Plachta scores twice as Freezers edge Tigers
Jacek Plachta scored a pair of power-play goals as the Hamburg Freezers
held on for a 3-2 (2-1, 1-0, 0-1) home win over the Nürnberg Ice Tigers
. A flood of penalties against the Tigers put Hamburg on the man advantage for several minutes early in the game. The Freezers just managed to score one goal when Plachta swept home a feed from Wayne Hynes at 6:30. Nuremberg tied the game at 1-1 late in the period on its first power-play opportunity. After a blueline blast by Lasse Kopitz, Petr Fical poked the second rebound past Freezers goalie Boris Rousson. But Hamburg reclaimed the lead just a minute later. Off Jürgen Rumrich's face-off win, Brandon Reid worked the puck in the left corner and dropped it to Craig Johnson who snapped a high wrister over Adam Svoboda's glove hand from the left slot to give the Freezers a 2-1 lead with 51 seconds left in the first. Plachta added on to the lead on another power-play early in the second. Kopitz tried to clear the puck along the boards, but Alan Letang intercepted the puck at the right point and unleashed a shot. Svoboda mishandled the puck and a wide-open Plachta knocked home the rebound to extend Hamburg's lead to 3-1 at 1:11 of the middle frame. The Tigers battled back and cut the lead to 3-2 when defender Pascal Trepanier scored on a screened wrister from the point with 9:06 left in the game. Nuremberg kept pressing for the equalizer, but failed to create quality scoring chances against a tight Freezer defense.
"Individual mistakes led to Hamburg's second and third goals", explained Tigers head coach Greg Poss. "We dominated the game most of the way. Without the mistakes and penalties, we would have won."Hecht comes up big as Mannheim wins 6th straight
Jochen Hecht had a power-play goal and three assists as the Mannheim Adler
pounded the Iserlohn Roosters
on home ice, 5-2 (1-0, 2-2, 2-0), extending their win streak to six games. Devin Edgerton, Steve Kelly (1G, 1A each), Frankie Groleau and Jason Podollan (2A each) also had multiple-point nights for the Adler.
The Kölner Haie
also kept their current win streak alive, crushing the Kassel Huskies
5-1 (1-0, 2-0, 2-1) at KölnArena. Alex Hicks led the way with a power-play goal and two assists. Defenseman Brad Schlegel (1G, 1A) and Jean-Yves Roy (2A) both had two points on the night. Kassel's Mark Greig spoiled Chris Rogles' shutout bid with a late power-play goal with 2:32 to go. Rogles finished the night with only 15 saves.
Adam Grygiel tallied a pair of goals as the Krefeld Pinguine
ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 (3-1, 1-1, 1-2) home win over the Hannover Scorpions
Defender Jakub Ficenec recorded two goals as ERC Ingolstadt
thrashed DEL expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
6-1 (6-0, 0-0, 0-1) at home. Ingolstadt came out flying, jumping out to a 5-0 lead just 4:40 into the game on scores from Ficenec, Cameron Mann (short-handed), Marco Sturm and Martin Jiranek. They slowed down significantly after Phil von Stefenelli made it 6-0 with the only power-play tally of the game at 9:02 of the opening frame. Jan Zurek dashed Jimmy Waite's hopes for a shutout midway through the third period. Waite recorded 33 saves on the night. Wolfsburg's starter Marek Mastic was pulled only four minutes into the contest. His replacement Marc Seliger did not fare much better. He got beaten for the first time only 23 seconds after entering the rink.
The DEG Metro Stars
are dead last in the standings after their fifth straight loss. Düsseldorf got whipped 6-2 (2-0, 2-1, 2-1) by the Frankfurt Lions
on the road. Defenseman Peter Ratchuk led Frankfurt with a goal and two assists.
Stefan Ustorf and Steve Walker each had a pair of goals as the Berlin Eisbären
jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and held on for a 4-1 (3-0, 0-0, 1-1) home win over the Augsburger Panther