Quarter Finals Game One: Adler Mannheim vs. Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 2:1 (0:0, 2:1, 0:0)
Adler Win Fist Quarter Final Game vs. Ice Tigers
The 10,824 fans in the SAP Arena saw a hard fought game with a playoff atmosphere on Wednesday night. Both teams have picked up their game compared to when they met on the same ice for the last game of the regular season just ten short days ago. Mannheim remained the better team over 60 minutes of play but the shift into playoffs mode was required as the Ice Tigers were coming in on a high after defeating Berlin in the Pre-playoff competition. Matthias Plachta and Jon Rheault scored for Mannheim and Leonhard Pfoederl scored for the Nürnberg. Mannheim currently leads one to nothing in the best of seven, series.
Mannheim had the better chances in a hard fought but scoreless First Period. Jamie Tardif deflected a shot from Kai Hospelt in the sixth minute that was held by Ice Tiger Keeper, Jochen Reimer. During a shorthanded counter, Mannheim’s Jon Rheault rang a shot off the post (9 minute), and Niki Goc had a good chance on a wrap around in the 16 minute. Martin Buchwieser’s shot at the end of the Period (20 minute) was held by Reimer.
Just 22 seconds into the Second Period, Matthias Plachta backhanded the puck past Reimer with an assist from Sinan Akdag, 1:0 (21 minute). The Adler’s Special Teams then killed an entire two minutes of a five-on-three advantage for the Ice Tigers. Mannheim picked up momentum following the Penalty Kill and just over a minute later Jon Rheault scored to put the Adler up by two, 2:0 (25 minute). In the 30 minute, Reimer prevented further damage with a save on Plachta. Also in the 30 minute on the other end of the ice, the same post that saved a goal against the Ice Tiger in the First, save a goal against the Adler as Tim Schuele rang a shot off of it. Arendt and Plachta were both stopped by Reimer in the 33 minute. Leonhard Pfoederl scored for Nürnberg directly following a faceoff win by the Ice Tigers in the Adler zone, 2:1 (38 minute).
The Adler also had the better chances in the Third Period. The best two of which came from Ronny Arendt but both shots were held by Reimer. Towards the middle of the Period the Adler were not as active in the Ice Tiger’s zone but presented a solid defense. Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim did not have many dangerous situations to deal with, with the exception of a shot in the 58 minute from Patrick Reimer. The score remained2:1 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Matthias Plachta (Mannheim), Second Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), and Third Star David Printz (Nürnberg).
The Adler will be on the road in Nürnberg on Friday, 13 March for Game Two of the best of seven series. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena to host Game Three on Sunday, 15 March. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 3:1 (2:0, 1:0, 0:1)
Adler Win Last Game of the Regular Season with 3:1 Win over Nürnberg
The 12,758 fans in the SAP Area saw a strong game by the Adler on Sunday afternoon. The Adler defeated the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers in their last game of the regular season. The results of the pre-playoffs will determine the next opponent for the Adler. Ronny Arendt, Martin Buchwieser, and Mirko Hoefflin scored for Mannheim and Kyle Klubertanz scored Nürnberg’s lone goal.
Mannheim started out strong in the First with Ronny Arendt scoring early during a Mannheim power-play, 1:0 (4 minute, man-advantage). The Adler knocked themselves out of their rhythm by taking unnecessary penalties but thanks to a strong penalty kill the Ice Tigers were not able to create much in the way of chances on goal. Between the first and second Adler penalties Martin Buchwieser was able to increase Mannheim’s lead, 2:0 (12 minute).
The Adler remained strong in the Second dominating the Period and not letting the Ice Tigers find their way back into the game. Mirko Hoefflin added to the Mannheim lead in the 26 minute, 3:0. Midway through the Third Kyle Klubertanz scored to finally put the Ice Tigers on the board, 3:1 (49 minute). The Ice Tigers goal was followed by two quick penalties, one of which was a five-minute-major that killed the momentum they had created from the goal. Despite the Ice Tigers pulling Goalie, Andreas Jenike for a sixth attacker with just over a minute left to play, the score remained 3:1 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Mirko Hoefflin, Second Star Martin Buchwieser, and Third Star Brandon Yip.
The Adler’s next game will be a home game on Wednesday, 11 March. The opponent for that game will be decided by the results of the pre-playoffs. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg vs. Adler Mannheim 2:0 (0:0, 2:0, 0:0)
Adler Lose Last Road Game of the Regular Season in Wolfsburg 0:2
The Adler were short five players on Friday night during their 0:2 loss to the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Adler Captain Marcus Kink was serving a suspension (game four of four game suspension), Glen Metropolit, Jochen Hecht, Sinan Akdag, and Danny Richmond were all on injured reserve. The Adler delivered a good game but were unable to beat Wolfsburg’s Goalie, ex Adler Felix Brueckmann. Sebastian Furchner and Nicholas Schaus had a goal apiece for the Grizzly Adams.
The Grizzly Adams had a difficult time finding their rhythm in the First Period but Wolfsburg Keeper, Felix Brueckmann was able to defuse the multiple chances that Mannheim had on goal. The few good chances that Wolfsburg developed in the First were easily held by Youri Ziffzer, in goal for Mannheim. The game picked up in intensity as it progressed and the 3,223 Fans in the Volksbank BraWo Eis Arena were not disappointed with the action. Sebastian Furchner put Wolfsburg on the board with a shot from the faceoff circle, 1:0 (27 minute). Six minutes later his team colleague, Nicholas Schaus added to the Grizzly Adams lead with a power-play goal, (33 minute, man-advantage).
Brueckmann remained strong in the Third, holding everything that Mannheim threw at him. Despite pulling Ziffzer in the last minute and a half of play, the Adler were unable to put the puck in net so the score remained 2:0 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Wolfsburg. First Star was Felix Brueckmann, Second Star Nicholas Schaus, and Third Star Sebastian Furchner.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena this Sunday, 1 March to play their last game of the regular season. They will be hosting the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.