Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 5:2 (2:1, 2:1, 1:0)
Adler Win Home Opener 5:2
The Adler started their 21 Season in the DEL with a home game win against the defending Champions the ERC Ingolstadt Panthers by a score of 5:2. Ronny Arendt, Jamie Tardif, Matthias Plachta, Andrew Joudrey and Christoph Ullmann had a goal apiece for Mannheim.
The 10,132 fans in the SAP Arena provided the atmosphere in the stands as the Adler set the tone on the ice. From the opening face-off the Adler created pressure on Ingolstadt’s Goalie, Timo Pielmeier. John Rheault had the first chance for the Adler n the first minute of play but it was Ronny Arendt that put the Adler is the lead with just over six minutes played, 1:0 (7 minute). It took Ingolstadt another couple of minutes before they began to show signs of life and started to take shots at the Adler Goal. A little over the halfway mark of the First Period, Brandon Buck caught a lucky bounce off the boards and slapped the puck in the back of the net, 1:1 (12 minute). Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim, had no chance of defending the shot. Ingolstadt’s celebration was cut short as Jamie Tardif answered for Mannheim just seven seconds later, 2:1 (12 minute). The Adler held the one point lead going into the first break.
The Second Period started out where the First left off, with Mannheim controlling the game. Matthias Plachta built on the Adler lead with a Power-Play Goal early in the Period, 3:1 (3 minute, man-advantage). Ingolstadt then found their way back into the game and started to create their own chances on goal. The Panthers controlled the next phase of the game and Jared Ross shot a goal to bring them back within one of the Adler, 3:2 (28 minute). The game then started to seesaw back and forth with both teams creating their own chances but both Goalies held strong. In the 36 minute Adler Captain Marcus Kink went to the box on a two minute minor for interference. As Ingolstadt worked on getting the tying goal, Ronny Arendt and Andrew Joudrey created a breakaway situation resulting in Joudrey scoring a shorthanded goal on an assist from Arendt, 4:2 (38 minute, short-handed). The Adler killed the remaining penalty time and took the two point lead into the second break.
The Adler started the Third Period a man down as Christoph Ullmann was in the box on a two minute minor for boarding. Ingolstadt worked hard attempting to rally but Mannheim played with a compact defense that did not give the Panthers much in way of chances on goal and when they did break through they were stopped cold by Endras. Christoph Ullmann scored almost midway into the Period to bring the final score to 5;2, (48 minute). Ronny Arendt was the First Star of the game, followed by Christoph Ullmann as Second Star and Glen Metropolit as Third Star.
The Adler travel to Krefeld on Sunday, 14 September to play against the Krefeld Pinguine. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 19 September to host the Iserlohn Roosters, the puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. The Adler will remain at home on Sunday, 21 September playing against the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, game time is 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Vaxjo Lakers 1:2 (1:0, 0:1, 0:1)
Adler with Disappointing Loss Against Vaxjo Lakers
The Adler lost their last chance of reaching the next round in the Champions Hockey League. Mannheim lost their third game in the group phase of the CHL on Saturday afternoon to the Vaxjo Lakers, 1:2.
The Adler were looking for revenge for their 1:6 loss against the Lakers a couple of weeks ago. They started well with a goal from Jamie Tardif in the fifth minute, 1:0 (fifth minute, man-advantage). Following that both teams created multiple chances on goal but Dennis Endras in goal for Mannheim and Stefan Steen, in goal for the Lakers prevented any further goals in the First Period.
The 5,326 fans in the SAP Arena also saw an action packed Second Period but this time the team from Vaxjo had the better start. Five minutes into the Period Laakso scored for the Lakers to tie the score, 1:1 (25 minute). The Lakers continued to play with a high tempo creating continuous pressure on the Adler goal. Dennis Endras made multiple good saves, preventing further damage in the Second.
Both teams gave it their all in the Third Period trying to earn the valued three points to advance out of the group phase of the CHL. Both teams had several good chances on goal but it was Johnson that scored to but the guests in the lead, 1:2 (47 minute). The Adler threw everything they could on goal but even pulling Endras for a sixth attacker was not enough as the Lakers held onto their one point lead until the final horn.
The Adler will open their DEL season on Friday, 4 September at home in the SAP Arena against the German Champions, the ERC Ingolstadt Panthers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. KalPa Kuopio 3:1 (1:0, 0:0, 2:1)
Adler Beat KalPa 3:1
The Adler earned their first three points in the Champions Hockey League (CHL) by defeating the team KalPa Kuopio from Finland. The Adler won a hard fought match by the score of 3:1. Jon Rheault (2x) and Glen Metropolit scored to give the Adler the win.
Following two losses in the first two games of the CHL, the Adler were badly in need of a win. The First Period was hard fought from the beginning on. Both teams played with a high tempo, creating multiple chances on goal. Frank Mauer had the first good chance for Mannheim in the fourth minute but was stopped by Eero Kilpelainen, in goal for KalPa. On the next counter play Youri Ziffzer, in goal for Mannheim, was also called on to demonstrate his skills. The Period saw multiple scraps involving multiple players, resulting in several minor penalties for roughing. Both teams continued to created solid chances and Jon Rheault was able to put the Adler in the lead with a Power-Play Goal, 1:0 (15 minute, man-advantage). The Adler held the lead going into the first break.
The tempo remained high in the Second Period with both teams continuing to have shots on goal. The Second was the Period of the Goalies as both had outstanding saves thus keeping the game close and suspenseful throughout a scoreless Period.
KalPa continued to create pressure on the Adler Goal in the Third Period and midway through the Period Juuso Rikola, KalPa’s top scorer tied the score on a slap-shot, 1:1 (49 minute). Five minutes later Glen Metropolit restored the Adler lead, 2:1 (54 minute). With just under two minutes to play KalPa pulled their Goalie for a sixth attacker, but Jon Rheault sealed the Adler victory with an empty netter in the 60 minute, 3:1 (60 minute, empty-net).
Mannheim remains at home in the SAP Arena on Saturday afternoon and will host the Vaxjo Lakers in another CHL game. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:35.