Cologne Haie vs. Adler Mannheim 5:3 (1:0, 1:2, 3:1)
Adler Lose in Cologne 3:5
The Adler lost their sixth road game of the season on Thursday night in Cologne. The Adler fell to the Cologne Haie by a score of 3:5. Andrew Joudrey, Sinan Akdag and Jon Rheault had a goal apiece for Mannheim. Chris Minard (x2), James Johnson, Nick Latta, and Ryan Jones scored for Cologne.
The game started with both teams concentrating on the defense while trying to get a feel for their opponent. Both teams developed good chances on goal in the First Period but it was Chris Minard that scored first for the Haie, 1:0 (16 minute).
The Adler had a better start in the Second Period with Andrew Joudrey shooting a power-play goal to tie the game, 1:1 (26 minute, man-advantage). Eight minutes later Chris Minard scored his second of the night, restoring Colognes lead, 2:1 (34 minute). Sinan Akdag scored for Mannheim, just prior to the horn, 2:2 (40 minute).
James Johnson scored early in the Third to reestablish Cologne’s one point lead, 3:2 (44 minute). Nick Latta scored midway through the Period, adding to Cologne’s lead, 4:2 (49 minute). Jon Rheault scored with a couple minutes remaining to bring Mannheim back within one, 4:3 (58 minute). Mannheim pulled Goalie Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker with just over two minutes to play. Ryan Jones scored an empty netter, sealing Mannheim’s fate, 5:3 (60 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the game were all from Cologne. First Star was Christopher Minard, Second Star Douglas Murray, and Third Star Danny aus den Birken.
Mannheim returns home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 25 January to host the Augsburg Panther. There are currently only tickets remaining for the Standing Area. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Schwenninger Wild Wings vs. Adler Mannheim 1:5 (1:1, 0:2, 0:2)
Adler Down Wild Wings 5:1
The Adler won the Baden-Württemberg rivalry by a score of 5:1. Kurtis Foster (x2), Frank Mauer, Jochen Hecht, and Jamie Tardif scored for Mannheim. The loan Wild Wings goal was scored by Nicholas Palmieris.
The game could not have started worse for Mannheim. Not even two minutes had been played and Matthias Plachta and Denis Reul had two minute minors separated by only 27 seconds. Schwenningen had problems developing a rhythm for their double power-play. Just prior to the second penalty expiring they were able to score and take the lead when Nicholas Palmieris deflected a shot into goal, 1:0 (4 minute, man-advantage). The Wild Wings had bigger penalty problems a couple of minutes later when Simon Danner drew a five minute major penalty and was sent to the showers for a charging penalty against Denis Reul. Reul was injured on the play. A short time later Ashton Rome also drew a five minute major and was sent to the showers for a check from behind against Danny Richmond. Richmond also went to the box on a two minute minor for roughing. Kurtis Foster scored on the resulting Adler power-play to tie the game, 1:1 (8 minutes, man-advantage).
The Wild Wings concentrated themselves on the defense during the Second Period while the Adler went on the attack. Frank Mauer put the Adler in the lead with a power-play goal, 1:2 (28 minute, man-advantage). Just over two minutes later with the Adler once again on the power-play, Kurtis Foster scored his second of the afternoon, 1:3 (31 minute, man-advantage).
Jochen Hecht increased the Adler’s lead early in the Third, 1:4 (42 minute). With two and a half minutes left to play Jamie Tardif scored to bring the final score to 1:5 (58 minutes). The Three stars of the game were, First Star Kurtis Foster (Mannheim), Second Star Frank Mauer (Mannheim), and Third Star Sascha Goc (Schwenningen).
The Adler remain on the road on Thursday when they will be in Cologne to face-off against the Cologne Haie. They will return home on Sunday, 25 January when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. EHC Red Bull Munich 4:5 (3:3, 0:2, 1:0)
Adler Come Up Short Against Munich
The match between the two best ranked teams in the DEL was hard fought and high scoring. Mannheim led twice in the game but was unable to hold the lead losing to Munich by a score of 4:5. Danny Richmond, Matthias Plachta, Jochen Hecht, and Sinan Akdag each had a goal apiece for the Adler. Yannic Seidenberg (x2), Garrett Roe, David Meckler, and Alex Barta were the goal scorers for Munich.
The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena saw a furious First Period, that had Mannheim leading twice but the game tied at the break. Danny Richmond scored early for Mannheim, 1:0 (4 minute) but was answered by Munich’s Yannic Seidenberg who tied the score just 15 seconds later, 1:1 (4 minute). Matthias Plachta scored at the midway point of the Period to once again give Mannheim the lead, 2:1 (10 minute). Just over a minute later Jochen Hecht added to the Adler’s lead, 3:1 (11 minute). Munich then pulled Goalie Florian Hardy and replaced him with Niklas Treutle. The shakeup appeared to work for the Red Bull, they scored a minute later on a shot from Garrett Roe, 3:2 (12 minute). Four minutes later David Meckler tied the game, 3:3 (16 minute).
Alex Barta scored early in the Second to put Munich in the lead, 3:4 (24 minute). Halfway through the Period Yannic Seidenberg scored his second of the night, 3:5 (31 minute). Following the fifth Red Bull goal Mannheim pulled Goalie Dennis Endras and replaced him with Youri Ziffzer.
Mannheim created multiple chances in the Third but were only able to score once, a power-play goal from Sinan Akdag, 4:5 (53 minute, man-advantage). Despite pulling Ziffzer for a sixth attacker, Mannheim was unable to tie the score. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Alexander Barta (Munich), Second Star Yannic Seidenberg (Munich), and Third Star Matthias Plachta (Mannheim).
The Adler will be on the road in Schwenningen on Sunday and in Cologne on Thursday. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 25 January to host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.