Unstoppable Penguins storm to the first place in DEL

Unstoppable Penguins storm to the first place in DEL

31 Dec 2012 | Dennis Mende

Six games were played in the DEL on Sunday. The fans were able to see a lot of goals and especially the Bavarian derby between Augsburg and Straubing held many emotions.

The Krefeld Pinguine were able to continue their epic run through the DEL with their 14th win in the last 15 matches and now are league leaders despite several setbacks in the game against DEL record champions Eisbären Berlin. Tyson Mulock opened the score for the Polar Bears at 06:43 in power play but with two minutes left in the first period Richard Pavlikovsky scored the equalizer for Krefeld, also with the man advantage. When the middle period almost was over Darin Olver restored the Berlin lead shorthanded but Adam Courchaine and Martin Schymainski turned the game around for the first time in favour of the home side during the following 20 minutes. At 55:44 it was TJ Mulock who extended the game to overtime for Berlin. This one stayed without goals, so that the decision had to be found in the shootout. There it was Boris Blank who transformed the decisive penalty shot to win the extra point for Krefeld.

Also Kölner Haie found back into the winning track by defeating Hannover Scorpions 2-1 on the road. Andreas Falk and Felix Schütz (PP) pathed the way for the away win by Cologne in the first 40 minutes before Morten Green cut the lead to the half for the home side at 41:15. In the third period Hannover was the clearly better side but wasn't able to score another one and Cologne took all three points with them.

Hamburg Freezers stayed in touch with the first spots by defeating the Iserlohn Roosters clearly with 6-1. Brandon Reid and Jerome Flaake opened the score for the Freezers in the first period before Thomas Oppenheimer and Colin Murphy doubled the lead in the middle period. Rob Collins with a shorthander and James Bettauer even extended the lead to six before Robert Hock earned the consolation goal for Iserlohn to make it 6-1.

In the direct duel for a top-6 playoff spot Nürnberg was able to get three points closer to ERC Ingoltadt. Alexander Oblinger opened the score for Ingolstadt already at 06:42 before Yasin Ehliz, Yan Stastny and Steven Reinprecht turned the game around for the guests from Nürnberg. Derek Hahn cut the lead to the half again before the Ice Tigers went away with another two goals by Connor James and Tim Schüle. At 58:09 John Laliberte only was able to make it 3-5.

In the Bavarian derby against the Straubing Tigers, hosts Augsburger Panther earned a solid three-goal lead in the first 40 minutes through Derek Whitmore, TJ Trevelyan and Tobias Draxinger before Carsen Germyn, Tyler Beechey, Michael Endraß and Daniel Sparre turned the game around for Straubing with four consecutive goals in the third period. Just a few seconds after the last Straubing goal Calvin Elfring took a penalty and John Zeiler was able to make it 4-4 for Augsburg in power play at 58:34. With just 16 seconds left in regulation Stephen Werner even scored the game winner for Augsburg which stayed close to the top-6 playoff spots.

EHC München received a huge setback in their playoff ambitions by losing against the second last EHC Red Bull München away with 2-4. Brent Aubin brought the guests twice in front with the equalizer through Justin Mercier in between. Patrick Pohl and Matt Dzieduszycki in power play earned a lead for Wolfsburg for the first time during the third period before Armin Wurm made everything clear with his empty netter at 59:27. Despite the win Wolfsburg still has an 11-point deficit towards the playoff spots.
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