Backed by a home crowd of 3,000, Munich got off to a good start. Mike Kennedy led the counterattack and passed the puck to Andy Schneider who set up David Oliver. The former Edmonton Oiler hammered it past Lions netminder "Pokey" Reddick for the 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game. Steve Palmer wasted Frankfurt's best opportunity when he was denied by the goalpost five minutes later.
But with twelve minutes to go in regulation, a goal from seven-year NHL veteran Alex Selivanov tied it up at one apiece and sent the game into a penalty contest. A clearing attempt by Barons youngster Andrej Strakhov failed, Frankfurt's Brent Cullaton picked up the puck and passed it to Selivanov who knocked it past Barons goalie Boris Rousson.Kennedy seals shootout win
The shootout remained scoreless until Munich's Peter Douris finally broke the deadlock with the eight attempt overall. But Frankfurt's Chris Snell responded with the equalizer. So it was up to Mike Kennedy to put the game away. The Barons forward beat Reddick with a nice deke to secure Munich's 2-1 win.
The game was overshadowed by a mean incident involving Barons defender Shane Peacock and Lions forward Robert Francz. On the way to the bench, Peacock was intentionally elbowed by Francz and retaliated by slashing him on his head. Francz received a two-minute minor while Peacock was penalized with a five-minute major plus game misconduct. He also suffered a concussion whereas Francz continued to play.Doug Bradley back in Munich
"I'm glad we picked up a point against a team as well-organized and strong as the Barons," Lions head coach Doug Bradley, a former assistant to Sean Simpson in Munich, remarked. Added his former boss: "It's nice to see Doug back in Munich. He did such a tremendous job during his two-year stint with the Barons. I hope he (currently considered an interim) will remain Frankfurt's head coach. It was plain to see that his team fully supports him."Munich Barons - Frankfurt Lions 2-1 (1-0, 0-0, 0-1, 1-0) after shootout
Goals: 1-0 (6:27) David Oliver (Andy Schneider, Mike Kennedy), 1-1 (48:00) Alexander Selivanov (Brent Cullaton, Rob Doyle). - Shootout decided by: 2-1 Mike Kennedy.
Penalties: München 8 plus 5 plus game misconduct Shane Peacock, Frankfurt 14 plus 3 misconducts (Rick Girard, Pascal Appel and Eldon Reddick).