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Berlin ends Cologne's unbeaten streak
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November 18, 2004; 00:15
Berlin ends Cologne's unbeaten streak
Ingolstadt moves into first-place tie
Frank Johne

Andy McDonald of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks
 
Andy McDonald's last-gasp goal lifted Ingolstadt over Iserlohn

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Munich, Germany - The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) is back in action after the Deutschland Cup break. The first-place Kölner Haie started off on the wrong foot, suffering their first home loss of the season to the streaking Berlin Eisbären. ERC Ingolstadt seized the moment and moved into a first-place tie with a last-gasp victory over Iserlohn.
 

Stefan Ustorf of the Berlin Polar Bears
Stefan Ustorf notched the GWG for Berlin
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Derrick Walser recorded a pair of assists as the Berlin Eisbären erased an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Kölner Haie 2-1 (1-1, 1-0, 0-0), ending Cologne's seven-game win streak at KölnArena and extending their own streak to four straight wins. The Haie drew first blood when Dave McLlwain scored on a two-man advantage midway through the opening stanza, tucking home the rebound after a blast by Stephane Julien. Steve Walker evened the score at one apiece with just under five minutes to go in the opening frame. Stefan Ustorf re-directed Walser's wrist shot from the point past Chris Rogles for the eventual game-winner at 16:05 of the second period.

"This was our best game of the season," said Berlin's assistant coach Hartmut Nickel. "We stuck to our game plan, played well on defense and hurt them with quick counterattacks."

Andy McDonald scored with 11 seconds left in regulation to lift ERC Ingolstadt over the Iserlohn Roosters, 2-1 (0-1, 2-1, 1-0) at home. Iserlohn took the lead twice on goals from Matt Higgins and Mike York, but Ingolstadt rallied despite going 0 for 9 on the power-play. Markus Schröder and Andreas Loth scored for Ingolstadt to have the game knotted at 2-2 going into the third. Ingolstadt kept pressing for the game-winner, but could not figure out a way to get the puck past Roosters netminder Dimitrij Kotschnew again until the waning seconds when McDonald capped a nicely executed play with Günter Oswald and Jakub Ficenec with a shot to the far corner of the net.

Defending DEL champ Frankfurt Lions had a five-game win streak snapped by the hands of the revived Krefeld Pinguine. Rob Guillet and Vadim Slivchenko scored within the final seven minutes to give Krefeld a 2-1 (0-1, 0-0, 2-0) come-from-behind win on the road. Frankfurt had drawn first blood when Dwayne Norris scored on the man advantage midway through the first period.

Second-stringer Dennis Endras made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Augsburger Panther blanked the slumping Hannover Scorpions 3-0 (1-0, 1-0, 1-0). Duanne Moeser and Steve Bancroft each recorded two points for the Panthers. Augsburg took the lead on a power-play goal by Francois Methot with 2:54 left in the first. Manuel Kofler and Moeser also scored.

Greg Poss, who did not have much to cheer for at the Deutschland Cup losing all four games as new head coach of Team Germany, saw his Nürnberg Ice Tigers bounce back from back-to-back losses with a road win over the Kassel Huskies. Nuremberg jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on goals by Petr Fical, Greg Leeb and Josef Menauer and held on for a 5-2 (2-0, 2-1, 1-1) victory. Defenseman Pascal Trepanier recorded three assists on the night. Yan Stastny and Haralds Vasiljevs also tallied for the Tigers. Defender Kirk Furey scored both of Kassel's goals.

Craig Johnson notched a pair of goals as the Hamburg Freezers kept Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg at bay, winning 3-2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-1) on the road. Jacek Plachta's goal with 2:38 left in the third went down as the game-winning goal.

Tore Vikingstad got credit for the game-winning penalty shot as the DEG Metro Stars edged the Mannheim Adler 3-2 (1-0, 0-1, 1-1, 1-0) after shootout.
Frank Johne

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