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Berlin wins wild shootout
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Dezember 12, 2004; 23:42
Berlin wins wild shootout
Nuremberg crushes Wolfsburg
Frank Johne

Yan Stastny, son of hockey legend Peter Stastny
Yan Stastny tallied twice as Nürnberg won its 7th straight game

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Munich, Germany - Defenseman Shawn Heins scored on a solo effort to lift the Berlin Eisbären to a lucky home win over ERC Ingolstadt in a high-scoring see-saw game at Berlin's Wellblechpalast. Elsewhere in the DEL on Sunday, the first-place Nürnberg Ice Tigers crushed red-hot expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg.

Defenseman Shawn Heins of the Berlin Polar Bears
Shawn Heins' great solo goal lifted Berlin over Ingolstadt
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

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.
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