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Ingolstadt in first place
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Februar 2, 2005; 00:50
Ingolstadt in first place
Nuremberg routs Hanover, Hamburg edges Iserlohn
Frank Johne

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Munich, Germany - Riding on a five-game win streak, ERC Ingolstadt climbed to first place in the DEL standings with a home win over the Krefeld Pinguine Tuesday night. The Nürnberg Ice Tigers dug themselves out of their three-game slump and moved into second after routing the Hannover Scorpions. Elsewhere in the German Elite League, the Hamburg Freezers skated to a hard-fought home win over the Iserlohn Roosters.
 

Sean Tallaire scored two shorthanded goals in Nurnberg's win at Hanover
Sean Tallaire scored back-to-back shorthanders in Nuremberg's win at Hanover
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Jamie Langenbrunner recorded an assist in his DEL debut as ERC Ingolstadt skated to a 5-2 (1-1, 4-0, 0-1) home victory over the Krefeld Pinguine Ingolstadt's Marco Sturm, who had two points on the night, and Krefeld's Ivo Jan exchanged power-play goals in the opening period. With the contest knotted at 1-1, Ingolstadt put the game out of reach in the middle frame, scoring four unanswered goals within a span of six minutes. Craig Ferguson made it 2-1 at 6:09 of the second. Cameron Mann extended the lead to 3-1 three minutes later, hammering a high shot past Penguins goaltender Robert Müller on the power-play. Less than two minutes later, Niki Mondt took a pass from Daniel Hilpert and beat Müller on the breakaway, 4-1. Another 59 seconds later, Krefeld's goalie mishandled a wrister from Justin Harney to allow ERC to go up 5-1 at the 12:06-mark. A consolation goal by Krefeld's Rob Guillet on the man advantage capped the scoring at 5-2 late in the third.

The Nürnberg Ice Tigers ended their three-game losing streak in impressive fashion, pounding the Hannover Scorpions 9-2 (5-2, 2-0, 2-3) on the road and thereby bringing Hanover's season long five game win streak to an abrupt halt. Yan Stastny led the Tigers with five helpers, Sean Tallaire tallied back-to-back shorthanded goals and two assists. Nuremberg dominated the game from the outset, taking a 5-0 lead into the first intermission after scores from Robert Tomik (PP), Brad Tapper, Lasse Kopitz (PP), Petr Fical and Tallaire (SH). Tallaire added his second short-handed goal at 9:06 of the second, Mike Green extended the lead to 7-0 on the man advantage. Konstantin Firsanov made it 8-0 three minutes into the final frame. Nuremberg's lack of discipline then allowed the Scorpions to put three straight power-play tallies by Andreas Morczinietz, Dan Lambert and Paul Mara on the scoreboard before Tomas Martinec's tally with 32 seconds to go sealed the 9-2 rout

With newly signed Jean Sebastien Giguere arriving in Hamburg, oft-criticized netminder Boris Rousson put on a clinic, stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced as the Hamburg Freezers downed the Iserlohn Roosters 3-1 (2-0, 0-1, 1-0) at home. Defenseman Paul Manning put the Freezers on the board seven minutes into the contest. Dave Tomlinson's scored the eventual game-winner on the power-play goal at 10:01, doubling the lead to 2-0. It was not a lucky night for the Freezers forward though as he had to be taken to a nearby hospital with a hand injury. Iserlohn's Mike York cut the lead in half, 2-1, with a power-play tally midway through the second period. The Roosters kept the game close until Jacek Plachta put the nail in the coffin, 3-1, 3:13 from the final horn.

Canadian winger Mike Kennedy, who started the season with the Leksands Stars of the Swedish Elitserien and was acquired by Iserlohn two days ago, made his first DEL appearance for the Roosters. Kennedy, who played in 145 NHL games for Dallas, Toronto and the NY Islanders, is a five-year DEL veteran, having spent three seasons with the defunct Munchen Barons (where he won the DEL Championship in 2000) and two with the Mannheim Adler.
Frank Johne

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