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Defending champ Frankfurt back on top
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Januar 30, 2005; 22:22
Defending champ Frankfurt back on top
Herperger hat trick in Krefeld's win over Nuremberg - Metro Stars steamroll Freezers
Frank Johne

Marco Sturm of the San Jose Sharks scored a pair of goals for Ingolstadt of the German Elite League DEL
 
Marco Sturm had a pair of goals in Ingolstadt's win over Augsburg

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Munich, Germany - updated With the Kölner Haie idle and the Nürnberg Ice Tigers losing their third straight game, defending champion Frankfurt Lions moved into a first-place tie in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) with a 6-1 crushing of the Iserlohn Roosters. ERC Ingolstadt, which could have sneaked into first ahead of Frankfurt with a regulation win, was lucky to get into a shootout decision after a hard-fought battle with the Augsburger Panther. Butch Goring's DEG Metro Stars remain in playoff contention after steamrolling the sluggish Hamburg Freezers, 8-2. At the bottom of the table, the streaking Hannover Scorpions extended their season long win streak to five games.
 

Michael Hackert had three points on the night as Frankfurt moved to first place with a win over Iserlohn
Michael Hackert recorded three points as Frankfurt routed Iserlohn
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(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Chris Herperger tallied a hat trick and Rob Guillet recorded two goals and an assist as the Krefeld Pinguine skated to their third straight win, downing the slumping Nürnberg Ice Tigers 6-3 (1-1, 2-1, 3-1). Nuremberg drew first blood when Yan Stastny ripped a shot from the right face-off circle past Robert Müller's blocker 8:23 into the contest. Krefeld needed less than half a minute to respond though: Tigers goalie Adam Svoboda mishandled a shot from Herperger and the score was tied at 1-1. Nuremberg reclaimed the lead when Brad Tapper fooled Müller on a wrap-around halfway through the middle frame. It once again took the Penguins less than half a minute to even the score. Rob Guillet tallied on an odd-man rush with Steve Brulé to make it 2-2 at 10:38. Krefeld took its first lead of the night when Herperger scored off a rebound with 2:57 left in the second. The Penguins carried over the momentum into the final period. With Nuremberg's Stastny (delay of game) and Christian Franz (high sticking) in the sin bin, Alexander Selivanov made it 4-2 on a 5-on-3 power-play 1:12 into the third. Still on the power-play, Guillet extended the lead to 5-2. A power-play goal from Lubomir Sekeras which made it 5-3 was as close as the Ice Tigers would get. Herperger sealed the win with an empty-netter in the waning seconds.

Michael Hackert had a goal and two helpers as the Frankfurt Lions crushed the Iserlohn Roosters 6-1 (1-1, 2-0, 3-0) at home. Martin Knold put Iserlohn in front on an early two man advantage. But it was all Frankfurt from there as the Lions scored six unanswered goals, two of them on the power-play. Defenseman Stephane Robidas hammered a point shot past Dimitrij Kotschnew to even the score at 1-1 before the first intermission. 2:35 into the middle frame, Peter Ratchuk set up Lebeau for the eventual game-winner. Ratchuk skated through the Roosters zone and found the trailing Lebeau wide open with a pass through traffic. Marc Beaucage extended the Lions' lead to 3-1 midway through the second period. Third-period goals by Hackert, Dwayne Norris and Andrej Strakhov completed the 6-1 rout.

Marco Sturm had a pair of goals as ERC Ingolstadt came out on top of a see-saw game with the Augsburger Panther, 4-3 (0-2, 2-0, 1-1, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Cameron Mann notched the game-winning goal. Duanne Moeser and David Danner scored less than a minute apart to put Augsburg in front 2-0 halfway through the opening frame. Ingolstadt knotted the score on back-to-back second-period tallies by Sturm. Augsburg reclaimed a 3-2 lead early in the third when Ronny Arendt came out of the penalty box and beat Jimmy Waite on the breakaway. Ingolstadt started pressing for the equalizer and got rewarded when a blast from Günther Oswald found its way past JF Labbé with 7:49 left in regulation.

Klaus Kathan (2G, 1A) and Tore Vikingstad (1G, 2A) led the way with three points each as the DEG Metro Stars steamrolled the Hamburg Freezers 8-2 (5-0, 0-2, 3-0) at home. The Stars wasted little time and cashed in on their first power-play opportunity. With Hamburg's Craig Johnson in the sin bin, Matt Herr found the back of the net to make it 1-0 just 2:58 into the contest. The Freezers defenders were out of position throughout the whole opening period, leaving Düsseldorf's forwards unattended in the slot time and time again and allowing the Stars four more goals. Klaus Kathan ripped a low shot through goalie Boris Rousson's five-hole to make it 2-0 at the 6:00-mark. At 9:21, Florian Jung went top-shelf after a nice centering feed from Thomas Jörg, 3-0. 39 ticks later, defenseman Eric Dandenault skated around the Freezers net and found Daniel Kreutzer all alone at the doorstep who made it 4-0. Late in the period, defenseman Markus Pöttinger fired in a screened one-timer from the left point to give the DEG Metro Stars a 5-0 lead at the first intermission. The momentum of the game shifted late in the second period when a mighty blast by Darren Van Impe hit Stars goalie Alexander Jung, who had pitched a shutout up to this point, right in the face mask. Jung had to leave the game and was replaced by Andrej Trefilov. Hamburg cut the lead to 5-2 on two quick scores. On the power-play, Van Impe knocked a slightly deflected one-timer past Trefilov at 13:48 of the middle frame. Just a minute later, Shane Peacock deflected in a pass from Johnson. But the Freezers could not keep up the penetration and saw their comeback hopes dashed when Stars defender Tommy Jakobsen scored on a 2-on-1 rush 8:37 into the final stanza, blasting a low slapshot past Rousson. Goals by Vikinstad and Kathan rounded off the 8-2 rout.

A strong, three-goal third-period lifted the Berlin Eisbären to a 5-2 (1-1, 1-1, 3-0) road win over the Mannheim Adler.Mannheim drew first blood when Jochen Hecht scored on a wrap-around with under six minutes to go in the first. Stefan Ustorf knocked the rebound of a shot by Ricard Persson past Steve Passmore to tie the score before the first intermission. The Eisbären went up 2-1 on their first power play. Sven Felski deflected in a wrister by Shawn Heins 1:21 into the middle frame. Mannheim knotted the score again, 2-2, when Hecht found Rene Corbet wide-open at the far post on the man advantage three minutes later. The Adler had the momentum going their way, but failed to capitalize. Eric Cole took a pass from Rob Leask, skated past two defensemen and beat Passmore to put Berlin up 3-2 3:57 into the final frame. Derek Walser doubled the Eisbären lead to 4-2 midway through the period and Steve Walker sealed the 5-2 win with a breakaway-goal with under five minutes to go.

Patrik Augusta scored the game-winner in the penalty shootout as the Hannover Scorpions recorded their fifth-straight win, edging the Kassel Huskieson the road, 4-3 (1-0, 1-2, 1-1, 1-0). The Huskies had a 3-2 lead after a goal by Dean Melanson midway through the final stanza. Scorpions defenseman Paul Mara scored the game-tying goal at 12:34 of the third, sending the game into the extra session.
Frank Johne

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