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Hecht's hat-trick lifts Adler to 7th straight win
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Oktober 15, 2004; 22:37
Hecht's hat-trick lifts Adler to 7th straight win
Cologne squanders two-goal lead, McDonald big in Ingolstadt's rally
Frank Johne

Defenseman John Miner of the Augsburg Panthers
 
A controversial goal from former Haie defender John Miner lifted Augsburg over Cologne

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Munich, Germany - updated Winger Jochen Hecht scored a hat trick as the Mannheim Adler cruised to their seventh straight win Friday night, crushing the Hannover Scorpions 7-2 on the road. The Nürnberg Ice Tigers also lit up the scoreboard and ended up just a goal shy of the first double-digit win of the season against Iserlohn. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), a pair of late goals from Andy McDonald lifted ERC Ingolstadt to a comeback win over the Frankfurt Lions. Meanwhile, the Kölner Haie lost a close game in Augsburg after squandering a two-goal third-period lead.
 

Winger Jochen Hecht
Hecht scored a hat trick in Mannheim's rout of the Scorpions
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Ladislav Karabin (2G, 1A) and David Musial (1G, 2A) each recorded three points as Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg spoiled Butch Goring's head coaching debut with the DEG Metro Stars. Goring saw his undisciplined Stars being taken apart by the hungry "Wolves". Said Goring after the game: "Wolfsburg played very strong tonight. They were always a step ahead and won the one-on-one battles. Their three power-play goals were key."

A missed call in the waning minutes helped the Augsburger Panther complete a three-goal third-period comeback win over the Kölner Haie at home, 6-5 (1-1, 1-3, 4-1), ending Cologne's four-game win streak. Augsburg got away with an illegal substitution when Manuel Kofler jumped from the bench to join an odd-man rush with just over a minute to go. Chris Rogles kicked out his left leg to deny Kofler but defenseman John Miner wristed home the puck for the game-winner at 18:45 of the third. Leading 5-3 early in the third, the Haie failed to put the game away on a power-play. Seconds after Augsburg's Rick Girard returned from the penalty box, Brian Felsner forced a Haie turnover at his own blueline, sped through the neutral zone and set up Marc Brown who ripped a low shot past Rogles' stickside to bring the Panthers within a goal, 5-4, at the 5:11-mark. Just two minutes later, Augsburg cashed in on a power-play opportunity of their own when Girard rifled home the rebound after a point shot from Miner to tie the contest, 5-5, at 7:18 of the third – another controversial goal as netminder Rogles appeared to be interfered with, leaving the net wide open.

ERC Ingolstadt squandered a two-goal lead, then rallied to erase a third-period deficit and defeat defending DEL champ Frankfurt Lions at home, 5-4 (1-0, 2-4, 2-0). Andy McDonald was instrumental in the comeback. With Ingolstadt trailing 4-3 going into the third, McDonald scored twice within a five-minute span to turn the game around. The eventual game-winner came on the power-play at 5:23 of the third.

Yan Stastny led the way with two goals and an assist as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers bounced back from two straight losses, routing the hapless Iserlohn Roosters 9-2 (6-0, 2-2, 1-0) at home. Iserlohn has dropped three games in a row. Nuremberg wasted little time and connected on four of its first six shots on goal. Stastny's two tallies and goals from defenders Pascal Trepanier and Lasse Kopitz had the Tigers up 4-0 at the 11:04-mark of the opening frame. Roosters coach Doug Mason replaced starter Leonardo Conti with Dimitrij Kotschnew who did not fare much better though. Trepanier and Björn Bombis added on to the lead, so that the game was basically in the books with the Tigers leading 6-0 after twenty minutes. Ralph Intranuovo and Colin Danielsmeier scored Iserlohn's lone two goals. Sean Tallaire, Haralds Vasiljevs and Petr Fical also tallied for Nuremberg.

Jochen Hecht had his night since making his return to the DEL, tallying three goals and an assist as the Mannheim Adler cruised to their seventh straight win, beating the Hannover Scorpions 7-2 on the road (2-0, 3-1, 2-1). Hanover has lost three straight. After a slow start, Vitalij Aab opened the scoring at 8:32 of the first. Aab intercepted an ill-advised pass from Patrik Augusta and went top-shelf on Christian Künast to put the Adler up 1-0. Seconds later, Scorpions head coach Gunnar Leidborg was hit on the bench by a deflected puck. He received stitches and did not return. Jochen Hecht doubled the Adler lead on the power-play with only 15 seconds left in the first. Augusta brought Hanover back within a goal, 2-1, on the man advantage early in the second. But three unanswered second-period goals from Jason Podollan, Jochen Hecht (short-handed) and Steve Kelly (5-on-3 PP) put the game out of reach at 5-2 after two stanzas. Augusta temporarily cut the lead to 5-3 on another power-play with just under five minutes left in regulation. But Mannheim tagged on two more goals by Hecht and Thomas Greilinger to cap the 7-2 win.

Alexander Selivanov had a goal and an assist and Steffen Ziesche recorded a pair of assists as the Krefeld Pinguine won their first game after the release of head coach Mario Simioni, downing the Kassel Huskies 4-2 (3-0, 1-2, 0-0) on the road. Goalie Robert Müller had 41 saves on the night.

Mark Beaufait recorded the game-winner and an assist as the Berlin Eisbären skated to a 3-1 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0) road win over the Hamburg Freezers. Hamburg's inefficiency to score cost them the game. The Freezers managed only one goal on 28 shots and went 1-for-8 on the man advantage.
Frank Johne

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