frank Johne

Mannheim's Jason Podollan
 
Jason Podollan's first tally of the season went down as the game-winner against Nuremberg

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Munich, Germany - Friday's gameday 7 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) was featured by a meeting of the league's offensive powerhouses. The Mannheim Adler edged the Nürnberg Ice Tigers to extend their winning streak to five straight games. Bottom-clubs Augsburg and Wolfsburg recorded important wins. In Iserlohn, Mike York and his fellow-Roosters put on an offensive outburst against the struggling Krefeld Pinguine. Meanwhile, the DEG Metro Stars looked rather uninspired in game one of the past-Mike-Komma era.
 

Todd Simon of DEL expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
Todd Simon's shootout tally gave Wolfsburg back-to-back wins for the first time in franchise history
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

"Lucky win" for Mannheim

Jason Podollan scored the game-winner and an assist as the Mannheim Adler held on for a 3-2 (1-1, 2-0, 0-1) road win over the Nürnberg Ice Tigers. The Adler's fifth straight win ended Nuremberg's three-game win streak. Mannheim drew first blood 6:11 into the contest when Christoph Ullmann scored on a shorthanded odd-man rush with Steve Kelly. A minute later, Adler defenseman Sascha Goc was ejected after a vicious hit on Petr Fical's head and Nuremberg cashed in on the ensuing powerplay. Brad Tapper found Benjamin Barz who knotted the score at one apiece at 8:52. Mannheim dominated the second period and got two goals to show for it. Vitalij Aab scored from the slot at 7:19 of the second after a shot from Podollan ricocheted off the backboards. 179 seconds later, Podollan extended the Adler lead to 3-1 on a fine solo effort. He took the puck coast-to-coast and beat Tigers goalie Adam Svoboda through the five-hole. The game slowed down significantly thereafter. Nuremberg came alive when Fical, who returned from his earlier injury, went top-shelf on Cristobal Huet to bring the Ice Tigers within a goal, 3-2, at 10:59 of the third. With a little luck, Huet and the Adler defense withstood the ensuing barrage. Herbert Vasiljevs came close to tying the game with under four minutes to go, but his shot rang off the goalpost.

"We got a little lucky in the end", said Adler coach Helmut de Raaf. " after we failed to put the game away in the second period. It was a high paced, high energy game."

"Too many little mistakes cost us the game," explained Tigers coach Greg Poss. "Take that early short-handed goal for example. You must avoid that if you want to prevail against one of the league's top teams."

First time: Wolfsburg wins two straight

Expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg has won two games in a row for the first time. Todd Simon converted the game-winning attempt in the shootout as Wolfsburg downed the Frankfurt Lions 5-4 (1-0, 1-2, 2-2, 1-0). After a see-saw game, Wolfsburg looked like the winner when Xavier Delisle made it 4-3 with 1:29 left and Frankfurt's Sean Pronger was sent to the penalty box seconds later. But the Grizzlies turned over the puck in the opposing zone. Pat Lebeau picked it up and set up Dwayne Norris who evened the score on a shorthanded breakaway 26 seconds from the final horn, sending the game into the penalty shootout.

Panthers get second win

Marc Brown and Björn Barta scored third-period goals to lift the Augsburger Panther over the Hamburg Freezers, 4-2 (1-0, 1-2, 2-0) at home. With the game knotted at 2-2, Brown re-directed a shot from Mike Pudlick past Boris Rousson on the power-play 1:26 into the final stanza. Barta scored on a screened shot to put the game out of reach at 7:32.

Said Barta: "It was so important to finally get our second win of the season. I think it was a hard-fought game that we deserved to win. I hope we can carry over the momentum into the game at Berlin."

Kassel overpowers Ingolstadt

A two-goal night from Marco Sturm was not enough as ERC Ingolstadt was edged by the Kassel Huskies on the road, 5-4 (3-0, 0-2, 2-2). Ingolstadt gave the game away in the opening period. Daniel Corso scored for Kassel just 52 seconds into the contest. The Huskies added power-play goals by Mark Greig and Dany Bousquet to go up 3-0 at the first intermission. Second-period scores from Jakub Ficenec and Craig Ferguson cut Kassel's lead to one. But penalties continued to hurt Ingolstadt. And Kassel was sharp on the power-play, going 4-for-6 on the night. Ted Drury made it 4-2 on the man advantage 4:39 into the final frame. Sturm brought Ingolstadt within one again with just over three minutes left. But penalties to Martin Jiranek (hooking) and Ken Sutton (cross-checking) spoiled all hopes of a comeback. David Gosselin scored on the two-man advantage to put the game out of reach at 18:15. Sturm's second tally with 39 seconds left came too late.

Iserlohn routs Krefeld

Franz Fritzmeier led the way with a goal and two-assists as the Iserlohn Roosters routed the Krefeld Pinguine 5-1 (0-1, 1-0, 4-0) at home. Bryan Adams recorded three assists, Mike York had a goal and an assist. For 39 minutes it looked as if their lack of scoring efficiency would cost the Roosters yet another game. Iserlohn had already outshot Krefeld 27-22 at that point, but nothing to show for it. The Penguins led 1-0 after a first-period power-play tally by Ivo Jan. It took an inspired solo effort from Mark Etz to change the momentum. Etz took the puck coast-to-coast and beat Robert Müller to tie the game with 49 seconds left in the middle frame. The floodgates opened when York one-timed a feed from Adams past Müller to make it 2-1 five minutes into the third. Brad Lysak, Fritzmeier and Brian White scored just 161 seconds apart to complete the 5-1 rout.

Nothing's changed after coaching change in Düsseldorf

The mid-week release of head coach Mike Komma did not have the effect the DEG Metro Stars had hoped for. Düsseldorf looked rather uninspired in a 5-3 (1-0, 1-2, 1-3) home loss to the Kölner Haie. Haie forward Jean-Yves Roy led the way with two goals. While the Stars have lost four straight, the "Sharks" extended their winning streak to three games. Cologne outshot Düsseldorf 28-18 over three periods.
Frank Johne

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