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Adler knock off Haie
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Dezember 6, 2004; 19:37
Adler knock off Haie
Nuremberg moves into 1st place with win over Frankfurt - Huskies get first win under Mokros
Frank Johne

Czech-born Tomas Martinec of the Nuremberg Ice Tigers
 
Ice Tigers captain Tomas Martinec notched yet another GWG

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Munich, Germany - updated The Nürnberg Ice Tigers came out on top of a battle of two streaking teams against the Frankfurt Lions in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Sunday. Thanks to the road win and the Kölner Haie losing back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Tigers moved into first place in the DEL standings. Elsewhere, the Kassel Huskies recorded their first win under new coach Milan Mokros.
 

Devin Edgerton of the Mannheim Eagles
Devin Edgerton played a key role in Mannheim's win over Cologne
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Jochen Hecht, Devin Edgerton and Andy Delmore each recorded a goal and an assist as the Mannheim Adler skated to their first win under new head coach Stephane Richer, keeping the first-place Kölner Haie at bay, 3-1 (2-1, 1-0, 0-0) at home. The defeat marked the first time this season that the Haie lost back-to-back games. In a game marred by many penalties, Mannheim took advantage of an early 5-on-3 when Jochen Hecht ripped a shot past Chris Rogles at the 2:45-mark of the opening period. Cologne’s Dave McLlwain was assessed a five-minute major plus game misconduct for a hit to the head of Mannheim’s Devin Edgerton. On the ensuing power-play, it was Edgerton who beat Chris Rogles on a wrap-around to double the Adler lead to 2-0 Eduard Lewandowski put the Haie on the scoreboard late in the opening period. He cut the lead in half, 2-1, beating Cristobal Huet on a shorthanded breakaway with 2:27 to go. In the second period, Mannheim’s Christoph Ullmann was ejected after a knee check. The Haie failed to convert on the ensuing five-minute power-play. On the other end of the ice, Andy Delmore made it 3-1 with five minutes left in the period, just seconds after a penalty to Cologne’s Stephane Julien expired. Cologne came out pressing hard in the final period. But Mannheim was able to protect the lead behind Huet’s goaltending.

Tomas Martinec scored his second game-winner within a week as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers came from behind to beat the Frankfurt Lions on the road, 3-1 (1-1, 1-0, 1-0). While Nuremberg extended its current win streak to five straight games, Frankfurt's stretch came to an end after five wins in a row. Dwayne Norris scored from the slot on an early two-man advantage to give Frankfurt a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the tilt. The momentum turned halfway through the opening period. The Tigers deservedly tied the game when Petr Fical knocked the puck past Ian Gordon on a 4-on-3 power-play with under six minutes to go in the first. Nuremberg came out buzzing in the middle frame. Björn Bombis and Konstantin Firsanov wasted big scoring chances early on. But Nuremberg cashed in on a two-man advantage, taking a 2-1 lead when Martinec scored off the rebound of a hard shot by defenseman Lasse Kopitz. The Tigers then sat back and waited. Bombis put the game out of reach with under eight minutes left in the contest, 3-1, squeezing a shot under Gordon's armpit. Winning goalie Lukas Lang, the son of former DEL goalie and current Krefeld Pinguine assistant coach Karel Lang, had 25 saves on the night.

Craig Johnson had a goal and two assists as the Hamburg Freezers cruised to a 3-1 (2-0, 1-0, 0-1) road win over the Hannover Scorpions, who have dropped four straight under new head coach Kevin Gaudet. After a nifty backhand feed by Brad Purdie, Johnson cut in on the Scorpions net and backhanded the puck over diving goalie Christian Künast to put Hamburg up 1-0 halfway through the opening frame. Jim Dowd doubled the lead less than a minute later (10:10) when his soft shot from the right slot slipped under Künast's right pad. Darren Van Impe's goal on a 5-on-3 power-play put the game out of reach, 3-0, 38 seconds into the final period. Hanover's Andreas Morczinietz spoiled Boris Rousson's shutout bid with just over five minutes remaining.

Despite squandering a 2-0 lead, the Kassel Huskies managed to end their seven-game win streak, edging the slumping DEG Metro Stars 3-2 (0-0, 2-1, 0-1, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Mark Greig notched the game-winning score for the Huskies. The Metro Stars have lost six straight after going 7-2 after coach Butch Goring took over from Mike Komma.

Jan Zurek scored a pair of third-period goals as red-hot Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Augsburger Panther 5-4 (0-3, 2-0, 3-1) at home, snapping Augsburg's four-game win streak. Zurek, who had three points on the night, scored the game-tying goal at 7:06 of the third. He struck again on the power-play with 6:10 left on the clock to lift Wolfsburg to its fifth win in the last six games. Ivan Ciernik (2G, 1A) also posted three points.

Steve Walker led the way with two goals and two assists as the Berlin Eisbären rebounded from back-to-back losses with a close 4-3 (2-2, 1-0, 1-1) road win over the Iserlohn Roosters. Berlin's Denis Pederson (1G, 2A) and Iserlohn's Matt Higgins (2G) also had multi-point nights.
Frank Johne

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