Overtime lightning goal: Munich wins top game in Berlin

With a new goalkeeper, EHC Red Bull Munich has successfully returned from the almost two-week Corona break. Meanwhile, the crash of the Kölner Haie continues unabated.

Hot fight on Friday evening: Eisbären Berlin against EHC Red Bull Munich.

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After five defeats in a row, Champions League semi-finalists Munich won the top game of the 42nd matchday 3-2 after extra time at the German champions and table leaders Eisbären Berlin. Giovanni Fiore (10′) gave the capitals the lead before Filip Varejcka (12′) and Benjamin Smith (13′) turned the game around within 72 seconds. Matthew White (30′) brought Berlin back into play, but Benjamin Street (61′) quickly scored in overtime to win for the guests.

For Munich it was the first game since January 2nd after a corona outbreak. Shortly before the team quarantine, Red Bull signed the Norwegian national goalkeeper Henrik Haukeland for the problem position. The 27-year-old made his debut in Berlin.

Meanwhile, the crash of the Kölner Haie continues unabated. Coach Uwe Krupp’s team lost 3-1 at the Krefeld Penguins, the seventh game in a row. The Krefelders had been out of action for two weeks. After the last game on December 30 against Nuremberg (3: 2), all subsequent games were canceled due to corona infections among the opponents.

Cologne were missing nine players due to injuries, corona infections or quarantine measures. Before Sunday’s derby against Düsseldorfer EG, who ended their winless streak on Thursday with a 5-4 win over Nuremberg, the Haie have to start seriously worrying about making the play-offs and look towards the relegation zone.

In the league hit by the pandemic, only four games took place on Friday. The Iserlohn Roosters and recently also the ERC Ingolstadt are currently not able to play after several infections. On Friday, the Augsburg Panthers also defeated newly promoted Bietigheim 3:1 and the Straubing Tigers Bremerhaven 5:1.

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