Iserlohn Roosters vs. Adler Mannheim 3:2 (0:0, 1:1, 2:1)
Adler Lose to Roosters 2:3
After the win on Friday against Cologne the Adler lose in Seilersee to the Iserlohn Roosters by a score of 2:3. The goals from Kai Hospelt and Jaime Sifers were not enough to beat the strong Rooster team and bring the points home to Mannheim.
Both teams played a defensive First Period, while attempting to gain control of the game. There were chances from both sides but neither were able to score during the First. The game continued to be hard fought in the Second Period with both teams increasing the tempo along with their chances on goal. Kai Hospelt put the Adler in the lead with a power-play goal, 0:1 (27 minute, man-advantage). Between the 32 and 38 minute the Adler took three minor penalties. The first two they were able to kill but on the third one Michael Wolf was able to tie the game for the Rooster, 1:1 (38 minute, man-advantage).
The Third period started with an early power-play chance for the Adler but they were unable to convert and retake the lead. Instead in was Michael Wolf the put the Roosters in the lead with his second goal of the night, 2:1 (49 minute). Just under six minutes later Foster increased the Roosters lead to two, 3:1 (55 minute). Iserlohn’s Raymond took a two minute minor for tripping with three minutes left in regulation. The Adler pulled Endras for an extra attacker and Jamie Sifers was able to pull the Adler within one with an extra attacker while on the power-play, 3:2 (59 minute, man-advantage, extra attacker). The score remained 3:2 at the final horn.
The Adler have slid into fifth place in the DEL rankings, one point behind Cologne and only two points ahead of the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The Adler remain on the road this weekend. Friday they will be in Munich to play against the Red Bull and on Sunday they will travel to Hamburg to play the first place Freezers.
Martin Buchwieser is Player of the Month for January
The fans of the Adler Mannheim voted Martin Buchwieser to Player of the Month for January. The 24 year old Buchwieser has twelve goals on the season making him the current number two goal scorer for the Adler.
Adler Mannheim vs. Cologne Haie 3:2 (OT) (1:0, 1:1, 0:1, 1:0)
Eric Schneider with Game Winner Over Cologne
It was a high paced, high energy game in the sold out SAP Arena on Friday Night. The Adler led twice in the game on goals from Jochen Hecht and Marc El-Sayed but twice Cologne tied the score thanks to goals from Andreas Falk and Daniel Tjaernqvist. Eric Schneider, playing his first game for Mannheim scored the game winner in overtime to give the Adler a 3:2 victory.
Cologne controlled the first half of the First Period with a strong offense and an aggressive fore-checking, that kept Mannheim for the most part trapped in their own defensive zone. About midway through the Period the Adler fought their way into the game and started to create chances on the Cologne goal. Shortly thereafter Marcus Kink went to the box on a two-minute minor for hooking. The Adler killed the penalty despite an aggressive power-play from Cologne. A few minutes later it was Mannheim’s turn with a man-advantage as Cologne’s Ankert took a two-minute minor for interference. The Adler power-play was more successful as Jochen Hecht deflected a Steve Wagner shot from the blue-line into the back of the net, 1:0 (19 minute, man-advantage).
Just three and a half minutes into the Second Period, Cologne’s Andreas Falk tied the score, 1:1 (24 minute). In the 32 minute the fans in the SAP Arena got a small taste of what an Overtime Period would look like as Cologne’s Hagos and Mannheim’s Vernace both went to the box at the same time resulting in two minutes of four-on-four hockey. Not long after the teams returned to full strength, Plachta rang a shot off the cross bar of the Haie goal, Marc El-Sayed was able to pick up the rebound and put Mannheim back in the lead, 2:1 (34 minute). With four seconds remaining in the period Cologne’s Krupp went to the box with a two-minute minor for interference, setting up an Adler power-play at the start of the Third Period.
The Haie killed the Mannheim power-play and from then on out it was an aggressive hard fought Period with both teams having multiple good chances on goal. With just under two and half minutes left in regulation Cologne’s Daniel Tjaernqvist retied the game, 2:2 (58 minute).
The resulting Overtime, like the Third Period, was evenly matched and hard fought, see-sawing back and forth with chances on both sides. Eric Schneider in his debut game for Mannheim had a breakaway situation but was unable to beat Danny aus den Birken, in goal for Cologne. A short while later Schneider was able to score the game winner when we took the puck top-shelf past aus den Birken, (3:2, 63 minute).
Mannheim earned a much needed two points. They remain in fourth place one point behind Cologne and one point ahead of Wolfsburg. The Adler now begin two weeks of road games, starting on Sunday 16 February in Iserlohn where they will face-off against the Iserlohn Roosters. The Adler will not return home to the SAP Arena until 2 March when they host the Ingolstadt Panther.