Ice Bear Berlin vs. Adler Mannheim 2:4 (1:1, 0:1, 1:2)
Adler Win in Berlin 4:2, and Take Over the Number One Spot in the DEL
Following a 4:2 road win against the Ice Bear Berlin, the Adler have won four in a row and taken over the top spot in the DEL. Jamie Tardif, Martin Buchwieser (2X), and Glen Metropolit all had goals for the Adler. Henry Haase and Constantin Braun both scored for Berlin.
Dominik Bittner and Martin Buchwieser were both in the starting lineup for the game against Berlin. Frank Mauer and Christopher Fisher were both healthy scratches. Berlin took the lead early in the First when Henry Haase scored for the Ice Bear, 1:0 (2 minute). Three minutes later Mannheim’s Jamie Tardif tied the score, 1:1 (5 minute).
The Second Period was fairly equal as the puck swung back and forth down the ice. Martin Buchwieser put the Adler in the lead when he poked the puck into the net past Petri Vehanen, in goal for Berlin, 1:2 (35 minute). The Adler were able to take the one point lead into the Second Break.
The Adler were concentrated in the Third, playing aggressive and creating pressure on the Ice Bear. The tactic paid off as Martin Buchwieser scored on a breakaway to increase Mannheim’s lead, 1:3 (49 minute). Glen Metropolit scored a Power-Play goal, further cushioning Mannheim’s lead, 1:4 (57 minute, man-advantage). Constantin Braun scored for Berlin with 12 seconds remaining in regulation, 2:4 (60 minute). The goal had only a cosmetic effect on the end result as Mannheim won the game and took over the number one spot in the DEL. The Three Stars of the game were all from Mannheim, First Star Martin Buchwieser, Second Star Glen Metropolit, and Third Star Denis Reul.
The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 3 October to host the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19.30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Cologne Haie 4:1 (2:0, 1:0, 1:1)
Adler Down Haie 4:1 for Fifth Straight Home Win
The 12,144 fans in the SAP Arena enjoyed watching Mannheim defeat Cologne by a score of 4:1. The win was well deserved with Danny Richmond, Frank Mauer, Steve Wagner and Marcus Kink scoring a goal apiece for the Adler. Torsten Ankert scored the “honor goal for the Haie. Youri Ziffzer was in goal for Mannheim, making a duel between two Goalies both facing off against their ex-clubs. Ziffzer won the duel against Danny aus den Birken, who he played back up for last year. The Adler defense kept a majority of the danger away from goal, while on the other end the shots against aus den Birken were far more dangerous. The shots on goal statistic of 43 for Mannheim and only 27 for Cologne reflect the deserved end score of 4:1.
The Adler went on an early Power-Play at the start of the First Period. Mannheim was able to put pressure on Cologne’s goal but were unable to score. Killing the Adler’s Power-Play put wind in the sails of the Haie and they started to create their own chances on goal. During this phase the Haie rang a shot off the post but were also unable to score. Mannheim then retook control of the game and midway through the Period Danny Richmond put the Adler in the lead, 1:0 (10 minute). Seven minutes later Frank Mauer took advantage of a line change error by the Haie to increase the Adler’s lead, 2:0 (17 minute).
Steve Wagner scored a Power-Play goal for the Adler with just over a minute played in the Second Period, 3:0 (22 minute, man-advantage). The Adler were the better team with more and better chances on goal but aus den Birken was able to prevent any further damage for the Haie.
Cologne came out hard and fast in the Third and Torsten Ankert was able to shorten Mannheim’s lead by one, 3:1 (46 minute). Despite the goal for the Haie the better chances remained with Mannheim but again aus den Birken held Cologne in the game. With just less than two minutes left in regulation, Cologne pulled aus den Birken for a sixth attacker. Adler Captain Marcus Kink sealed the win for the Adler with an empty-netter, 4:1 (59 minute, empty-net). In the last minute of play Cologne’s Andreas Falk decided to try and take on Mannheim’s Danny Richmond, the result of the small bout was the same as the game result, a clear victory for Mannheim. Both Falk and Richmond received 2+2+10 (Roughing and misconduct) and went to the showers early. Following them to the showers was Cologne’s Marcel Mueller with a five minute major and a 20 minute game misconduct for attempting to strike a player with his stick (slashing). The three stars of the game were all from Mannheim, First Star Frank Mauer, Second Star Youri Ziffzer, and Third Star Glen Metropolit.
The Adler will be on the road Sunday, 28 September, in Berlin. Game time is scheduled for 17:45. They will return home on Friday, 3 October to host the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19.30.
Adler Mannheim vs. HC Sparta Prague 3:2 O.T. (1:0, 0:1, 1:1, 1:0)
Second CHL Win 3:2 in Overtime vs. Sparta Prague
The Adler won their second game in the Champions Hockey League this year with a 3:2 home game win against Sparta Prague. Kai Hospelt, Frank Mauer, and Jochen Hecht all had a goal apiece for the Adler.
5,466 fans were in attendance for the Adler’s third home game of this year’s Champions Hockey League. Youri Ziffzer was in goal for Mannheim, Dennis Endras as well as DEL Top-Scorer Glen Metropolit both took a well deserved break. The Adler started out strong creating pressure on Prague’s Goalie Rastislav Stana. While Barinka from Prague was serving a five minute major for a check against the knee, Kai Hospelt shot the Adler into the lead, 1:0 (7 minute, man-advantage).
Prague increased their tempo at the start of the Second and it did not take long before Lukas Pech tied the score, 1:1 (24 minute). The game swung back and forth over the rest of the Period but both Goalies prevented any further damage for their teams.
The Adler were stronger in the Third creating multiple chances on goal. Frank Mauer scored early in the Period to put the Adler back into the lead, 2:1 (43 minute). The Adler controlled the majority of the Period but Prague pulled their keeper for a sixth attacker with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. With only 43 seconds remaining Juraj Mikus retied the score, 2:2 (60 minute, extra attacker). Prague’s Hinka went to the box on a two minute minor for holding just as regulation ended, thus giving Mannheim a power-play at the start of overtime. Jochen Hecht shot the game winner 40 seconds into the overtime period, 3:2 (61 minute, man-advantage) to give the Adler a 3:2 victory.
The Adler will remain at home on Friday, 26 September and will host the Cologne Haie. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19.30. The Adler will be on the road in Berlin on Sunday 28 September for a 17.45 game against the Ice Bear.