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Krefeld Pens open new arena with win
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Dezember 19, 2004; 23:59
Krefeld Pens open new arena with win
Waite, Ingolstadt shut out Nuremberg - "Streaking" Scorpions win back-to-back games
Frank Johne

Former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Cristobal Huet
 
Mannheim's Cristobal Huet recorded his first career DEL shutout

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Munich, Germany - Chris Herperger scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner at 5:25 of the second period, as the Krefeld Pinguine opened their new home, König Palast, with a win over the Berlin Eisbären Friday night. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the Nürnberg Ice Tigers had their season long eight-game win streak ended by ERC Ingolstadt. In Cologne, the Kölner Haie managed to end a five-game winless skid with a win over Iserlohn. Mannheim's Cristobal Huet recorded his first career DEL shutout as the Adler crushed the Hamburg Freezers. The Hannover Scorpions won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
 

Washington Capitals draftee Robert Muller
Robert Muller and the Krefeld Penguins won the inaugural game at König Palast
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Herperger scored twice within a four-minute span at the beginning of the middle frame and goalie Robert Müller made 30 saves on the night as the Krefeld Pinguine won their inaugural game at König Palast, 2-1 (0-0, 2-0, 0-1) over the Berlin Eisbären. With a sellout crowd of 7,584 on hand, Berlin dominated the opening period and the final twenty minutes but failed to get the puck past the outstanding Müller, who had signed a two-year contract extension prior to the game. After a scoreless first, Herperger scored the first-ever goal at König Palast after nice backhand feed by Alexander Selivanov 88 seconds into the middle frame. Herperger struck again less than four minutes later, re-directing a diagonal feed from Steve Brulé past Berlin's Oliver Jonas. Mark Beaufait put the Eisbären on the scoreboard, 2-1, when he deflected a shot by Ricard Persson past Müller 38 seconds into the final stanza. Berlin kept pressing, but backed by Müller and a whole lot of luck, Krefeld protected the one-goal lead. Steve Walker wasted Berlin's biggest chance when he failed to convert on a penalty shot with less than five minutes remaining.

"The atmosphere in here was incredible", said Penguins coach Bob Leslie. "At times, it was so loud I could hardly talk to my players. Robert Müller played very well. We've got a big monkey off our backs. Everybody was pretty excited coming into the new building."

Tino Boos led the way with a goal and two assists as the Kölner Haie ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 (0-0, 4-0, 0-1) home win over the Iserlohn Roosters. Cologne outshot Iserlohn 49-28 over three periods. After a scoreless opening twenty minutes, Colin Beardsmore put the Haie on the scoreboard 1:03 into the second. The Haie then added three unanswered goals from Sebastian Furchner, Boos and Jean-Yves Roy within a five-minute span to put the game out of reach, 4-0, before the second intermission. Iserlohn's Sven Gerbig tallied with just over a minute remaining to spoil goalie Tomas Greiss’ hopes of a first career DEL shutout.

Christoph Melischko scored at 10:09 of the first and Doug Ast added a pair of goals as ERC Ingolstadt ended the Nürnberg Ice Tigers' eight-game win streak with a 3-0 (1-0, 1-0, 1-0) shutout win. Canadian goalie Jimmy Waite recorded 24 saves on the night for his league-leading sixth shutout of the season.

Jason Cipolla and Thomas Dolak each recorded a goal and an assist as the Hannover Scorpions recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a 5-1 (1-0, 2-0, 2-1) road win over the hapless DEG Metro Stars, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

Netminder Boris Rousson caught a bad day as the Hamburg Freezers got thumped by the Mannheim Adler, 5-0 (2-0, 2-0, 1-0) on the road. On the other end of the ice, Cristobal Huet stopped 29 shots for his first-career DEL shutout. Eric Healey and Christoph Ullmann both tallied two goals for Mannheim. Healey also recorded an assist.

Defenseman Stephane Robidas had a pair of power-play goals and an assist and Pat Lebeau recorded four points (1G, 3A) on the night as the Frankfurt Lions handed the Augsburger Panther their fourth straight loss, winning 5-2 (1-2, 1-0, 3-0) on the road.

Dany Bousquet (2G, 1A) and Daniel Corso (3A) each had three points as the Kassel Huskies skated to a 4-2 (2-1, 0-0, 2-1) home win over Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg.
Frank Johne

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