The Düsseldorfer EG celebrated the second victory in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) in the third Rhenish derby of the season and exacerbated the crisis of the Kölner Haie.
The eight-time German champions won the 234th edition of the classic with the Haien 3-0 (1-0, 1-0, 1-0) and scored the second three in a row. Goalie Mirko Pantkowski also secured DEG’s first shutout of the season.
“We played a solid game, kept it tight at the back and just put things in front,” said Pantkowski at MagentaSport: “It was a good game for me. The post saved me twice, but you need luck in games like this. “
The Haie, whose coach Uwe Krupp was temporarily absent due to a positive corona test and was represented by Ron Pasco, only won one of their last 13 games and lost eight in a row.
Top scorer Brendan O’Donnell (13th) gave DEG the lead in front of 750 spectators in the Lanxess Arena. Tobias Eder (40th) increased shortly before the second break, Stephen MacAulay (44th) made the preliminary decision.