A false start for Meister München – Polar bears sovereign
The EHC Red Bull Munich loses the first playoff duel against Bremerhaven after a thriller. Two of the favourites are doing better.
Master Red Bull Munich started with a surprising defeat in the play-off quarter-finals of the German Ice Hockey League (LIVE on TV on SPORT1). The main round winner was defeated by Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven after extra time with 3:4 (2:0,0:1,1:2,0:1).
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers had to concede defeats at home to the Cologne sharks at the start of the best-of-seven series 1-4 (1-2,0-1,0-1,0-1) and after the lead, the ERC Ingolstadt lost 1-3 (0-0,1-0,0-0,0-3) against the Mannheim eagles.
On the other hand, the second place in the main round was played by the second polar bear Berlin 4:1 (0:0,2:1,2:0) against runner-up Grizzly’s Wolfsburg.
Olympic silver medallist Frank Mauer (5th) and goal scorer Michael Wolf (11th) shot the Munich team seemingly calmly in the lead. The underdog from the north, however, fought his way back into the game through Jason Bast’s 25th goal, turning the match around thanks to Chris Rumble (51st) and Jan Urbas (55th).
In the Red Bull final offensive, however, Mauer (60th) came close again and saved his team in extra time – Nicholas Jensen scored the winning goal for Bremerhaven after 3:18 minutes in overtime.
For Cologne, Pyeongchang-Held Felix Schütz with two goals (3rd/60th) was the winner. David Wolf (52nd), Davin Setoguchi (52nd) and Marcus Kink (60th) turned the game in Ingolstadt in favour of Adler.
After the first period in Berlin Louis-Marc Aubry (27th/47th), Mark Olver (29th) and Jamison MacQueen (57th) met for the hosts. Stephen Dixon (33rd) scored the only goal for the runners-up in the last two years.
Cologne welcomes Nuremberg on Thursday (starting at 7.30 pm in the LIVETICKER) for the second game in the cathedral city, the other games of the second game day will take place on Friday (every 7.30 pm).
Eisbären Berlin – Grizzlys Wolfsburg 4:1 (0:0,2:1,2:0)Goals: 1:0 Aubry (26:23), 2:0 Olver (28:08), 2:1 Dixon (32:37), 3:1 Aubry (46:32), 4:1 MacQueen (56:11)Viewers: 10641Punishment minutes: Berlin 6 – Wolfsburg 6Playoff booth
Red Bull Munich – Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven 3:4 (2:0,0:1,1:2,0:1) n. V. Goals: 1:0 Wall (4:04), 2:0 Wolf (10:42), 2:1 Bast (24:09), 2:2 Rumble (50:41), 2:3 Urbas (54:14), 3:3 Wall (58:43), 3:4 Jensen (63:18)
ERC Ingolstadt – Adler Mannheim 1:3 (0:0,1:0,0:3)Goals: 1:0 Greilinger (37:09), 1:1 Wolf (51:05), 1:2 Setoguchi (51:58), 1:3 Kink (59:01)Viewers: 4016Punishment minutes: Ingolstadt 8 – Mannheim 6Playoff Booth: 0:1
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers – Kölner Haie 1:4 (1:2,0:1,0:1)Goals: 0:1 Schütz (2:38), 1:1 Torp (9:15), 1:2 Thomas (19:46), 1:3 Uvira (29:31), 1:4 Schütz (59:41)Viewers: 6343Punishment minutes: Nuremberg 8 – Cologne 2Playoff booth: 0:1