Alex Hicks led the way with a pair of goals as the Kölner Haie
cruised to a 5-1 (2-0, 3-0, 0-1) home win over Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
. The Haie jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the opening stanza. Hicks scored the go-ahead goal on a two man-advantage at 9:36 of the first. With the Haie still on the power-play, John-Yves Roy doubled the lead just a minute later. Youngster Phillip Gogulla made it 3-0 on his first-career DEL goal early in the second after a mistake by Grizzlies goalie Marek Mastic. Mastic was pulled after Hicks made it 4-0 with his second tally of the night.
45-year-old Ontario-native Kevin McGibney replaced Mastic between the pipes for the final 30 minutes, becoming the oldest player to ever appear in a DEL game. McGibney allowed only one more goal (by Eduard Lewandowski) in the 15 shots he faced down the stretch.
A power-play goal by Wolfsburg's Ivan Ciernik marred Thomas Greiss' hopes for his first-ever DEL shutout 4:33 into the third.
Both netminders recorded shutouts as the DEG Metro Stars
and Nürnberg Ice Tigers
played to a scoreless draw after regulation for the second time this season. Florian Jung tallied the game-winning goal in the ensuing penalty shootout to lift Düsseldorf to a 1-0 (0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0) road win. Florian's brother, winning goalie Alexander Jung, made a stunning 38 saves for his third shutout. Nuremberg's Adam Svoboda recorded 22 stops en route to his fourth shutout of the season.
Three first-period power-play goals by Dwayne Norris, Peter Ratchuk and Christian Kohmann proved to be enough scoring as the Frankfurt Lions
blanked the Kassel Huskies
3-0 (3-0, 0-0, 0-0) at home, ending Kassel's three-game win streak. Lions netminder Ian Gordon made 18 saves for his second shutout of the season.