The plan was clear. The Kölner Haie wanted to return the favor in the second duel with the Iserlohn Roosters this week for the 3: 4 after penalty shoot-out, which they had received on Monday in the DEL game in the Lanxess Arena. The project failed in a spectacular way. Although coach Uwe Krupp’s team scored five goals, the Roosters had to admit defeat to the Roosters 5: 6 (1: 2, 1: 3.3: 1) in the ice rink on the Seilersee on Wednesday. The Cologne team was convincing in a fighting manner, but their weak point was the outnumbered game, four of the Roosters’ goals came in the power play. “It was a good fight, but we have to play more focused,” said Cologne’s three-time goalscorer James Sheppard.
The Haie started the game at high speed – and were quickly successful. Sheppard gave the KEC the lead after a pass from Marcel Müller (7th). But since the Haie then negotiated some penalties, the game tipped in favor of the offensive Roosters. In the first power play, Freddie Tiffels was in the penalty box, Brent Aubin scored the 1-1 (15th). And when Marcel Müller was sent to the cooler shortly afterwards, Pogge let a shot by Casey Bailey flow through to 1: 2 (18th). Then Jon Matsumoto and Pascal Zerressen went one after the other to the penalty box, which resulted in almost one and a half minutes with three against five, interrupted by the first break. 67 seconds after the start of the middle third, Aubin scored the 3: 1.
The Cologne sharks catch up
The Roosters 4-1 was also a power play goal, scored by Robert Raymond (28). After the 5: 1, which Brody Sutter scored with a tie (30th), Krupp changed goalkeepers, Hannibal Weitzmann came for the unlucky Pogge, it gave the KEC team an impulse. The Haie showed enormous fighting spirit, with five against five the game was even. And when Iserlohn took the first penalties, Sheppard made it 2: 5 (40th) in the power play. The majority of the KEC professionals went into the final third, Jason Akeson marked the 3: 5 (41st) by direct acceptance. It was not a smooth race to catch up in Cologne, because three and a half minutes later Joe Whitney overcame Weitzmann from a short distance to 6: 3. The answer from the KEC was a goal three minutes later by Alexander Oblinger, who scored the 4-6 after a rebound. And Sheppard’s third goal followed, scored from close range (51st). In the closing stages, Maury Edwards had to go to the penalty box, but the Haie still had chances to equalize, but they didn’t use them. Cologne took a break and then the goalkeeper from the ice. It didn’t work anymore.
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