Adler Mannheim vs. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 3:4 O.T (1:1, 2:1, 0:1, 0:1)
Adler Fall to Wolfsburg in Overtime 3:4
The Adler lost their second Home Game of the year on Friday night. The loss came in the Overtime Period against the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Sinan Akdag scored twice for Mannheim and Christoph Ullmann also tallied a goal. On the other side Mulock, Dzieduszycki, and Lindbauer (2x) scored for the Grizzly Adams. The Adler played without the injured, Jochen Hecht, Jamie Tardif, and Nikolai Goc. Ex Adler Felix Brueckmann was in goal for Wolfsburg.
The Grizzly Adams had the better start in the game with multiple good chances on goal early in the Period. Tyson Mulock put Wolfsburg in the lead early, 0:1 (5 minute). Just over half way through the Period, both teams had a man in the box and were playing four-on-four hockey when Sinan Akdag tied the score, 1:1 (13 minute).
Akdag’s goal was one of the few highlights for the Adler in the First Period but they started the Second strong, creating their own chances on goal. It did not take long before they were rewarded as Christopher Ullmann scored to put the Adler in the lead, 2:1 (26 minute). Wolfsburg came back to tie the score again on a goal from Dzieduszycki, 2:2 (32 minute). Two minutes later Sinan Akdag scored his second of the night to once again give the Adler the lead, 3:2 (34 minute).
The Third Period swayed back and forth but it was the Grizzly Adams that were able to score. Lindbauer scored on a breakaway situation to once again tie the game, 3:3 (51 minute). The game remained tied at the end of regulation. During the Overtime Period the Referees made a questionable call that put the Grizzly Adams on the Power-Play. Lindbauer was able to take advantage of the situation to score his second of the night and the game winner for Wolfsburg, 3:4 (64 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the game were First Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim), Second Star Peter Lindbauer (Wolfsburg), and Third Star Matthew Dzieduszycki (Wolfsburg).
With the loss to Wolfsburg, Mannheim has slipped off of the top of the DEL Rankings and are now in second place, one point behind the EHC Red Bull Munich although Munich has played two games more than Mannheim. The Adler will be on the road in Düsseldorf to play against the DEG on Sunday, 30 November. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 5 December to host the Hamburg Freezers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Jochen Hecht Out for Four to Six Weeks
The Adler be without Jochen Hecht for the next four to six weeks. The 37 Year old tore a muscle in his thigh on Sunday in Iserlohn.
We all wish Jochen Hecht a speedy recovery.
Adler with Five Point Weekend
The Adler Mannheim won both of their games this weekend. First on Friday a 4:1 Home-Game win against their arch rivals the Schwenninger Wild Wings and then on Sunday a 4:3 Overtime win in Iserlohn against the Roosters.
On Friday, 21 November the Adler hosted their DEL arch rivals the Schwenninger Wild Wings. The 12,459 fans in the SAP Arena enjoyed a hard fought and high emotion game. In the first minute of play Mannheim’s Martin Buchwieser and Schwenningen’s Sean O’Conner both went to the box on roughing penalties. As expect in a game against such bitter rivals there was a total of 44 penalty minutes between the two teams. After a hard fought but scoreless First Period the Adler gained the upper hand in the Second scoring three unanswered goals. Andrew Joudrey drew first blood, 1:0 (28 minute) followed by two goals from Martin Buchwieser, 2:0 (35 minute) and 3:0 (38 minute). Simon Danner saved Schwenningen from getting shut out with a goal late in the Third, 3:1 (59 minute). Down by two with less than two minutes to play the Wild Wings pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker. Kai Hospelt took advantage of the empty Schwenningen goal with two seconds remaining in regulation, 4:1 (60 minute). The Three Stars of the game were First Star Martin Buchwieser (Mannheim), Second Star Marcus Kink (Mannheim), and Third Star Philipp Schlager (Schwenningen).
On Sunday the Adler were the guests of the Iserlohn Roosters. Iserlohn had the better start in the game scoring twice in the first with the Adler having only one goal. Alex Foster put the Roosters on the board first, 1:0 (5 minute). His goal was followed by Marko Friedrich who increased the Roosters lead, 2:0 (15 minute). Martin Buchwieser scored for Mannheim in the last minute of the First to bring the score to 2:1 (20 minute) at the first break. The Adler did not have any better luck in the Second as Iserlohn’s Mike York scored the lone goal of the Period, 3:1 (30 minute). Down 3:1 at the start of the Third the Adler fought back and tied the score in regulation, thanks to two goals from Jon Rheault, 3:2 (44 minute) and 3:3 (55 minute). The game remained tied at the end of regulation with Sinan Akdag scoring the game winner for the Adler during the Over Time Period, 3:4 (63 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Jonathan Rheault, Second Star Sinan Akdag, and the Third Star was Glen Metropolit.
The Adler remain in First Place in the DEL with 47 points, one point ahead of the EHC Red Bull from Munich. Mannheim has only played 20 games and Munich has played 22. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 28 November to host the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.