Adler Mannheim vs. Augsburger Panther 4:3 S.O. (2:2, 0:0, 1:1, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Increase Lead in Rankings After 4:3 Shoot-Out Win Against Augsburg
The 8,146 fans in the SAP Arena were expecting an easier win for the Adler in their makeup game against the twelfth ranked Augsburg Panther. Instead they saw a hard fought battle, which saw the Adler give up a two point lead and end up trailing by one in the Third. After a scoreless Over-Time Period the Adler won in the Shoot-Out. The Shoot-Out win gives Mannheim an additional two point lead over the second place, Red Bull Munich. Mannheim’s goals on Thursday were shot by, Andrew Joudrey, Sinan Akdag (x2), and Kai Hospelt. Luigi Caporusso, Ivan Ciernik, and Spencer Machacek had a goal apiece for Augsburg. The Three Stars of the game were, First Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim), Second Star Luigi Caporusso (Augsburg), and Third Star Daniel Richmond (Mannheim).
The Adler will be on the road this weekend. On Friday, 19 December they will be in Ingolstadt to play against the defending German Champions and on Sunday, 21 December they will travel to Straubing to play against the Tigers. They will return home on Tuesday, 23 December to host the Krefeld Pinguine in the traditional game of the glowing hearts. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Iserlohn Roosters 4:2 (1:0, 1:2, 2:0)
Adler Take Over First Place with 4:2 Win Over Iserlohn
The 11,004 fans in the SAP Arena celebrated not only Mannheim’s win over the Iserlohn Roosters on Sunday afternoon but also Mannheim retaking the top spot in the DEL rankings. Frank Mauer, Robert Raymond, Steve Wagner and Marcus Kink scored for the Adler while Marko Friedrich and Chad Bassen had a goal apiece for the Roosters.
Mannheim started off strong and dominated the game from the opening faceoff. Iserlohn was for the most part pinned in their defensive zone and had difficulty effectively navigating the neutral zone. Mathias Lange, in goal for Iserlohn, held most of the shots on goal and those that he did not hold were quickly swept away by the compact defense of the Roosters. Iserlohn had two power-play chances in the First but were unable to create much in the way of shots on goal. During their second power-play, they miss judged a play from Ronny Arendt, Arendt cleared the puck and it was picked up by Frank Mauer who took it down ice to score a short-handed goal for Mannheim, 1:0 (11 minute, short-handed).
Robert Raymond extended the Adler lead early in the Second, 2:0 (24 minute). Less than three minutes later, Iserlohn scored on a breakaway situation from Marko Friedrich, 2:1 (27 minute). The Adler had several more good chances on goal to include a power-play of their own but were unable to find away passed Lange. Towards the end of the Period Iserlohn once again had a breakaway situation and this time it was Chad Bassen that scored, 2:2 (38 minute). Despite a shot on goal statistic of 32:8 in favor of the Adler at the end of the Second the score was tied at two.
Iserlohn had a couple of good chances in the Third but Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras held. The Adler had multiple shots on goal and Steve Wagner was able to put Mannheim back in the lead, 3:2 (53 minute). In the 54 minute Mannheim’s Jamie Tardif went to the box on a two-minute-minor for boarding and it looked like Iserlohn was going to have a good chance at retying the score. Less than thirty seconds later Iserlohn’s Dylan Wruck ruined the Rooster’s man-advantage situation when he was given a five-minute-major and sent to the showers for a check to the head of Mannheim’s Niki Goc. Despite the major penalty, the last few minutes were suspenseful as Iserlohn continued their attacks into the Mannheim’s zone. With less than a minute to play and with a man still in the box Iserlohn pulled Lange for an extra attacker. There was only four seconds remaining in regulation when Marcus Kink scored an empty netter to bring the final score to 4:2 (60 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Jonathan Rheault, Second Star Frank Mauer, and Third Star Steven Wagner.
Mannheim remains at home Tuesday, 16 December when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
EHC Red Bull Munich vs. Adler Mannheim 2:5 (0:2, 1:0, 1:3)
Adler End Red Bull’s Win Streak 5:2 Road Win for Mannheim
With their 5:2 win in Munich the Adler put an end to the Red Bull’s win streak. They also closed the gap in the DEL rankings and are currently only one point behind the first place Red Bull and with two games in hand the Adler have a good chance of overtaking the top spot when the games played equal out. Jon Rheault, Christopher Fisher, Jamie Tardif (x2), and Frank Mauer scored for Mannheim and Michael Wolf and Daryl Boyle had a goal apiece for Munich.
The Adler had a good start in the First, testing Munich’s Keeper, Niklas Treutle, multiple times. Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim had a lot less to do in comparison to Treutle. The Red Bull did not become dangerous until they went on a Power-Play in the seventh minute. They created multiple good chances on goal but Endras denied them the early lead. To the delight of the Adler fans in attendance, Mannheim killed the penalty and went into the lead a short time later on a goal from Jon Rheault, 0:1 (13 minute). The Adler lead appeared to disrupt the Red Bull’s game. A couple of minutes later Christopher Fisher was able to take advantage of Munich’s disorientation and score on an assist from Christoph Ullmann., 0:2 (15 minute).
The Adler started the Second Period highly concentrated but it was Munich with the early goal on a shot from Michael Wolf, 1:2 (23 minute). The game heated up after Wolf’s goal with both teams creating good chances on goal. Hospelt (24), and Ullmann (26) both had good chances for Mannheim that were denied by Treutle. David Meckler (32), Daryl Boyle (33), and Jon DiSalvatore (33) had chances on the other end for Munich. The best chance of the Second for the Adler came two minutes before the end of the Period when Mannheim’s Captain Marcus Kink rang a shot of the post.
The Third Period was both dramatic and suspenseful. Both teams continued to created chances on goal and the tempo remained high. Half way through the Period Jamie Tardif scored a Power-Play goal to increase the Adler’s lead, 1:3 (50 minute, man-advantage). Munich answered less than a minute later with a Power-Play goal from Daryl Boyle, 2:3 (51 minute). The Adler were too clever to let the game get out of hand and Munich was forced to pull Treutle for a sixth attacker with two and a half minutes left in regulation. Seven seconds later Frank Mauer scored for Mannheim, 2:4 (58 minute, empty-net). With just over two minutes to play, Munich once again pulled Treutle for a sixth attacker and a minute later the same result, a goal for Mannheim. This time it was Jamie Tardif with the empty-net goal, 2:5 (59 minute, empty-net). The Red Bull pulled Treutle again with just over a minute to play but the score remained, 2:5 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were Glen Metropolit (Mannheim), Sinan Akdag (Mannheim), and Daniel Sparre (Munich).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 14 December when they will host the Iserlohn Roosters. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30. They remain home on Tuesday, 16 December for a 19:30 game against the Augsburg Panther.