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Bremerhaven creates a surprise and takes first place

In the final round of the DEL main round, the Fischtown Pinguins pulled off a huge upset by claiming the preliminary round title thanks to a 2-1 win over chasers Izbaren Berlin.

He took first place with a win in Berlin: The Fischtown Pinguins.

He took first place with a win in Berlin: The Fischtown Pinguins.

The Fischtown Pinguins took first place for the first time after the DEL Main Tour. Zija Jeglič (34th) immediately hit the post from Jan Urbas and Skylar McKenzie (38th) put the league leaders 2-0 up after more than half an hour without goals, and Kai Vismann for Isbaren with just over three minutes left. An end marked by the goal of communication. In the end, the 2021 and 2022 champions were no longer able to draw.

As the first team in the main round, Bremerhaven has the right to play at home until the potential final, and in the quarter-finals of the play-off they will face the worst-placed team in the first round of the play-off, while Berlin will face the best-placed team in the preliminary round. Two winners.

Nuremberg remains in tenth place despite catching up

In the same race for the 7th to 10th place standings, which decided the pairings in the first playoff round, Mannheim Adler won clearly 6-1 at the Kölner Hein Stadium and moved up to seventh place, while the Nuremberg Ice Tigers secured seventh place. They led 4:3 inside four and a half minutes after trailing 0:3, but eventually lost 4:5 after extra time and remain in tenth place.

This means that Mannheim will meet Nuremberg and Cologne will meet Ingolstadt on Sunday in qualifying for the quarter-finals – with Schanzer starting at home on Sunday due to the arena in the cathedral city being full, before heading to Cologne for a maximum of two hours. More games.

The Munich champions miss home ground advantage

Elsewhere, Augsburg Panthers recorded a shock 5-4 away win at EHC Red Bull Munich in what was probably their last Bundesliga match for a long time, meaning the champions missed out on securing home advantage in the quarter-finals. Against the Wolfsburg Grizzlies, who also lost to Straubing (3:6).

Düsseldorfer EG won their last match against neighbors Löwen Frankfurt 2-1 and ended up in 11th place. In addition, sixth-placed Schwenningen won 5-3 over penultimate Iserlohn.