Adler Mannheim vs. Schwenninger Wild Wings 5:2 (1:0, 1:1, 3:1)
Adler Start New Year with Home Game Win Against Schwenningen - 5:2
The Adler started the year 2015 right, with a 5:2 to victory over their archrivals, the Schwenninger Wild Wings. Despite the Adler controlling a major portion of the game, the result was open until late in the Third Period. Ullmann, Hoefflin, Mauer (x2), and Akdag all scored for Mannheim. Sacher and Greentree had a goal apiece for the Wild Wings.
At the start of the First Period, the 11,657 fans in the SAP Arena saw what was expect of a first place team playing against a next to last place team. Mannheim controlled the Period with Schwenningen only managing two shots on goal for the entire 20 Minutes. Mannheim should have went into the break with a two goal lead but the referees disallowed a goal from Jamie Tardif claiming that after reviewing the instant replay that an Adler was in the Schwenningen crease. So the only goal the referees allowed in the Period was the shot from Christoph Ullmann in the 15 minute, 1:0.
Early in the Second Period, Mirko Sacher took advantage of a mistake by the Adler in the neutral zone and tied the score, 1:1 (24 minute). The Wild Wings started to create more pressure on Mannheim but just over four minutes later Mirko Hoefflin scored to reestablish Mannheim’s lead, 2:1 (28 minute). The Adler were then able to bring the game back under control and the score remained at 2:1 at the second break.
Kyle Greentree scored for the Wild Wings midway through the Third to retie the game, 2:2 (48 minute). Frank Mauer had a quick answer for Mannheim when he scored less than a minute later, 3:2 (49 minute). In the 56 minute Sinan Akdag scored a Power-Play goal to put the Adler up by two, 4:2 (56 minute, man-advantage). With just under two minutes to play the Wild Wing’s pulled goalie Dimitri Paetzold for a sixth attacker. In the last minute of play, Frank Mauer scored his second of the night when he put the puck in the empty Schwenningen goal, 5;2 (60 minute, empty netter). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Frank Mauer, Second Star Jochen Hecht, and Third Star Mirko Hoefflin.
The Adler will now start a three game road trip. Sunday they will be in Hamburg to face off against the second place Freezers. On Tuesday they travel to Nürnberg to play the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers and next Friday they will be in Augsburg to take on the Panther. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 11 December to host the Berlin Ice Bear. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45.
Düsseldorf EG vs. Adler Mannheim 2:4 (1:1, 1:1, 0:2)
4:2 Road Win Against the DEG
The Adler Mannheim won their last game of calendar year 2014 on Tuesday night in Düsseldorf by a score of 2:4. Andrew Joudrey, Jochen Hecht, Ronny Arendt, and Martin Buchwieser scored for the Adler. Andreas Martinsen scored twice for the DEG.
Both the Adler Mannheim and the Düsseldorf EG wanted to end the year on a good note with win but it was Mannheim that dominated most of the First Period. The Adler created multiple good chances on goal early but were unable to get passed Tyler Beskorowany, in goal for the DEG. Halfway through the Period, Andrew Joudrey put the Adler on the board, 0:1 (10 minute). The Mannheim goal seemed to be a wakeup call for the DEG and in the 12 minute they had their first shot on goal but it was easily handled by Mannheim Goalie Dennis Endras. The chances on goal improved for Düsseldorf and Andreas Martinsen was able to tie the score, 1:1 (17 minute).
Not quite a minute was played in the Second Period when Jochen Hecht reestablished Mannheim’s lead, 1:2 (21 minute). The lead did not last long. Five minutes later Andreas Martinsen once again scored to retie the game, 2:2 (26 minute). The game swayed back and forth throughout the remainder of the Second. 36 seconds prior to the end of the Period, Adler Captain Marcus Kink collided with the DEG’s Andre Olimb. Olimb remained injured on ice. Kink was given a five-minute-major and sent to the showers for a Check to the Knee. At the same time Adler Glen Metropolit was given a two-minute-minor for Hacking. Mannheim was now faced with being two men short for two minutes. They held for the remainder of the Second and the score remained tied at two apiece at the Second Break.
In the beginning of the Third the Adler killed the rest of Metropolit’s minor penalty as well as the rest of Kink’s major penalty. Midway through the Period, with Mannheim once again shorthanded, Ronny Arendt had a breakaway on Beskorowany. Arendt was fouled and awarded a Penalty-Shot. He scored the go ahead and game winning goal with his Penalty Shot, 2:3 (52 minute, penalty-shot, shorthanded). With a minute and a half remaining in regulation, Düsseldorf pulled Beskorowany for a sixth attacker. Nine seconds prior to the final horn Martin Buchwieser scored and empty netter, 2:4 (60 minute, empty-net) to seal the deal for the Adler. The Three Stars of the Game were, First Star Kai Hospelt (Mannheim), Second Star Andreas Martinsen (Düsseldorf), and Third Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on New Year’s Day, Thursday, 1 January 2015 to host their archrivals the Schwenninger Wild Wings. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45.
Matthias Plachta Suspended for Five Games
Matthias Plachta was suspended for five games by the DEL Disciplinary Panel and was given a fine. The 23 year old Adler had a five-minute-major plus a Match Penalty on Friday night in Wolfsburg for boarding.
“The Wolfsburg player Brent Aubin was defenseless against the check and could not prepare himself for the hit. Also Aubin was a dangerous distance from the boards and Plachta should have recognized that and adjusted his method of play accordingly. According to the attending physician Aubin suffered a serious injury as a result of the check. “(Translated from the Official DEL explanation of the suspension)
Matthias Plachta will be not be available to the Adler until 11 January 2015 in the home game against the Ice Bear Berlin.