Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg vs. Adler Mannheim 3:5 (3:2, 0:1, 0:2)
DEL Semifinals Game 2, Adler With Second Come From Behind Win Over Wolfsburg
For the second time in as many games the Adler returned from a three point deficit to defeat the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Mannheim now leads the best of seven series 2:0. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Andrew Joudrey, Frank Mauer (x2), Matthias Plachta, and Marcus Kink. Tyler Scofield, Sergej Stas, and Jeffery Likens scored for Wolfsburg.
Mannheim had what appeared to be the better start in the penalty filled First Period but a goal from Kai Hospelt in the first two minutes of play was disallowed by the referees after reviewing the instant replay. On the other end of the ice in the fifth minute Wolfsburg was awarded a penalty shot but Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim held. Shortly after that things headed south quickly for the Adler. In a span of two and a half minutes Wolfsburg was able to score three goals. Tyler Scofield scored a power play goal, 1:0 (6 minute, man-advantage), followed by a goal from Sergej Stas, 2:0 (8 minute), and 29 seconds later a goal from Jeffery Likens, 3:0 (8 minute). The Adler were not willing to give up and fought their way back with Andrew Joudrey scoring a power play goal to cut Wolfsburg’s lead to two, 3:1 (10 minute, two-man-advantage) and a short time later Frank Mauer brought the Adler to within one, 3:2 (17 minute).
The Second Period was a little calmer than the first with fewer penalties on both sides. The Period remained scoreless until 13 seconds before the Second Break when Matthias Plachta tied the score with a power play goal, 3:3 (40 minute). Both teams concentrated more on the Defense in the Third Period. The Adler were able to put some pressure on Wolfsburg’s Goalie, Felix Brueckmann while the Grizzly Adams remained dangerous on the counter attack. Frank Mauer scored the game winner while on the power play, 4:3 (57 minute, man-advantage). Wolfsburg pulled Brueckmann for a sixth attacker with just over a minute left in regulation. Adler Captain Marcus Kink scored an empty netter to seal the deal for Mannheim, 5:3 (60 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Frank Mauer (Mannheim), Second Star Felix Brueckmann (Wolfsburg), and Third Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 31 March to host the Grizzly Adams in game three of the series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 5:4 O.T. (0:1, 2:3, 2:0, 0:0)
DEL Semifinals Game One, Adler Win Overtime Thriller 5:4 Over Wolfsburg
Despite trailing by 0:3 and 1:4 the Adler pull out a 5:4 overtime win against Wolfsburg on Friday night in front of a hometown crowd in the sold out SAP Arena. Matthias Plachta, Glen Metropolit, Sinan Akdag, and Frank Mauer scored for the Adler in regulation play. Jon Rheault had the game winner for Mannheim in the First Overtime Period. Marco Rosa, Hoehenleitner (x2), and Norman Milley scored for Wolfsburg.
Both teams created multiple chances on goal from the opening face off in what was to be a high energy hard fought duel. Mannheim had the slightly better chances in the First Period but it was Marco Rosa who scored just over a minute before the break to give Wolfsburg the lead, 0:1 (19 minute). The Adler Defense was disorganized at the start of the Second Period and Wolfsburg made them pay for it with two goals early in the Period. Hoehenleitner scored with just under four minutes played in the Period, 0:2 (24 minute) and three minutes later Norman Milley increased Wolfsburg’s lead, 0:3 (27 minute). It was Matthias Plachta that finally put the Adler on the board with a power-play goal half way through the Period, 1:3 (31 minute). Hoehenleitner scored his second of the night to restore the Grizzly Adam’s three point lead, 1:4 (37 minute). Glen Metropolit was able to cut the lead with just over a minute left in the Second, 2:4 (39 minute).
The Adler replaced Goalie Dennis Endras with Youri Ziffzer at the start of the Third. The Adler began to create more pressure on ex Adler Felix Brueckmann, in goal for Wolfsburg. Midway through the Period Sinan Akdag scored and reestablished the self confidence in the team, 3:4 (51 minute). Only 19 seconds later Frank Mauer tied the score, 4:4 (51 minute). The game remained tied at the end of regulation and moved into the First Overtime Period. Jon Rheault redirected a shot from Sinan Akdag into the net exactly 16 minutes into the Period, 5:4 (74 minute) to give the Adler the first win in the best of seven series. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim), Second Star Jonathan Rheault (Mannheim), and Third Star Christoph Hoehenleitner (Wolfsburg).
The Adler will be on the road in Wolfsburg for game two of the DEL Semifinals on Sunday, 29 March. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 31 March for game three of the series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 4:3 O.T. (0:2, 3:1, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Clinch Spot in Semifinals with 4:3 Win Over Nürnberg
The Adler Mannheim defeated the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers before a hometown crowd of 13,074 fans by a score of 4:3 in Sudden Death Overtime. The Adler trailed by two at the end of the First Period but were able to tie the score in the Second. Nürnberg took the lead again during the Second but the Period ended tied at three all. After a scoreless Third Period the game proceeded into Sudden Death Overtime. The Adler won the game seven minutes into the First Overtime Period. Mannheim has secured a place in the semifinals, Nürnberg on the other hand is done for the season. Goal scores for Mannheim were Kai Hospelt, Frank Mauer (X2), and Christoph Ullmann. Yasin Ehliz, Leonhard Pfoederl, and Marcus Weber each had a goal apiece for the Ice Tigers.
The Ice Tigers had to win to stay alive in the series and that is exactly how they started the game. While Mannheim did not produce much in the way of goals in the First Period Nürnberg had several good chances and were rewarded with the lead on a power-play goal from Yasin Ehliz, 0:1 (15 minute, man-advantage). Less than a minute later Leonard Pfoederl scored to extend Nurnberg’s lead, 0:2 (16 minute).
The Adler came out strong for the Second and started to create massive pressure on Andreas Jenike, in Goal for the Ice Tigers. Kai Hospelt brought the Adler within one with a power-play goal in the 26 minute, 1;2 (26 minute, man-advantage). Three minutes later Frank Mauer tied the score, 2;2 (29 minute). The euphoria from the tie did not last long as Marcus Weber put Nürnberg back out in front, 2:3 (31 minute). Christoph Ullmann retied the score five minutes later, 3:3 (36 minute). The score remained tied at the break.
The Third Period was hard fought but scoreless. Mannheim had a man-advantage situation a few minutes before the end of regulation but were unable to convert. The game proceeded into Sudden Death Overtime. Frank Mauer scored the game winner in the seventh minute of Overtime to clench the series for Mannheim. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Frank Mauer, Second Star Denis Reul, and Third Star Nikolai Goc.
The Adler now advance to the Semifinals of the DEL and will host the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg on Friday, 27 March for game one of the best of seven series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.