Like all European leagues, the German Elite League will take an eight-day break as several international hockey tournaments will be played as part of the national teams' preparations for upcoming World championships at the junior and senior levels. The "Deutschland Cup" is a five-nation tournament which will be held in Hanover and Hamburg from November 11-14. Defending champion Team USA will face off against Canada, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland in the tournament.
A quick goal by defenseman Jakub Ficenec and Jimmy Waite's goaltending was all ERC Ingolstadt
needed to keep the Nürnberg Ice Tigers
at bay, 1-0 (1-0, 0-0, 0-0) at ArenaNürnberg. Off Andy McDonald's face-off win, Ficenec sent a low wrister at the net and the puck sailed past well screened Tigers netminder Adam Svoboda to put Ingolstadt up 1-0 just 8 seconds into the tilt. Waite made 34 saves for his league-leading fourth shutout of the season.
Veterans Alex Hicks and Dave McLlwain scored back-to-back goals late in the second to break a 2-2 tie and Jeremy Adduono added an empty-netter in the waning seconds as the Kölner Haie
skated past the Iserlohn Roosters
, 5-2 (2-1, 2-1, 1-0) on the road. Hicks tallied on the man advantage at 12:11 of the middle frame and McLlwain beat Dimitrij Kotschnew with a backhanded wrap-around shot just two minutes later to put the Haie ahead, 4-2. Hicks, Jean-Yves Roy and ex-Rooster Colin Beardsmore all had two points each on the night.
Derrick Walser scored off a rebound at 14:37 of the third and André Rankel added an insurance goal with 3:19 left as the Berlin Eisbären
rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down the Krefeld Pinguine
4-2 (1-2, 1-0, 2-0) at home. Krefeld took a 1-0 lead on their first power-play at 2:41 of the opening frame when Stefen Ziesche tucked home the rebound after a Chris Herperger deflecion of Shayne Wright's shot from the top of the right face-off circle. The Eisbären tied the game halfway through the first. Eric Cole drove to the net and dumped the puck back to Sven Felski who ripped a low shot past Robert Müller to knot the score at 1-1. Herperger went top shelf to put the Penguins back in the lead, 2-1, late in the first. 2:05 into the middle frame, Micki DuPont's outlet pass sent Florian Keller skating in 1-on-0 on Müller. Keller lifted the puck under the crossbar to make it 2-2. The Eisbären, who outshot Krefeld 42-15 over 60 minutes, kept pressing. They were rewarded late in the game when Walser scored off the rebound of Stefan Ustorf's shot on a rush. Rankel scored on the breakaway to seal the win.
Expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
snapped a three-game losing streak. Marc Seliger stopped 26 shots for his first shutout and Wolfsburg got goals from Ladislav Karabin, Peter Smrek, Markus Guggemos and Dale Clarke to blank the hapless Kassel Huskies
4-0 (0-0, 2-0, 2-0).
The DEG Metro Stars
bounced back from back-to-back losses with a 7-4 (3-0, 3-1, 1-3) spanking of the Hannover Scorpions
. Defenseman Jeff Tory (2G, 1A) and youngsters Patrick Reimer and Florian Jung (1G, 2A) each had three points on the night as the Stars won on the road to hand Hanover its third straight loss.
Thomas Greilinger scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner at 4:24 of the final stanza, as the Mannheim Adler
edged the Hamburg Freezers
on the road, 3-2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-1). Adler goalie Steve Passmore made 32 saves in his first career DEL start. Hamburg has lost three of its last four games.
Michael Hackert tallied two goals and Dwayne Norris scored once in regulation and later converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Frankfurt Lions
beat the Augsburger Panther
on the road, 4-3 (0-1, 2-1, 1-1). The defending DEL champs have won five straight and six of their last seven games.