Adler Mannheim vs. Iserlohn Roosters 4:2 (1:0, 1:2, 2:0)
Adler Take Over First Place with 4:2 Win Over Iserlohn
The 11,004 fans in the SAP Arena celebrated not only Mannheim’s win over the Iserlohn Roosters on Sunday afternoon but also Mannheim retaking the top spot in the DEL rankings. Frank Mauer, Robert Raymond, Steve Wagner and Marcus Kink scored for the Adler while Marko Friedrich and Chad Bassen had a goal apiece for the Roosters.
Mannheim started off strong and dominated the game from the opening faceoff. Iserlohn was for the most part pinned in their defensive zone and had difficulty effectively navigating the neutral zone. Mathias Lange, in goal for Iserlohn, held most of the shots on goal and those that he did not hold were quickly swept away by the compact defense of the Roosters. Iserlohn had two power-play chances in the First but were unable to create much in the way of shots on goal. During their second power-play, they miss judged a play from Ronny Arendt, Arendt cleared the puck and it was picked up by Frank Mauer who took it down ice to score a short-handed goal for Mannheim, 1:0 (11 minute, short-handed).
Robert Raymond extended the Adler lead early in the Second, 2:0 (24 minute). Less than three minutes later, Iserlohn scored on a breakaway situation from Marko Friedrich, 2:1 (27 minute). The Adler had several more good chances on goal to include a power-play of their own but were unable to find away passed Lange. Towards the end of the Period Iserlohn once again had a breakaway situation and this time it was Chad Bassen that scored, 2:2 (38 minute). Despite a shot on goal statistic of 32:8 in favor of the Adler at the end of the Second the score was tied at two.
Iserlohn had a couple of good chances in the Third but Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras held. The Adler had multiple shots on goal and Steve Wagner was able to put Mannheim back in the lead, 3:2 (53 minute). In the 54 minute Mannheim’s Jamie Tardif went to the box on a two-minute-minor for boarding and it looked like Iserlohn was going to have a good chance at retying the score. Less than thirty seconds later Iserlohn’s Dylan Wruck ruined the Rooster’s man-advantage situation when he was given a five-minute-major and sent to the showers for a check to the head of Mannheim’s Niki Goc. Despite the major penalty, the last few minutes were suspenseful as Iserlohn continued their attacks into the Mannheim’s zone. With less than a minute to play and with a man still in the box Iserlohn pulled Lange for an extra attacker. There was only four seconds remaining in regulation when Marcus Kink scored an empty netter to bring the final score to 4:2 (60 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Jonathan Rheault, Second Star Frank Mauer, and Third Star Steven Wagner.
Mannheim remains at home Tuesday, 16 December when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
EHC Red Bull Munich vs. Adler Mannheim 2:5 (0:2, 1:0, 1:3)
Adler End Red Bull’s Win Streak 5:2 Road Win for Mannheim
With their 5:2 win in Munich the Adler put an end to the Red Bull’s win streak. They also closed the gap in the DEL rankings and are currently only one point behind the first place Red Bull and with two games in hand the Adler have a good chance of overtaking the top spot when the games played equal out. Jon Rheault, Christopher Fisher, Jamie Tardif (x2), and Frank Mauer scored for Mannheim and Michael Wolf and Daryl Boyle had a goal apiece for Munich.
The Adler had a good start in the First, testing Munich’s Keeper, Niklas Treutle, multiple times. Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim had a lot less to do in comparison to Treutle. The Red Bull did not become dangerous until they went on a Power-Play in the seventh minute. They created multiple good chances on goal but Endras denied them the early lead. To the delight of the Adler fans in attendance, Mannheim killed the penalty and went into the lead a short time later on a goal from Jon Rheault, 0:1 (13 minute). The Adler lead appeared to disrupt the Red Bull’s game. A couple of minutes later Christopher Fisher was able to take advantage of Munich’s disorientation and score on an assist from Christoph Ullmann., 0:2 (15 minute).
The Adler started the Second Period highly concentrated but it was Munich with the early goal on a shot from Michael Wolf, 1:2 (23 minute). The game heated up after Wolf’s goal with both teams creating good chances on goal. Hospelt (24), and Ullmann (26) both had good chances for Mannheim that were denied by Treutle. David Meckler (32), Daryl Boyle (33), and Jon DiSalvatore (33) had chances on the other end for Munich. The best chance of the Second for the Adler came two minutes before the end of the Period when Mannheim’s Captain Marcus Kink rang a shot of the post.
The Third Period was both dramatic and suspenseful. Both teams continued to created chances on goal and the tempo remained high. Half way through the Period Jamie Tardif scored a Power-Play goal to increase the Adler’s lead, 1:3 (50 minute, man-advantage). Munich answered less than a minute later with a Power-Play goal from Daryl Boyle, 2:3 (51 minute). The Adler were too clever to let the game get out of hand and Munich was forced to pull Treutle for a sixth attacker with two and a half minutes left in regulation. Seven seconds later Frank Mauer scored for Mannheim, 2:4 (58 minute, empty-net). With just over two minutes to play, Munich once again pulled Treutle for a sixth attacker and a minute later the same result, a goal for Mannheim. This time it was Jamie Tardif with the empty-net goal, 2:5 (59 minute, empty-net). The Red Bull pulled Treutle again with just over a minute to play but the score remained, 2:5 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were Glen Metropolit (Mannheim), Sinan Akdag (Mannheim), and Daniel Sparre (Munich).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 14 December when they will host the Iserlohn Roosters. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30. They remain home on Tuesday, 16 December for a 19:30 game against the Augsburg Panther.
Ice Bear Berlin vs. Adler Mannheim 0:2 (0:0, 0:1, 0:1)
Sixth Shutout for the Adler this Season 2:0 Win in Berlin
Following the 2:0 road win in Berlin, the Adler remain four points behind the number one ranked EHC Red Bull Munich. Munich has played two more games than Mannheim this season. The two Mannheim goals on Sunday against Berlin were scored by Matthias Plachta and Jon Rheault.
Mannheim started creating chances on goal in the first minute of play and continued throughout the entire First Period During the Adler’s first Power-Play it appeared that Sinan Akdag scored for the Adler. The puck was gloved down by the Berlin Goalie but it appeared that the glove hand was in the goal. After a review of the instant replay the referees did not award a goal. The Period remained suspenseful as Berlin also created some good chances on goal. Both Petri Vehanen, between the pipes for Berlin and Adler Goalie Dennis Endras delivered an outstanding performance in the First to keep the game scoreless at the First break.
The Adler were rewarded early in the Second when Matthias Plachta put them on the board, 0:1 (25 minute). While both teams continued to create chances on goal, Mannheim was closer to extending their lead, than Berlin was to tying the score.
The Adler shifted back in the Third Period and started to play a more defensive style game. Andre Rankel rang a shot of the crossbar in the 54 minute but besides that Mannheim pretty much controlled the action on the ice. With just over a minute left in regulation Berlin pulled Vehanen for a sixth attacker. Berlin had a couple good chances on goal with the sixth attacker but Endras was able to hold. With 13 seconds left in regulation Arendt cleared the zone with a pass to Jon Rheault who was able to score, 0:2 (60 minute, empty netter). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Petri Vehanen (Berlin), Second Star Jonathan Rheault (Mannheim), and Third Star Matthias Plachta (Mannheim).
The Adler remain on the road Friday, 12 December. They will be in Munich to play the number one ranked EHC Red Bull. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 14 December to host the Iserlohn Rooster. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.