The Iserlohn Roosters lose another 3-0 lead

In Cologne, the Iserlohn Roosters give up all their assets in the Finis but save at least one point.

What a game! Despite Kölner Haie dominating, the Roosters lead 3-0 with tremendous efficiency after 50 minutes, but once again fail to bring the lead over time. Cologne equalize then get the extra point on penalties. The Sauerlanders couldn’t really celebrate a single point as they had the soft win so close in mind.

Kölner Haie – Iserlohn Roosters 4:3 (0:1, 0:1, 3:1) aP Buoyed by the 8-1 victory over Bietigheim, the Haie wanted to further improve their record at home in the western derby, especially as they will have few chances in the future. After all, there won’t be a home game for the whole month of February as the Lanxess Arena is permanently occupied. It is certainly not an advantage in the fight for a good position in the play-offs. And the roosters? After the 3-0 loss to Mannheim, they wanted to do things better, and that affected the starting phase above all. In Cologne they were in fine form from the start, and after just 31 seconds Eric Cornel was free past Pantkowski, but was denied by the Haie keeper.

Sena Acolatse hammer measured at 156 km/h

The Sauerlanders added attacking accents and they led early. Exactly 156 km/h was measured at Sena Acolatse’s hammer from the blue line, against which Pantkowski was powerless. Acolatse had intervened in the storm for the missing Anthony Rech. The guests could have refined the perfect start, but Alanov and Daugavins did nothing about their superiority in front of the opposing goal (8th). Cologne came on better when there was more space on the ice after suspensions on both sides and they gradually became the dominant team with more shots. Mc Intyre missed the best opportunity by missing the (almost) empty goal at close range (14th). The Roosters however defended well and they could count on the very sure Hannibal Weitzmann.

They were also much more consistent than they were against Mannheim, and they continued to create chances – like Brown and Poirier towards the end of the third. It was a good performance in the first half. The second could hardly have been cheaper for the guests. They could hardly ever pose a threat in front of Haie’s goal – and continue to extend their lead. Just before the end of the third they started one of the few leads, and after Pantkowski blocked Broda’s shot, Colin Ugbekile made it 0:2.

Cold shower for the sharks just before the end of the third

Of course, the result was flattering for the Iserlohners, as the Rhinelanders had clearly determined what had happened and Weitzmann was under fire. The solid keeper has already made 37 saves after 40 minutes. But it wasn’t just the keeper and a bit of luck: The Roosters defended with a lot of commitment, they blocked a lot of shots and showed exactly the consistency that coach Greg Poss expected. It wasn’t enough for the relief attacks, but if one push was enough to score the second goal, they should have been pretty good.

Should they also score in the sixth away game in a row? They had mentally prepared for a long defensive battle and were reinforced when Mc Intyre hit the post early in the final third. Things got very hot when O’Connor had to go to the penalty box (45th). Cologne pushed hard for the equalizer and found themselves in the ideal position several times, but the Roosters always put the racket in at the right time. And they had the seemingly invincible Hannibal Weitzmann between the posts. The power play seemed ripe for a break (48th), but when it was almost finished, Tim Bender finally set course for victory with a brilliant slap shot. What else would come from sharks?

Tim Benders 3-0 seems to make it all clear

Coach Uwe Krupp put everything on a card after a penalty against Poirier (51st), took his goalkeeper off the ice and increased the number of players. The risk was rewarded, Jon Matsumoto scoring two seconds from the penalty spot. The goal gave the home side a boost and it was their turn just under two minutes later. Austin scored the 2:3, and the Iserlohners inevitably had memories of the Nuremberg game. They were leading 3-0 there and went all out in the final nine minutes. In Cologne, everything almost worked out, as Jon Matsumoto, the ex-Iserlohner, destroyed the hopes of the trio. He took off and Olver headed him into the net to make it 3:3. 88 seconds remained to be played. In the thrilling closing stages, Chris Brown nearly brought the happy ending, but he only touched the bar on the Roosters’ final foray.

So overtime. There were big chances here and there, but the decision was adjourned to a penalty shootout. And here only the people of Cologne met.

Iserlohn roosters: Weitzmann-Labrie, Ugbekile; Anchors, Bender; O’Connor, Bigras; Bushman—Brown, Cornel, Bailey; Daugavins, Poirier, Alanov; Rutkowski, Raedeke, Acolatse; Ziegler, Broda.

Doors: 0:1 (3:38) Acolatse (Bigras, Raedeke), 0:2 (39:19) Ugbekile (Ziegler, Broda), 0:3 (49:07) Bender (Ugbekile/5-4), 1:3 (52:26) Matsumoto (Dietz, McIntyre/6-4), 2:3 (54:16) Austin (Olver, McIntyre), 3:3 (58:32) Olver (Matsumoto, Aubry), 4:3 Ferraro (penalty)

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