Düsseldorf turns Derby against Cologne – Nuremberg wins
The EC from Düsseldorf fought back into the game after a gap against Cologne and won the overtime thriller. The Nuremberg Ice Tigers also have reason to cheer.
With a great moral performance in the Rhineland Derby, the Düsseldorf EC has kept up its chances of pre-play-offs in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL).
On the last matchday before the Olympic break, DEG turned the game against rival Cologne shark and won 3-2 (0-2,2-0,0-0,1-0) after extra time. With 65 points, Düsseldorf’s distance to the Schwenninger Wild Wings is now only three points, ranking tenth.
Nuremberg won the Krefeld Pinguinen 4-2 (1-1,1-0,2-1,2-1) and defended the second place with 94 points ahead of Berlin (92 points), which won 2-1 (1-1,1-0,0-0,0-0) in Villingen-Schwenningen.
The ERC Ingolstadt (66 points) advanced to the direct playoff rank sixth with a clear 5:1 (4:0,0:0,1:1) at the Augsburg Panthers. Taillight Straubing Tigers celebrated his third win of the past four games with a 5-1 defeat of Iserlohn Roosters (1-0,3-0,1-1).
T.J. Mulock (3rd) and Fredrik Eriksson (12th) had taken Cologne in the derby ahead of 13,205 spectators early in the lead. However, DEG came back on his birthday with goals from Brandon Burlon (25th) and Alexander Barta (38th). After only 40 seconds in extra time, Jeremy Welsh rewarded Düsseldorf’s chase to catch up.