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Krefeld wins final game at Rheinlandhalle
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Dezember 5, 2004; 17:49
Krefeld wins final game at Rheinlandhalle
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Munich, Germany - Adrian Grygiel scored the final goal in the 68-year history of Krefeld's Rheinlandhalle as the Krefeld Pinguine bid farewell to their old venue with a comeback win over the Mannheim Adler Thursday. In Friday action in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the streaking Frankfurt Lions were too much to handle for the first-place Kölner Haie. The Augsburg Panthers also extended their hot streak with a win over the ailing Kassel Huskies.
 

Adrian Grygiel of the Krefeld Penguins
Thanks to Adrian Grygiel's goal, Krefeld closed down Rheinlandhalle as winners
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Adrian Grygiel capped a terrific solo effort with a shot over Cristobal Huet's stickhand side at 8:20 of the second period to lift the Krefeld Pinguine to a 3-2 (0-2, 3-0, 0-0) comeback win over the Mannheim Adler in the final game at Rheinlandhalle. The Penguins will inaugurate their new home, 8000-seat König Palast, December 17th against the Berlin Eisbären. Mannheim got off to a good start in the first game under new head coach Stephane Richer, taking a 2-0 lead at the halfway point of the opening period on goals by Vitalij Aab and Eric Healey. The momentum shifted in the middle frame when Krefeld scored three unanswered goals within a span of a little more than six minutes. A power-play tally from Alexander Selivanov put Krefeld on the scoreboard at 2:09 of the second. Three minutes later, Grygiel set up the game-tying goal with another good solo effort. On an odd-man rush, he sped into the Scorpions zone. While being taken down from behind, the falling Grygiel managed to pass the puck to Justin Kurtz, who hammered a shot past Huet to tie the game at 2-2. Mannheim's starting goalie was taken out of the game when Grygiel made it 3-2 and was replaced by Steve Passmore. The Adler failed to create enough quality scoring opportunities to turn the game around again.

Reigning DEL champion Frankfurt Lions came out on top of a see-saw game against the first-place Kölner Haie. Martin Reichel led the way with a pair of goals and an assist as Frankfurt won 5-3 (2-2, 2-1, 1-0) at KölnArena, handing the Haie their third home loss of the season and extending their own winning streak to five straight games. Bouchard put the Lions ahead, 4-3, knocking a wrister past Chris Rogles with 3:48 to go in the second period. They put the game away with under five minutes to go, 5-3, when Rogles mishandled David Sulkovsky's shot from the neutral zone and Reichel scored off the rebound.

Brad Tapper and Mike Green each had a two-point night as the second-place Nürnberg Ice Tigers moved closer to the top of the standings with a 3-1 (2-0, 1-1, 0-0) home win over the Hannover Scorpions, who are still winless after three games under new head coach Kevin Gaudet.

Cameron Mann recorded two points on the night, including the eventual game-winner at 16:45 of the middle frame, as ERC Ingolstadt ended its season-long three-game losing streak with a 3-1 (1-0, 2-0, 0-1) road victory over the DEG Metro Stars. Ingolstadt jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Ken Sutton (PP), Mann and Andy McDonald before Alexander Sulzer spoiled Jimmy Waite's shutout bid with Düsseldorf's only goal at 3:55 of the final stanza.

The ailing Kassel Huskies could not stop the streaking Augsburger Panther, who skated to their fourth win in a row. With the game knotted at 3-3 going into the third, Augsburg scored three power-play goals within 2:36 to hand Kassel its seventh straight loss, winning 6-3 (1-1, 2-2, 3-0) on the road. Steve Bancroft's goal at 4:00 of the third went down as the game-winner.

Expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg remains hot. Petr Smrek led the way with two goals as Wolfsburg rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Berlin Eisbären 4-2 (0-0, 2-2, 2-0) on the road for its fourth win in five games.
Frank Johne

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