Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 4:2 (0:2, 3:0, 1:0)
Adler Down by Two, Come from Behind to Win 4:2
Despite being down two to nothing at the end of the First Period, the Adler scored four unanswered goals in the Second and Third to give them a 4:2 home game victory over the ERC Ingolstadt. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Marcus Kink, Dominik Bittner, Carlos Colaiacovo, and Nikolai Goc. Thomas Oppenheimer and Danny Irmen scored the two goals for the Panther.
Four days following the emotional DEL Winter Game the Adler returned to the SAP Arena to face off against the ERC Ingolstadt. Mannheim did not have a great start into the game as Thomas Oppenheimer scored early to give Ingolstadt the lead, 0:1 (4 minute). Less than a minute later Danny Irmen took advantage of a mistake by the Adler in their own defensive zone to add to the Panthers lead, 0:2 (5 minute). Following Irmen’s goal Mannheim created multiple chances on goal but were unable to get past Ingolstadt’s keeper Marco Eisenhut. The score remained Ingolstadt two and Mannheim nothing at the first break.
It took until midway through the Second Period for Mannheim to get on the board but then they were able to bring the momentum to their side. Marcus Kink deflected a shot from Mathieu Carle into the net to start of the scoring for the Adler, 1:2 (30 minute). A little over two minutes later Dominik Bittner tied the score, 2:2 (32 minute). Two minutes after that Carlos Colaiacovo put the Adler in the lead, 3:2 (34 minute). Mannheim took the one point lead into the second break.
Midway into the Third Period Nikolai Goc added to the Adler lead, 4:2 (49 minute). Ingolstadt had a few good chances on goal but were held by Adler Goalie Dennis Endras. The Panther pulled Eisenhut for a sixth attacker with a minute and a half left in regulation but the score remained 4:2 at the final horn. The “Top Performers of the game were both from Mannheim Dominik Bittner with one goal and Ryan MacMurchy with three assists, three points, and thirteen shots on goal.
The Adler will remain home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 13 January when they will host the Fish Town Pinguins from Bremerhaven. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Sign Drew MacIntyre
The Adler have signed 33 year old Goalie Drew MacIntyre until the end of the season.
MacIntyre was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was drafted in 2001 as the 121 pick by the Detroit Red Wings. He played in the farm teams of the Red Wings until 2006 when he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks. On 13 December 2007 he had his NHL debut for the Canucks against the San Jose Sharks. The rest of his time with Vancouver was spent in the AHL Farm Team the Manitoba Moose.
He also played two games apiece in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. In April 2016 he signed a two year contract in the DEL with the Hamburg Freezers but due to the Freezers going bankrupt he signed with Medve cak Zagreb. He played 20 games in the KHL earning a 92.3 save average. He has also played for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup over the last three years.
MacIntyre is expected in Mannheim on Sunday evening (8 December) and will practice with the team for the first time on Monday morning (9 December). If all goes as planned he will be ready to play by Wednesday in the Adler’s home game against the ERC Ingolstadt.
Manager Teal Fowler stated that “with Drew we have signed a very experienced Goalie. We are familiar with him from his time in North America and have watched him in the KHL. Looking to the Playoffs we are happy to have been able to sign such a strong Goalie at this time. Last season the injury from Dennis Endras in January showed us how important it is to have a strong backup in this important position.
Schwenninger Wild Wings vs. Adler Mannheim 3:7 (1:1, 2:3, 0:3)
Adler Win 7:3 in Third Annual DEL Winter Game
The 25,022 fans in the Sinsheim WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena saw ten goals scored in subzero (Celsius) weather in falling snow. The Adler Mannheim won a 7:3 victory in the DEL Winter Game 2017, an outside game. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Brent Raedeke, Matthias Plachta (x2), Luke Adam, Chad Kolarik (x2), and Marcus Kink. Will Acton (x2) and Jerome Samson scored for Schwenningen.
Both teams came out strong in the First wanting to be the first to score in the special event game. It was Brent Raedeke that drew first blood for Mannheim with the opening goal of the match, 0:1 (6 minute). During the first power-play situation of the game, Will Action tied the score, 1:1 (17 minute, man-advantage). The game remained tied at one apiece at the first break.
With only 38 seconds played in the Second Period Will Action scored his second of the evening to give Schwenningen the lead, 2:1 (21 minute). Midway through the Period with Mannheim on the power-play Matthias Plachta scored to tie the score at two, 2:2 (30 minute, man-advantage). Plachta opened a goal scoring phase for the Adler as Luke Adam picked up a rebound and scored less than two minutes later to put Mannheim back in the lead, 2:3 (32 minute). Two minutes after that Chad Kolarik added to the Adler lead when he bounced the puck off of Schwenningen Goalie Joey MacDonald and into the net, 2:4 (34 minute). 24 seconds later with Mannheim’s Marcus Kink in the box on a two-minute-minor for roughing Jerome Samson answered for the Wild Wings, 3:4 (35 minute, man-advantage). Samson’s goal gave new hope to the struggling Wild Wings but they were unable to tie the score before the second break.
The first half of the Third Period was more or less equal as both teams created chances on goal but were stopped by the opposing Net Minder. A little over the halfway point of the Period, Chad Kolarik scored his second of the evening as a Schwenningen Defender deflected his pass into the goal, 3:5 (54 minute). Matthias Plachta also scored his second of the evening shortly thereafter to further increase Mannheim’s lead, 3:6 (57 minute). The Adler then went on the penalty kill as they drew a two-minute-minor for too many players on the ice. The Wild Wings pulled MacDonald for a sixth attacker to play six on four against Mannheim’s penalty kill. Marcus Kink had a break away on a pass from Marcel Goc and scored an empty netter breaking his stick in the process, 3:7 (59 minute, empty-net). The Adler held there 7:3 lead until the final horn to win the Third Annual DEL Winter Game. The “Top Performers of the game were, Chad Kolarik (Mannheim) with two goals and seven shots on goal, Simon Gysbers (Schwenningen) with three assists, and Will Action (Schwenningen) with three points.
The Adler will return to the SAP Arena on Wednesday, 11 January when they will host the ERC Ingolstadt. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.