DEL Wintergame: Düsseldorfer EG defeated Kölner Haie in front of 47,000 spectators
Constant rain, extra time and the 100th victory Derby victory of DEG - the Rhenish derby in Cologne had to offer all sorts of spectacle. Two former Cologne darlings played the lead roles.
The Düsseldorfer EG has won the open air spectacle of the German Ice Hockey League at the Kölner Haie during continuous rain. John Henrion decided the 222nd Rhenish derby in front of 47,000 spectators in the Cologne football stadium in 3: 2 (1: 0, 1: 0, 0: 2) in extra time.
In the regular season Philip Gogulla had scored a brace for superior Dusseldorf (1 minute / 34) at his former club. Colby Genoway (45.) and Felix Schütz (59.) saved the sharks in extra time at the fourth DEL Wintergame and secured at least one point.
The 100th DEG victory but paved the long-standing Cologne Gogulla with the fastest Dusseldorf Derby goal ever against Cologne. After only 46 seconds, Gogulla, who had played for the sharks for 14 years until this season, met. Four years ago at the second DEL Wintergame Gogulla had hit the Cologne 2: 3 twice, then still for the sharks.
Lukas Podolski (l.)
The hosts celebrated the event under the Latin motto "gloria victori sit" ("Glory to the Victor") with plenty of Roman folklore to commemorate the city's past. Among other things, the players ran as disguised gladiators and legionnaires on the ice. Cologne football fan and hockey fan Lukas Podolski led the opening bully.
The third-placed Dusseldorf collected by the success of pursuers Cologne important points in the fight for the best starting position for the playoffs. The DEG is now less than five points ahead of the arch-rival in two games. Leaders continue to be the Adler from Mannheim.