Frankfurt just one goal shy of double-digits
Defenseman Peter Ratchuk had four assists and Jason Young recorded a pair of goals and a helper as the Frankfurt Lions
steamrolled over ERC Ingolstadt
, 9-1 (3-1, 1-0, 5-0). Michael Hackert opened the scoring at the 4:19-mark on a nice solo effort. Defender Stephane Robidas ripped a slightly deflected point shot past ERC goalie Steffen Karg to double Frankfurt's lead to 2-0 on the man advantage at 6:49, the first of four Lions power-play tallies in the game. It took Ingolstadt only 8 seconds to respond. Marco Sturm scored on the breakaway to cut the lead to 2-1. Sturm's tally could not change the momentum of the game. The Lions regained a two-goal lead when Jason Young cut in on the net from the right wing and went top-shelf on Karg, 3-1, midway through the opening frame.
Ingolstadt came out pressing in the second period, but failed to score. 3:00 before the second intermission, Joe Murphy extended the Lions' lead to 4-1 on the man advantage, re-directing a shot from Marc Beaucage past Karg The floodgates opened after DEL top scorer Pat Lebeau made it 5-1 on a breakaway goal just 46 seconds into the final stanza. Young (PP), Chad Bassen, Francois Bouchard (PP) and Markus Jocher added four more third-period goals to complete the 9-1 rout.Elsewhere in the DEL on Friday
Jean-Francois Labbé made 31 saves for his second shutout as the Augsburger Panther
stunned the Kölner Haie
3-0 (2-0, 1-0, 0-0) at KölnArena. Rick Girard had two points on the night. Rob Busch made it 1-0 at 16:10 of the first. A shot from Girard slipped through Chris Rogles' five-hole to double the Panthers' lead to 2-0 with 24 ticks left in the period. With under four minutes left in the middle frame, an outlet pass from Girard found defender John Miner, who had just stepped out of the penalty box, and Miner scored on the breakaway to put the game out of reach at 3-0.
Sven Felski scored a pair of breakaway goals, including the eventual game-winner at 9:15 of the third, to lift the Berlin Eisbären
over the Hamburg Freezers
, 3-2 (0-0, 1-1, 2-1) at home.
Team-leading scorer Pascal Trepanier scored on the power-play at 5:40 of the final period as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers
edged the Iserlohn Roosters
on the road, 2-1 (1-0, 0-1, 1-0).
Jason Podollan recorded two goals on the night as the Mannheim Adler
jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 (2-0, 1-0, 1-2) home win over the Hannover Scorpions
Ladislav Karabin also led the way with two goals as Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
handed the DEG Metro Stars
their third straight loss, winning 5-3 (1-1, 1-0, 3-2) on the road.
The Kassel Huskies
lost the second game under interim head coach Milan Mokros, extending their losing streak to five straight games. Daniel Corso's game-tying power-play goal with 1:46 remaining at least salvaged a point as the Huskies lost to the Krefeld Pinguine
after penalty shootout, 3-2 (0-1, 2-0, 0-1, 1-0). Chris Herperger scored both goals for the Penguins in regulation. Alexander Selivanov converted the game-winning penalty shot.