Adler Mannheim vs. Ice Bear Berlin 2:3 OT (1:1, 0:1, 1:0, 0:1)
Adler With Only One Point Against Berlin
The Adler slid into sixth place in the DEL after their overtime loss to Berlin on Tuesday night. The Adler are point equal with the fourth (Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers) and fifth place (Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg) and only one point behind the third place (Cologne Haie). All team have one game remaining and depending on the outcome of each of the games it is still possible for the Adler to achieve home-ice-advantage in the quarter finals. The teams ranked one through four have the home-ice-advantage. Jochen Hecht and Ronny Arendt scored for the Adler while Mark Bell (2X) and Andre Rankel scored for Berlin.
Mannheim started the game strong and Jochen Hecht was able to give the Adler an early lead on Mannheim’s first power-play of the night, 1:0 (5 minute, man-advantage). Both teams were able to create multiple chances on goal but Mannheim had the better chances in the First, up until the 15 minute. Adler Captain Marcus Kink received a five minute major and was sent to the showers for a knee check resulting in injury, giving the Ice Bear a five minute power-play to end out the first. Mark Bell took advantage of the situation to tie the game for Berlin, 1:1 (17 minute, man-advantage).
The Adler had their chances early in the Second Period when they were once again on the power-play but they were unable to convert and retake the lead. Felix Brueckmann, in goal for the Adler had his share of work on the other end and following mistakes made by the Adler defense, Brueckmann was powerless to stop Mark Bell from scoring again and giving Berlin the lead, 1:2 (34 minute).
Despite two power-play chances in the Third Mannheim was unable to tie the score and were not able to regain the initiative until around the 53 minute. A few minutes later Simon Gamache fired of a shot that was blocked by Berlin Keeper, Rob Zepp, Ronny Arendt picked up the rebound and scored to tie the game, 2:2 (57 minute). The game remained tied at the end of regulation. Andre Rankel shot the game winner for Berlin just over half way through the OT Period, 2:3 (63 minute).
The Adler will be on the road Friday, 7 March in Schwenningen to play the Wild Wings. The game will be the last regular season game prior to the start of the play-offs. The outcomes of the games for the teams ranked three through six will determine not only who plays who but also which teams have home-ice-advantage for the quarter finals.
Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 3:0 (2:0, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Earn Direct Qualification for the Quarter Finals
Following the 3:0 victory over the ERC Ingolstadt the Adler can no longer be over taken by the seventh ranked Red Bull Munich, thus qualifying directly for the DEL Quarter Finals. Ticket sales for the Quarter Final Games begin on Monday at 10:00. The Adler still have a chance to earn home ice advantage during the Quarter Finals depending on the outcome of their last two games.
Martin Buchwieser, Simon Gamache and Jon Rheault all scored for the Adler in front of the 10,682 fans in the SAP Arena. The Adler earned their twelfth shut-out of the Season and the seventh for Dennis Endras.
The Adler were hungry to achieve a direct qualification for the Quarter Finals and started the game highly motivated. Just two minutes in Ingolstadt committed their fist penalty. Mannheim retained puck possession and started applying pressure on Timo Pielmeier, in goal for the Panther. Pielmeier was able to block a couple of the Adler shots on goal but Ingolstadt was not able to gain possession so Mannheim remained with an extra-attacker on the ice during the delayed penalty. Martin Buchwieser put the puck in net giving Mannheim an early lead, 1:0 (3 minute, extra-attacker, delayed penalty). At the 14 minute mark Simon Gamache scored, increasing the Adler lead by one, 2:0 (15 minute). Ingolstadt had a few chances on goal but were not overly dangerous in the First Period. Shortly before the break the Panther started to celebrate a goal while on the Power-Play but the goal was not recognized by the officials. The Adler Penalty-Kill remained strong, picking up any puck that Endras might let rebound and giving Ingolstadt few follow up shots.
The Adler had multiple chances during the Second and Third Periods but were unable to get passed Pielmeier to increase the Adler’s lead. Ingolstadt also had a few chances on the other end of the ice but were also unable to score. With just over a minute to play Ingolstadt pulled Pielmeier for an extra attacker. Three minutes before the final horn Jon Rheault hit the empty net to give the Adler a 3:0 victory over the Panther.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Tuesday night to host the Ice Bear from Berlin. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. Depending on the outcome of the Adler’s last two games they may qualify for home ice advantage (ranked in the top four) for the Quarter Finals. If they have home ice advantage then the first two home games of the play-offs will be on 16 and 21 March. If they do not earn home ice advantage (place five or six) then the first home games of the play-offs will be on 19 and 23 March.
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 4:3 (Shoot-Out) (1:0, 1:2, 1:1, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Lose Shoot-Out in Nürnberg
The Adler lose a suspenseful game to the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers on Friday night in Nürnberg by a score of 4:3 following a Shoot-Outt. Mannheim played without Jamie Sifers who was unavailable due to health reasons.
The importance of this game was not lost to either team. Mannheim was in sixth place and Nürnberg was in fifth place but point equal with Mannheim. Both teams needed a win to improve their chances of securing a place in the DEL quarter finals. Both started off very concentrated and careful not wanting to make the first mistake. It took until the fourth minute of play before the game started to develop and chances started to be created on goal. Jamie Pollock drew first blood for Nürnberg, 1:0 (7 minute). Felix Brueckmann, in goal for Mannheim had his view blocked and was unable to see the shot coming. The Ice Tigers took the one point lead into the first break.
The Second Period started out turbulent, first the Adler had a good chance to score followed by Nürnberg’s Reimer being fouled on a breakaway and being awarded a Penalty-Shot. Felix Brueckmann held the Penalty-Shot from the Nürnberg Captain preventing a larger Ice Tiger lead. The Adler were able to kill two penalties early in the Second. Just over the midway point of the Period Nikolai Goc tied the game, 1:1 (33 minute) but less than two minutes later Ehliz scored to restore the Ice Tigers one point lead, 2:1 (34 minute). Just over a minute later Jochen Hecht retied the score, 2:2 (36 minute).
The Third Period was both dramatic and suspenseful. Nürnberg retook the lead early on a shot from Reimer, 3:2 (42 minute). The Adler once again tied the score on a goal from Jon Rheault, 3:3 (52 minute). The game remained tied at the end of regulation and at the end of the five minute Overtime Period. During the resulting Shoot-Out both goalies held on the first three shooters but in the next rotation Jasin Ehliz scored to give the Ice Tigers the extra point.
The Adler remain in sixth place in the DEL rankings with 84 points, one point behind the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers and four points ahead of the EHC Red Bull Munich. Mannheim has played one game fewer than both of these teams. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 2 March to host the ERC Ingolstadt. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.