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Adler Mannheim vs. Krefeld Pinguine 5:1 (0:0, 4:1, 1:0)
Adler Win Seventh in a Row with 5:1 Victory Over Krefeld
The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena watched the Adler win their seventh in a row as they downed the Krefeld Pinguine 5:1. The game was the yearly “Spiel der leuchtenden Herzen (game of the glowing hearts), where the Adler organization sell small flashing hearts and donate the proceeds to charity. The win combined with Munich’s loss in Iserlohn increased the Adler’s lead in the DEL rankings to thirteen points ahead of the second place Red Bull Munich. Following a scoreless First Period Denis Reul, Kai Hospelt, Mirko Hoefflin, and Jon Rheault scored for the Adler in the Second. Jamie Tardif scored the Adler’s fifth goal in the Third Period. Krefeld’s loan goal was scored by Andreas Driendl in the Second Period.
The First Period was hard fought on both sides with both goalies keeping their teams in the game. Despite a five-on-three power play the Adler were unable to get passed Tomas Duba, in goal for Krefeld. The Pinguine also created good chances on goal but were also unable to find away to beat Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras. The game remained scoreless going into the first break.
The Adler shifted into a higher gear of the Second and were rewarded just over five minutes into the Period when Denis Reul put the Adler on the board with a shot from the blue line, 1:0 (26 minute). A minute and a half later Kai Hospelt scored what was to be the game winner, 2:0 (27 minute). Mirko Hoefflin scored his first goal of the season five minutes later to increase the Adler lead to three, 3:0 (32 minute). Shortly thereafter Dennis Endras held on a breakaway chance for Krefeld’s Beechey. Matthias Plachta rang a shot off the cross-bar that appeared for some to have crossed the goal line. The referees let play continue and Andreas Driendl was able to score Krefeld’s lone goal of the game, 3:1 (39 minute). Due to the stoppage in play the referees were then able to review the video replay and see that the puck on Mauer’s shot had indeed not crossed the Krefeld goal line, thus making Driendl’s goal correct. The Adler found the proper answer a minute later, two seconds prior to the end of the Period, when Jon Rheault restored Mannheim’s three point lead, 4:1 (40 minute).
Jamie Tardif scored early in the Third bringing the final score to 5:1 (43 minute). Following Tardif’s goal Krefeld pulled Tomas Duba and replaced him with Patrick Klein. On the other end Dennis Endras continued to steal chances away from the Pinguine by making super saves. Klein was able to prevent any further damage for Krefeld but the Adler had the game under control and left the Pinguine no chance for a comeback. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Jamie Tardif, Second Star Matthias Plachta, and Third Star Glen Metropolit.
The Adler remain home in the SAP Arena on Friday 26, December when they will host the Cologne Haie. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45. The 26th of December is a German Holiday therefore the early start time.
Adler with Six Point Weekend
The Adler Mannheim won both of their road games over the past weekend. On Friday night they were in Ingolstadt to face-off against the defending German Champions, the ERC Ingolstadt Panthers. The Adler defeated the Panther by a score of 2:1. On Sunday evening the Adler were in Straubing to play against the last (14) ranked Straubing Tigers. The Adler defeated the Tigers 4:1. With the two wins Mannheim has increased their lead over the second place Red Bull Munich to ten points. Mannheim currently has 68 points to Munich’s 58 points.
On Friday night the Adler were in Ingolstadt to play the defending German Champions and third ranked Ingolstadt Panthers. Thanks to an outstanding game by Adler Goalie Dennis Endras the Adler were able to defeat the Panther 2:1. Jamie Tardif and Sinan Akdag scored the two Adler goals. Brandon Buck scored the lone Ingolstadt goal. Buck’s goal was a power-play goal early in the First giving Ingolstadt a 1:0 lead. Tardif tied the score in the ninth minute and Akdag scored a shorthand goal for the Adler in the 17 minute. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star, Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Timo Pielmeier (Ingolstadt), and Sinan Akdag (Mannheim).
The Adler remained on the road on Sunday when they were in Straubing to play against the last ranked Tigers. Mannheim defeated the Tigers 4:1. Glen Metropolit (x2), Ronny Arendt, and Marcus Kink were the Adler goal scorers. Thomas Brandl scored for the Tiger. Straubing hit the ice ready to play and fought hard from the start on and created multiple chances on goal early in the game. It took Mannheim a little while to find their rhythm but once they did they were able to easily control the game. Metropolit scored in the eleventh minute to give Mannheim the lead. In the 19 minute Ronny Arendt scored a power-play goal to increase the Adler lead. Glen Metropolit scored his second of the night in the 27 minute. In the 33 minute Brandl put Straubing on the board with a power-play goal. In the 50 minute Markus Kink scored to bring the final score to 1:4. In the 54 minute the emotions boiled over as Matthias Plachta and Any Canzanello each drew 2+2+10 for a fight that ended up in a draw. In the same action the Adler’s Akdag also drew 2 minutes and Straubing’s Stewart drew 2+2. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Glen Metropolit, Second Star Daniel Richmond, and Third Star Matthias Plachta.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 12 December to host the Krefeld Pinguine. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.