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Metro Stars edge Haie
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Februar 21, 2005; 00:02
Metro Stars edge Haie
Frankfurt extends lead with shutout win - First career DEL wins for goalies Hipke and Giguere
Frank Johne

 
Robert Hock tallied a pair of goals in Hanover's upset win over Berlin

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Munich, Germany - Butch Goring's DEG Metro Stars continue to roll. Sunday's win over the Kolner Haie in the prestigious "Rhineland derby" gave the Metro Stars their fourth straight win. Dusseldorf is tied for eighth place with the Krefeld Pinguine, who thrashed the Iserlohn Roosters. The Frankfurt Lions extended their lead on top of the DEL standings to three points with a shutout win. Nuremberg, Berlin and Ingolstadt all gave up points again and find themselves in a three-way tie for second place.
 

Patrick Reimer lifted the Dusseldorf Metro Stars over the Kolner Haie
Patrick Reimer lifted the Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars over the Kölner Haie
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Jason Young (1G, 2A) and Pat Lebeau (3A) each had three points on the night as the Frankfurt Lions bounced back from Friday's 6-2 loss at Düsseldorf with a 5-0 (1-0, 2-0, 2-0) pounding of Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Lions goalie Ian Gordon made 29 stops for his fourth shutout of the season. Andrej Strakhov's goal at 8:39 of the first went down as the game-winner. Stephane Robidas (PP), Dwayne Norris, Young and Michael Hackert also scored for Frankfurt, which recorded its seventh straight win at home.

Robert Hock led the way with a pair of goals as bottom club Hannover Scorpions spoiled the home debuts of goaltender Olaf Kolzig and defenseman Nathan Dempsey with the Berlin Eisbären. Hanover rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Berlin 5-3 (1-2, 1-0, 3-1) on the road. Kolzig allowed five goals on 26 shots while winning netminder Ilpo Kauhanen of the Hannover Scorpions made 34 saves on the night. Kolzig got beaten just 73 seconds into the contest when a deflected wrister from Hock found its way through Kolzig's five-hole. Berlin battled back and knotted the score at 1-1 when Kelly Fairchild scored on an odd-man rush with Steve Walker and Mark Beaufait. Stefan Ustorf re-directed a shot by Sven Felski past Kauhanen to put the Eisbären in front, 2-1, before the first intermission. The game went back and forth in the middle frame. The Scorpions tied the game at two when a shot from Wayne Hynes dribbled past Kolzig halfway through the period. Hanover came out buzzing in the third and just ran over the lethargic Eisbären, scoring three goals on Kolzig within a three-minute span: Tallies by Fredrik Öberg, Jonas Lanier and Hock's second goal of the night put the Scorpions up 5-2 at the 4:09-mark of the third. Berlin tried to rally, but Beaufait's goal on the two man advantage with 2:46 to go came way too late.

Patrick Reimer notched the game-winning goal in the penalty shootout to lift the DEG Metro Stars to their fourth straight win, 2-1 (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0) over the Kölner Haie. Tore Vikingstad, who had a hat trick on Friday, put Düsseldorf on the board on a man advantage 2:37 into the middle frame. A late goal by the Haie sent the game into the extra session. Sebastian Furchner deflected in a blueline blast by Mirko Lüdemann to even the score at 1-1 with 6:34 remaining.

Doug Ast recorded the game-winning goal as ERC Ingolstadt came from behind to edge the last-place Kassel Huskies 3-2 (0-1, 0-0, 2-1, 1-0) after penalty shootout. Ingolstadt's third-stringer Dennis Hipke, who made his first-career DEL start, made 24 saves for his first win. Ingolstadt dominated the early going. But it was the visiting Huskies who drew first blood when Sven Valenti hammered a screened point shot through Hipke's pads with under five minutes left in the first. The lucky lead lasted until the midway point of the final period. Günter Oswald tied the score, 1-1, at the 10:05-mark. The Huskies responded just 58 seconds later, taking a 2-1 lead on a blast by Dean Melanson. ERC defender Jakub Ficenec knocked a shot past Husky netminder Joaquin Gagé for the game-tying goal with 5:14 to go.

Defenseman Justin Kurtz had a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 13:19 of the second, as the Krefeld Pinguine routed the Iserlohn Roosters 5-1 (0-0, 2-1, 3-0) at home. Ivo Jan, Rob Guillet and Steve Brulé also scored for Krefeld. Mike Kennedy tallied the sole goal for the Roosters on the man advantage.

Bobby House's power-play goal at 15:14 of the second period went down as the game-winner as the Hamburg Freezers kept the Augsburger Panther at bay, 3-1 (1-1, 1-0, 1-0) at home. An empty-netter by Brandon Reid sealed the win with 40 seconds left in the game. House's game-winning score was made possible by a bad call from the referee. The Freezers had a three-minute power-play after Augsburg's Marc Brown was assessed a five-minute major plus game misconduct for allegedly injuring Hamburg's captain Sasa Martinovic with a high stick. However replays showed that Martinovic, who was taken to a nearby hospital with an eye injury, got hit by his own teammate Shane Peacock. A goal by Martinovic had given Hamburg a 1-0 lead midway through the first. A goal by Augsburg's Francois Fortier knotted the score ten seconds before the first intermission. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 31 stops in his first career DEL win.

Christoph Ullmann's goal, which made it 4-2 at 6:02 of the final stanza, went down as the game-winner as the Mannheim Adler held on for a 4-3 (3-2, 0-0, 1-1) home win over the Nürnberg Ice Tigers.
Frank Johne

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