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