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Eisbären rally to beat Adler
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November 6, 2004; 21:24
Eisbären rally to beat Adler
Krefeld stops Nuremberg
Frank Johne

Bjorn Barta of the Augsburg Panthers
 
Augsburg's Bjorn Barta had a two-point night

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Munich, Germany - Defenseman Rob Leask scored a last-gasp goal as the Berlin Eisbären rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the slumping Mannheim Adler on the road. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) on Friday, JF Labbé had 41 saves on the night as the Augsburg Panthers snapped ERC Ingolstadt's three-game win streak. In Krefeld, Penguins forward Alexander Selivanov scored 22 seconds before the final buzzer to end the Nürnberg Ice Tigers' seven-game win streak.
 

Canadian Rob Leask of the Berlin Polar Bears
Rob Leask scored a pair of PP goals in Berlin's comeback win over Mannheim
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Rob Leask scored his second power-play goal of the night with only 30 ticks left in the game to lift the Berlin Eisbären to a 4-3 (0-1, 1-2, 3-0) comeback win over the slumping Mannheim Adler, handing Mannheim its fifth loss in six games. Mannheim was up 3-0 at the 7:06-mark of the second period after power-play goals by René Corbet and Devin Edgerton, who scored twice within less than four minutes. The momentum turned after ex Adler Stefan Ustorf beat Cristobal Huet with a screened shot at 8:48 of the second. Berlin, which had started out way too hesitant, started to find its rhythm. Adler defenseman Nico Pyka, a former Polar Bear, was assessed a high-sticking major plus game misconduct after hitting Berlin's Eric Cole in the face. Rob Leask tallied on the ensuing power-play, ripping home a shot for his first goal of the night 34 seconds into the final stanza. Shawn Heins tied up the game, 3-3, at 8:32. A pair of late penalties let the Adler fall apart. With Sascha Goc (slashing) and Sven Butenschön (elbowing) in the sin bin, Leask netted the game-winner, though play continued. Play was stopped with only a few seconds remaining and the referee allowed the goal after video review.

Björn Barta had a goal and an assist as the Augsburger Panther upset ERC Ingolstadt on the road, 2-1 (1-0, 0-0, 1-1). Goaltender Jean-Francois Labbé was the backbone of Augsburg's win, stopping all but one of the 42 shots he faced. He received help from the goal frame twice on shots from Marco Sturm and Martin Jiranek. Playing a man down, Augsburg's Steve Bancroft intercepted an ill-advised pass by Ken Sutton near his own blueline and sent a pass down the ice which hit Barta in stride at the opposing blueline. Barta outwaited Jimmy Waite and went top shelf to put the Panthers up 1-0 with a short-handed goal at 13:32 of the opening period. Augsburg doubled the lead on the man advantage when Ronny Arendt ripped a slapshot from the top of the right face-off circle through Waite's pads 6:15 into the final stanza. ERC defender Jakub Ficenec scored from the right slot after a behind-the-net pass from Glen Goodall to cut the lead to 2-1 with 7:47 to go, but Labbé and the Panthers protected the one-goal lead.

Alexander Selivanov scored 22 seconds before the final buzzer to give the Krefeld Pinguine a 3-2 (0-0, 2-1, 1-1) home win over the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, ending Nuremberg's win streak at seven games. His hard shot hit the skate of Tigers goalie Adam Svoboda and bounced into the net to give the Penguins their first win in the second game under new head coach Bob Leslie.

League-leading scorer Pat Lebeau led the way with a goal and an assist as the Frankfurt Lions skated to their fourth straight win, beating the Iserlohn Roosters 3-1 (1-1, 0-0, 2-0). Michael Hackert notched the game-winner 52 seconds into the final stanza, scoring off the rebound on a 2-on-1 odd-man rush with David Sulkovsky.

The DEG Metro Stars lost back-to-back games for the first time in the Butch Goring era. Craig Johnson had a goal and two assists as the Hamburg Freezers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 (2-0, 1-2, 2-0) road win over the Metro Stars. Jim Dowd's short-handed goal at 6:10 of the second stanza went down as the game-winning goal.

Dominik Hammer converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Kassel Huskies ended their franchise-long seven game losing streak, winning 3-2 (2-0, 0-2, 0-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout against the Hannover Scorpions. Kassel was up 2-0 only five minutes into the contest after quick goals by Mark Greig and Dany Bousquet, but Hanover rallied and knotted the game at 2-2 on second-period scores from Marian Cisar and Andreas Morczinietz.
Frank Johne

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