Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 6:3 (1:1, 2:1, 3:1)
Adler Fall to Nürnberg 6:3
Not only did Mannheim lose their third in a row on Sunday evening but they also lost (due to injury) their number one Goalie Dennis Endras for an undetermined amount of time. Sinan Akdag, Danny Richmond, and Mathieu Carle scored Manheim’s three goals. The Ice Tigers goal scorers were, Marius Moechel, Leonard Pfoederl (x2), Daniel Heatley, Marco Nowak, and Steven Reinprecht.
The First Period was highly energized with both teams creating good chances on goal. Sinan Akdag put Mannheim on the board first, 0:1 (9 minute) but Marius Moechel tied the score five minutes later, 1:1 (14 minute). The game remained tied at the first break.
Things went downhill rapidly for the Adler in the Second Period, first they had to fight through a double-power-play for the Ice Tigers and shortly after killing that penalty they lost Dennis Endras to an injury. Youri Ziffzer replaced the injured Endras in the 24 minute. Midway through the period the Ice Tigers were once again on a double-power-play and this time Mannheim would not be able to kill the penalty. Instead Nürnberg scored twice Leonard Pfoederl, 2:1 (31 minute, two-man-advantage) and Daniel Heatley, 3:1 (32 minute, man-advantage). Danny Richmond was able to bring Mannheim back to within one less than a minute later, 3:2 (33 minute).
Pfoederl scored his second of the night early in the Third to restore the Ice Tigers two point lead, 4:2 (42 minute). Mathieu Carle scored to once again bring Mannheim within one, 4:3 (48 minute) but less than a half minute later Marco Nowak scored for Nürnberg, 5:3 (48 minute). Mannheim pulled Ziffzer for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play, resulting in an empty net goal by Steven Reinprecht, 6:3 (59 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Leonard Pfoederl (Nürnberg), Second Star Patrick Reimer (Nürnberg), and Third Star Jochen Hecht (Mannheim).
The Adler remain on the road on Friday, 5 February. They will be in Wolfsburg to face off against the Grizzly Adams, game time is 19.30.They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 7 February when the will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. EHC Red Bull Munich 1:2 (1:1, 0:0, 0:1)
Adler Fall to Munich 1:2
The 13,400 fans in the SAP Arena saw the Adler lose a close hard fought match to Munich. Kai Hospelt scored the lone goal for the Adler, while Michael Wolf and Steve Pinizzotto scored for the Red Bull. Following their second loss in a row the Adler have fallen to seventh place in the DEL rankings, point equal with the sixth place Grizzly Adams.
The Adler started the game with a more defensive style of play, not wanting to have a repeat of the individual failures they had during their loss to Straubing on Tuesday night. Late in the Period with Jochen Hecht serving a two-minute-minor for a cross check, Munich’s Michael Wolf scored to put the Red Bull in the lead, 0:1 (17 minute, man-advantage). Kai Hospelt answered for the Adler two minute later, 1:1 (19 minute).
Following a scoreless Second Period the Adler found themselves early in the Third on their first power-play chance of the night. Steve Pinizzotto was able to take advantage of a mistake from the Adler on their Offensive Blue Line and shoot a short-hander to put Munich back in the lead, 1:2 (42 minute, shorthanded). Despite a double power-play in the 57 minute and pulling Goalie Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker in the 59 minute, the Adler remained unable to tie the score, giving Munich a 2:1 Victory at the Final Horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Steve Pinizzotto (Munich), Second Star Yannic Seidenberg (Munich), and Third Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim).
The Adler will be on the road for their next two games. Sunday, 31 January they will be in Nürnberg to play the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Game time is 16:30. On Friday, 5 February they will travel to Wolfsburg to play the Grizzly Adams, faceoff is at 19:30. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 7 February when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Straubing Tigers 4:5 (1:3, 1:1, 2:1)
Tigers End Adler Win Streak
The Straubing Tigers ended Mannheim’s five game winning streak on Tuesday evening when they defeated the Adler by a score of 5:4. Ryan MacMurchy Sinan Akdag, Ronny Arendt, and Kai Hospelt all scored for Mannheim. Straubing’s goal scorers were Ryan Bayda, Dylan Yeo, Mike Hedden, Blaine Down, and Rene Roethke.
Straubing’s Ryan Bayda scored first to give Straubing an early lead, 0:1 (9 minute). Four minutes later Dylan Yeo extend the lead by one, 0:2 (13 minute). The Adler answered a few minutes later when Ryan MacMurchy scored to bring Mannheim within one, 1:2 (16 minute). Mike Hedden scored late in the First to restore Straubing’s two point lead.
Straubing replaced Goalie Matthew Climie (due to illness) with Dustin Strahlmeier. Five and a half minutes later following a goal from Straubing’s Blaine Down, 1:4 (26 minute) it was also time for Adler Goalie Youri Ziffzer to clear his goal for Dennis Endras. The switch seemed to wake up the team as they came back from three down to tie the score, Sinan Akdag, 2:4 (32 minute), Ronny Arendt, 3:4 (46 minute), and Kai Hospelt, 4:4 (51 minute). Straubing remained dangerous and five minutes before the final horn Rene Roethke took advantage of the Adler loosing the puck on the blue line and scored the game winner, 4:5 (55 minute). Despite pulling Endras for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play Mannheim was unable to retie the score. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Justin Madaisky (Straubing), Second Star Ronny Arendt (Mannheim), and Third Star Rene Roethke (Straubing).
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 29 January when they will host the EHC Red Bull Munich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. The Adler will be on the road in Nürnberg on Sunday, 31 January to face off against the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Game time is 16:30.