Player of the Month for September is Ryan MacMurchy
Last season during the Championship series MacMurchy played for the ERC Ingolstadt against the Adler Mannheim. This season he is wearing the Blue-White-Red of the Adler. He has demonstrated his skills and abilities since the opening game of the season and is the Top Scorer for the Adler in the DEL games in September.
The Adler fans honored the Canadian MacMurchy by voting him the Player of the Month for September.
Adler Mannheim vs. Espoo Blues 3:2 (1:0, 1:1, 1:1)
Adler Eliminated from Champions League Hockey (CHL) Tournament
Despite their 3:2 victory over the Espoo Blues on Tuesday night the Adler Mannheim were eliminated from the CHL Tournament for this season. The Espoo Blues defeated Mannheim 4:1 two weeks ago so they will advance due to the total numbers of goals scored. Ryan MacMurchy (2) and Brandon Yip scored for Mannheim on Tuesday night and Jussi Makkonen and Ville Korhonen scored for the Blues.
The 5,571 fans in the SAP Arena saw a hard fought match on Tuesday evening. The Adler came out strong knowing full well that they had a 1:4 deficit to make up from the game two weeks prior. Mannheim created multiple good chances on goal but it was not until the 16 minute, while on the power-play that Ryan MacMurchy was able to convert for Mannheim, 1:0 (16 minute, man-advantage).
Jussi Makkonen scored with just over a minute played in the Second Period to tie the game, 1:1 (22 minute). The rest of the Period was fairly even with both teams having good chances on goal. With only six second left in the Period, and Mannheim once again on the power-play, Brandon Yip shot the Adler back into the lead, 2:1 (40 minute).
Mannheim was the more active team in the Third Period but they were not able to create much danger in front of the Blues goal. Mannheim was up by one but needing to win by three to send the game into overtime, there was just over two minutes left in regulation when Brandon Yip was sent to the box for interference. Despite being short handed Mannheim pulled Goalie Dennis Endras for an extra attacker. Ryan MacMurchy gave the Adler a glimmer of hope with 36 seconds left to play, when he scored a short-handed goal to put Mannheim up by two, 3:1 (60 minute, short-handed). Mannheim pulled Endras once again for an extra attacker but their hopes were dashed with two seconds left in regulation when Ville Korhonen scored and empty net goal, 3:2 (60 minute, empty-net) and knocked Mannheim out of the CHL for this year.
The Adler will remain home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 9 October when they will host the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Zero Point Weekend for the Adler
Following their two losses this past weekend the Defending German Champions from Mannheim have slid to twelfth place out of a possible fourteen places in the DEL rankings. On Friday 2 October the Adler were in Cologne where they fell to the Haie by a score of 5:2. They returned home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 4 October when then they hosted the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The Ice Tigers defeated the Adler 3:2.
Jamie Tardif put the Adler on the board first on Friday in Cologne with a goal midway through the First Period, 0:1 (10 minute). Two minutes into the Second Period Johannes Salmonsson was able to tie the score with a shorthanded goal for Cologne, 1:1 (22 minute, short-handed).Just over halfway through the Second Per Aslund put the Haie in the lead, 2:1 (32 minute). Five minutes later Shawn Lalonde built on Cologne’s lead, 3:1 (37 minute). Jochen Hecht bought Mannheim within one goal in the Third when he scored a short-hander, 3:2 (56 minute, short-handed) but it did not take Cologne long to respond, less than two minutes later Patrick Hager restored the Haie’s two point lead, 4:2 (58 minute). With just over a minute left to play, Mannheim pulled Endras for a sixth attacker. 30 seconds later Alexander Weiss scored an empty netter for Cologne to bring the final score to 5:2 (60 minute, empty net).
The Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers were in Mannheim on Sunday afternoon to face off against the Adler. Daniel Heatley drew first blood for the Ice Tigers with a power-play goal halfway through the First, 0:1 (10 minute, man-advantage). The Adler answered quickly with a power-play goal from Christoph Ullmann less than two minutes later, 1:1 (12 minute, man-advantage). While on the power-play in the Second, Greg Metropolit put Mannheim in the lead, 2:1 (29 minute, man-advantage) but Mannheim was not able to hold onto the lead as Leonhard Pfoederl tied the score for the Ice Tigers, 2:2 (37 minute). Derek Joslin scored the game winner for the Ice Tigers midway through the Third Period, 2:3 (53 minute). Despite pulling Endras for a sixth attacker Mannheim was unable to retie the score. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Derek Joslin (Ice Tigers), Second Star Christoph Ullmann (Mannheim), and Third Star Steven Reinprecht (Ice Tigers).
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 6 October when they will host a Champions Hockey League Game against the Espoo Blues. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. The Adler will host the Ice Bear from Berlin on Friday, 23 October for a regular season DEL game.