Adler Mannheim Win German Championship
ERC Ingolstadt vs. Adler Mannheim 1:3 (0:0, 1:1, 0:2)
The Adler won game six of the best of seven DEL Final Series to win the German Championship over the defending Champions the Ingolstadt Panthers. The Adler won by a score of 1:3 to give them their fourth win, Ingolstadt had two wins in the series and were attempting to force a seventh and final game. Kurtis Foster, Andrew Joudrey, and Jon Rheault scored for the Adler. Christoph Gawlik scored the Panther’s lone goal.
The Adler dominated the first half of the First Period putting ten shots on goal but were unable to score on Ingolstadt Goalie Timo Pielmeier. The Adler had two minor penalties in the remainder of the First which allowed Ingolstadt to find their rhythm. Mannheim was able to kill the two penalties thanks to some good saves by Dennis Endras, in goal for the Adler. The game remained scoreless at the First Break.
Thomas Gawlik drew first blood for Ingolstadt when he picked up a rebound and scored, 1:0 (29 minute). The Panther picked up momentum from the goal and created several other good chances on goal. The best chance came from Greilinger who rang a shot off the crossbar. Shortly after that Mannheim went on the power-play and Kurtis Foster was able to tie the score, 1:1 (32 minute, man-advantage).
Early in the Third Period Andrew Joudrey deflected a shot from Steve Wagner passed Pielmeier to give Mannheim the go-ahead-goal, 1:2 (44 minute). The Adler had the game well under control during five-on-five play and were able to kill their only minor penalty in the Third without any opposing shots on goal. The Adler were able to maintain puck control towards the end of the game forcing Pielmeier to remain in goal for Ingolstadt. Ingolstadt was finally able to pull Pielmeier for a sixth attacker with less than a minute left in regulation. Jon Rheault then shot an empty netter, 1:3 (60 minute, empty net) to give Mannheim their first DEL Championship since 2007 and their seventh total. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Dennis Endras, Second Star Andrew Joudrey, and Third Star Jochen Hecht. Jochen Hecht was also the MVP of the Finals.
The Adler will celebrate their Championship win with the fans on Friday, 24 April in the SAP Arena. The doors open at 18:00 and the festivities will start at 18:30. Entry is free as is parking in P1-P3. Public transportation in the buses, Streetcars, and trains (DB, RE, RB and S-Bahn in the second class) are free to fans that are wearing Adler Mannheim fan items, such as a jersey or scarf. The Adler main sponsor MVV Energie will donate 1,700 liters of free bier. The bier will be available starting at 18:00. Once the free bier is consumed, normal prices will be in effect.
Marcus Kink Played his 600 DEL Game for the Adler
Adler Captain Marcus Kink played his 600 DEL Game for the Adler Mannheim during their 3:1 victory over Ingolstadt in game five of the DEL Championship Series.
The 30 year old Kink has played for Mannheim since 2004. He has tallied 79 goals and 131 assists. Three years ago Kink passed Canadian Stephane Richer as the player that has played for Mannheim for the longest period of time.
DEL Finals Game 5: Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 3:1 (2:0, 0:1, 1:0)
Adler Win Game 5, Take 3:2 Lead in Series
The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena cheered the Adler on to their third win in the best of seven series for the German Championship on Sunday afternoon. Mannheim defeated Ingolstadt by a score of 3:1. Jon Rheault, Andrew Joudrey, and Jamie Tardif scored for Mannheim and Ryan MacMurchy scored the lone goal for Ingolstadt.
Both teams started the game with a reduced tempo, neither wanting to make the first mistake. While both teams were able to create chances on goal the game did not reach its rhythm until just over halfway through the First Period. Jon Rheault drew first blood for the Adler, 1:0 (14 minute). Ingolstadt had a couple of good chances on the power-play but Mannheim’s penalty kill held. Andrew Joudrey built on Mannheim’s lead late in the Period, 2:0 (18 minute).
Mannheim started the Second Period on the penalty kill. Just as Kai Hospelt was returning from the box, Ryan MacMurchy scored for Ingolstadt, 2:1 (22 minute). The game seesawed back and forth with Mannheim having the slightly better chances but with both Goalies keeping their teams in the game. Mannheim survived an Ingolstadt double-power-play late in the Period to take their 2:1 lead into the break.
Jamie Tardif scored Mannheim ‘s first power-play goal of the Final Series during the Third Period to give Mannheim a two point lead, 3:1 (48 minute, man-advantage). Ingolstadt pulled Goalie Timo Pielmeier for a sixth attacker with just over two minutes left in regulation. The Adler were unable to score in the empty net just as Ingolstadt was unable to score with a sixth attacker and the score remained 3:1 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Second Star Robert Raymond (Mannheim), and Third Star Christoph Gawlik (Ingolstadt).
The Adler will be in Ingolstadt on Wednesday, 22 April for game six of the best of seven series. If the Adler win game six the series will be over if not game seven will be played in Mannheim on Friday, 24 April.