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Night of shootout decisions
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Dezember 12, 2004; 22:51
Night of shootout decisions
Cologne suffers 4th straight loss - Expansion Wolfsburg remains red-hot
Frank Johne

Todd Simon of DEL expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
 
Todd Simon scored two late goals in Wolfsburg's comeback win

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Munich, Germany - Three games were decided by penalty shootouts Friday in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). In all these games, the winning teams came from behind. The Kölner Haie squandered a 3-1 lead against the Nürnberg Ice Tigers and remained winless for the fourth consecutive game. Mike York scored the game-winning penalty shot as the Iserlohn Roosters rallied for a road win over Augsburg. Perhaps the most dramatic rally of the night took place in Wolfsburg where Todd Simon scored back-to-back third-period goals to set up Grizzly Adams' shootout win.
 

Forward David Gosselin of the Kassel Huskies
David Gosselin notched two goals in Kassel's first regulation win since October 8th
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Captain Tomas Martinec scored the game-tying goal at 11:06 of the third and also recorded an assist as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit to beat the Kölner Haie 4-3 (1-2, 1-1, 1-0, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Greg Leeb recorded the game-winning penalty shot. The Kölner Haie, who posted a league-worst record of 18-53 in shootouts over the past five seasons, dropped to 0-3 in shootout decisions on the season.

Expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg is only two wins away from a playoff spot after its sixth win in the last seven games. Wolfsburg won for the third straight time in a 5-4 (2-0, 0-3, 2-1, 1-0) come-from-behind win after penalty shootout over the Krefeld Pinguine. Krefeld seemed to be en route to its third win in the last four games when Ivon Jan gave the Pens a 4-2 lead midway through the final stanza. But Todd Simon scored twice within the final seven minutes, including the game-tying score with 13 seconds to go, to send the game to the shootout. Rainer Suchan converted the game-winning penalty shot.

David Gosselin tallied a pair of goals, including an empty-netter in the waning seconds, as the Kassel Huskies recorded their first regulation win since October 8, ending a 16-game drought with a 3-1 (1-0, 1-1, 1-0) home win over the Hamburg Freezers. A power-play goal by defenseman Kirk Furey at 9:14 of the second went down as the GWG.

The Hannover Scorpions dropped to the bottom of the standings, losing their fifth straight game. Niki Mondt led the way with a pair of goals as ERC Ingolstadt downed Hanover 3-1 (2-0, 0-1, 1-0) at home. Just seconds after Niki Mondt scored off a rebound to make it 1-0, defenseman Jakub Ficenec buried the puck when goalie Ilpo Kauhanen failed to hold on to a shot from Günter Oswald to double Ingolstadt's lead to 2-0 with 1:58 to go in the first. A power-play goal from Andy Morczinietz put Hanover on the scoreboard seven minutes into the middle frame. Mondt's second score of the night at 5:49 of the third put the game out of reach.

For the fourth time this season, the Berlin Eisbären squandered a 2-0 lead, losing on the road, 3-2 (0-2, 1-0, 2-0), to the DEG Metro Stars, who ended a six-game losing streak. Berlin dominated the early going and took a 2-0 lead at the 6:46-mark when Mark Beaufait and Sven Felski scored only 12 seconds apart. André Rankel forced a turnover in the Metro Stars zone and Beaufait beat DEG goalie Andrej Trefilov for the 1-0 lead. Seconds after the face-off, Sven Felski sneaked past Düsseldorf's defense and re-directed a point shot from Shawn Heins past Trefilov. Berlin seemed content with the two-goal lead and allowed the struggling Stars to get back into the game .Andy Schneider put Düsseldorf on the scoreboard on the man advantage with 2:30 left in the second. The Stars came out buzzing in the third and turned the game around, scoring twice in a 73-second span. Off Tore Vikingstad's face-off win, defenseman Alexander Sulzer ripped a point shot past Oliver Jonas for the 2-2 equalizer. Veteran Christian Brittig converted a behind-the-net feed from Thomas Jörg for the 3-2 lead. Berlin failed to mount a comeback.

Mike York converted the game-winning penalty shot as the Iserlohn Roosters erased an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Augsburger Panther on the road, 3-2 (0-1, 1-1, 1-0, 1-0) after shootout. After tallies from Ronny Arendt and Brian Felsner put the hosts up 2-0, Martin Knold (PP) and Ralph Intranuovo tallied for Iserlohn to send the game into the extra session.
Frank Johne

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