Heilbronner Falken vs. Adler Mannheim 2:10 (0:3, 1:7, 1:0)


Adler Win Big in Heilbronn 10:2

The Adler won their last pre-season game before the start of the CHL (Champions Hockey League). The Adler defeated the Heilbronn Falken in Heilbronn by a score of 10:2.

The Adler deliver a big win In their last pre-season game prior to meeting the Vaxjo Lakers in the first round of the CHL. With only eight seconds played Frank Mauer put the Adler on the board. The Falken were completely overwhelmed by the high tempo of play of the Adler. Mannheim controlled the game from the start. Denis Reul and Kai Hospelt followed Mauer to give Mannheim a comfortable three point lead at the first break.

The fans that thought the Adler would let up in the Second were mistaken as the Adler drove on creating a goal scoring marathon. Glen Metropolit (2X), Christoph Ullmann (2X), Frank Mauer, Marcus Kink, and Jamie Tardif all scored for the Adler to give Mannheim a 10:1 lead at the second break. Alexander Ackermann scored for Heilbronn in the 24 minute and Alexander Janzen scored for Heilbronn in the Third Period to bring the final score to 2:10.

The Adler are on the road this this week playing in the Champions Hockey League. On Thursday they will play against Vaxjo Lakers and on Sunday they will meet the KalPa Kuopio.

Zurich Lions vs. Adler Mannheim 3:2 (Shoot Out) (1:0, 1:1, 0:1, 0:0, 1:0)


Adler Lose First Pre-Season Game 2:3 in a Shoot-Out

The Adler had an unlucky start in the pre-season with a loss to the ZSC Lions. The Adler under Head Coach Geoff Ward lost 2:3 in a Shoot-Out. Mannheim was down by two but were able to tie the game, on goals from Robert Raymond and Marcus Kink. The Overtime Period remained scoreless with Zurich winning the resulting Shoot-Out.

The First Period, despite the high number of penalties called by the officials, was a high tempo game for both sides,. Neither team seemed to be able to find their rhythm early but as the game progressed both teams settled in and started to created chances on goal. Zurich was a tic better during the opening period. The best chance for Mannheim came in the fifth minute when Marcus Kink was awarded a Penalty-Shot but was unable to convert. Blindenbacher put Zurich on the board first with a Power-Play goal in the 12 minute, 1:0 (12 minute, man-advantage). Zurich was able to take the lead into the first break.

The Lions came out strong in the Second Period and continued to create good chances on goal. Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim was able to keep the Adler in the game with several good stops but he was helpless to stop Neuenschwander in the 26 minute, 2:0 (26 minute). Mannheim began to apply more pressure on Zurich Goalie, Flueler, who had replaced Boltshauser as the start of the Second. The tactic paid off as Robert Raymond scored to bring the Adler within one, 2:1 (33 minute, man-advantage).

The Third Period was similar for the 719 fans in the Hacker-Pschorr-Arena, a super Hockey game with quick offensive passing from the Adler leading to higher pressure on the Lions. The Blue-White-Red was creating multiple good chances on goal but were unable to get the puck in net. With just over a minute and a half left to play Marcus Kink picked up a rebound and put it in the back of the net, 2:2 (59 minute). The score remained tied at the end of regulation and at the end of the ensuing Overtime Period. In the fifth round of the Shoot-Out, Marc-Andre Bergeron scored to give the Lions the victory.

On Sunday the 17.08.14, the Adler will play their second Pre-Season game, this time in Heilbronn against the Heilbronn Falken of the German Second League. All Adler Season Ticket Holders have free entrance to the game in Heilbronn but the free entrance applies only for the standing section of the area, seats must be purchased. To participate in the free entrance all Adler Season Ticket Holders must have their Season Tickets with them and use Entrance B. The puck is scheduled to drop at 18.30.

Game Interviews:

Geoff Ward: I am happy with the performance of my team. We made things difficult for ourselves in the beginning but as things progressed we were able to find our way into the game. The team played with character and stuck to the game plan.

Frank Mauer: Zurich played better from the start but we found our way into the game and were able to create our own chances. It was a very fast game and at times hectic but that is normal for this time of year. We can be happy with the way we played.

Adler Complete Training Staff


The Training Staff by the Adler Mannheim for the 2014/15 Season is complete. Craig Woodcroft and Jay Leach will be the Assistant Coaches under Adler Head Coach Geoff Ward. Woodcroft has signed a two year contract with the Adler while Leach has signed for one year.

During his career, Craig Woodcroft played between 1987 and 2003 in the DEL for Cologne and Frankfurt as well in the AHL for the Prince Edward Island Senators. In 1988 Woodcroft was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Seventh Round as the 134 pick. Following the end of his career in 2003, the 44 year old Canadian concentrated mostly on the Ice Hockey Academy “Northern Edge Hockey” that he founded in 1993. Between 2010 and 2012 he worked as Skill Development Coach for the St. Louis Blues in the NHL. He most recently lead the “Rookie Development Camp” for the Nashville Predators. Due to his work ethic, his leadership characteristics, his ability to teach, and his ability to work with the players, he has developed a very good reputation in North America.

The position in Mannheim is Jay Leach’s first assignment as an assistant coach. The 34 year old (US) American has extensive experience as a player. Between 2005 and 2011 he played as a Defenseman in 70 NHL games for the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadians, and the San Jose Sharks. He also played in 560 AHL games, scoring 26 goals and earning 68 assists. He was drafted in 1998 by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth round as the 115 draft pick. He and his brother Andrew founded the “Leach Brothers Hockey Academy” which is responsible for training Defensemen.

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