The Wild Wings have in the DEL on Tuesday evening at the Kölner Haien won convincingly 4:1. It was the third win from the past four games.
Curiously, Schwenninger had in Cologne’s Lanxess Arena – just like Sunday in Dusseldorf – led again with 3:0 after a strong two thirds. But this time, the Wild Wings won’t let the game out of their hands against the Haie. Schwenningen’s coach Harold Kreis praised his team after the final sign in Cologne: “The boys fought hard for victory. Unlike in Düsseldorf, we continued playing today after being 3-0 up. That was crucial.”For Wild Wings forwards Sebastian UVira it was a very special evening. For the first time this season, the former Cologne native returns to his former place of work in the Lanxess Arena. Before the game started, Uvira admitted: “Playing in Cologne for the first time means a lot to me. I’m also looking forward to seeing many geometric companions again.”
The first third
At the Wild Wings David Ullström (groin injury) is still missing. The U20 player Victor Buchner is part of the squad. Joacim Eriksson was in goal. The party started optimally for Schwenningen. After just 68 seconds it is 1-0 for the guests. Tyson Spink had pinpointed his brother Tylor from the right attacking side, who gave Cologne keeper Mikro Pantkowski no chance with his eleventh goal of the season. A short time later, the Wild Wings towered above a man down game and defended excellently in the first third. The Haie hardly had any space to “swim free”, so the Neckarstadt team were close to their opponents in this phase. With a deserved 1:0 for the guests, we went into the first break.
The middle section
The second third started again optimally for the “Schwanen”. Boaz Bassen had the shot after 109 seconds – his shot, which was slightly deflected by Cologne’s Oblinger, made it 2-0. In the period that followed, the Wild Wings did not let themselves be thrown off track by a few controversial referee decisions.
With the Haie it was noticeable that the great excitement from the Winter Game on Saturday was gone after the return to everyday life in the league. In the 37th minute, Miks Indrasis made it 3-0 for Schwenningen after a fine individual performance. In the second break, guest defender Johannes Huss didn’t want to draw a comparison to the 3-0 lead in Düsseldorf at that point: “I’m not superstitious. It’s a different game. We just have to bring the thing home now.”
The final phase
The Wild Wings had to accept the 3:1 in the 47th minute after a long-range shot by Brady Austin. Coach Uwe Krupp’s team tried everything again, but Schwenningen survived this pressure with a lot of running work in their own third and made the deserved 4-1 final score with an empty goal by Tyson Spink (60th).
Cologne Sharks – Wild Wings 1: 4 (0: 1 / 0: 2 / 1: 1). Goals: 0-1 Tylor Spink (1:28 – Assist: Tyson Spink), 0-2 Bassen (21:49 – Olimb and DeFazio), 0-3 Indrasis (36:02 – Ramage and Karachun), 1-3 Austin (46:04 – Matsumoto), 1:4 Tyson Spink (59:22/5:6 – Hungerecker and Tylor Spink). Penalties: Cologne: 10 – Wild Wings: 12. Referee: Ansons/Schukies. Viewers: 8715.