Schwenninger Wild Wings vs. Adler Mannheim 3:4, Shootout (1:0, 1:2, 1:1, 0:1)
Adler Win Shootout in Schwenningen
In a suspenseful match the Adler defeated the Schwenninger Wild Wings 3:4 in a shootout. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Jon Rheault, Jochen Hecht, and Steve Wagner. Martin Buchwieser had the game winner during the shootout. The Adler climbed into fourth place following the win in Schwenningen and will have home-ice-advantage during the quarter finals. Mannheim will face the Cologne Haie in the quarter finals.
The last regular season game for the Adler was in the sold out (6,200 fans) Helios Arena in Schwenningen. 1,200 Adler fans made the trip to Schwenningen and they were not disappointed as Mannheim created some good chances in the first couple of minutes of play. As the First Period progressed the Wild Wings overcame their lack of confidence following four losses in a row and took over control of the Period. After several good chances on goal that were stopped by Dennis Endras, Schwenningen finally converted on a shot from Mark Lee, 1:0 (11 minute). The Wild Wings continued to dominate the rest of the first and went into the first break with their one point lead.
Two individual efforts brought the Adler back into the game during the Second Period. First Jon Rheault scored on a wrap around to tie the game at one, 1:1 (24 minute) and less than a minute later Jochen Hecht picked up the puck in the Neutral Zone and scored to put the Adler in the lead, 1:2 (25 minute). Schwenningen did not let the two goals throw them off their game and were able to retie the score on a goal from Marcel Rodman, 2:2 (32 minute).
The Adler controlled the start of the Third Period and had several chances on goal but were unable to get passed Dimitri Paetzold, in goal for Schwenningen. Mark Lee scored his second of the game to once again give the Wild Wings the lead, 3:2 (48 minute). Schwenningen defend their lead well but took a two minute minor for interference with exactly two minutes left in regulation. Mannheim went onto the power-play and pulled Endras for a sixth attacker. With 47 seconds left in regulation Steve Wagner found the back of the net on a shot from the Blue Line, tying the game at three, 3:3 (60 minute, man-advantage, and extra attacker). No goals were scored during the resulting overtime and the game moved into a shootout. Martin Buchwieser scored twice during the shootout to give Mannheim the win and secure fourth place in the DEL and home-ice-advantage for the quarter finals.
Mannheim will face the Cologne Haie for the best of seven series, quarter finals. The first game of the series will be in the SAP Arena on Sunday, 16 March. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Ice Bear Berlin 2:3 OT (1:1, 0:1, 1:0, 0:1)
Adler With Only One Point Against Berlin
The Adler slid into sixth place in the DEL after their overtime loss to Berlin on Tuesday night. The Adler are point equal with the fourth (Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers) and fifth place (Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg) and only one point behind the third place (Cologne Haie). All team have one game remaining and depending on the outcome of each of the games it is still possible for the Adler to achieve home-ice-advantage in the quarter finals. The teams ranked one through four have the home-ice-advantage. Jochen Hecht and Ronny Arendt scored for the Adler while Mark Bell (2X) and Andre Rankel scored for Berlin.
Mannheim started the game strong and Jochen Hecht was able to give the Adler an early lead on Mannheim’s first power-play of the night, 1:0 (5 minute, man-advantage). Both teams were able to create multiple chances on goal but Mannheim had the better chances in the First, up until the 15 minute. Adler Captain Marcus Kink received a five minute major and was sent to the showers for a knee check resulting in injury, giving the Ice Bear a five minute power-play to end out the first. Mark Bell took advantage of the situation to tie the game for Berlin, 1:1 (17 minute, man-advantage).
The Adler had their chances early in the Second Period when they were once again on the power-play but they were unable to convert and retake the lead. Felix Brueckmann, in goal for the Adler had his share of work on the other end and following mistakes made by the Adler defense, Brueckmann was powerless to stop Mark Bell from scoring again and giving Berlin the lead, 1:2 (34 minute).
Despite two power-play chances in the Third Mannheim was unable to tie the score and were not able to regain the initiative until around the 53 minute. A few minutes later Simon Gamache fired of a shot that was blocked by Berlin Keeper, Rob Zepp, Ronny Arendt picked up the rebound and scored to tie the game, 2:2 (57 minute). The game remained tied at the end of regulation. Andre Rankel shot the game winner for Berlin just over half way through the OT Period, 2:3 (63 minute).
The Adler will be on the road Friday, 7 March in Schwenningen to play the Wild Wings. The game will be the last regular season game prior to the start of the play-offs. The outcomes of the games for the teams ranked three through six will determine not only who plays who but also which teams have home-ice-advantage for the quarter finals.
Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 3:0 (2:0, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Earn Direct Qualification for the Quarter Finals
Following the 3:0 victory over the ERC Ingolstadt the Adler can no longer be over taken by the seventh ranked Red Bull Munich, thus qualifying directly for the DEL Quarter Finals. Ticket sales for the Quarter Final Games begin on Monday at 10:00. The Adler still have a chance to earn home ice advantage during the Quarter Finals depending on the outcome of their last two games.
Martin Buchwieser, Simon Gamache and Jon Rheault all scored for the Adler in front of the 10,682 fans in the SAP Arena. The Adler earned their twelfth shut-out of the Season and the seventh for Dennis Endras.
The Adler were hungry to achieve a direct qualification for the Quarter Finals and started the game highly motivated. Just two minutes in Ingolstadt committed their fist penalty. Mannheim retained puck possession and started applying pressure on Timo Pielmeier, in goal for the Panther. Pielmeier was able to block a couple of the Adler shots on goal but Ingolstadt was not able to gain possession so Mannheim remained with an extra-attacker on the ice during the delayed penalty. Martin Buchwieser put the puck in net giving Mannheim an early lead, 1:0 (3 minute, extra-attacker, delayed penalty). At the 14 minute mark Simon Gamache scored, increasing the Adler lead by one, 2:0 (15 minute). Ingolstadt had a few chances on goal but were not overly dangerous in the First Period. Shortly before the break the Panther started to celebrate a goal while on the Power-Play but the goal was not recognized by the officials. The Adler Penalty-Kill remained strong, picking up any puck that Endras might let rebound and giving Ingolstadt few follow up shots.
The Adler had multiple chances during the Second and Third Periods but were unable to get passed Pielmeier to increase the Adler’s lead. Ingolstadt also had a few chances on the other end of the ice but were also unable to score. With just over a minute to play Ingolstadt pulled Pielmeier for an extra attacker. Three minutes before the final horn Jon Rheault hit the empty net to give the Adler a 3:0 victory over the Panther.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Tuesday night to host the Ice Bear from Berlin. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. Depending on the outcome of the Adler’s last two games they may qualify for home ice advantage (ranked in the top four) for the Quarter Finals. If they have home ice advantage then the first two home games of the play-offs will be on 16 and 21 March. If they do not earn home ice advantage (place five or six) then the first home games of the play-offs will be on 19 and 23 March.