75 seconds before the end of overtime Tiger Chasen Balisy put an end to the weekend's second Sharks character thriller and scored for the guests from Straubing 4: 3. As on Friday in Schwenningen, the KEC had equalized in the final section a two-goal deficit, but to the winner this time it was not enough.
"Straubing has a really good run, we have to minimize our mistakes against such opponents," KEC coach Mike Stewart (47) contended with the goalscoring that made life difficult for his team in a tight match.
KOlner Haie offer Straubing Tigers too much space
For example, at 0: 2, the Haie caught only 23 seconds after the first break, as they offered too much space in front of their own goal, the Benedikt Kohl used to pass on scorer Michael Connolly. Or in the 1: 3, as the Cologne pressed in powerplay on the 2: 2 balance, but the opponent offered too much space, as the just was complete again.
KOlner Haie – Straubing Tigers: Read the game again in the Liveticker
But Dominik Tiffels and Jason Bast were 3-3 up in the closing leg, and in overtime Jon Matsumoto nearly knocked the sensational team off the pace this season, but his shot came just over the bar.
KOlner Haie: Mike Stewart draws positive weekend conclusion
"We showed on the weekend that we can fight back into the game," Stewart said. Positive overall conclusion: "Four points are not bad."
And eight goals in the two games from the weekend are a pointer in the right direction. "Sure, yes!" Says Stewart, "My co-athlete Tom Pokel will confirm that, of course, it makes your life easier when you score goals." Pokel's tigers hit four times yesterday, as on average in every game. So you are in second place.
KOlner Haie: The powerplay needs improvement
The sharks must meet next weekend in Wolfsburg and against Krefeld continue to work piece by piece up. A starting point for even more Cologne goals remains the powerplay, where the KEC yesterday remained twice completely harmless, while Straubing equal to his first advantage after only 27 seconds used. After all, Genoway met in Powerplay to 1: 2.