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Kolzig, Berlin blank Augsburg, go up 2-0
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März 20, 2005; 22:46
Kolzig, Berlin blank Augsburg, go up 2-0
Three DEL 1st round series tied at 1-1
Frank Johne

Scored Nuremberg's GWG in OT: Lasse Kopitz
Scored Nuremberg's GWG in OT: Lasse Kopitz

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Munich, Germany - The Berlin Eisbären skated to a shutout win over the Augsburger Panther Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Meanwhile, the other three DEL first-round series are knotted at 1-1: Ingolstadt blanked Cologne. Nuremberg wasted a three-goal lead against Mannheim but came back to win in overtime. Hamburg avenged Thursday's last-second loss at Frankfurt with a late win of their own. The DEL relegation series is also level at one win apiece.

Darren Van Impe's late goal lifted Hamburg over Frankfurt
Darren Van Impe's late goal lifted Hamburg over Frankfurt
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Berlin Eisbären go up 2-0

Mark Beaufait's second-period power-play goal went down as the game-winner as the 2nd-seeded Berlin Eisbären blanked the Augsburger Panther 3-0 (0-0, 1-0, 2-0) on the road to go up 2-0 in the series. Goaltender Olaf Kolzig made 20 stops for his first-career DEL playoff shutout in front of a crowd of 7,315 at Augsburg's Curt Frenzel Stadion.

The Eisbären, who outshot the Panthers 35-20 over three periods, took a deserved 1-0 lead when Beaufait wristed a low shot from the right face-off circle past Jean-Francois Labbé on the man advantage at the 7:10-mark of the middle frame. Augsburg, which went 0-for-7 on the power-play, had wasted a 96-second 5-on-3 power-play opportunity just minutes before. Thanks to Labbé's goaltending, Augsburg kept the game close until the later stages of the game. Berlin doubled the lead to 2-0 when Panthers defender John Miner deflected a harmless centering feed from Erik Cole into his own net with 8:52 left in the third. An apparent goal by Augsburg's Marc Brown, which would have cut the lead to 2-1, was disallowed because of a goal crease violation. Alex Barta capped the scoring 4:07 before the final buzzer. He outwaited the sprawling Labbé and went top-shelf to make it 3-0.

Waite, Ingolstadt blank Cologne

Defenseman Chris Armstrong recorded a goal and two assists and goalie Jimmy Waite turned aside 24 shots for his first shutout of the playoffs as fifth-seeded ERC Ingolstadt blanked the fourth-seeded Kölner Haie at home, 4-0 (1-0, 1-0, 2-0), to knot the series at one game each.

With 4,380 in attendance at Saturn Arena, power-play efficiency was the key to Ingolstadt's win. The hosts went 3-for-6 on the afternoon while Cologne went 0-for-7.

The only even-strength tally went down as the game-winning goal. With Ingolstadt pressing late in the first, Armstrong received the puck at the left point, skated into the right slot and released a backhander that got deflected in by Craig Ferguson for the 1-0 lead at 15:41. Ingolstadt doubled the lead on a power-play goal by Günter Oswald 2:05 into the middle stanza. With Ferguson providing a perfect screen, Haie netminder Chris Rogles mishandled a point blast from Cameron Mann and Oswald tucked home the rebound to make it 2-0.

Ingolstadt put the game out of reach with another power-play goal early in the third. Chris Armstrong rifled home a slapper from in between the hashmarks to extend the lead to 3-0 just 63 seconds in. Andy McDonald also tallied on the man advantage to seal the 4-0 win with 3:14 left in the game.

Late goal by Van Impe lifts Hamburg over Frankfurt

Defenseman Darren Van Impe scored with 2:50 remaining in the game to lift the eighth-seeded Hamburg Freezers over the top-seeded Frankfurt Lions, 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0). Hamburg's home win tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Winning goaltender Boris Rousson of the Hamburg Freezers recorded 25 saves on the night. Frankfurt's Ian Gordon stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

With 12,803 in attendance at ColorLine Arena, Frankfurt drew first blood, going up 1-0 five minutes into the game on a power-play tally by defender Francois Bouchard, who had netted the last-gasp game-winner in Game 1. The momentum of the game shifted in the second period. Hamburg evened the score at 1-1 when defenseman Paul Manning scored off a rebound at the 7:23-mark. Much like Thursday, the game was wide-open in the third. Rousson robbed Doug Weight on a short-handed breakaway midway through the final stanza. With under three minutes left, a slapshot by Van Impe found its way past Ian Gordon for the lucky game-winner.

Nuremberg wins in OT

Defenseman Lasse Kopitz scored 5:12 into overtime to give the third-seeded Nürnberg Ice Tigers a 4-3 (3-1, 0-2, 0-0, 1-0) road win over the sixth-seeded Mannheim Adler. Kopitz fired a slapshot past Adler goalie Cristobal Huet to save the day for the Tigers in front of 5,300 at Friedrichspark. Nuremberg had squandered a 3-0 first-period lead. The series is now tied 1-1.

René Corbet had a pair of goals for Mannheim, including the game-tying tally at 9:51 of the second period. Jochen Hecht also contributed to Mannheim's rally with a tally early in the middle frame. Petr Fical (PP), Yan Stastny and Pascal Trepanier (PP) also scored for Nuremberg.

DEL Playdowns: Kassel rebounds, ties series

The Kassel Huskies bounced back from Friday's road loss, tying the DEL relegation series at 1-1 with a 3-0 (1-0, 1-0, 1-0) home win over Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Mark Greig, David Gosselin and Peter Abstreiter scored for Kassel in front of 4,034 spectators at Auestadion. Husky goalie Joaquin Gage made 21 saves for the shutout.
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