Berlin dethrones Ingolstadt - Kassel edges HamburgDEL: Eisbären bleiben spitze - Ingolstadt gewinnt in Mannheim
Berlin dethrones Ingolstadt - Kassel edges Hamburg
Saturday, March 4, 2006
Köln 3, Berlin 6
Berlin got a shorthanded goal and an empty-netter from Patrick Jarrett and
moved into first place in the standings after posting a 6-3 road win against
the Kölner Haie.
The two teams
put up a dynamic and fast-paced game that got the spectators wild with
excitement. Köln had several great scoring chances in the first period, but
Berlin goalie Tomas Pöpperle turned aside everything that came at him. At the
other end of the ice, Köln netminder Oliver Jonas had help from teammate
Andreas Renz who cleared a shot by Florian Busch, who was staring at an open
net with Jonas out of position.
After nearly 15
minutes had passed, three goals within 2:03 led to a 2-1 Berlin lead. Köln
opened the scoring when Philip Gogulla sent a pass along the blue line to
Stéphane Julien who let go a shot that Eduard Lewandowski deflected into the
top right corner of the net.
55 seconds later after a holding penalty to Köln youngster Torsten Ankert.
Drake Berehowsky passed the puck to Sven Felski who was standing at the right
extension of the goal line, and Felski moved it to Kelly Fairchild near the
left post. The American center had plenty of time to tee up the puck before
lifting it into the net.
afterwards, Fairchild set up Derrick Walser who beat Jonas with a low shot.
misplay by Jonas led to Berlin extending its lead to 3-1 midway through the
second period. While the Eisbären were playing shorthanded, Jarrett fired a
shot towards the Haie net that Jonas
tried to catch, but he fumbled the puck that dropped to the ice and bounced
across the line.
Köln, however, refused to admit defeat and closed to
3-2 when Renz found the back of the net with an unprompted slap shot at 15:59.
The German international was not meant to enjoy his
first goal of the season for a long time, since Berlin restored its two-goal
lead a good minute later. Micki DuPont, just back on the ice after serving a
roughing penalty, passed the puck across the ice to Fairchild on a two-on-one.
Fairchild failed to score, but DuPont stuffed in the rebound at the third
Lewandowski kept the 17,789 spectators at the
Kölnarena in suspense when he pulled the Haie within 4-3 on a power play at
4:13 of the final period from a long pass by Dave McLlwain, but Jonas shattered
Köln's hopes as he allowed Florian Busch's shot to get by with his team one man
Jarrett wrapped up
the scoring with his second
tally into the empty net with 18 seconds left.
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Frankfurt 3, Mannheim 4,
Mannheim preserved their chance of earning a playoff berth by virtue of a 4-3
shootout victory over archrivals Frankfurt Lions.
dominated play in the opening period, outshooting Mannheim 12-1 inside the
first ten minutes. Chris Bright had the first two chances to get the Lions on
the scoreboard but was denied by Ilpo Kauhanen. However, the Adler goalie was
unable to do anything on Patrick Boileau's power-play goal at 8:23. With Markus
Kink serving a minor penalty and a ten-minute misconduct for checking to the
head, Boileau one-timed a powerful slap shot from the blue line off a cross-ice
pass from Steve Kelly.
its first real opportunity in the eleventh minute and created further chances
toward the end of the period, but Lions goaltender Ian Gordon stood his ground.
period was goalless, as both teams struggled to play constructively. Though
they combined for 20 shots on goal, excellent opportunities and exciting
incidents were pretty rare.
soporific middle period, things started happening very fast in the third. With
only 35 seconds gone, Kelly rang a shot off the post to miss a great chance of
adding a second goal for Frankfurt. At the other end, Mannheim tied the game
1-1 when Peter Ratchuk beat Gordon with a slap shot at 2:10, just six seconds
into a tripping penalty against Lions defenseman Petr Macholda.
Less than two
minutes later, Francois Bouchard's power-play goal put Frankfurt back in the
lead. Shortly afterwards, at 6:22, Jeff Shantz made it 2-all when he deflected
John Tripp's backhander after a mistake by the Lions' defense. The hosts
replied three minutes later on a four-on-four situation, as Macholda got an
open shot and scored his first goal and a 3-2 lead for his new team.
four goals within seven minutes, the two teams took a breather until the
closing minutes of regulation. With 1:57 left, Mannheim was on the power play
when Stephan Retzer poked the puck across the goal line from a scrum in front
of the Frankfurt net, forcing the shootout.
Christoph Ullmann then clinched victory for the Adler, beating
Gordon on the 18th overall attempt for the only goal in the shootout.
NOTE: Frankfurt defenseman Jonas Stöpfgeshoff is to be sidelined for the rest
of the regular season with a severe concussion after colliding with backup
goalie Boris Ackers during practice on Friday. ¼ Lions goal-getter Dwayne Norris, 36, has returned to the line-up
after recuperating from a groin and thigh injury.
Kassel 4, Hamburg 3
relegation-threatened Kassel Huskies completed their six-point weekend with a
narrow 4-3 win against the Hamburg Freezers.
backs against the wall and only three games left in the regular season, Kassel
enjoyed a good opening. After killing off two successive penalties in the
opening minutes, the Huskies turned five consecutive power plays to profit and
took control of the game.
did not take the lead until the end of the first period. Chris Nielsen put
Kassel ahead on a power play at 16:18, deflecting Dale Clarke's thundering slap
shot. Ryan Kraft capitalized on the next man advantage and made it 2-0 with 1 ½
minutes to play in the first.
minutes of the middle stanza saw Kassel bring more of the same. Christian
Kohmann and Drew Bannister missed two great scoring chances, before referee
Richard Schütz signaled another Hamburg penalty. On the following power play,
defenseman Justin Harney beat Freezers goalie Roman Cechmanek through the
five-hole for a 3-0 Kassel lead at 4:09.
later, penalties against Eric Bertrand and Tobias Abstreiter gave Hamburg a
two-man advantage. In front of the Kassel net, Jeff Ulmer passed across to
Benoit Gratton at the right post who redirected the puck into the net to cut
the deficit to 3-1.
trimmed the lead to 3-2 when he beat goalie Joaquin Gage from an acute angle at
Both teams went
on the offensive after the goal. The game went back and forth, giving the
goalies the chance to shine by making several big saves. Unfortunately, it was
Gage who faltered first as he conceded an unlucky goal that wiped out Kassel's
lead at 4:13 of the final period. Hamburg was on the power play when Jeff
Ulmer's wrister bounced off the inside of the post, hit Gage's skate and
deflected into the net.
Neither of the
contestants seemed to be content with the tie and the prospect of deciding the
game in a shootout as they both started pressing for the game-winning goal
right away. The decider eventually came at 11:10 and again on a power play. A
holding penalty against Hamburg's Heiko Smazal set up Bannister's tally from
the faceoff circle.
Hamburg left no
stone unturned in its attempt to get back into the game. They even made a complaint against
the dimension of Sven Gerbig's stick blade. The referee
sustained the complaint after measuring the stick and assessed a minor penalty
against Gerbig, but the Freezers could not cash in on the power play.
Kassel's victory was assured when Jeff Ulmer received a major
penalty and a game misconduct for spearing with three minutes left in the game.
NOTE: Kassel left wing Steffen Ziesche, 33, will miss the remainder of the
season with a torn collateral and cruciate ligament, respectively, in his right
knee. He suffered the injury midway through the second period of Sunday's game.
Krefeld 3, Nürnberg 1
Pinguine wangled three much-needed points out of the Nürnberg Ice Tigers as
they recorded a hard-fought 3-1 victory.
Right from the
opening faceoff, it was visible that the Krefeld players were determined to win
through in the end. Though they got off to a lively start and buzzed around the
Nürnberg end throughout the period, they failed to capitalize on several
opportunities. Herberts Vasiljevs, Chris Herperger, Alexander Selivanov and Ivo
Jan came closest to scoring, but Ice Tigers goalie Jean-Francois Labbé was
unbeatable and literally drove them to despair.
The goal that
brought the eager Pinguine down to earth with a bump came less than two minutes
before the intermission, as defenseman Rich Brennan converted a setup from Greg
Leeb and Christian Retzer into a 1-0 Nürnberg lead.
outshooting the defense-oriented Ice Tigers 16-6 in the first period, Krefeld
became even more aggressive in the second. Since Nürnberg started the session
shorthanded and then received seven straight minor penalties, Labbé was under
duress continuously and faced 21 shots while his Krefeld counterpart Robert
Müller had to clear only one single shot. Even so, Roland Verwey's equalizer at
5:59 came with the teams playing at full strength.
later, the hosts turned their second two-man advantage into a lead on Jan's
power-play goal, assisted by Rob Guillet and Mike Pudlick.
The Ice Tigers
loosened their tight defense in the final period and created some scoring
chances themselves, as they were spared penalties for much of the session.
Still, Krefeld could not put the game away until midway through the period with
Vasiljevs converting a penalty shot.
converted only one of 15 power-play chances, with Nürnberg going 0-for-6.
Despite the win, Krefeld remains in eighth place with 73 points but
is now three points ahead of ninth-place Frankfurt. Purely in terms of figures,
the Pinguine need just three points out of the remaining two games to clinch a
Iserlohn 6, Düsseldorf 3
Brad Purdie had
two goals and an assist, and Rich Parent made 37 saves as the Iserlohn Roosters
downed the Düsseldorf Metro Stars 6-3.
In front of
4,500 fans, Iserlohn set the pace right from the first second and took lead
when Mats Trygg fired the puck over the glove of Düsseldorf goaltender Alex
Jung on the first power play of the game at 3:30.
Just over three
minutes later, Linus Fagemo put the Roosters ahead 2-0 after the Metro Stars
defense fell into total disarray. Sebastian Jones extended the lead to a
comfortable 3-0 when Mark Greig's shot deflected in off his body and past the
screened Jung at 13:35.
coach Don Jackson immediately called a timeout and pulled Jung in favor of
regular goalie Andrej Trefilov, who had no chance to stop Purdie's unassisted
shorthander that went into the right corner 3 ½ minutes later after defenseman
Tommy Jakobsen turned the puck over at Düsseldorf's blue line.
At least, Peter
Ferraro managed to narrow the margin 38 seconds afterwards, banging in a loose
puck after Parent was unable to handle the rebound of Thomas Jörg's shot from
the right side.
maintained control in the second period although they were outshot 17-8, but
Parent was on top of his game and kept the visitors out of the net. With DEG
left wing Andrew Schneider in the box for interference and defenseman Todd
Reirden next to him after he was given a minor for slashing, Iserlohn took
advantage of being up two men when Michael Wolf received Bryan Adams' drop pass
and scooped the puck into the top right corner midway through.
With 1:30 left
in the middle period, Jeff Tory's power-play goal on a pass from team captain
Daniel Kreutzer pulled Düsseldorf within 5-2.
The hosts were
not as dominating in the third period as they tried to save their strength for
the two remaining games of the regular season. The Metro Stars got more into
the game and created several scoring opportunities, but either they were
unlucky or Parent was in their way. Jakobsen and Craig Johnson each had two
chances to cut the deficit; Chris Schmidt, Kreutzer, Tory and Schneider also
failed on their attempts against Parent.
Jörg went on weaving run through the Iserlohn defense and put a shot on net
that was stopped by Parent. But the goalie could not get the rebound and
Florian Jung was in position to score Düsseldorf's third goal.
Down 5-3, Jackson pulled Trefilov with 1:19 to go, but the gamble
did not pay off, as Purdie finished the scoring with an empty-netter.
NOTE: Düsseldorf played without defenseman Alex Sulzer who sustained a bruised
bone and a contused collateral ligament in his right knee last Friday and is
out for the remaining games of the regular season.
Ingolstadt 3, Hannover 4
Scorpions clinched a playoff spot for the first time in five years with a
narrow 4-3 victory over dethroned league leaders Ingolstadt Panthers.
the league commandingly since the end of October 2005, Ingolstadt still looked
unable to shake off the rust from the Olympic break. The Panthers appeared flat
and listless for much of the contest, and their lackluster play triggered
whistles even from the most loyal fans.
go-ahead goal was symptomatic of Ingolstadt's performance. Just 4:43 into the
game, defenseman Phil Von Stefenelli lost the puck to Andreas Morczinietz
behind the Panther's net with goalie Jimmy Waite out of position. Morczinietz
did not waste any time and gave Hannover the lead with a wraparound shot.
did not let up and had several more chances to score, but Waite kept it a
one-goal game with big saves on Jason Cipolla, Jonas Lanier and Morczinietz.
Christoph Melischko and Sean Tallaire had the best opportunities in the first
period for Ingolstadt.
sluggish opening session, the Panthers came to life in the second and equalized
through an unassisted goal by Martin Jiranek who scored at the third attempt in
the fifth minute.
the lead on a power play three minutes later, when Jeff Finley deflected Dan
Lambert's shot. Yannic Seidenberg got the Panthers back even at 12:15,
backhanding the rebound of a Melischko shot past Hannover goaltender Trevor
some more chances to score during the remainder of the session, but struggled
to put the puck past the excellent Kidd. Ferguson failed to find the net when
he was unmarked in front of goal, and Doug Ast missed the gaping goal.
took their third lead of the night on a power play at 7:14 of the final period,
when Sascha Goc powered the puck into the net form the blue line.
will to win flared up briefly after the goal. With his team applying more
pressure, Rob Valicevic forged the game's third tie on another man advantage about
five minutes later.
finally gave the Panthers some momentum, but a rare mistake by Waite helped
Hannover to its biggest win in years. Less than a minute after Valicevic's
goal, Waite rushed out of his net to take a long pass from Hannover center
Marty Murray who cleared the puck out of the Scorpions' zone. Accidentally,
Waite passed the puck to Hannover's Steve Guolla who came rushing up and slid
the rubber through Waite's legs into the Ingolstadt net.
threw everything forward during the remaining minutes of the game but Hannover
shut them down the final 6:56.
Augsburg –, Duisburg −
The Augsburg City Council closed the Curt
Frenzel Stadium for reasons of safety Sunday morning because of heavy snowfall.
For this reason, the Augsburg Panthers' home game against the Duisburg Füchse
had to be canceled and was postponed to Tuesday, March 7.