This past weekend saw Rounds 8 and 9 of matches taking place in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) over in Germany as just nine points separate first and tenth positions in the standings, but we are still very much in the early days of the season and a long way to go yet.
Thursday evening saw the Iserlohn Roosters crowing at home thanks to a 4-2 home victory over the Bremerhaven, thanks to two third period goals from Dylan Yeo on the power play and then Anthony Camara.
The Friday games night games saw Grizzly Wolfsburg coming back from 2-1 down against leaders DEG Dusseldorf to then net three unanswered goals in the third period and seal the win over Dusseldorf.
Champions Red Bulls Munchen made the trip down to South West Germany to face Adler Mannheim and saw Mannheim’s Phil Hungerecker scoring a double for the hosts in the game, till Frank Mauer tied it up for Munchen and sent the game to overtime only for Mauer to net the winning penalty shot in the shootout for a 5-4 win.
Augsburger Panthers beat ERC Ingolstadt 3-1 away at the Saturn Arena in Ingolstadt, while a T.J Mulock overtime goal helped the Straubing Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Krefeld Penguins.
Fresh from their agonising 4-3 loss in overtime against the Edmonton Oilers just days before in the NHL Global Series game, it saw Kölner Haie coming out 3-2 victors at Nuremberg over the Ice Tigers.
The remaining game of Round 8 saw the bottom of the table Schwenninger Wild Wings, coming up against a side struggling for form early doors in Eisbaren Berlin. Both sides had a clear lack of confidence in front of goal and it turned into a defensive battle with neither side able to score after 65 minutes of hockey. In the shootout, it saw former Red Bulls Munchen defenseman Florian Kettemer scoring the only penalty of the shootout for a drab 1-0 win to Polar Bears.
Sunday saw a few interesting results to say the least, with ERC Ingolstadt taking the honours in the Bavarian derby beating Red Bull Munchen in Munich 4-2, whilst in the other early game, it saw Bremerhaven recording only their second win of the season thanks to victory over Grizzly Wolfsburg 4-3, following four unanswered goals. It did nearly see the visitors pulling it right back with three straight goals from themselves, but they had left themselves with too much to do.
Kölner Haie made it a successful 4-point weekend with a 3-1 home win over Schwenninger in Cologne and also helped shoot them up the table into seventh with still a game in hand too.
Nuremberg Ice Tigers thrashed the Straubing Tigers 7-3 in Straubing, thanks to the trio of Jason Bast, Leo Pfoederl and Philip Dupuis, as all three Tigers players helped themselves two-goal braces in a piece in the win.
In Berlin, it saw the traditional ‘Pink The Rink’ game taking place, where the club raised an incredible €7691.91 (roughly £6,751.73 GBP) in the Hockey Fights against Cancer appeal.
On the ice, Eisbaren took on their bitter arch-rivals in Adler Mannheim and scored two quick goals in the second period through James Sheppard and Mick DuPont, before Matthias Plachta then pulled a goal back early on in the third for the Eagles. Berlin then netted twice fairly quickly again, as two goals minutes later from Jamie MacQueen scoring the third and then Brendan Ranford adding a fourth sealed the deal on a 4-1 victory.
After suffering a 4-3 loss at the hands of Wolfsburg on Friday night, DEG Dusseldorf found themselves struggling again, as they trailed 3-0 at home to local rivals Krefeld Pinguine. However, DEG came right back and scored three unanswered goals to tie the game up at 3-3 courtesy of Alexander Barta, Ken-Andre Olimb and a power play strike by Leon Niederberger to force the overtime period. In the end, it saw Krefeld’s Daniel Pietta scoring the game-winning goal for the Penguins in overtime to win the game.
Last, and by no means least, the game between Iserlohn and Augsburger was a 13-goal thriller and utter goal fest, with eleven of the goals being scored combined in just the second and third periods.
The visiting Panthers led the way 2-0 through strikes by David Stieler and Simon Sezemsky after the opening period of play, that was till Jonathan Matsumoto pulled a goal back on the power play for Iserlohn, but Christoph Ullmann restored the two-goal margin for 3-1. That then saw the teams trading goals with each other and had the scoreline reading 5-3 heading into the third.
As the goals continued to fly in pastö the netminder’s till late on in the game, it saw Ullmann netting his second of the game for Augsburger and see them lead 7-5 with less than three minutes to play. The Roosters then scored a late consolation goal to bring it within one with fifteen seconds left to run, as Matsumoto helped himself to his second of the game in a losing, but battling effort.
Iserlohn 4-2 Bremerhaven
Schwenninger 0-1 Eisbaren Berlin (S.O)
Nurnberg 2-3 Kölner Haie
Krefeld 2-3 Straubing (OT)
Wolfsburg 4-3 Dusseldorf
ERC Ingolstadt 1-3 Augsburger
Adler Mannheim 4-5 Munchen
Munchen 2-4 ERC Ingolstadt
Bremerhaven 4-3 Wolfsburg
Eisbaren Berlin 4-1 Adler Mannheim
DEG Dusseldorf 3-4 Krefeld (OT)
Isehlohn 6-7 Augsburger
Kölner Haie 3-1 Schwenninger
Straubing 3-7 Nurnberg