The Kölner Haie celebrated a hard-fought overtime win at the Adler Mannheim on Matchday 42 of the DEL. Düsseldorfer EG and Iserlohn Roosters, on the other hand, suffered short defeats.
Kölner Haie celebrated a hard-fought extra-time win over Championship favorites Adler Mannheim on Matchday 42 of the DEL. Thanks to a solid defensive performance, KEC won 2-1 (1-0, 0-0, 0-1, 1-0) on Friday night. With the second straight win, the Haies increased their point tally to 60 points, but are still three points from direct first place in the playoffs. Mannheim slipped from second to third in the table due to the loss.
Le Haie played a solid first period and consequently took the lead after eight minutes. Andreas Thuresson won against two Mannheimers on a counter-attack and gave the cover to Carter Proft, who hit the crossbar in front of goal (8th). Mannheim struggled against Cologne’s strong defense. However, Cologne failed to add the second goal.
In the second period, the Eagles went to work much more aggressively. The result was chances for both sides. However, neither team could score, so Cologne’s narrow lead lasted until the final third.
But only until the last third. Because Mannheim kept the pressure on and after 44 minutes they finally got the deserved equaliser. Three Cologne players couldn’t stop Mannheim’s Tyler Gaudet, who gave in to Markus Eisenschmid. Eisenschmid hit the top right corner to make it 1-1. Mannheim pressed for the game-winning goal, but the Haie saved themselves with solid, continuous defense and went to overtime.
In overtime, Marc-Louis Aubry then became a hero. In the second minute of extra time, the Cologne player took the puck in Mannheim’s third, took it over his opponent and tunneled goalkeeper Felix Brückmann for Cologne’s victory.
KEC’s next opponents are Löwen Frankfurt on Sunday (7 p.m.).
DEG loses after eventful final third
Düsseldorfer EG suffered a setback on Friday night and lost 3:4 (0:1, 1:1, 2:2) at ERC Ingolstadt. Stefan Matteau gave the home side the lead after 18 minutes. Alexander Barta equalized again after 32 minutes, but just four minutes later Benjamin Marschall scored again for Ingolstadt’s lead (36th).
It got turbulent in the final third. It was not until the 44th minute that Berhanrd Ebner again equalized for Düsseldorf. Tye McGinn gave Ingolstadt the lead with a brace in six minutes but with two goals (49′, 55′). Less than two minutes after the 4:2, Alexander Ehl scored the connection for Düsseldorf, but DEG was no longer successful.
Due to the loss, the Düsseldorfers slipped out of the playoff ranks of the table and are seventh with 61 points. Ingolstadt moved into second place with 75 points.
Iserlohn loses three Tiore lead
In the duel with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers on Friday, the Iselohn Roosters already seemed to be the winners. After two thirds, the Sauerlanders led 3-0 against their direct competitor for the pre-playoff places. Eugen Alanov (1st) and Emile Poirier (6th) secured the quick two-goal lead. In the second third, Anthony Rech made it 3-0 with a dream goal (37th).
But it wasn’t enough to win as the Ice Tigers turned things around in the final third and won 4:3. In just nine minutes, Tyler Sheehy (51st), Daniel Schmölz (57th), Rick Schofield (59th) and again Daniel Schmölz scored for a victory for Nuremberg that we no longer thought possible.
Although the Roosters remain in tenth place with 54 points, their first place before the playoffs, Nürnberg now have 50 points in eleventh place, but have played one game more.
The Roosters’ next opponents are the Schwenningen Wild Wings on Sunday (4:30 p.m.). Before the match, the Roosters also announced that striker Sven Ziegler had extended his contract at Iserlohn for one year until 2024.
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