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Poss decides to quit, Tigers continue to win anyway
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Dezember 15, 2004; 22:29
Poss decides to quit, Tigers continue to win anyway
Scorpions sting Lions
Frank Johne

Greg Leeb of the Nurnberg Ice Tigers
Greg Leeb lifted the Tigers over the Haie

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Munich, Germany - Tuesday night, the Kölner Haie lost their second straight shootout decision against the Nürnberg Ice Tigers following Friday’s shootout defeat on the road. The Tigers' win came just one day after coach Greg Poss' surprising announcement to step down at the end of the season. In the only other game in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the Hannover Scorpions edged the Frankfurt Lions.

Greg Poss, new head coach of Team Germany
Greg Poss will leave the Tigers at the end of the season
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(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Greg Leeb scored the game-winning penalty shot as the first-place Nürnberg Ice Tigers extended their win streak to eight straight games with a 3-2 (2-1, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0) road win after penalty shootout against the Kölner Haie, who have lost five straight games. The visitors got off to a rapid start, with Harald Vasiljevs finding the net just 27 seconds into the tilt. Cologne's Tino Boos evened the score at 1-1 after 7 minutes. A power-play goal by Mike Green put Nuremberg back in the lead, 2-1, with 1:30 to go in the first. The Haie knotted the game at 2-2 when former Ice Tiger Stephane Julien rifled a shot past Nuremberg's Adam Svoboda on the two-man advantage at 10:26 of the second. After a scoreless third, the game went to the extra session.

Nuremberg's win came one day after Greg Poss announced that he will step down from his head coaching job at the end of the season. The 39-year-old American, who is in his second season with the Tigers, wants to focus on his job on the international stage with Team Germany, where he debuted as the head man behind the bench in November: "It's better to focus on one job. This was not a decision against the Nuremberg Ice Tigers. But coaching Team Germany is a full-time commitment."

Patrik Augusta recorded a pair of assists as the Hannover Scorpions held on for a 3-2 (0-0, 3-1, 0-1) home win over the Frankfurt Lions. Rene Röthke's even-strength goal, which made it 3-1 with 1:42 to go in the middle frame, went down as the game-winner.
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