DEL: Kölner Haie just lose against Mannheim

The dream of participating in the playoff is almost over, the Kölner Haie suffered a 4: 5 (1: 2, 2: 0, 1: 3) home defeat against the Straubing Tigers in a wild DEL game on Wednesday and thus only still very theoretical chances to move up to fourth place. “It’s very bitter, we actually played a good game today,” said defender Dominik Tiffels. “Mathematically, it is still possible to participate in the playoff, if it doesn’t work, we haven’t gambled it away in the last five games.” As sixth in the table, the Haie scored 46 points out of 36 of 38 games (average 1.278). Iserlohn in fourth place has 50 points after 34 games (average 1.471).

With the sharks, defender Maury Edwards worked again after a six-week break due to corona disease. Pascal Zerressen dropped out of the Cologne squad for him. The game started badly for the KEC. Cologne goalkeeper Justin Pogge, who was standing quite far in front of the goal, let the puck ricochet off at the first Straubing attack, Chassen Balisy used the involuntary submission with thanks, so it was 0: 1 after 59 seconds. It was Pogge’s first faux pas after four very solid games.

Kölner Haie: Wild final third with a bad end

An open fight developed with some scoring chances. It was felt that Straubing, like the Haie, is still playing for the playoff qualification. The Cologne team made it 1-1 through Frederik Tiffels, who successfully deflected a shot from Jon Matsumoto (11th). Straubing hit back through Jeremy Williams, with the indicated penalty for the Tigers he shot the puck over Pogge’s shoulder to make it 1: 2 in the net (14th).
In the second third, the sharks were soon able to cheer. With his first shot on goal, Jason Akeson, who left the Straubinger plenty of space, made it 2-2 (22nd min. The 3-2 for Cologne quickly followed, scored by defender Kevin Gagné, who simply shot once on goal from the left. Guest goalie Sebastian Vogl was blocked by Haie striker Marcel Müller. After that, both teams played more defensively. Shortly before the break, Dominik Tiffels saved the Cologne lead when he shot the puck away in front of the empty Cologne goal, Pogge was behind his box in this situation.

The final third was particularly wild. Even at 3: 3, Pogge did not look good when the puck slipped over his catching hand after a shot by Andreas Eder (43.). A good two minutes later, Akeson gave Haie a 4-3 lead after Marcel Barinka had given it in advance. The Straubinger then had all kinds of chances to score. According to video evidence, the referees did not give a suspected hit by Antoine Lagranière.

In the 51st minute, however, the time had come, the ex-Cologne Frederik Eriksson marked the 4: 4. After an attempt by Eder, the Swede converted the rebound. It was bitter for the Haie: Captain Moritz Müller, who made his 900th DEL game, received a penalty after tripping against Sven Ziegler, the result was a power play goal to make it 4: 5 for the guests by Kael Mouillierat. The game was lost for the Haie – their season will probably end on the Sunday after the final game in Schwenningen. The KEC will play in Nuremberg on Friday.

Kölner Haie: Pogge – D. Tiffels, Mo. Müller – Gagné, Ugbekile – Edwards, Sennhenn – Gnyp – Ma. Müller, Sheppard, F. Tiffels – Akeson, Matsumoto, Barinka – Dumont, Sill, Chrobot – Ferraro, Zalewski, Uvira. – Spectators: none. – Referee: Schukies, Schrader. – Penalty minutes: Cologne 6 / Straubing 8.- Goals: 0: 1 Balisy (0:59), 1: 1 F. Tiffels (10:23), 1: 2 Williams (13:07), 2: 2 Akeson (21 : 23), 3: 2 Gagné (23:45), 3: 3 Eder (42:07), 4: 3 Akeson (44:41), 4: 4 Eriksson (50:35), 4: 5 Mouillierat (55 : 13).

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