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Haie continue their domination
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November 22, 2004; 17:20
Haie continue their domination
Coach Kevin Gaudet returns to Hanover
Frank Johne

Kevin Gaudet first joined the Wedemark Scorpions/Hannover Scorpions organization in 1991
 
Coach Kevin Gaudet returns to the Hannover Scorpions

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Munich, Germany - Hans Zach's Kölner Haie continue to dominate the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). While rivals Ingolstadt, Berlin and Mannheim all lost on the road, the Haie came away with a close win over the last-place Huskies Sunday, extending Kassel's losing streak into the post-McParland era. In Hanover, the Scorpions responded to Saturday's coaching change with a home win over Krefeld. A well-known face was announced as the new man behind the Scorpions' bench: Kevin Gaudet.
 

Kazakhstan-native Dimitrij Kochnev
Iserlohn's Dimitrij Kotschnew recorded his first-career DEL shutout
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Haie hold off Huskies

Tino Boos recorded a pair of points as the Kölner Haie edged the Kassel Huskies on the road, 2-1 (0-1, 2-0, 0-0). Kassel, which was coached by interim head coach Milan Mokros, has lost four in a row. Everyone at Kassel's Eisstadion held their breath when a shot by Jeremy Adduono hit Huskies defender Petr Macholda in the face five minutes into the contest. The 22-year-old Czech, who lost several teeth and suffered a concussion, had to be helped off the ice and did not return. Kassel rebounded well from the early shock though. Defender Christian Laflamme knocked a screened wrister past Chris Rogles on the power-play to put the Huskies in front, 1-0, at the 11:21-mark of the opening period. The momentum turned in the second period. Eduard Lewandowski evened the score at 1-1 on a short-handed breakaway. Tino Boos gave the Haie a 2-1 lead when Corey Hirsch couldn't hold on to a deflected shot from Stephane Julien..

Ingolstadt, Berlin, Mannheim upset

Ivan Ciernik (2G, 1A) and Ladislav Karabin (3A) each recorded three points as expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg skated to an easy 4-1 (3-1, 1-0, 0-0) home victory over lackluster ERC Ingolstadt, which had come into the game riding on a three-game win streak.

Shawn Carter led the way with a pair of goals as the Augsburger Panther rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Berlin Eisbären 4-2 (1-2, 1-0, 2-0) at home , putting an end to Berlin's five-game win streak.

Dimitrij Kotschnew made 23 saves for his first career DEL shutout and Mike York scored two points as the Iserlohn Roosters upset the Mannheim Adler 3-0 (2-0, 0-0, 1-0). A lack of discipline combined with picky officiating hurt the Adler early on. Iserlohn scored twice on the two-man advantage to go up 2-0 halfway through the opening frame. Defender Rick Goldmann ripped a one-timer from the right face-off circle past Cristobal Huet to put the Roosters up 1-0 5:13 into the tilt. Up by two men again, Mike York surprised Huet with a low shot through the five-hole from the left slot to make it 2-0 five minutes later. The Adler played some 5-on-3 of their own, but failed to score. Mannheim dominated the middle frame but could not get the puck past Kotschnew. Iserlohn's third power-play tally of the night put the game away at 8:07 of the third when York's feed from behind the net found Matt Higgins all alone on the doorstep to make it 3-0.

Nuremberg, Frankfurt light scoreboards

Yan Stastny led the way with two goals, including the game-winner at 7:14 of the middle frame, as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 5-2 (2-0, 2-1, 1-2) home win over the Hamburg Freezers. Haralds Vasiljevs recorded three assists on the night.

Defenseman Stephane Robidas recorded four assists as the Frankfurt Lions crushed the DEG Metro Stars 7-3 (1-2, 3-0, 3-1) on the road. Dwayne Norris (2G, 1A), Jason Young, Pat Lebeau (each 1G, 2A), Marc Beaucage (2G) and Joe Murphy (2A) also had mutiple-point nights for Frankfurt. Daniel Kreutzer tallied two goals for the Stars.

Kevin Gaudet returns for third head coaching stint in Hanover

Two days after the release of head coach Gunnar Leidborg, the Hannover Scorpions managed to snap a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 (1-0, 2-2, 0-1, 1-0) win after penalty shootout over the Krefeld Pinguine. Hanover was coached by assistant Jari Pasanen. Andreas Morczienietz, who recorded two points (1G, 1A) in regulation, converted the game-winning penalty shot. Teammate Alexander Serikow had two goals on the night.

Canadian Kevin Gaudet was announced as new head coach of the Hannover Scorpions. Gaudet was signed from Division-2 leader Straubing Tigers. It will be the 41-year-old's third head coaching stint with the Scorps. Gaudet joined the organisation in 1991 and led them from the minors to the German Elite League. They entered the DEL as Wedemark Scorpions in1996. Gaudet's first head coaching stint lasted till 1999-2000 where he was forced to step down and serve as an assistant for newly signed head coach Curt Lindström. The Moncton, New Brunswick-native reassumed head coaching duties in the summer of 2000, but was axed in January 2001. He joined the Straubing Tigers that same year. In his three-year reign, Gaudet has turned a mediocre Division-2 team into a hot contender for promotion to the DEL in 2005.
Frank Johne

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