Six Point Weekend
Grizzlys Wolfsburg vs. Adler Mannheim 2:4 (1:2, 1:1, 0:1)
With their 4:2 victory over the Grizzlys Wolfsburg the Adler earned their first six point weekend of the new season. Marcus Kink, Chad Kolarik, Brent Raedeke, and Ronny Arendt had a goal apiece for Mannheim, while Mark Voakes scored both of Wolfsburg’s goals.
Only 34 seconds had ticked off of the clock before Mannheim was able to celebrate their first goal. Adler Captain Marcus Kink scored on an assist from Mirko Hoefflin to give the Adler an early lead, 0:1 (1 minute). In the seventh minute Brent Raedeke was awarded a penalty shot but was unable to get past Grizzlys Goalie Felix Brueckmann. Chad Kolarik deflected a shot from Danny Richmond into the back of the net to increase Mannheim’s lead to two, 0:2 (14 minute). Mark Voakes answered for Wolfsburg two minutes later, 1:2 (16 minute). The Adler carried their one point lead into the first break.
The Second Period was fairly equal with both sides creating good chances on goal. Mark Voakes was once again able to strike for the Grizzlys early in the Period. Both Christoph Ullmann and Niki Goc were in the box for Mannheim, giving Wolfsburg a double-power-play that Voakes was able to take advantage of to tie the score, 2:2 (25 minute, two-man-advantage). Less than four minutes later Brent Raedeke restored Mannheim’s lead, 2:3 (29 minute).
Neither team was able to create much in the way of chances on goal in the Third Period. With less than a minute to play Wolfsburg pulled Brueckmann for a sixth attacker but Ronny Arendt was able to score an empty netter off of a pass from David Wolf and seal the win for Mannheim, 2:4 (60 minute, empty-net). The “Top Performers were Mark Voakes (Wolfsburg) with two goals, David Wolf (Mannheim) with two assists, David Wolf (Mannheim) with two points, and Fabio Pfohl (Wolfsburg) with six shots on goal.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 30 September when they host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
First Win of the Regular Season
Adler Mannheim vs. Düsseldorf EG 4:1 (3:1, 0:0, 1:0)
The 9,831 fans in the SAP Arena were able to celebrate the Adler’s first victory of the regular season on Friday night with a 4:1 victory over the Düsseldorf EG (DEG). David Wolf (x2), Andrew Joudrey, and Chad Kolarik scored for Mannheim, while Alexej Dmitriev scored the loan goal for the DEG.
Following the two losses last weekend the Adler came out of the locker room with a point to prove. They took control early in the game and did not release it until the final horn. David Wolf was able to take advantage of the Adler’s first power-play situation to put Mannheim on the board first, 1:0 (8 minute, man-advantage). A minute and a half later Andrew Joudrey increased the lead, 2:0 (10 minute). The Adler continued to dominate the DEG as Chad Kolarik added to the Mannheim lead, 3:0 (17 minute). Late in the First the DEG was able to score a goal while on a double-power-play but Alexej Dmitriev’s goal, 3:1 (18 minute, two-man-advantage) was nothing more than cosmetic.
The Adler were just as dominating in the Second Period with 30 shots on goal but DEG Goalie Mathias Niederberger, was able to hold Mannheim scoreless during the Second. Early in the Third Mannheim found themselves on their own double-power-play situation and were also able to convert. David Wolf sank his second of the evening to bring the score to its final end stand of 4:1 (42 minute, two-man-advantage). The “Top Performers in the game were all from Mannheim, David Wolf (2 goals), Aaron Johnson (3 assists), Aaron Johnson (3 points), and Matthias Plachta (11 shots on goal).
The Adler will be on the road in Wolfsburg on Sunday, 25 September to face-off against the Grizzlys Wolfsburg. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday 30 August when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Zero Points During Opening Weekend for The Adler
The Adler lost both of their games during the DEL opening weekend. Friday was a 4:3 loss in Krefeld against the Pinguine followed by a 0-2 loss at home on Sunday to the Cologne Haie.
Opening day in the DEL was Friday 16 September and the Adler were in Krefeld to face off against the Pinguine. Following a scoreless First Period, Marcel Goc scored in the Second putting Mannheim on the board first, 0:1 (21 minute). Just under four minutes later Chad Kolarik doubled the Adler’s lead, 0:2 (25 minute). Late in the Period Daniel Pietta scored a power-play goal for the Pinguine, 1:2 (38 minute, man-advantage). Midway through the Third Lukas Koziol also scored a power-play goal to tie the score at two, 2:2 (50 minute, man-advantage). Koziol struck again late in the Third to give Krefeld the lead, 3:2 (58 minute). Mannheim pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker but Marcel Mueller scored and empty netter adding to the Pinguine’s lead, 4:2 (59 minute, empty net). David Wolf answered with a quick power-play goal for the Adler, 4:3 (59 minute, man-advantage) but Mannheim was unable to tie the score in the remaining seconds of play. Krefeld held their 4:3 lead until the final horn.
The Adler’s first Home game of the DEL Season was on Sunday, 18 September when they hosted the Cologne Haie. As on Friday night in Krefeld the First Period was scoreless. The Haie’s Dane Byers 0:1 (33 minute) and Travis Turnbull, 0:2 (34 minute) both struck early in the Second to give the Haie the lead. It was a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Mannheim pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker late in the Third but remained unable to score and the score remained 0:2 at the end of regulation.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena this Friday, 23 September when they will host the Düsseldorf EG. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.