Adler Split Opening Weekend in the Champions Hockey League
The Adler Mannheim opened the Champions Hockey League Season weekend with a loss and a win. The Adler lost on Friday to HK Neman by a score of 2:0 (1:0, 1:0, 0:0). They followed that up with a 1:2 (0:0, 0:1, 1:1) victory on Sunday night against HC Vitkovice Steel Ostrava.
The Adler created multiple chances on goal on Friday night against HK Neman Grodno but Neman was able to score the goals. Despite 35 shots on goal Mannheim was unable to get past Neman’s keeper, Maxim Samankov. Milan Mikulik scored a power-play goal for Neman in the ninth minute to give them a 1:0 lead (9 minute, man-advantage). In the Second Period and once again on the power-play Michal Chovan increased the lead for Neman, 2:0 (23 minute, two-man-advantage). No goals were scored in the Third Period, thus giving Neman a 2:0 victory over the Adler Mannheim.
Two nights later the Adler racked up a 1:2 victory over HC Vitkovice Steel Ostrava. Following a scoreless First Period Brent Raedeke put the Adler in the lead with a power-play goal late in the Second, 0:1 (38 minute, man-advantage). Kana tied the score in the Third during a double power-play for Vitkovice, 1:1 (47 minute, two-man-advantage). Less than three minutes later Martin Buchwieser restored Mannheim’s lead, 1:2 (50 minute). Despite pulling their Goalie for a sixth attacker Vitkovice was unable to retie the score.
The Adler will be at home in the SAP Arena for the first time this Season on Thursday, 27 August when they will host HK Neman Grodno for a Champions League Hockey Game. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Take Third Place in the Dolomiten Cup 2015
The Adler opened their pre-season last weekend by participating in the Dolomiten Cup 2015. The Adler split their two games in the tournament earning them a third place finish. On Saturday 15 August the Adler lost a close hard fought game against the Kloten Flyers by a score 3:2 (1:1, 0:0, 2:1). On Saturday 16 August they won another hard fought game, this time in penalty shots against Sparta Prague.
Friday night in front of a crowd of 978 fans the Adler played their first game of the pre-season. Danny Richmond put the Adler in the lead with only 31 seconds played, 0:1 (1 minute). Mannheim then had multiple chances on the power-play but were unable to convert. 26 seconds prior to the end of the First Period Dennis Hollenstein scored on the Flyers first power-play of the night to tie the score, 1:1 (20 minute, man-advantage). The Adler again had multiple chances on the power-play in the Second Period but were once again unable to convert, and the score remained tied at 1:1 after forty minutes of play. Steve Kellenberger put the Flyers in the lead while on the power-play mid way through the Third, 2:1 (48 minute, man-advantage). Ryan MacMurchy tied the game for Mannheim seven minutes later, 2:2 (55 minute). 51 seconds before the final horn Mark Oliver scored the Flyers third power-play goal of the night, 3:2 (60 minute, man-advantage) to give the Flyers a 3:2 victory over Mannheim.
Saturday night the Adler faced off against Sparta Prague, both teams played a hard fought game, neither team wanting to finish last in the tournament. Following a scoreless but penalty rich First Period Jamie Tardif put Mannheim in the lead midway through the Second Period, 0:1 (32 minute, man-advantage). The Adler lead did not hold long, prior to the end of the Second Petr Kumstat (1:1, 38 minute) and Jaroslav Hinka (2:1, 40 minute, man-advantage) each scored to give Prague a 2:1 lead at the end of the Period. With just over two minutes left in regulation, Jamie Tardif scored his second of the night to tie the score, 2:2 (58 minute, man-advantage) and send the game into penalty shots. Brent Raedeke scored the game winning penalty shot for Mannheim to give them a 3:2 victory over Prague.
The Adler will be away on 21 August playing a Champions Hockey League (CHL) game against Neman Grodno. They will remain on the road on Sunday 23 August for another CHL game this time against Vitkovice Ostrava. The Adler will make their debut for this year in the SAP Arena on Thursday 27 August when they host a CHL game against Neman Grodno. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
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.