Adler Mannheim vs. Ice Bear Berlin 6:4 (1:1, 3:2, 2:1)
Frank Mauer Scored a Hat Trick in a 6:4 Mannheim Victory Over Berlin
The Adler beat Berlin 6:4 in front of a home town crowd in the sold out SAP Arena. The 13,600 fans in attendance Sunday evening saw a goal rich environment develop over the course of the game. Mannheim had to come from behind twice to equalize the score. Frank Mauer scored a hat trick and Christoph Ullmann, Denis Reul, and Marcus Kink each scored a goal apiece for the Adler. Darin Olver (x2), Frank Hoerdler, and Laurin Braun scored for Berlin.
The game was hard fought with a high tempo from the opening faceoff. Both teams had multiple good chances on goal but both goalies, Dennis Endras for Mannheim and Petri Vehanen for Berlin had a strong First Period. Christoph Ullmann drew first blood for the Adler, 1:0 (11 minute) but it took Berlin less than a minute to answer with a power-play goal from Frank Hoerdler, 1:1 (12 minute, man-advantage). Chances continued to develop on both sides over the remainder of the Period but the score remained tied at one at the first break.
Darin Oliver scored a power-play goal early in the Second Period to give Berlin the lead, 1:2 (22 minute, man-advantage). It was now Mannheim’s turn for a quick answer, in the form of a power-play goal from Frank Mauer, 2:2 (24 minute, man-advantage). Close to midway through the Period Darin Oliver scored his second power-play goal of the night to put Berlin back in front, 2:3 (29 minute, man-advantage). Once again Mannheim found a quick answer as Denis Reul retied the score, 3:3 (31 minute). Frank Mauer scored the go ahead goal, his second of the night, one second before the end of the Period, 4:3 (40 minute).
The Adler were not about to give up the lead in the Third. Marcus Kink scored what was to be the game winner early in the Period, 5:3 (45 minute). In the 49 minute with Mannheim’s Buchwieser in the box for interference, Berlin pulled Vehanen for a sixth attacker. Mannheim just missed scoring an empty netter twice during this phase. A short time later Mannheim went on the power-play and Mauer scored again earning a hat trick, 6:3 (51 minute, man-advantage). Two and a half minutes before the final horn Laurin Braun scored for Berlin, 6:4 (58 minute). Berlin once again pulled Vehanen for a sixth attacker but the final score remained 6:4.
Mannheim remains at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 16 January, when they will host the second ranked EHC Red Bull Munich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Augsburg Panther vs. Adler Mannheim 3:1 (1:0, 0:0, 2:1)
Adler Lose 3:1 in Augsburg
The Adler suffered their first back to back DEL losses of the season with a 3:1 loss to the Augsburg Panther on Friday night. Mannheim played without the injured Glen Metropolit and Jamie Tardif while Matthias Plachta returned to the lineup after serving his four game suspension. The Adler’s loan goal was scored by Kai Hospelt. Luigi Caporusso (x2) and Daniel Weiss scored for Augsburg.
The Panther had the better start in the game and Luigi Caporusso put the Panther on the board early in the first with a shot that took an unlucky bounce for Mannheim as it deflected off the skate of an Adler and into the net, 1:0 (6 minute). The Adler created several good chances on goal but were stopped by Panther Goalie Chris Mason.
The Second Period was very similar to the First. Mannheim had good chances on goal but were unable to get past Mason. On the other end of the ice the Panther were also able to create their own chances on goal. The best chance for Augsburg came from Brett Bretkreuz in the 30 minute, when he rang a shot of the pipes. At the second break the score remained 1:0.
Midway through the Third Period Kai Hospelt tied the score, 1:1 (50 minute). The game swayed back and forth with both teams having chances to capture the lead. With just over a minute left in regulation Luigi Caporusso scored his second of the evening, 2:1 (59 minute) restoring the Panthers one point lead. Mannheim pulled Goalie Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker and 14 seconds before the end of regulation Daniel Weiss hit the empty net for Augsburg, 3:1 (60 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Augsburg. First Star was Luigi Caporusso, Second Star Christopher Mason, and Third Star Spencer Machacek.
The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 11 January to host the Ice Bear Berlin. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45.
Adler Split Last Two Games
Adler Win in Hamburg but Lose in Nürnberg
The Adler defeated the Hamburg Freezers on Sunday afternoon in a close hard fought match by a score of 3:2. On Sunday the Adler traveled to Nürnberg to face the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The Adler were shut-out for the first time this year with a 0:4 loss. The Adler remain in first place in the DEL with a 12 point lead over the number two ranked EHC Red Bull Munich.
Both Matthias Plachta and Marcus Kink were suspended and unable to play in the game in Hamburg on Sunday afternoon. The 12,800 fans in the sold out o2 World Hamburg, included a large number of Mannheim fans that had traveled to the game on a special fan train. The fans were not disappointed, they witnessed a hard fought match from the opening faceoff. The Scoreless First Period had multiple chances on goal on both ends of the ice but Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim as well as Hamburg’s Goalie Sebastien Caron had a strong period. Midway through the Second Period Morten Madsen put the Freezers in the lead with a power-play goal, 1:0 (32 minute, man-advantage). Five minutes later the Adler answered back in the form of a goal from Jochen Hecht, 1:1 (37 minute). Early in the Third Period Hamburg was once again on the power-play, when Frank Mauer put the Adler in the lead, 1:2 (46 minute, shorthanded). Ten minutes later Sinan Akdag increased the Adler lead with a power-play goal, 1:3 (56 minute, man-advantage). Kevin Clark answered for Hamburg 16 seconds later, 2:3 (56 minute) bringing Hamburg back within one. The game remained suspenseful but despite pulling Caron for a sixth attacker in the last minutes of the game, Hamburg was unable to retie the score. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Second Star Philippe Dupuis (Hamburg), and Third Star Jochen Hecht (Mannheim).
The Adler had eleven wins in a row and had not been shutout this season, both of those statistics ended on Tuesday evening in Nürnberg. Jason Jaspers put the Ice Tigers on the board with a power-play goal midway through the First, 1:0 (11 minute). Ice Tiger’s Captain Patrick Reimer scored midway through the Second Period to add to the lead, 2:0 (30 minute). Just over halfway through the Third Period the Ice Tigers increased their lead even further on a shot from Jasin Ehliz, 3:0 (53 minute). Mannheim pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker with two and a half minutes left in regulation. Ex-Adler Marc El-Sayed scored and empty netter, 4:0 (58 minute, empty net). The score remained 4:0 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Nürnberg. First Star was Andreas Jenike, Second Star Derek Joslin, and Third Star Patrick Reimer.
The Adler remain on the road this Friday, 9 January 2015. They will be in Augsburg to face off against the Panther. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 11 January to host the Ice Bear from Berlin. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45.