Augsburg Panther vs. Adler Mannheim 0:3 (0:1, 0:1, 0:1)
Adler Shutout Panther 3:0
The Adler defended their number one ranking in the DEL on Sunday by beating the second place ranked Augsburg Panther by a score of 3:0. Andrew Joudrey, Jochen Hecht and Christoph Ullmann scored for Mannheim and Dennis Endras earned his third Shutout of the season.
As expected the game between the top two ranked teams was intense and hard fought. Augsburg concentrated on the defense, attempting to shut down the Adler’s scoring chances. At the beginning they were successful at minimizing the Adler’s chances on goal and what scoring opportunities the Adler had were all stopped by Chris Mason, in goal for Augsburg. It was Andrew Joudrey that finally scored to put the Adler in the lead, 0:1 (15 minute).
The Second Period swung back and forth with few really good chances on goal. Both teams fought hard for every inch of ice. What chances that did develop for Augsburg were handled by Adler Net-Minder, Dennis Endras. Jochen Hecht built on the Adler’s lead, during a Mannheim Power-Play. He deflected a shot from Danny Richmond into the net, 0:2 (37 minute, man-advantage).
The Adler played clever in the Third. They stood compact in their defensive zone, not allowing Augsburg much in the way of chances on goal. While at the same time developing a few offensive chances of their own. Christoph Ullmann took advantage of one of these chances to score the final goal of the game, 0:3 (46 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Dennis Endras, Second Star Andrew Joudrey, and Third Star Robert Raymond.
The Adler remain on the road Friday, 24 October and will be in Hamburg to play against the Freezers. They return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 26 October to host the Krefeld Pinguine. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17.45.
Adler Mannheim vs. Düsseldorf EG (DEG) 3:2 (0:2, 1:0, 2:0)
Adler Remain Undefeated at Home
The 9,827 fans in the SAP Arena witnessed the Adler Mannheim overcome a two goal deficit on Friday night to beat the DEG 3:2. Christoph Ullmann, Jon Rheault and Jamie Tardif scored a goal apiece for Mannheim. Michael Davies and Rob Collins tallied the two DEG goals. Friday night was also Ronny Arendt’s 750 game in the DEL.
The DEG started the game with a high level of confidence and that confidence was strengthened when Michael Davies scored early in the First to put Düsseldorf in the lead. Davis scored on a fast shot direct following the DEG’s faceoff win by Travis Turnbull, 0:1 (4 minute). Mannheim controlled the majority of the First Period, creating multiple scoring opportunities but DEG-Net Minder, Tyler Beskorowany kept the Adler scoreless in the First. Rob Collins added to the DEG lead late in the Period, 0:2 (19 minute).
Mannheim did not play as well in the Second as they did in the First. They were able to move the puck forward but were unable to create many good chances on goal. The DEG had a couple of good chances while on the Power-Play but Youri Ziffzer, in goal for Mannheim, was able to prevent any further damage. Just prior to the end of the Period, Christoph Ullmann was able to cut the DEG’s lead in half with a Power-Play goal, 1:2 (39 minute, man-advantage).
The goal late in the Second seemed to boost the Adler’s confidence as they increased the tempo in the Third. Jon Rheault tied the score early in the Period, 2:2 (43 minute). Mannheim took over control of the Period and created some good chances early on to take the lead. Two minutes after Rheault’s goal it looked like the momentum was about to switch to the DEG as both Marcus Kink and Jamie Tardif went to the Penalty-Box for Mannheim but between Youri Ziffzer and the Adler Defense, Mannheim was able to kill the two minute five-on-three advantage for Düsseldorf. As the two Adler were released from the Box, they created a counter, with Tardif scoring on an assist from Kink, 3:2 (48 minute). The Adler had taken the lead but the game was not yet over. In the 53 minute Ziffzer and the Adler defense were once again called on to kill a five-on-three situation, as both Glen Metropolit and Andrew Joudrey were sent to the Box with two-minute minors. Mannheim was once again able to kill the two-man-advantage for the DEG. Despite Düsseldorf pulling Beskorowany for a sixth attacker in the last minute of play Mannheim was able to hold the one point lead until the final horn. The Three Stars of the game were First Star Christoph Ullmann (Mannheim), Second Star Tyler Beskorowany (Düsseldorf), and Third Star Jonathan Rheault (Mannheim).
The Adler will be on the road on Sunday, 19 October in Augsburg to play the second place, Augsburg Panther. Game time is scheduled for 16:30. They remain on the road Friday, 24 October, when they will be in Hamburg to play against the Freezers. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 26 October to host the Krefeld Pinguine. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45.
Schwenningen Wild Wings vs. Adler Mannheim 5:2 (0:1, 2:0, 3:1)
Adler Lose to Arch Rivals in Schwenningen 2:5
The Adler win streak ended at seven, following a loss to their arch rivals, the Schwenningen Wild Wings. Around 700 Adler fans made the trip to the sold out Helios Arena in Schwenningen to watch the rivalry game. Ronny Arendt and Nikolai Goc scored for the Adler.
The first game of the season for the two arch rivals started as expected hard and fast. Both teams tested the opposing goalie from the start on. Mannheim had the best chances in the First and were able to take an early lead on a goal from Ronny Arendt, 0:1 (6 minute). The Adler continued to create good chances on goal but were held by Dimitri Paetzold, in goal for Schwenningen.
The Wild Wings had the better start in the Second and Simon Danner was able to tie the score early in the Period, 1:1 (24 minute). Dan Hacker scored late in the Period to put Schwenningen in the lead, 2:1 (37 minute).
The Adler started the Third Period Short-Handed, and just over thirty seconds into the Period another Adler went to the box putting Schwenningen on a Double-Power-Play. Sascha Goc scored for Schwenningen, 3:1 (42 minute, two-man-advantage) and Dan Hacker increased the Wild Wings lead two minutes later, 4:1 (44 minute). Following the fourth opposing goal, Adler Trainer Geoff Ward pulled Dennis Endras from goal and replaced him with Youri Ziffzer. Nikolai Goc scored for Mannheim, midway through the Period, 4:2 (49 minute). Down by two and Short-Handed, the Adler pulled Ziffzer for an extra attacker. Five seconds before the final horn Dan Hacker scored his third goal of the night, 5:2 (60 minute, empty net, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Schwenningen, First Star Daniel Hacker, Second Star Dimitri Paetzold, and Third Star Simon Danner.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 17 October to host the Düsseldorf EG (DEG). The puck is scheduled to drop at 19.30.