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Kölner Haie lose back-to-back
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Januar 24, 2005; 23:00
Kölner Haie lose back-to-back
Playoff race: Krefeld snaps winless streak, gains ground
Frank Johne

Joaquin Gagé of the Kassel Huskies recorded his 2nd shutout
Joaquin Gagé of the Kassel Huskies recorded his 2nd shutout

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Munich, Germany - The Kölner Haie suffered their second loss of the weekend Sunday and failed to move past the idle first-place Nürnberg Ice Tigers in the standings. Third-place ERC Ingolstadt pulled to within one point of the Haie. Elsewhere in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), the Krefeld Pinguine gained some ground on their foes in the playoff race, Augsburg, Düsseldorf and Iserlohn.

Pat Lebeau's tally lifted the Frankfurt Lions over the Cologne Sharks
Pat Lebeau's tally lifted Frankfurt over Cologne
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

The Frankfurt Lions rebounded from Friday's 7-2 thumping at Nuremberg with a home win over the Kölner Haie. DEL scoring leader Pat Lebeau scored 3:57 into the final period and Michael Hackert added an empty-netter in the waning seconds as Frankfurt came from behind to prevail 3-1 (0-0, 1-1, 2-0). A controversial goal by Sebastian Furchner put the Haie in front, 1-0, on the man advantage early in the second. Furchner re-directed a shot from John Coleman past Lions goalie Ian Gordan with his skate. Although he appeared to have made a kicking motion, the goal was allowed after video review as the sole, overhead camera angle available for review purposes did not provide any evidence to overturn the initial call. Dwayne Norris knotted the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal from the left slot late in the middle frame. It was also Norris who forced a turnover behind the Haie net and set up Lebeau for the eventual game-winner four minutes into the final stanza. Cologne tried to open up thereafter but couldn't turn the game around against the dominant Lions, who outshot the Haie 38-15 over three periods. Hackert's last-second empty-netter capped the 3-1 win.

Martin Jiranek's power-play tally, which made it 4-2 at 4:03 of the third, went down as the game-winning goal as ERC Ingolstadt held on for a 4-3 (1-0, 2-2, 1-1) home victory over the DEG Metro Stars. Special teams made the difference as Ingolstadt came out on top of a tight battle. Marco Sturm gave the hosts an early lead, but Düsseldorf bounced back, taking a 2-1 lead early in the second after goals by Eric Dandenault and Thomas Jörg. Ingolstadt, which went 3-for-7 on the man advantage, turned the game around with three straight power-play goals from Craig Ferguson, Glen Goodall and Jiranek. A power-play goal by defenseman Tommy Jakobsen brought the Metro Stars within a goal, 4-3, in the final minute of regulation – too little, too late.

Ivo Jan scored the GWG in the penalty shootout as the Krefeld Pinguine ended a three-game winless streak with a 2-1 (1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0) road win over the Mannheim Adler. Chris Herperger scored off his own rebound to put the visiting Penguins up 1-0 midway through the first. Mannheim evened the score at 1-1 on a second-period power-play goal by Devin Edgerton, who was set up nicely by Jochen Hecht. Thanks to good goaltending on both ends of the ice – by Krefeld's Robert Müller and Mannheim's Steve Passmore – the final period was scoreless and the game had to be decided in the extra session.

After squandering a 2-0 lead, Rob Shearer scored 20 seconds into the final period to lift the Berlin Eisbären to a 3-2 (2-1, 0-1, 1-0) road win over Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Berlin's Mark Beaufait had three points (1G, 2A) on the night.

Joaquin Gagé made 24 saves for his second shutout as the Kassel Huskies recorded their third straight win, blanking the Augsburger Panther 2-0 (0-0, 1-0, 1-0) at home. Kirk Furey (PP) and Brian Swanson provided the scoring for the Huskies.

After wasting a 4-1 lead, the visiting Hamburg Freezers were lucky to come away with a win after penalty shootout over the Iserlohn Roosters. Craig Johnson notched the decisive goal in the shootout as the Freezers won 5-4 (1-0, 3-2, 0-2, 1-0). Trailing 4-2 after two periods, the Roosters got scores from Igor Alexandrov and Martin Knold, who tallied with 2:15 remaining to send the contest into the extra session.
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