Düsseldorf's DEG Metro Stars
moved into 8th place Friday. Tore Vikingstad led the way with a hat trick as they routed the Frankfurt Lions
6-2 (3-1, 3-0, 0-1). on home ice. The Stars were sharp on the power-play, going 4-for-10 on the night. Vikingstad put Düsseldorf on the scoreboard on a 5-on-3 powerplay 2:38 into the tilt. Frankfurt tied the game on a power-play tally by Peter Ratchuk, who deflected in a shot from Stephane Robidas midway through the first. But the Stars added a pair of late power-play goals from Matt Davidson and Daniel Kreutzer to go up 3-1 at the first intermission. Düsseldorf continued to press and extended the lead to 4-1 just 56 seconds into the middle frame on Vikingstad's second goal of the night. The game slowed down before the Metro Stars put the nail in the coffin with a pair of late-second period goals by Vikingstad (PP) and Christian Brittig. The Lions got one more consolation goal, 6-2, when DEL scoring leader Pat Lebeau scored on a two-man advantage 4:49 into the third.
The Kölner Haie
squandered an early 2-0 lead but managed to pull off their second OT win of the season, downing the last-place Kassel Huskies
3-2 (2-0, 0-1, 0-1, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Early tallies by Tino Boos and John Coleman put the visiting Haie up 2-0 midway through the opening frame. The Huskies battled back and knotted the score at 2-2 on tallies from David Gosselin and Ted Drury, who cashed in on a two-man advantage with 3:16 left in regulation. Kai Hospelt tallied the game-winner for the Haie in the bonus session.
Defenseman Dale Clarke scored back-to-back third period goals and Xavier Delisle added an empty netter as Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
rallied from a 3-2 deficit to beat ERC Ingolstadt
6-4 (2-1, 1-2, 3-1). Todd Simon (2G, 1A) and Delisle (1G, 2A) each had three-point nights for Wolfsburg. Grizzlies goalie Ty Conklin recorded 42 saves. Ingolstadt's starter Steffen Karg left the game early on after suffering a concession, making way for the DEL debut of 22-year-old Dennis Hipke, who made a solid 29-save effort.
The Berlin Eisbären
scored four unanswered goals within the final 8:30 to record a 7-4 (2-2, 1-2, 4-0) come from behin win on the road over the Augsburger Panther
. All eleven goals were scored on even-strength. All of Berlin's seven goals were scored by different players. With the game tied 2-2 after twenty minutes, Björn Barta beat Eisbären netminder Oliver Jonas, who started in place of Olaf Kolzig, through the five-hole to give Augsburg a 3-2-at 8:49 of the second. Just 26 seconds later, Francois Method found the back of the net to double the lead to 4-2. Berlin was able to bounce back. Steve Walker brought the Eisbären within a goal, 4-3, before the second intermission. It was all Berlin from there. The Eisbären outshot the Panthers 12-6 in the final stanza. Sven Felski evened the score at 4-4 at the 11:30-mark. Augsburg failed to take advantage of a power-play opportunity and gave the game away when they let Eric Cole drive to the Panther net in vintage fashion and poke the puck past Panthers goalie Jean-Francois Labbé to put Berlin up 5-4 with 4:02 left in the game. Just 24 seconds later, Rob Shearer scored on the rebound off a Nathan Dempsey shot to put the game away. Stefan Ustorf sealed the win with an empty-netter.
After falling behind 2-0 early, Ingolstadt battled back and took a 3-2 lead on a 5-on-3 power-play with a little more than four minutes left in the middle frame. Wolfsburg managed to respond with a power-play tally of its own. Simon's second goal of the night knotted the score at 3-3 just 13 seconds before the second intermission. The Grizzlies came out buzzing and jumped ahead 5-3 on back-to-back goals by Dale Clarke within a span of only 44 seconds in the first two minutes of the final frame. A goal from Craig Ferguson got Ingolstadt within one at 5:57 of the third, 5-4, but Wolfsburg managed to protect the lead behind Conklin's great goaltending. Delisle sealed the win with an empty-net tally 13 seconds before the buzzer.
Martin Knold and Brett Lysak scored late third-period power-play goals and Ralph Intranuovo added an empty-netter as the Iserlohn Roosters
erased a 1-0 deficit to beat the Mannheim Adler
3-1 (0-1, 0-0, 3-0) at home. Defenseman Michael Bakos scored on the man advantage to put Mannheim on the scoreboard seven minutes into the game. Iserlohn dominated the game, outshooting Mannheim 39-23 over three periods, but could not solve Adler goalie Cristobal Huet until the second half of the third period. Mannheim came close to doubling its lead to 2-0 late in the second when a shot from Yannick Tremblay rang off the framework. With Mannheim's Bakos in the sin bin, Martin Knold levelled the score with a blueline blast halfway through the third. The Adler continued to hurt themselves with penalties. Minors to Steve Kelly (elbowing) and John Tripp (delay of game) gave the Roosters a two man advantage. Lysak deflected in a hammer from Igor Alexandrov for the eventual game-winner with 3:25 to go. Intranouvo capped the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:50.