DEL Finals, Adler Mannheim vs ERC Ingolstadt Tied at One Game Apiece
The Adler won a hard fought game on Friday night in the SAP Arena during overtime by a score of 2:1. The ERC Ingolstadt defeated the Adler in Ingolstadt Sunday afternoon 5:2. The DEL Final best of seven series is tied at one game apiece. Game three will be in Mannheim on Tuesday, 14 April.
Despite out shooting the Ingolstadt Panthers 45 to 24 the Adler had a difficult game on Friday before 13,600 hometown fans in the sold out SAP Arena. Following a fast paced scoreless First Period, Petr Taticek put Ingolstadt on the board first, 0:1 (29 minute). It did not take Christoph Ullmann long to answer for the Adler as he scored a short 18 seconds later to tie the score, 1:1 (29 minute). The game remained tied at one through the remainder of regulation. Ronny Arendt scored the game winner for the Adler 5 minutes into the First Overtime Period, 2:1 (29 minute) to give Mannheim a one game lead in the series.
The Adler were in Ingolstadt for Game Two on Sunday afternoon and suffered a 5:2 loss to the Panther. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Ronny Arendt and Bobby Raymond. Brandon Buck (x2), Jared Ross, Derek Hahn, and Petr Taticek scored for Ingolstadt. The Adler had a difficult time finding their rhythm in Game Two and Ingolstadt was able to use that to their advantage. Mannheim escaped out of the First Period with the score still tied at zero. That ended with less than a minute played in the Second when Brandon Buck scored a power-play goal to give Ingolstadt the lead, 1:0 (21 minute, man-advantage). Buck scored again toward the end of the Second increasing the Panther’s lead, 2:0 (36 minute). Ronny Arendt scored in the Third to bring the Adler back within one, 2:1 (47 minute). Less than two minutes later Jared Ross restored Ingolstadt’s two point lead, 3:1 (49 minute). Derek Hahn increased the lead to three goals while on the power-play a short time later, 4:1 (51 minute, man-advantage). Bobby Richmond then scored shorthanded goal for the Adler, 4:2 (55 minute, shorthanded). Mannheim pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker with two minutes left in regulation. Petr Taticek scored an empty netter to seal the deal for Ingolstadt, 5:1 (60 minute, empty-net) The Series is now tied at one game apiece.
Mannheim will return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 14 April for Game Three of the series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. The game will be broadcast live on Servus TV and Radio Regenbogen will also have the play by play.
ADLER ADVANCE TO THE DEL FINALS!
Grizzly Adams vs. Adler Mannheim 3:5 (0:0, 3:0, 0:5)
For the third time in the quarterfinal series against the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg the Adler Mannheim were able to comeback from a 0:3 deficit to win the game. The 5:3 victory over the Grizzly Adams on Thursday night gave the Adler a sweep over Wolfsburg and they now advance to the DEL Finals. Following a scoreless First Period the Adler were outscored by Wolfsburg 3:0 in the Second Period. In the Third Period Matthias Plachta, Jochen Hecht, Kurtis Foster, Kai Hospelt, and Andrew Joudrey scored for Mannheim, while Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras allowed no Third Period goals. Goal scorers for Wolfsburg were Matthew Dzieduszycki, Norman Milley, and Sebastian Furchner.
Both teams played it safe in the First Period concentrating on a more defensive style of play. The play swung back and forth with few good chances on either side and the game remained scoreless at the First break. Wolfsburg came out strong in the Second with Matthew Dzieduszycki scoring midway through the Period, 1:0 (31 minute). The Adler had difficulty finding their rhythm and took four penalties in the last half of the Period. Wolfsburg was able to take advantage of the situation scoring twice during that time period. Norman Milley scored a power-play goal to give Wolfsburg a 2;0 lead (33 minute, man-advantage) and Sebastian Furchner scored just as Jochen Hecht was coming out of the box, 3:0 (39 minute).
The Adler started the Third Period once again on the penalty kill but in their never say die mindset they were able to kill the penalty and Matthias Plachta was able to finally put the Adler on the board during a double power-play, 3:1 (45 minute, two-man-advantage). Close to the midway point of the Period Jochen Hecht was able to bring the Adler within one during a Mannheim power-play, 3:2 (49 minute, man-advantage). The sudden change of momentum in the game coupled with the fact that the Adler had already comeback from a 3:0 deficit twice before in the series seemed to make the Grizzly Adams nervous. Kurtis Foster scored the third Adler power-play goal of the Period to tie the game, 3:3 (54 minute, man-advantage). The game remained suspenseful up until the last minute of play when Kai Hospelt tipped the puck in the net on a pass from Jon Rheault, 3:4 (60 minute). Wolfsburg pulled Goalie Felix Brueckmann for a sixth attacker but the end result was an empty net goal by Andrew Joudrey, 3:5 (60 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Kai Hospelt (Mannheim), Second Star Felix Brueckmann (Wolfsburg), and Third Star Kurtis Foster (Mannheim).
Following the Sweep of Wolfsburg the Adler will now have a week of until the first game of the best of seven finals. The Alder’s opponent has not been decided at this time as the semifinal series between Ingolstadt and Düsseldorf is still being played. Regardless of the outcome of that series the Adler will have home ice advantage in the series and their next game will be at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 10 April. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 4:0 (1:0, 1:0, 2:0)
Adler Down Wolfsburg 4:0 and Take 3:0 Lead in Semifinals
The Adler spared the 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena the suspense of the first two games in the DEL Semifinals. The Alder had a clear 4:0 victory over the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg on Tuesday night. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Andrew Joudrey, Mirko Hoefflin, Jochen Hecht and Denis Reul. Adler Goalie Dennis Endras celebrated his eighth shutout of the season. The Adler now have a 3:0 lead in the best of seven series.
Despite playing without the injured Jamie Tardif and Christoph Ullmann, the Adler were able to dominate the game from the opening faceoff. Wolfsburg Goalie, Felix Brueckmann had a lot more work than Adler Goalie Dennis Endras. The Adler were not only able to control the game during five-on-five play they were also dominate on the penalty kill and the power-play continued to be successful against the Grizzly Adams. The first power-play goal of the evening came from Andrew Joudrey to put the Adler into the lead, 1:0 (10 minute, man-advantage). The lead was well deserved and the Adler had multiple chances to build on it during the period. On the other end of the ice Wolfsburg was really only dangerous during one power-play in the First Period but Dennis Endras held the lead for Mannheim.
The Adler continued to create pressure on Wolfsburg’s goal during the Second Period with multiple shots on goal. Mirko Hoefflin scored midway through the period to increase Mannheim’s lead, 2:0 (32 minute). The Adler were once again on the power-play at the start of the Third Period when Jochen Hecht scored less than a minute into the period, 3:0 (41 minute, man-advantage). The Adler continued to be the dominate team. With ten minutes left to play Wolfsburg started to create their first real chances during the period but were unable to beat Endras. The Grizzly Adams pulled Brueckmann for a sixth attacker and Denis Reul scored an empty-netter to bring the final score to 4:0 (60 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim First Star was Brandon Yip, Second Star Dennis Endras, and Third Star Mirko Hoefflin.
The Adler will be on the road in Wolfsburg on Thursday, 2 April for game four of the best of seven series. If they win on Thursday the series is over and they move to the next round, if they do not win on Thursday game five will be on Saturday, 4 April in the SAP Arena.