DEL Finals Game 5: Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 3:1 (2:0, 0:1, 1:0)
Adler Win Game 5, Take 3:2 Lead in Series
The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena cheered the Adler on to their third win in the best of seven series for the German Championship on Sunday afternoon. Mannheim defeated Ingolstadt by a score of 3:1. Jon Rheault, Andrew Joudrey, and Jamie Tardif scored for Mannheim and Ryan MacMurchy scored the lone goal for Ingolstadt.
Both teams started the game with a reduced tempo, neither wanting to make the first mistake. While both teams were able to create chances on goal the game did not reach its rhythm until just over halfway through the First Period. Jon Rheault drew first blood for the Adler, 1:0 (14 minute). Ingolstadt had a couple of good chances on the power-play but Mannheim’s penalty kill held. Andrew Joudrey built on Mannheim’s lead late in the Period, 2:0 (18 minute).
Mannheim started the Second Period on the penalty kill. Just as Kai Hospelt was returning from the box, Ryan MacMurchy scored for Ingolstadt, 2:1 (22 minute). The game seesawed back and forth with Mannheim having the slightly better chances but with both Goalies keeping their teams in the game. Mannheim survived an Ingolstadt double-power-play late in the Period to take their 2:1 lead into the break.
Jamie Tardif scored Mannheim ‘s first power-play goal of the Final Series during the Third Period to give Mannheim a two point lead, 3:1 (48 minute, man-advantage). Ingolstadt pulled Goalie Timo Pielmeier for a sixth attacker with just over two minutes left in regulation. The Adler were unable to score in the empty net just as Ingolstadt was unable to score with a sixth attacker and the score remained 3:1 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Second Star Robert Raymond (Mannheim), and Third Star Christoph Gawlik (Ingolstadt).
The Adler will be in Ingolstadt on Wednesday, 22 April for game six of the best of seven series. If the Adler win game six the series will be over if not game seven will be played in Mannheim on Friday, 24 April.
ERC Ingolstadt vs. Adler Mannheim 2:6 (1:2, 1:2, 0:2)
Adler Tie Championship Series at Two
Following the Adler Mannheim’s win in Ingolstadt on Friday night the best of seven final series has developed into a new best of three series. The team that manages to win two of the next three games will be the German Champions. Mannheim defeated Ingolstadt 2:6 on Friday to tie the series at two games apiece. Martin Buchwieser, Kurtis Foster, Robert Raymond, Christoph Ullmann, Frank Mauer, and Nikolai Goc scored for Mannheim. Alexandre Picard and Michel Periard had a goal apiece for the Panthers.
Martin Buchwieser scored early to give Mannheim their first lead during regulation in the series, 0:1 (4 minute). Alexandre Picard answered a short three minutes later for Ingolstadt, 1:1 (7 minute). Close to the midway point of the First Period Kurtis Foster restored Mannheim’s lead, 1:2 (10 minute). Following Foster’s goal the Adler were able to develop more of a rhythm, earlier in the Period they were having problems with the Panthers aggressive fore-checking.
Mannheim dominated the early part of the Second Period and they were able to build on their lead with a goal from Robert Raymond, 1:3 (25 minute). The Adler were knocked out of their rhythm after taking a couple of minor penalties. Ingolstadt was able to make the most of their man-advantage situation and closed to within one of Mannheim, on a goal from Michel Periard, 2:3 (28 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim took back control of the game and toward the end of the Period Christoph Ullmann restored the Adler’s lead, 2:4 (38 minute).
The Adler remained dominate in the Third Period. Frank Mauer scored to give Mannheim a three point lead, 2:5 (45 minute). In the last two minutes of regulation Ingolstadt pulled Goalie Timo Pielmeier for a sixth attacker. Nikolai Goc scored an empty netter to bring the final score to 2:6 (59 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Frank Mauer, Second Star Martin Buchwieser, and Third Star Dennis Endras.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena for game five of the series on Sunday, 19 April. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30. Game five is sold out but will be broadcast live on Servus TV and on Radio Regenbogen. The Adler will be in Ingolstadt for game six on Wednesday 22 March.
DEL Finals Game 3, Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 1:6 (1:1, 0:4, 0:1)
Adler Trail 1:2 in Best of Seven Series
The Adler suffered a bitter 1:6 loss on Tuesday night in game three of the DEL Finals. The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena saw a hard fought First Period with the score tied at one at the first break. Ingolstadt scored four unanswered goals in the Second and topped it off with another goal in the Third. The Adler now trail 1:2 in the best of seven series for the German Championship.
Michel Periard, scored while on the power-play to draw first blood for Ingolstadt, 0:1 (4 minute, man-advantage). Kai Hospelt answered with a goal for the Adler less than two minutes later, 1:1 (6 minute). The game remained tied at the first break. The Second Period was a disaster for the Mannheim with Ingolstadt scoring four unanswered equal strength goals, Brendan Brooks, 1:2 (22 minute), Aaron Brocklehurst, 1:3(26 minute), Jared Ross, 1:4 (39 minute), and John Laliberte, 1:5 (39 minute). Following Laliberte’s goal Mannheim replaced Goalie Dennis Endras with Youri Ziffzer. Brandon Buck scored early in the Third with Ingolstadt on the power-play bringing the final score to, 1:6 (44 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Ingolstadt. First Star was Brandon Buck, Second Star Michel Periard, and Third Star Time Pielmeier.
The Adler travel to Ingolstadt on Friday, 17 April for Game four of the series. They return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 19 April to host Game Five. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.