Six Point Weekend For Mannheim
Adler Down Number Two and Number Three
Over the past weekend the Adler Mannheim had a good start into the final stretch of the DEL’s regular season. On Friday night they defeated the number three ranked team and defending German Champions the Ingolstadt Panther. Sunday they were in Munich and defeated the number two ranked Red Bull Munich. The two wins guarantee the Adler home ice advantage for at least the first round of the DEL Play-Offs.
The Adler won a hard fought game in Ingolstadt on Friday night by a score of 2:3. Mannheim led twice in the game on goals from Kurtis Foster, (0:1, 5 minute, man-advantage) and Frank Mauer (1:2, 13 minute, short-handed) but Brandon Buck (1:1, 10 minute) and Patrick Hager (2:2, 18 minute, man-advantage) were able to tie things up for the Panther. Adler Captain Marcus Kink scored the game winner in the Third, 2:3 (47 minute). Ingolstadt, despite pulling Goalie Timo Pielmeier for a sixth attacker was unable to retie the score before the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Second Star Petr Taticek (Ingolstadt), and Third Star Frank Mauer (Mannheim).
Sunday found the Adler in Munich where they defeated the Red Bull in a suspenseful game by a score of 1:3. Munich drew first blood on a goal from Alex Barta early in the First, 1:0 (5 minute). Two minutes later Jamie Tardif tied the game, 1:1 (7 minute). Andrew Joudrey scored the go ahead goal for Mannheim midway through the Second Period, 1:2 (28 minute, man-advantage). Munich pulled Goalie Florian Hardy for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of regulation. Jon Rheault scored an empty-netter for Mannheim as he cleared the puck from the Adler zone and it landed in the recently vacated Red Bull goal, 1:3 (59 minute, empty-net). Munich once again pulled Hardy for a sixth attacker but Mannheim was able to run out the clock. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim First Star was Glen Metropolit, Second Star Dennis Endras, and Third Star Sinan Akdag.
The two wins over the weekend allowed Mannheim to increase their lead in the DEL Rankings. They now have 97 points compared to 86 points for both the second ranked Red Bull Munich and the third ranked ERC Ingolstadt. Mannheim has also secured home ice advantage for at least the first round of the DEL Play-Offs.
Mannheim will return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday to host the Ice Bear from Berlin. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Iserlohn Roosters vs. Adler Mannheim 6:3 (2:1, 3:2, 1:0)
Adler Fall to Roosters 3:6
The 4,662 fans in the Eisstadion am Seilersee in Iserlohn saw the Adler lose a high tempo filled game to the Iserlohn Roosters on Friday night. The number one ranked Adler fell to the Roosters by a score of 6:3. Matthias Plachta (x2) and Martin Buchwieser scored for the Adler. Marco Friedrich, Brent Raedeke, Chris Connolly, Mike York (x2), and Brooks Macek were the goal scorers for Iserlohn.
Both teams created multiple chances during the First Period but it was Iserlohn’s Marco Friedrich who scored first, 1:0 (8 Minute). Matthias Plachta tied the game for the Adler a short time later, 1:1 (14 minute). The tie did not last long as Iserlohn retook the lead three minutes later on a power-play goal from Brent Raedeke, 2:1 (17 minute, man-advantage).
The Second saw the Adler shorthanded for much of the first half of the Period. Matthias Plachta retied the score with his second goal of the night at the midway part of the Period, 2:2 (30 minute). Just over three minutes later Martin Buchwieser put the Adler in the lead, 2:3 (34 minute). Just over a minute later Iserlohn answered with a goal from Chris Connolly, 3:3 (36 minute). The momentum switched to the Roosters and a minute later Mike York put the Roosters back in the lead with a power-play goal, 4:3 (37 minute, man-advantage) and Brooks Macek build on that lead less than a minute later, 5:3 (38 minute).
The Adler tried everything they could in the Third but were unable to turn the momentum. They pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker with just over two minutes to play, resulting in an empty netter for Iserlohn as Mike York scored his second of the evening, 6:3 (59 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the game were First Star Mike York (Iserlohn), Second Star Marko Friedrich (Iserlohn), and Third Star Matthias Plachta (Mannheim).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 1 February to host the Hamburg Freezers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Augsburg Panther 3:2 (1:1, 2:0, 0:1)
Mannheim Wins 3:2 Over Augsburg
Sunday afternoon was Family Day in the SAP Arena and the Adler did not disappoint the 13,216 fans in attendance, as they downed the Augsburg Panther 3:2. The win gave the Adler a much needed three points in their battle to remain on top of the DEL rankings. Danny Richmond, Jochen Hecht, and Ronny Arendt had a goal apiece for Mannheim. Phillip Riefers and Daniel DaSilva scored for Augsburg.
The Adler started the game against the twelfth ranked Panthers with a high tempo, and with only 47 seconds played, Danny Richmond backhanded the puck into the net past Augsburg Keeper, Markus Keller, 1:0 (1 minute). The Adler continued to created pressure on the Panther’s goal and had a couple of power-play chances but were unable to score on special teams. Late in the First, with Niki Goc in the box for tripping and on a delayed penalty against Marcus Kink, Phillip Riefers was able to tie the score, 1:1 (18 minute, man-advantage).
The Adler came out for the Second intent on retaking control of the game and reestablishing their lead. Jochen Hecht was able to do just that early in the Period, 2:1, (23 minute). The Adler then had another chance on the power-play but were unable to score. Shortly after the expiration of Augsburg’s penalty Ronny Arendt increased the Adler’s lead, 3:1 (28 minute). A few minutes later with two Panther in the box the Adler went on a two man advantage but remained unable to score while on the power-play.
The Adler held the Third Period under control, not allowing Augsburg much in the way of chances on goal. The Panther pulled Keller for a sixth attacker with just under two minutes to play. Daniel Dasilva scored for the Panther with 24.7 seconds remaining in regulation, 3:2 (60 minute). The Panther’s goal was too little too late as the Adler held the lead till the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Daniel Richmond, Second Star Dennis Endras, and Third Star Jochen Hecht.
Mannheim will be on the road in Iserlohn on Friday, 30 January, to face off against the Roosters. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday 1 February to host the Hamburg Freezers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.