Adler Mannheim vs. Lions Frankfurt 5:3 (2:0, 1:2, 2:1)
Adler Win Over Frankfurt 5:3
Mannheim won the long awaited rivalry game against the Frankfurt Lions by a score of 5:3.
The suspense was high for the 10,522 fans in the SAP Arena, for the first preseason home game of the year. The opponent was not just any opponent but the Frankfurt Lions. The Adler and the Lions have a history of being strong rivals. This was the first time since 2010 that the Lions have played in the SAP Arena. The rivalry was still alive not only in the stands but on the ice as well.
The Adler dominated the First Period creating multiple chances in almost every minute of play but Lion’s Net Minder, Bryan Hogan had a strong performance and held Frankfurt in the game. Glen Metropolit put the Adler on the board first, midway through the First Period, 1:0 (9 minute). Two and a half minutes later Metropolit scored again to increase the Adler’s lead, 2:0 (12 minute, man-advantage). The Adler maintained the two point lead going into the first break.
The Adler controlled the start of the Second Period as well but Hogan remained strong in goal for the Lions. Frank Mauer built on the Adler lead with a goal in the 25 minute, 3:0 (25 minute). Mannheim’s third goal was like a wakeup call for the Lions, they start to play harder and started to take more chances. They were rewarded just over halfway through the Period when Nils Liesegang scored to bring the Lions within two, 3:1 (34 minute). Just over two minutes later Norman Martens sank a Penalty-Shot to bring the game within one, 3:2 (36 minute, Penalty-Shot, short-handed). The Adler lost control of the game for three minutes and the Lions were able to create a mini sensation.
Adler Coach Geoff Ward found the right words during the break to bring the Adler back on course. Just ten seconds into the Third, Danny Richmond scored to put the Adler back in front by two, 4:2, (41 minute). Nils Liesegang scored his second of the night a couple of minutes later to once again make it a one point game, 4:3 (42:15, man-advantage). Andrew Joudrey scored to restore the Adler’s two point lead and to bring the final score to 5:3. The last fifteen minutes of the game was a heated phase seeing multiple minors for roughing (two fights) and one ten minute unsportsmanlike conduct call.
The Adler remain home this week hosting KalPa Kuopio on Thursday, 4 September for the Champions Hockey League (CHL). The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. They will also host the Vaxjo Lakers on Saturday, 6 September, game time is 14:35 (CHL).
ERC Ingolstadt vs. Adler Mannheim 0:5 (0:3, 0:2, 0:0)
Adler Down Ingolstadt 5:0
A win against the defending champions, The Adler defeated the ERC Ingolstadt in a preseason game on Thursday evening by a score of 5:0. Jamie Tardif (3 minute), Jon Rheault (5 minute), Jochen Hecht (13 minute, man-advantage), Glen Metropolit (27 minute), and Ronny Arendt (40 minute) all scored for the Adler. Youri Ziffzer celebrated his first shut-out as an Adler.
The Adler concentrated on a victory from the first drop of the puck. Jamie Tardif put the Adler in the lead early with a goal in the third minute, John Rheault and Jochen Hecht also had goals for Mannheim in the First.
In the Second Period Glen Metropolit and Ronny Arendt built on Mannheim’s lead. The Third Period remained scoreless giving Mannheim a 5:0 victory at the final horn.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Saturday, 30 August for a preseason game against the Frankfurt Lions. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Lose First Two in CHL
The Adler had a rough start in the Champions Hockey League losing both of the first two games. On Thursday night the Adler suffered a 6:1 loss to the Swedish team Vaxjo Lakers followed by a 1:0 loss on Sunday to Finland’s KalPa.
Mannheim lost in Sweden on Thursday, 21 August to the Vaxjo Lakers by a score of 6:1 (1:0, 1:1, 4:0). Johansson scored in the sixth minute to give the Lakers an early lead, 1:0 (6 minute). Tardif scored a Power-Play goal in the 35 minute to tie the score, 1:1 (35 minute, man-advantage) but on the very next play Johnson scored to reestablish the one point lead for the Lakers, 2:1 (35 minute). The Lakers scored three times in the first six minutes of the Third Period, Johansson (42 minute, man-advantage), Kalio (45 minute), and Rosen (46 minute). Adler Trainer Geoff Ward then pulled Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras replacing him with Youri Ziffzer. Ziffzer was busy from the time he hit the ice but was unable to stop the Lakers from scoring one last goal, Lundh scored the sixth goal for Vaxjo (57 minute). The score remained 6:1 at the final horn.
Sunday, 24 August found the Adler in Finland to face off against KalPa. After a hard fought game the Adler lost 1:0. Despite controlling the First Period the Adler still left the ice down by one at the first break. Timonen scored a Power-Play goal with just over two minutes to play in the Period to give KalPa the lead, 1:0 (18minute, man-advantage). The Adler created multiple chances over the next two Periods but were unable to beat Eero Kilpelainen, in goal for KalPa. The Adler had 34 shots on goal to KalPa’s 18 and they pulled Endras for a sixth attacker in the last minute of play but remained unable to find a way past Kilpelainen. The game ended as a 1:0 loss for the Adler in regulation.
The Adler will be in Ingolstadt on Thursday, 28 August to play a pre-season game against the ERC. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Saturday, 30 August to host the Frankfurt Lions. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. Tickets are available at the SAP Arena ticket office, the Adler City Store or online at the link at the top right of this page.