De Raaf assumed head coaching reins after the departure of Bill Stewart in January 2004. He will remain with the organisation, returning to his former job as a juniors coach.
Assistant Stephane Richer, a former Adler player and part of the Frankfurt Lions championship-winning coaching staff last year, was appointed new head coach. He will be assisted by former Adler goalie Mike Rosati.Sunday action in the DEL
The Mannheim Adler
held a 2-1 lead going into the final period against Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
Sunday. Wolfsburg rallied for a 4-2 (0-1, 1-1, 3-0) home win. Ivan Ciernik scored back-to-back goals, including the game-winner on a shorthanded breakaway at 9:23, and Petr Smrek added an empty-netter with only a second remaining.ERC Ingolstadt
suffered its third straight loss, squandering a 1-0 lead at home in a 3-1 (2-1, 0-0, 1-0) loss to the first-place Kölner Haie
. The hosts went ahead on their first man-advantage when Martin Jiranek ripped a shot past Chris Rogles 4:20 into the contest. Cologne was quick to reply. The Haie tied the score at 1-1 when Lewandowski scored off a rebound four minutes later. The Haie, who went 2-for-5 on the power-play, then cashed in on their first man-advantage. Jean-Yves Roy scored the go-ahead goal, 2-1, re-directing a slapshot from defender Stephane Julien past Jimmy Waite with 3:47 left in the first. Ingolstadt kept pressing, but the defensive-minded Haie stood firm. Julien's power-play goal put the game out of reach at 3-1 2:25 into the final stanza.
The Hamburg Freezers
squandered a 3-1 lead but rebounded with a last-gasp goal to edge the Krefeld Pinguine
4-3 (1-1, 2-2, 1-0) at home. Dave Tomlinson scored on the man advantage with only three seconds left in regulation to end Hamburg's two-game losing streak.
The Nürnberg Ice Tigers
won in similar fashion, knocking off the Berlin Eisbären
3-2 (1-1, 1-1, 1-0) on a power-play goal from Tomas Martinec 10 ticks before the final horn.
Pat Lebeau provided a pair of third-period goals as the Frankfurt Lions
erased a 1-0 deficit to skate to their fourth straight win, beating the hapless Kassel Huskies
on the road, 3-1 (0-0, 0-1, 3-0). The Huskies drew first blood when Dany Bousquet scored midway through the second period. Christian Kohmann evened the score at 1-1, knocking a bad-angle shot from the left slot past Husky goaltender Joaquin Gage. Lebeau scored short-handed at 12:50 of the third to put the Lions in front, 2-1. It looked like a blown opportunity when Francois Bouchard missed the net wide right on an a breakaway with Lebeau, but Lebeau picked up the loose puck behind the net and scored on a wrap-around. He then added another goal with five minutes remaining to seal the deal, going topshelf on Gage's stickhand side on a 2-on-2 break with Dwayne Norris.
Shawn Carter led the way with three assists as the Augsburger Panther
extended their win streak to three games with a 4-1 (2-0, 1-1, 1-0) home victory over the struggling DEG Metro Stars
who suffered their fourth loss in a row. Klaus Kathan's tally on a 5-on-3 powerplay at 8:18 of the second went down as the game-winner.