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Mannheim Adler end losing streak
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November 1, 2004; 14:54
Mannheim Adler end losing streak
Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Nürnberg continue to roll
Frank Johne

2003 DEL MVP Patrick Lebeau of the Frankfurt Lions
 
League-leading scorer Pat Lebeau (10G, 17A) lifted the Frankfurt Lions over Berlin

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Munich, Germany - Behind strong goaltending from Cristobal Huet, the Mannheim Adler managed to snap their three-game losing streak with a road win over the slumping Kassel Huskies Sunday. Defending DEL champs Frankfurt Lions continued to move up in the standings with their fourth win in five games. The DEG Metro Stars and Nürnberg Ice Tigers also kept their win streaks alive.
 

French goaltender Cristobal Huet of the Los Angeles Kings currently plays for Adler Mannheim of the German Elite League
Cristobal Huet's goaltending was the backbone of Mannheim's win over Kassel
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Devin Edgerton (1G, 1A) and Steve Kelly (2A) each had two points as the Mannheim Adler ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 (2-1, 0-0, 3-1) road win over the Kassel Huskies. The Huskies tied a franchise-worst six-game losing streak. Mark Greig scored both goals for Kassel. The Huskies dominated the game but were turned down again and again by Adler goalie Cristobal Huet, who finished with 49 saves on the night.

"We keep outshooting our opponents, but it seems as if the opposing goalie always turns out being the best player on the ice", said Kassel's head coach Mike McParland.

Mannheim took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by John Tripp with 3:47 to go in the opening frame. He went top shelf on Jan Münster's glove hand after a feed by Steve Kelly. René Corbet took advantage of a defensive lapse to double the lead to 2-0 on a short-handed goal with 53 seconds left in the period. The puck was sliding towards the net after Devin Edgerton's faceoff win, Husky Nick Schultz was too hesitant and Corbet poked it home through Münster's five-hole. Kassel pulled within one when Mark Greig scored on the power-play 23 seconds later, knocking home the puck after a funny deflection off teammate Daniel Corso's shinguard. After a scoreless middle frame, Kassel even tied the the score at 2-2 3:52 into the final stanza when Greig slipped a low shot under Huet's left pad on a 3-on-2 odd-man rush. The momentum swung again when Edgerton re-directed a feed from Derek Plante over Münster's right pad to regain a 3-2 lead for the Adler. With the teams skating four aside, Christoph Ullmann buried a behind-the-met feed from Hecht to put the game out of reach at 4-2 with 5:27 left. An empty-net goal from Eric Healey sealed the win.

Elsewhere in the DEL on Sunday

Pat Lebeau scored the game-winner at 17:05 of the second and also had two assists on the night as the Frankfurt Lions rallied from a 3-2 deficit to down the Berlin Eisbären 4-3 (2-2, 2-1, 0-0) at home in a rematch of the 2003 DEL Finals. Berlin was up 3-2 early in the middle frame when Micki DuPont scored on a short-handed odd-man rush. Frankfurt caught a luck break when a shot by newly signed Eisbären forward Erik Cole rang off the crossbar. Seconds later, Jason Young knotted the score at 3-3. Late in the period, Lebeau scored off a rebound of a Dwayne Norris shot to put the Lions ahead 4-3. Behind strong goaltending from Ian Gordon and solid defensive work, Frankfurt managed to protect the one-goal lead.

Tore Vikingstad led the way with a pair of goals as the DEG Metro Stars skated to their fifth straight win, beating the Iserlohn Roosters 3-1 (2-1, 1-0, 0-0) at home. A late first-period power-play goal by Daniel Kreutzer went down as the game-winner. Iserlohn had drawn first blood when Brad Lysak scored just 1:22 into the contest to put the Roosters ahead,1-0.

"Butch Goring is the right coach at the right time," said Stars netminder Andrej Trefilov. "He has given us confidence and recognizes each player's individual strengths."

The Nürnberg Ice Tigers had to go to the extra session to keep their win streak alive at six games. Greg Leeb, who also had an assist on the night, converted the game-winning attempt in the penalty shootout to lift the Ice Tigers over the Augsburger Panther, 2-1 (0-0, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0) on the road.

Jimmy Waite made 44 saves on the night as ERC Ingolstadt held off the Hamburg Freezers, 2-1 (1-0, 1-0, 0-1) at home. Hamburg outshot Ingolstadt 45-20, but it took them till the waning seconds of the game to finally get the puck past Waite. Alan Letang scored with 13 seconds to go to spoil what would have been Jimmy Waite's fourth shutout of the season. Andy McDonald scored on a short-handed odd-man rush to give Ingolstadt an early 1-0 lead, 5:35 into the contest. At 3:50 of the second, Glen Goodall notched the eventual game winner at 3:50 of the middle frame, beating Boris Rousson after a nice pass from Nicki Mondt.

Said Freezers goalie Rousson: "They did like they always do, wait for mistakes and let Waite do the job. And we shot, shot again, and then some more, but couldn’t score more than a (too) late goal."

Andreas Morczinietz had a pair of goals, including the short-handed game-winner at 9:56 of the second period, as the Hannover Scorpions skated past regional rival Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, 3-1 (1-0, 1-0, 1-1) on the road.
Frank Johne

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