Adler End of Season Get-Together
Following their loss to the Cologne Haie on Wednesday evening the Adler Mannheim’s 2013-2014 has come to end. Despite the disappointment we would still like to meet one last time with our fans, friends, and partners to thank them for their support this season and to say goodbye until next season.
The get-together is scheduled for Friday, 28 March 2014. This will be the fans last chance this season to meet with the players and get autographs or just talk. The event will be held in the Overtime Area of the SAP Arena (Entrance D) starting at 19:00. Of course the fan shop will be open and will be offering attractive deals for the entire family. Food and drink will be available and music will also be provided.
Adler Mannheim vs. Cologne Haie 1:2 (1:1, 0:1, 0:0)
Cologne Knocks Mannheim Out of the Playoffs
Like each of the other four games in the Quarter Finals between the Adler Mannheim and the Cologne Haie, Game Five also ended with only a one goal difference. Cologne took both Game Five and the Quarter Finals victory. Next week the Haie will be in the Semi Finals, while Mannheim’s season is over. Ronny Arendt scored for Mannheim early in the first but Cologne struck back in the First and took the victory with a goal in the Second.
Ronny Arendt put the Adler on the board only 81 seconds into regulation. He converted on the Adler’s first scoring opportunity of the game, 1:0 (2 minute). The goal should have given the Adler more self confidence but the Haie did not let it disrupt their game plan and five minutes later John Tripp tied the score for Cologne, 1:1 (7 minute). The puck bounced over Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim and landed behind the goal line. The referees confirmed the goal by reviewing the instant replay. The goal gave Cologne the momentum and they continued to create chances on goal for the rest of the Period but the score remained tied at the first break.
The Adler had a better start in the Second than the Haie but were unable to beat Cologne Goal Keeper, Danny aus den Birken. The Adler then started to make mistakes in their own defensive zone, which created scoring chances for the Haie. Andreas Falk used one of these mistakes to shoot the go ahead and game winning goal for Cologne, 1:2 (37 minute).
The Adler killed what was left of a Denis Reul two minute minor for Hooking at the beginning of the Third Period. They then took over the initiative but despite a Power-Play chance in the Third and pulling Endras for a sixth attacker with a little less than a minute left to play, they were unable to find a way to break through the Haie Defense to retie the game.
Cologne Haie vs. Adler Mannheim 2:1 (0:0, 2:1, 0:0)
Game Four Goes to Cologne
Game four of the best of seven Quarter Finals series was also a close game with Cologne winning 2:1. Kai Hospelt scored for Mannheim, while Marcel Ohmann and Chris Minard scored for the Haie. Cologne has the chance to clench the series on Wednesday evening in Mannheim.
The 18,032 fans in the Lanxess Arena saw a close hard fought game. Both teams started with a compact defense that allowed little in the way of chances on goal in the First Period. The Haie had the better chances in the first with almost twice as many shots on goal but he game remained scoreless at the end of the First. Marcel Ohmann took advantage of a mistake in the Adler defense early in the second to draw first blood for the Haie, 1:0 (24 minute). Kai Hospelt scored for the Adler four minutes later to tie the score, 1:1 (27 minute). The game opened up some with both teams creating more chances on goal. Both teams had their chances on the Power-Play but it was Chris Minard that scored the go-ahead-goal for Cologne, while Jochen Hecht was in the box on a two minute minor for holding, 2:1 (35 minute, man-advantage).
The Haie continued to be aggressive in the Third but Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim and the Adler defense were able to prevent any further damage. The best chance for Mannheim was a back hander from Hecht while on the Power-Play but the puck missed the net. Despite pulling Endras for a sixth attacker with 40 seconds to play the Adler were unable to tie the score.
Mannheim returns home to the SAP Arena on Wednesday, 26 March to host game five. Game five is a must win for Mannheim, a loss would put the Adler out of the playoffs. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30 on Wednesday.