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Kölner Haie back on top
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Januar 30, 2005; 14:58
Kölner Haie back on top
Wolfsburg's 45-year-old McGibney oldest player to ever appear in DEL game
Frank Johne

 
Florian Jung's converted the game-winning penalty shot as Dusseldorf edged Nuremberg

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Munich, Germany - Hans Zach's Kölner Haie find themselves on top of the DEL table again after crushing expansion team Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg Tuesday. Wolfsburg's 45-year-old goalie became the oldest player to ever play in a DEL game. The Nürnberg Ice Tigers dropped to second place after playing to a scoreless regulation draw against the DEG Metro Stars for the second time this season. Elsewhere in the German Elite League, defending champ Frankfurt Lions blanked the Kassel Huskies.
 

Alex Hicks scored pair of goals for the Kolner Haie
Alex Hicks scored pair of goals for the Kolner Haie
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

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.
Frank Johne

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