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Tops in the league!
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März 10, 2002; 20:45
Tops in the league!
Krefeld stumbles, Barons roll
Frank Johne

 


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Munich, Germany - Red-hot David Oliver scored two goals as the Munich Barons routed the struggling Berlin Capitals 6-2 on the road Sunday. Derek Plante and defensemen Mike Smazal and Kent Fearns, who returned to action just a week ago, also had multiple point nights as Munich reclaimed the league lead, taking advantage of Krefeld's surprising loss at Frankfurt.
 

David Oliver continued his impressive point streak
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)
Munich jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Two tallies from Oliver and a goal by Derek King gave the Barons a commanding lead just past the midway point of the opening period.

Oliver has scored at least a point per game in his seven appearances since the Olympic break, tallying six goals and two assists.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Barons are now back at the top of the league, one point ahead of the Krefeld Pinguine and two ahead of defending champion Adler Mannheim.

David Oliver’s 1-0 lead 7:38 into the opening period epitomized Berlin’s game: The Barons winger tried to center the puck from behind the net, hit goaltender Mezin’s skates and the puck deflected into the Berlin net. A quick wrister from Derek King doubled Munich’s lead two minutes later. Oliver extended Munich’s lead to 3-0 when he converted a dump in by Kent Fearns that ricocheted off the back boards right onto his tape at 12:33.

Vyacheslav Fanduls got Berlin onto the scoreboard six minutes into the middle frames, his first of two tallies. But the Barons had an answer: With just over three minutes remaining in the period, Mike Smazal went topshelf on an odd-man rush to give the Barons a 4-1 lead. With lots of traffic in front of Mezin, Derek Plante knocked the puck across the goalline 22 seconds before the intermission to give the Barons a 5-1 lead heading into the final period.

Berlin’s Fanduls came up with his second goal at 44:18, but the game was already out of reach. Munich’s Greg Johnston, a long-time Capital, capped the scoring at 6-2 at 56:25with a point blast

Berlin Capitals - Munich Barons 2-6 (0-3, 1-2, 1-1)
Scoring: 0-1 (7:38) David Oliver (Peter Douris, Patrick Köppchen), 0-2 (9:33) Derek King (Alexander Serikow, Derek Plante), 0-3 (12:33) David Oliver (Kent Fearns, Mike Kennedy - 5:4), 1-3 (25:09) Vyacheslav Fanduls (Andrei Vasilyev, Yvon Corriveau), 1-4 (36:42) Mike Smazal (Thomas Dolak, Jörg Handrick), 1-5 (39:38) Derek Plante (Johan Rosén, Kent Fearns), 2-5 (44:18) Vyacheslav Fanduls (Yvon Corriveau, Andrei Vasilyev), 2-6 (56:25) Greg Johnston (Simon Wheeldon, Mike Smazal).
Penalties: Berlin 10, Munich 12.
Attendance: 1,800 (Deutschlandhalle, Berlin)
Frank Johne

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