12 goals at Wellblechpalast
Heins scored on a terrific solo effort with 5:45 to go and Stefan Ustorf re-directed a Micki DuPont shot past goalie Jimmy Waite two minutes later as the Berlin Eisbären
came out on top of a high-scoring see-saw game against ERC Ingolstadt
, 7-5 (3-2, 2-2, 2-1) at home. With the game tied at 5-5, Heins skated deep into the right corner, went around a sliding defenseman and lifted a bad-angle shot over Waite's glove hand to make it 6-5.
The Eisbären took a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Ricard Persson, who tallied from the left shot, and Rob Shearer. On a Berlin power-play, Waite tried to play the puck behind his own net. But the puck took a funny bounce and landed right in front of the wide-open Shearer who made it 2-0. Ingolstadt responded with a pair of goals from Andy McDonald. Just a minute after Shearer's tally, McDonald scored on the power-play to put Ingolstadt on the scoreboard. Then, skating four aside, McDonald nicely deflected Ken Sutton's shot from the left point out of mid-air past Eisbären goalie Oliver Jonas to knot the score at 2-2. Berlin reclaimed the lead, 3-2, before the first intermission, when Denis Pederson went top-shelf after a drop pass by Steve Walker. Less than two minutes into the second, Ingolstadt scored the 3-3 equalizer when a feed from Cameron Mann found Martin Jiranek all alone in the near right slot. Pederson's second goal of the night put Berlin back into the lead, 4-3, at 5:58 of the middle frame. The Eisbären extended their lead to 5-3 on Erik Cole's first career DEL goal. Cole was skating in 1-on-0 after a nifty little pass from Mark Beaufait and lifted the puck over Waite's glove hand for the score. But Ingolstadt was not finished yet. Günter Oswald knocked home a backhand shot from the right slot to cut Berlin's lead to 5-4 before the second intermission when Eisbären goalie Oliver Jonas was lying flat on his back, assuming to have covered the puck under him after a shot from Cameron Mann. A trademark rocket shot goal by defender Jakub Ficenec from the left face-off circle tied the game again at 5-5 on the man advantage 8:09 into the final stanza. Ingolstadt, which dominated Berlin with 13-7 shots on goal in the final stanza, appeared to be en route to a come-from-behind win when Heins came out of nowhere to spoil Ingolstadt's hopes.
"I think we played a little sloppy on defense tonight. But anyway, it was a big relief to win this high-scoring game"; said Berlin's assistant coach Hartmut Nickel. "I have to admit that this game maybe didn’t deserve a winner and that we were lucky to come out on top."
"We outshot them 36-25 over three periods, but failed to cash in on our chances", said ERC head coach Ron Kennedy. "Maybe Jimmy [Waite] didn't play his best game tonight. But I don't blame him, he's won us so many games this season."Elsewhere on Sunday
Yan Stastny and Lasse Kopitz both scored a pair of goals as the Nürnberg Ice Tigers
crushed expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
5-1 (2-0, 1-0, 2-1) on the road, extending their win streak to seven straight games.
The Iserlohn Roosters
recorded back-to-back wins after penalty shootouts. After beating Augsburg on the road Friday, the Roosters edged the Kassel Huskies
4-3 (1-0, 1-0, 1-3, 1-0). Kassel erased a 2-0 deficit and seemed to have turned the momentum after taking a 3-2 lead on third-period tallies from Dean Melanson, Kirk Furey and Sven Valenti. But Rhett Gordon scored with 5:05 to go to send the tilt into the extra session. It was also Gordon who recorded the game-winning penalty shot.
Fabio Carciola and Steve Kelly each had a goal and two assists on the night as the Mannheim Adler
held off the Augsburger Panther
, 4-3 (1-0, 1-2, 2-1) at home.