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Tapper, Tigers spank Stars, 6-0
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November 4, 2004; 19:26
Tapper, Tigers spank Stars, 6-0
Corey Hirsch loses first career DEL start – Three players record hat tricks
Frank Johne

Czech netminder Adam Svoboda
Nuremberg's Czech goalie Adam Svoboda recorded his 2nd shutout

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Munich, Germany - Greg Poss' Nürnberg Ice Tigers and Butch Goring's DEG Metro Stars both had long unbeaten streaks going into Tuesday's clash at ArenaNürnberg. Led by a hat trick from Brad Tapper, the Tigers made a clear statement, spanking the Stars 6-0. Augsburg's Brian Felsner and Iserlohn's Bryan Adams also recorded hat tricks to help their respective teams to wins. In other Tuesday night action in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), newly acquired goalie Corey Hirsch made his first career DEL start for the Kassel Huskies, who hit a new franchise low with their seventh straight loss.

Marco Sturm of the ERC Ingolstadt Panthers
Marco Sturm's 10th tally of the season lifted Ingolstadt over Mannheim
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Tapper had four points on the night (3G, 1A) and Adam Svoboda made 17 saves for his second shutout as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers blanked the hapless DEG Metro Stars 6-0 (0-0, 1-0, 5-0), ending Düsseldorf's five-game win streak while extending their own win streak to seven straight games. The Tigers, who outshot the Stars 42-17 over three periods, dominated the game from the opening face-off. However it took them until late in the second period to finally get on the scoreboard. Mike Green won a battle alongside the left boards to send Tapper 1-on-0 on Alex Jung. Tapper beat the DEG netminder on the glove side with a shot to the far corner of the net to give the Ice Tigers a 1-0 lead with 4:05 to go in the middle frame. It was again Tapper on the breakaway who doubled the lead to 2-0 1:52 into the final stanza, this time knocking the puck through Jung's five-hole. Lubomir Sekeras blasted home a slapper to make it 3-0 two minutes later. Düsseldorf's lack of discipline gave Nuremberg the opportunity to turn it into a rout. Power-play goals by Yan Stastny (4-on-3), Tapper (5-on-4) and Greg Leeb (5-on-3) sealed the 6-0 spanking.

Alex Barta scored the only goal of the night as the Berlin Eisbären held off the Kassel Huskies, 1-0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0). It marked the third time in four games that the Huskies were shut out by the score of 1-0. Oliver Jonas made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season. At the other end of the ice, Corey Hirsch, who was acquired from Switzerland's Langnau Tigers a day before the game, looked solid in his first DEL start for the Kassel Huskies. Hirsch had 28 saves on the night. He did not get any support from his defense though when Barta took the puck coast-to-coast and squeezed the puck through Hirsch's five-hole for the eventual game-winer with 1:47 to go in the second period.

Marco Sturm scored the game-winner at 6:32 of the third and Andy McDonald added a goal with less than six minutes to go as ERC Ingolstadt rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Mannheim Adler 4-2 (0-0, 2-2, 2-0) on the road. Sturm, McDonald and defender Brad Burym each had two points on the night as Ingolstadt recorded its third straight win. A power-play tally from Mannheim's Jochen Hecht had Ingolstadt trailing 2-1 early in the second. But a trademark goal by defenseman Jakub Ficenec turned the momentum halfway through the period. Ficenec knotted the game at 2-2, blasting a rocket shot through Cristobal Huet's pads. Sturm scored off a rebound of Andy McDonald's shot to put Ingolstadt up 3-2 early in the third. The two NHLers teamed up again when Sturm set up McDonald to put the game out of reach, 4-2, with under six minutes to go.

Defending champion Frankfurt Lions remains on a roll. Dwayne Norris scored a shorthander in the final minute of the second period and blueliner Mikael Magnusson tallied in the third as the Lions edged the Hamburg Freezers on the road, 3-1 (1-1, 1-0, 1-0) for their third straight win.

Chris Rogles turned aside 29 shots for his third shutout as the Kölner Haie blanked the Hannover Scorpions 2-0 (0-0, 1-0, 1-0) on the road. Defenseman Stephane Julien gave the Haie a 1-0 lead, rifling a slapshot past Ilpo Kauhanen on a 5-on-3 power-play midway through the second. Dan Bjornlie sealed the win with a short-handed empy-net-goal in the waning seconds.

Bryan Adams led the way with a hat trick and Mike York recorded four points as the Iserlohn Roosters beat Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 5-2 (1-0, 3-2, 1-0) at home,

The Augsburger Panther squandered a 3-1 lead but held on for a 5-4 (0-0, 3-1, 1-3, 1-0) win after shootout to spoil the debut of new Krefeld Pinguine head coach Bob Leslie. Francois Methot was credited with the game-winning penalty shot. Augsburg's Brian Felsner scored a hat trick.
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