Cologne Sharks’ Season Sunk

ERC Ingolstadt's American defenseman TIM HAMBLY (#14, dark shirt) and Koelner Haie's Swedish forward DANIEL RUDSLATT (#14, white shirt) haggle for possession of the puck behind the net at Saturn Arena in Bavaria. ERC Ingolstadt elminated Koelner Haie two games to one and advance to the quarterfinals of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga playoffs. (Stefan Jonat/Eishockey.Info)

ERC Ingolstadt's American defenseman TIM HAMBLY (#14, dark shirt) and Koelner Haie's Swedish forward DANIEL RUDSLATT (#14, white shirt) haggle for possession of the puck behind the net at Saturn Arena in Bavaria. ERC Ingolstadt elminated Koelner Haie two games to one and advance to the quarterfinals of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga playoffs. (Stefan Jonat/Eishockey.Info)

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German Olympic forward THOMAS GREILINGER snapped a 3-3 stalemate with less than seven minutes to go in the winner-take-all match as ERC INGOLSTADT advanced to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga playoff quarterfinal round with a 6-3 win over visiting KOELNER HAIE in Bavaria.

Slovak international IVAN CIERNIK had given the Cologne a 2-0 first period lead with a pair of goals for a promising Shark start this Palm Sunday. The one-time Portland Pirate struck a second time on the power play after Ingolstadt’s TYLER BOUCK was bounced from the game for a hit to the back of Czech DUSAN FROSCH’s head. Bouck, the 30-year-old, two-time Canadian IIHF World Junior international and former second round draft choice of the Dallas Stars, signed for ERC Ingolstadt this past off-season after two years in American Hockey League with the Portland Pirates.

Ingolstadt rallied at home to even the score in the second period at the Saturn Arena (attendance – 3,426), however.

German MICHAEL WAGINGER, with the man-advantage, and former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher BEN CLYMER were able to lift the Bavarian club out of the hole heading into the final frame. 

The defenseman Clymer presented Ingolstadt with their initial lead of the matinee match on the power play roughly three minutes into the third period. But ex-Michigan State University Spartan BRYAN ADAMS, an NCAA tournament champion a dozen years ago, brought Koelner Haie level just past the nine-minute mark.

Greilinger, who led the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with 38 goals during the regular season, shot Ingolstadt out front for good exactly four minutes later.

Former Philadelphia Flyers second round pick PAT KAVANAGH converted a pass from Clymer past Koelner Haier netminder NORM MARACLE with three minutes minus one second remaining to increase the Ingolstadt margin and effectively seal matters.

German Olympic defenseman JAKUB FICENEC tacked on an empty-netter with nineteen seconds to go.

The 31-year-old Clymer, a former second round selection of the Boston Bruins and veteran of 438 National Hockey League contests, last played in North America with the AHL’s Hershey Bears before leaving to link with Belarussian club Dynamo Minsk to start the 2008-09 campaign. In his first year with Ingolstadt this season, the United States international totaled eight goals and 32 points in 37 DEL games.

Clymer was Herculean with his two goals, four points versus the Sharks and was easily selected as the man of the do-or-die playoff match by the official website of the Detusche Eishockey Liga, www.del.org.

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ERC Ingolstadt forward PAT KAVANAGH (15) confronts Koelner Haie netminder NORM MARACLE (34) at the side of the goal in win-or-go home German league playoff action. (del.org photo)

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