Adler Mannheim vs. Augsburg Panther 3:2 (1:1, 2:0, 0:1)
Mannheim Wins 3:2 Over Augsburg
Sunday afternoon was Family Day in the SAP Arena and the Adler did not disappoint the 13,216 fans in attendance, as they downed the Augsburg Panther 3:2. The win gave the Adler a much needed three points in their battle to remain on top of the DEL rankings. Danny Richmond, Jochen Hecht, and Ronny Arendt had a goal apiece for Mannheim. Phillip Riefers and Daniel DaSilva scored for Augsburg.
The Adler started the game against the twelfth ranked Panthers with a high tempo, and with only 47 seconds played, Danny Richmond backhanded the puck into the net past Augsburg Keeper, Markus Keller, 1:0 (1 minute). The Adler continued to created pressure on the Panther’s goal and had a couple of power-play chances but were unable to score on special teams. Late in the First, with Niki Goc in the box for tripping and on a delayed penalty against Marcus Kink, Phillip Riefers was able to tie the score, 1:1 (18 minute, man-advantage).
The Adler came out for the Second intent on retaking control of the game and reestablishing their lead. Jochen Hecht was able to do just that early in the Period, 2:1, (23 minute). The Adler then had another chance on the power-play but were unable to score. Shortly after the expiration of Augsburg’s penalty Ronny Arendt increased the Adler’s lead, 3:1 (28 minute). A few minutes later with two Panther in the box the Adler went on a two man advantage but remained unable to score while on the power-play.
The Adler held the Third Period under control, not allowing Augsburg much in the way of chances on goal. The Panther pulled Keller for a sixth attacker with just under two minutes to play. Daniel Dasilva scored for the Panther with 24.7 seconds remaining in regulation, 3:2 (60 minute). The Panther’s goal was too little too late as the Adler held the lead till the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Daniel Richmond, Second Star Dennis Endras, and Third Star Jochen Hecht.
Mannheim will be on the road in Iserlohn on Friday, 30 January, to face off against the Roosters. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday 1 February to host the Hamburg Freezers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Cologne Haie vs. Adler Mannheim 5:3 (1:0, 1:2, 3:1)
Adler Lose in Cologne 3:5
The Adler lost their sixth road game of the season on Thursday night in Cologne. The Adler fell to the Cologne Haie by a score of 3:5. Andrew Joudrey, Sinan Akdag and Jon Rheault had a goal apiece for Mannheim. Chris Minard (x2), James Johnson, Nick Latta, and Ryan Jones scored for Cologne.
The game started with both teams concentrating on the defense while trying to get a feel for their opponent. Both teams developed good chances on goal in the First Period but it was Chris Minard that scored first for the Haie, 1:0 (16 minute).
The Adler had a better start in the Second Period with Andrew Joudrey shooting a power-play goal to tie the game, 1:1 (26 minute, man-advantage). Eight minutes later Chris Minard scored his second of the night, restoring Colognes lead, 2:1 (34 minute). Sinan Akdag scored for Mannheim, just prior to the horn, 2:2 (40 minute).
James Johnson scored early in the Third to reestablish Cologne’s one point lead, 3:2 (44 minute). Nick Latta scored midway through the Period, adding to Cologne’s lead, 4:2 (49 minute). Jon Rheault scored with a couple minutes remaining to bring Mannheim back within one, 4:3 (58 minute). Mannheim pulled Goalie Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker with just over two minutes to play. Ryan Jones scored an empty netter, sealing Mannheim’s fate, 5:3 (60 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the game were all from Cologne. First Star was Christopher Minard, Second Star Douglas Murray, and Third Star Danny aus den Birken.
Mannheim returns home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 25 January to host the Augsburg Panther. There are currently only tickets remaining for the Standing Area. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Schwenninger Wild Wings vs. Adler Mannheim 1:5 (1:1, 0:2, 0:2)
Adler Down Wild Wings 5:1
The Adler won the Baden-Württemberg rivalry by a score of 5:1. Kurtis Foster (x2), Frank Mauer, Jochen Hecht, and Jamie Tardif scored for Mannheim. The loan Wild Wings goal was scored by Nicholas Palmieris.
The game could not have started worse for Mannheim. Not even two minutes had been played and Matthias Plachta and Denis Reul had two minute minors separated by only 27 seconds. Schwenningen had problems developing a rhythm for their double power-play. Just prior to the second penalty expiring they were able to score and take the lead when Nicholas Palmieris deflected a shot into goal, 1:0 (4 minute, man-advantage). The Wild Wings had bigger penalty problems a couple of minutes later when Simon Danner drew a five minute major penalty and was sent to the showers for a charging penalty against Denis Reul. Reul was injured on the play. A short time later Ashton Rome also drew a five minute major and was sent to the showers for a check from behind against Danny Richmond. Richmond also went to the box on a two minute minor for roughing. Kurtis Foster scored on the resulting Adler power-play to tie the game, 1:1 (8 minutes, man-advantage).
The Wild Wings concentrated themselves on the defense during the Second Period while the Adler went on the attack. Frank Mauer put the Adler in the lead with a power-play goal, 1:2 (28 minute, man-advantage). Just over two minutes later with the Adler once again on the power-play, Kurtis Foster scored his second of the afternoon, 1:3 (31 minute, man-advantage).
Jochen Hecht increased the Adler’s lead early in the Third, 1:4 (42 minute). With two and a half minutes left to play Jamie Tardif scored to bring the final score to 1:5 (58 minutes). The Three stars of the game were, First Star Kurtis Foster (Mannheim), Second Star Frank Mauer (Mannheim), and Third Star Sascha Goc (Schwenningen).
The Adler remain on the road on Thursday when they will be in Cologne to face-off against the Cologne Haie. They will return home on Sunday, 25 January when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.