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Slumping Haie fall to Grizzlies
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Dezember 22, 2004; 23:14
Slumping Haie fall to Grizzlies
Nuremberg loses back-to-back - Augsburg suffers fifth straight loss
Frank Johne

Joaquin Gagé, goaltender of the Kassel Huskies
33 saves: Kassel's Joaquin Gagé posted his first shutout

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Munich, Germany - The injury-riddled Kölner Haie can't seem to find a way out of their current slump. Hans Zach's team suffered its sixth loss in the last seven games when they were downed by expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) on Sunday, the first-place Nürnberg Ice Tigers recorded back-to-back losses for only the third time this season. After their fifth consecutive loss, the Augsburger Panther are in danger of falling out of playoff contention.

Ladislav Karabin of DEL expansion Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
Ladislav Karabin and expansion Wolfsburg continued their winning ways vs Cologne
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Petr Smrek and Alexander Genze scored third-period goals as Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg bounced back from back-to-back losses with a 3-1 (1-0, 0-0, 2-1) home victory over the Kölner Haie. The Haie played without seven regulars: In addition to the four players benched with injuries (Brad Schlegel, Alex Hicks, Matthias Hart and Jeremy Adduono), they were also missing youngsters Moritz Müller, Thomas Greiss and Kai Hospelt, who headed to the USA to represent Germany at the IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships. Ladislav Karabin tucked home his own rebound on an odd-man rush to put Wolfsburg ahead 1-0 44 seconds before the first intermission. After fast-paced first period, the game slowed down significantly in the scoreless middle frame. The momentum seemed to turn when Cologne tied the contest at 1-1 on a goal from Andreas Renz early in the third. But a charging penalty to Haie youngster Phillip Gogulla set the table for the Grizzlies. Smrek tallied on the power-play and Genze added an unassisted score just three minutes later to put the game out of reach at 3-1.

Joaquin Gage stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Kassel Huskies prevailed 3-0 (1-0, 0-0, 2-0) over the Hannover Scorpions in a meeting of the league's bottom teams. Kassel scored three goals on just 10 shots on net against Hanover's newly signed goalie, Rich Parent, a former Husky. Ted Drury's goal at 17:29 of the first went down as the game-winner. The Huskies added third-period power-play goals by Mark Greig and Sven Valenti.

ERC Ingolstadt solidified third place in the standings with a 4-3 (1-2, 1-1, 2-0) comeback win on the road over the struggling Augsburg Panthers. Shawn Carter scored on the man advantage midway through the second period, burying the puck after a blast from defenseman John Miner ricocheted off the backboards to give Augsburg a 3-2 lead at the second intermission. The Panthers failed to put the game away on back-to-back power-play opportunities early in the third. Instead, Doug Ast knotted the tilt at 3-3, beating J.F. Labbé top-shelf on the glove side on a short-handed breakaway. Riding on momentum, Ingolstadt scored the game-winner when Andy McDonald carried the puck into the Panthers zone and wristed a screened shot low past Labbé 5:48 from the end.

Shayne Wright ripped a point shot past Lukas Lang and Scott King scored on a solo effort at 9:16 of the third as the Krefeld Pinguine came from behind to upset the Nürnberg Ice Tigers 3-2 (1-1, 0-1, 2-1) on the road.

Dimitrij Kotschnew turned aside 27 shots to record his second shutout of the season as the Iserlohn Roosters blanked defending champion Frankfurt Lions 2-0 (1-0, 1-0, 0-0). Matt Higgins (at 15:58 of the 1st) and Kevin Mitchell (19:27/2nd) tallied power-play goals for Iserlohn. Mike York posted a pair of assists.

Shawn Heins recorded two assists as the Berlin Eisbären crushed the Mannheim Adler 4-1 (2-0, 2-0, 1-0). Rob Leask opened the scoring 6:45 into the contest, ripping a screened shot past Adler goaltender Cristobal Huet after Alex Barta's face-off win. Kelly Fairchild scored on an odd-man rush with Mark Beaufait to double the "Polar Bears'" lead to 2-0 with 2:33 left in the first. Berlin kept pressing and extended its lead to 3-0 1:36 into the middle stanza when Stefan Ustorf capped a fine solo effort with a shot over Huet's glove hand. Steve Walker scored off the rebound of a point shot by Micki DuPont to make it 4-0 on the power-play with 38 seconds to go in the second. Jason Podollan spoiled Oliver Jonas’ hopes for his second shutout of the season with Mannheim's lone goal at 13:29 of the third.

Craig Johnson (1G, 1A) and Brad Purdie (2A) each scored two points as the Hamburg Freezers rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 4-1 (2-0, 1-1, 1-0) home win over the DEG Metro Stars, who have lost eight of their last nine games. Bobby House's power-play goal, which gave Hamburg a 2-0 lead at 13:10 of the first, went down as the game-winner. Christoph Oravec and Dave Tomlinson also scored for Hamburg. Thomas Jörg tallied Düsseldorf's only goal, ruining an almost perfect night for Freezers goalie Boris Rousson, who recorded 32 saves.
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