Haie beat Adler, lose captain Schlegel for rest of season
Chris Rogles made 44 saves for his second shutout as the Kölner Haie
blanked the Mannheim Adler
on home ice, 4-0 (1-0, 2-0, 1-0). While the Haie are a perfect 6-0 at home, Mannheim recorded back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The Adler had won eight straight before that.
Cologne's win came at a high price though. Captain and veteran defenseman Brad Schlegel will likely miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.
"We had a couple of letdowns while Cologne played a full 60 minutes", said Adler coach Helmut de Raaf. "That was the difference tonight."
"I saw two very balanced teams out there", added Haie coach Hans Zach. "Rogles' goaltending kept us in the game. And the little things made the difference."
The Adler started out strong but failed to get on the scoreboard. The momentum shifted late in the opening frame when Dave McLlwain deflected Brad Schlegel's point shot past Cristobal Huet to give the Haie a 1-0 lead with 1:29 to go. Sebastian Furchner connected on a one-timer from the slot at 8:09 of the second to double the lead to 2-0. Two flaws by Huet then gave Cologne the chance to put the game out of reach. With less than four minutes left in the second, Mannheim's goalie got an interference minor and then let a shot from Colin Beardsmore sail past him on the ensuing power-play despite good vision. A third-period power-play tally by Eddy Lewandowski, who also had an assist on the night, sealed Cologne's 4-0 win.Elsewhere in the DEL on SundayERC Ingolstadt
lost its third straight game and was shut out for the second time in three games. Adam Grygiel scored the lonely goal of the night, a shorthander at 13:10 of the second, and Robert Müller made 25 saves for his second shutout as the Krefeld Pinguine
prevailed 1-0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0) at home. This marks the first time since September 24th that Krefeld has won back-to-back games. Grygiel received a lot of help from Ingolstadt on his game-winner. Alexander Dück forced a turnover in the neutral zone and sent Grygiel on a breakaway. He hesitated a little to long though and his shot was partially blocked by a defenseman. Ken Sutton tried to clear it but his shot hit the charging Grygiel right in the knee from where the puck bounced into net, past goalie Jimmy Waite.
Kelly Fairchild and Rob Shearer each had two points on the night as the Berlin Eisbären
snapped a two-game losing skid with a 4-2 (1-1, 1-0, 2-1) home win over the Iserlohn Roosters
. The game was knotted at 2-2 when Iserlohn's Ralph Intranuovo scored on the power-play at 7:18 of the final frame. But less than a minute later, Florian Keller took the puck after a face-off win by André Rankel and beat Dimitri Kotschnew with a bad-angle shot for the eventual game-winner at 8:09. The Eisbären put the game away when Rob Leask scored on a 2-on-1 odd man rush with Shearer to make it 4-2 with under six minutes to go.
Brian Felsner led the way with a pair of goals as the Augsburger Panther
won back-to-back games for the first time this season, downing Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
4-1 (1-0, 0-0, 3-1). Rick Girard and Duanne Moeser both had a pair of assists.
The sputtering Kassel Huskies
were shut out by the score of 1-0 for the second straight time. Defender Eric Dandenault tallied the sole goal of the night on the power-play at 12:07 of the first and Andrej Trefilov made 22 stops for his first shutout of the season as the DEG Metro Stars
skated to their third win in a row under new head coach Butch Goring. Meanwhile, the pressure on Husky coach Mike McParland is rising after his team has dropped five straight.
Defenseman Pascal Trepanier led the way with a goal and two helpers as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers
jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 (2-0, 1-0, 1-2) home win over the Frankfurt Lions
. Yan Stastny scored the game-winner on the power-play with 1:44 left in the middle frame. Nuremberg has won three in a row.
Hanover ended its four-game losing streak with a 3-2 (0-1, 1-1, 1-0, 1-0) win after penalty shootout. Patrik Augusta notched the game-tying score midway through the third and then got credited with the game-winning penalty shot as the Hannover Scorpions
edged the Hamburg Freezers
on the road.