Adler Mannheim v s. HC Vitkovice Steel Ostrava 2:1, Shoot-Out (1:0, 0:0, 0:1, 1:0)
Following a 2:1 victory over HC Vitkovice Steel Ostrava, the Adler Mannheim finished the first round of the Champions Hockey League(CHL) in first place in their group.
The Adler set a new CHL record for attendance on Saturday night with 9,744 fans in attendance. The Adler created more chances on goal than HC Vitkovice Steel Ostrava and were finally rewarded with a goal from Philip Riefers (15 minute), giving Mannheim a deserved 1:0 lead. The Second Period like the First saw a dominate Mannheim team but they were unable to convert and the score remained 1:0 at the second break.
As in the previous game the unused chances on goal came back to haunt Mannheim as Rostislav Olesz tied the game early in the Third, 1:1, (43 minute). The Adler continued to create good chances on goal but were unable to retake the lead in regulation play. The resulting five minute Over-Time Period remained scoreless and the game moved into a Shoot-Out. Kai Hospelt converted his penalty shot giving Mannheim the 2:1 victory and the top spot in their group.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 11 September for the first game of the DEL Season. They will host their rivals from Schwenningen the Wild Wings. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannhein, Two wins in Two Games
On Thursday night before 7,219 fans, a record breaking number for a Champions Hockey League (CHL) Game, the Adler Mannheim defeated HK Neman Grodno by a score of 2:1 to earn their second CHL victory of the season. Two nights later they had a 7:0 pre-season victory of their arch rivals the Frankfurt Lowe.
The Adler hosted HK Neman Grodno on Thursday night and were able to avenge a 2:0 loss they suffered against them on the road a week prior. Mannheim tallied their second CHL win of the ongoing season with a 2:1 victory. Brent Raedeke gave Mannheim the lead with a goal early in the First Period, 1:0 (6 minute). Yakimovich tied the score late in the Second for HK Neman Grodno, 1:1 (38 minute)and Ryan MacMurchy scored the game winner for Mannheim in the first minute of the Third (41 minute).
The Adler traveled to Frankfurt on Saturday night for a preseason match against the Lowen. The Second League Lowe were out matched from the opening faceoff. The score was 0:4 at the end of the First Period with Mannheim leading on goals from Brent Raedeke (9 minute, man-advantage), Christoph Ullmann (14 minute), Jochen Hecht (16 minute), and Jamie Tardif (20 minute). Mannheim scored two additional goals in the Second, Jamie Tardif (36 minute) and Dominik Bittner (38 minute). Brent Raedeke scored the lone goal of the Third, 0:7 (50 minute). Frankfurt created a couple good chances on goal but Youri Ziffzer was able to earn the shut-out and the Adler left the ice with a 7:0 victory.
The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Saturday, 5 September to host HC Vitkovice Steel Ostrava in a CHL match. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. Prior to the CHL match Mannheim will be celebrating 10 years in the SAP Arena with an autograph session at 12:00 from a group of Mannheim Alumni, that will be followed by an Alder Alumni All Star game at 15:00.
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.