Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 0:3 (0:0, 0:2, 0:1)
Adler Win in Nürnberg, 3:0
The Adler secured their third win in the best of seven series on Tuesday night in Nürnberg by a score of 3:0. Mannheim now leads the quarterfinals series 3:1. Goal scorers on Tuesday were Jochen Hecht, Denis Reul, and Christoph Ullmann.
The Ice Tigers had the better chances at the start of the First Period and the momentum seemed to be on their side. They had multiple chances on goal but were unable to get the puck in net. In the Thirteenth minute, Nürnberg’s Yasin Ehliz was given a five-minute major for a high stick and sent to the showers. The Adler were unable to take advantage of their five minute man-advantage situation and the First Period remained scoreless.
Mannheim came out for the Second strong and ready to play. Jochen Hecht put the Adler on the board first with a penalty shot, 0:1 (24 minute, penalty). The momentum had shifted to Mannheim as they started t create their own good chances on goal. Denis Reul increased Mannheim’s lead five minutes later, 0:2 (29 minute). Even though Mannheim had the game under control the Ice Tigers remained dangerous on the counter attack but were unable to beat Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim.
The Adler defense remained solid in the Third Period and did not allow the Ice Tigers much in the way of shots on goal. What did get through the defense was stopped by Endras. Christoph Ullmann scored late in the Period to secure the Adler victory, 0:3 (56 minute). Nürnberg pulled Goalie Jochen Reimer for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play but were unable to score as Endras earned the shutout. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim First Star was Dennis Endras, Second Star Denis Reul, and Third Star Jochen Hecht.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 20 March to host game five of the best of seven series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 6:1 (2:1, 2:0, 2:0)
Adler Win Game Three 6:1 Over Nürnberg
The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena saw a high energy game, which the Adler controlled from the start despite taking a high number of penalties. Sinan Akdag, Kai Hospelt, Glen Metropolit, Marcus Kink, Frank Mauer, and Danny Richmond all scored for Mannheim. Patrick Reimer scored the lone goal for Nürnberg. The Adler lead the best of seven series, 2:1. Game four will be in Nürnberg on Tuesday night.
It was clear following the first two games of the series that Mannheim would play a fast tempo game and create as much pressure as possible on Ice Tiger Goalie, Jochen Reimer. It took less than two minutes to confirm that assumption as Brandon Yip and Marcus Kink create the first chances on goal for Mannheim. On the other end of the ice it took five minutes before Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim, was required to make his first save. Sinan Akdag drew first blood and put the Adler in the lead, 1:0 (9 minute). Jon Rheault was unable to convert on a penalty-shot a short time later but Kai Hospelt was able to deflect in a shot from Matthias Plachta to increase the Adler’s lead, 2:0 (14 minute). The Ice Tigers Patrick Reimer answered quickly with a goal exactly one minute later, 2:1 (15 minute).
In the Second Period Mannheim found themselves twice playing three-on five hockey, in back to back situations. Mannheim was able to kill all of the penalties, which gave them added momentum. Glen Metropolit scored for Mannheim in the 28 minute, 3:1 and Marcus Kink scored a shorthanded goal two minutes later, 4:1 (30 minute, shorthanded). The Ice Tigers had a goal disallowed in the Second Period due to it having been kicked into the goal.
The Adler started the Third Period with a couple of hard checks to let the Ice Tigers know that they were not going to shift to a more passive game despite their comfortable lead. Halfway through the Period Frank Mauer added to the Adler lead, 5:1 (50 minute) and Danny Richmond bought the final score to 6:1 with a power-play goal (57 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Marcus Kink, Second Star Frank Mauer, and Third Star Denis Reul.
The Adler will be in Nürnberg on Tuesday, 17 March for Game Four of the best of seven series. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 20 March for Game Five. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 3:2 (1:2, 0:0, 2:0)
Ice Tigers Tie Series at One Apiece
The Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers were able to tie the best of seven Quarterfinals series on Friday night with a 3:2 win over the Adler Mannheim. The 8,249 fans in the Nürnberg Arena enjoyed an intensive and suspenseful game that was decided in the last minutes of play. Kai Hospelt and Matthias Plachta put the Adler in the lead twice but Leonhard Pfoederl and Tim Schuele were both able to tie the score and Corey Locke scored the game winner for the Ice Tigers with just over two minutes left in regulation.
The game was hard fought from the opening faceoff. Mannheim had the somewhat better start in the game with Kai Hospelt scoring early in the First Period, 0:1 (4 minute). The lead was short lived, two minutes later, with both Richmond and Goc in the box for Mannheim, Leonhard Pfoederl scored to tie the game, 1:1 (6 minute, two-man-advantage). The chances on goal swung back and forth with Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim, and Nürnberg Keeper, Jochen Reimer playing an integral part in keeping their teams in the game. Late in the Period Kai Hospelt played a no look pass from behind the goal to Matthias Plachta, who was able to beat Reimer to once again give Mannheim the lead, 1:2 (19 minute).
The Adler were the better team in the Second creating multiple chances on goal. The Ice Tigers showed little in the way of offence in the Second and can be grateful that Reimer held them in the game. Things picked up for the Ice Tigers in the Third with Tim Schuele tying the score early in the Period, 2:2 (47 minute). Mannheim had to move to the penalty kill with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, as Jochen Hecht was sent to the box on an interference call. Corey Locke was able to score for the Ice Tigers just as Hecht’s penalty expired, 3:2 (58 minute). Despite 43 shots on goal compared to the Ice Tigers 23 shots on goal, Mannheim remained unable to find a solution to beat Reimer. The Adler pulled Endras for a sixth attacker but the score remained 3:2 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Jochen Reimer (Nürnberg), Second Star Yasin Ehliz (Nürnberg), and Third Star Denis Reul (Mannheim).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena for Game Three of the best of seven series on Sunday, 15 March. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30. Game Three is currently sold out.