Adler Mannheim vs. Krefeld Pinguine 2:4 (1:1, 1:2, 0:1)
2:4 Loss at Home to Krefeld
Despite leading twice on goals from Kai Hospelt, Mannheim was unable to secure a win on Friday night. Hospelt scored twice for the Adler while Vasiljevs, Methot, Meyers, and Sofron all had a goal apiece for the Pinguine. The Adler were forced to play without the injured Christoph Ullmann, Matthias Plachta, and Ken Magowan.
The 11,641 fans in the SAP Arena saw a fast paced game from the opening faceoff. The Adler tested Tomas Duba, in goal for Krefeld, early with three shots in the first thirty seconds of play. Things were not much different on the other end for Adler Keeper Dennis Endras, who had his own share of work early. The First Period continued to be a battle of the Goalies with both holding strong for their teams. Kai Hospelt put the Adler on the board first following a faceoff in the Krefeld defensive zone, 1:0 (14 minute). Three minutes later, Pinguine Captain, Herberts Vaslijevs tied the score, 1:1 (17 minute).
Krefeld created a lot of pressure in the Adler defensive zone at the start of the Second Period but Ronny Arendt passed out of the zone to Jochen Hecht who along with Kai Hospelt had a counter on the Pinguine goal. Hecht passed to Hospelt at the last second and Hospelt found the back of the net, 2:1 (21 minute). The Pinguine remained concentrated and retied the score on a goal from ex-Adler Francois Methot, 2:2 (27 minute). Meyers shot the go ahead goal for Krefeld, 2:3 (36 minute).Late in the period Simon Gamache had the chance to tie the game for Mannheim but Duba had a super save and held the lead for Krefeld.
Despite a power-play situation during the Third Period, Mannheim remained unable to tie the score. Late in the Third Sofron put the icing on the cake for Krefeld when he scored on a counter attack, 2:4 (58 minute). With the victory Krefeld was not only able to put more points between themselves and Mannheim, they were also able to pass Cologne in the rankings and move into second place in the DEL. Mannheim remains in fourth place, five points behind Cologne but only one point ahead of both the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers and the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg.
The Adler will be on the road in Augsburg on Sunday, 2 February to face the Augsburg Panther. There will then be an almost two week break in the action for the DEL with the next game scheduled for Mannheim being a home game on Valentine’s Day, Friday, 14 February when Mannheim will host Cologne.
Adler Mannheim vs. Straubing Tigers 1:0 in Shoot-Out (0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Down Straubing in Shoot-Out
Denis Endras earned his sixth shut-out of the season. After a scoreless 65 minutes, Martin Buchwieser scored the shoot-out goal to give the Adler a 1:0 victory over the Straubing Tigers.
Mannheim played without the injured, Ken Magowan, Jochen Hecht, and Christoph Ullmann but Florian Kettemer returned to the lineup and Alexander Ackermann was temporarily moved up from Heilbronn to help fill the gap. The Adler had a stable defense but did not put on a highly spectacular offensive show. Despite their injuries in the offensive they still created multiple good chances on goal in the first two periods. On the other end Dennis Endras, in goal for the Adler was only required to make one outstanding save in the first 40 minutes of play. He gloved down a shot from Straubing’s Top scorer Blaine Down (30 minute). Tiger Goalie Jason Bacashihua had a very busy day, stopping 51 shots on goal. Starting with a super save against Matthias Plachta in the first minute and not stopping until the final horn in overtime.
The Tigers started strong in the Third Period opening with a shot off the cross-bar from the Adler goal. Both teams then attempted to seal of their blue line, resulting in a large amount of play happening in the neutral zone. The Adler were slowly able to break through the Tiger defense and started to reapply pressure on the Straubing goal but were unable to get the puck over the line. At the end of regulation the game remained scoreless.
The five minute over time also remained scoreless and the game moved onto a shoot-out. Kai Hospelt scored for Mannheim but Carsen Germyn tied the score. Martin Buchwieser then scored the game winner for Mannheim, 1:0 (penalty, shoot-out).
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 31 January to host the Krefeld Pinguine. The Pinguine are in third place exactly three points ahead of the fourth place Adler. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg vs. Adler Mannheim 3:5 (0:1, 1:3, 2:1)
Adler with 5:3 Victory in Wolfsburg
The Adler wind up their road trip with a win in Wolfsburg over the Grizzly Adams 3:5 (0:1, 1:3, 2:1). The Adler climbed up rung in the DEL rankings to fourth, over taking Wolfsburg and are now only two points behind the third place Krefeld Pinguine. The Adler had to play without Jochen Hecht due to a head injury he suffered after a check to the head during the game in Düsseldorf on Wednesday night. The degree of the injury is still unknown and he will have to undergo further tests in the next few days. Florian Kettemer and Ken Magowan also remained out due to injuries, so Adler Coach Hans Zach was forced to move Dominik Bittner from his role as a defender and put him in an offensive line. Bittner played in a line along side El-Sayed and Hoefflin and Ronny Arendt moved into the line with Rheault and Mauer. Kai Hospelt, Mirko Hoefflin, Marcus Kink, Simon Gamache, and Ronny Arendt all scored a goal apiece for the Adler.
The First Period started strong for the Adler with Kai Hospelt ringing a shot of the crossbar in the first minute of play. Following the early chance from the Adler both teams settled into a more defensive posture, with few chances on goal being created during the first half of the period. The Adler then went to the box twice on two minute minors from Goc and Wagner giving Wolfsburg the upper hand. The Grizzly Adams had more puck possession due to their two power-play chances but the Adler penalty-kill gave them no real chances on goal. With just under a minute to play and with the Adler back at full strength Frank Mauer passed to Kai Hospelt who beat Daniar Dshunussow, in goal for Wolfsburg to draw first blood for the Adler, 0:1 (20 minute).
The Second Period started with two more minors against the Adler. Mannheim killed the first one, a two minute minor on Kink for an elbow check but the Grizzly Adams were finally able to take advantage of their power-play on their fourth attempt, a two-plus-ten minute penalty on Mauer for a check against the head and neck. Tyler Haskins shot a backhander to tie the game, 1:1 (28 minute, man-advantage). The Adler did not let the goal knock them out of their rhythm and they were able to retake the lead just over two minutes later on a goal from Mirko Hoefflin, 1:2 (30 minute) and 21 seconds later Marcus Kink added to the lead, 1:3 (30 minute). The Adler remained in complete control for the rest of the period with Simon Gamache scoring with less than a minute to play before the second break, 1:4 (40 minute).
The Grizzly Adams had a better start in the Third Period with Armin Wurm scoring in the first minute of play and bringing Wolfsburg within two, 2:4 (41 minute). The early Wolfsburg goal did not impress the Adler much as they reestablished their three point lead just over two minutes later. Fisher fired a shot that Dshunussow was unable to hold and Ronny Arendt picked up the rebound and scored, 2:5 (44 minute). Brett Palin scored for the Grizzly Adams couple if minutes later, 3:5 (46 minute) but it was not enough to turn the momentum of the game. The Adler penalty-kill survived a two minute minor against Endras for delay of game (displacing the goal). Mannheim had a power play chance late in the period but were unable to increase their lead. Wolfsburg pulled Dshunussow in the last minute of play and despite an additional two minute minor on Steve Wagner for delay of game, the Grizzly Adams were unable to score and the game remained 3:5 at the final horn.
Mannheim returns home to the SAP Arena this Sunday to host the Straubing Tigers. The Adler have a family day planned for this game with attractive ticket prices and attractions for the entire family. There will also be balloons in the Adler team colors. You are encouraged to bring your own blue, white and red balloons to help turn the SAP Arena into a sea of blue-white-red. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.