Düsseldorf EG vs. Adler Mannheim 0:2 (0:1, 0:1, 0:0)
Felix Brueckmann with Shut-Out in Düsseldorf
The Adler earned another much needed three points against the DEG 0:2 (0:1, 0:1, 0:0) on Wednesday evening and moved to number five in the DEL rankings, passing the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Mirko Hoefflin and Simon Gamache scored for the Adler and Felix Brueckmann earned his fourth shut-out of the season.
Jochen Hecht provided the Adler with their first chance on goal, just 30 seconds into the game. Mannheim started with a high tempo and took over total control of the period after the fourth minute of play. The speed and the offensive play of the Adler didn’t leave the DEG much room to breathe. Bobby Goepfert, in goal for Düsseldorf had his hands full in the 15 minute as shot after shot rained down on him. After three or four consecutive shots and rebounds, Mirko Hoefflin was able to find the back of the net for Mannheim, 0:1 (15 minute). In the 16 minute Kai Hospelt had a chance to increase the Mannheim lead but Goepfert held, so the score remained 0:1 at the first break.
The Adler did not play with as much energy in the Second Period. Matthias Plachta had the first good chance of the period for Mannheim in the 31 minute, two minutes later Simon Gamache added to the Adler lead with a precisely place wrist shot, 0:2 (33 minute).
The Adler remained in control during the final period of play, with the DEG only becoming dangerous while on the power-play. Felix Brueckmann saved his shut-out in the 45 minute by closing down the corner on a power-play chance from Martinsen. On the other end in the 58 minute the post saved Goepfert from cashiering his third Adler goal of the game. The DEG pulled Goepfert for a sixth attacker in the last minute of play but the score remained Mannheim: 2 Düsseldorf: 0 at the final horn.
Mannheim remains on the road on Friday, 24 January and will be in Wolfsburg to play the number three ranked Grizzly Adams. A win in regulation would move Mannheim ahead of Wolfsburg in the DEL rankings to either third or fourth place depending on the outcome of the Krefeld vs. Ingolstadt game. The Adler return home on Sunday, 26 January to host the Straubing Ice Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Ronny Arendt Plays in 500 DEL Game for Mannheim
On Friday night during the 2:0 home-game victory of the Adler over the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, Ronny Arendt reached the milestone of 500 DEL games wearing the Blue, White, and Red of the Adler Mannheim. The 33 year old Arendt is playing his ninth season for Mannheim and in his 500 games has scored 87 goals and earned 119 assists.
Since the start of the DEL in 1994 only Adler Captain Marcus Kink (522 games) has more games than Arendt. In the history of Mannheim Ice Hockey, Harold Kreis (891 games) and Peter Obresa (620 games) have both played more games than Kink or Arendt.
Adler Mannheim vs. Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 2:0 (0:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Endras with Shut-Out Over Nürnberg
Dennis Endras earned his fifth shut-out of the season against the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers on Friday night. Simon Gamache and Martin Buchwieser scored for Mannheim in the 2:0 (0:0, 1:0, 1:0) victory and Ronny Arendt played his 500 DEL game for Mannheim.
The game between the Adler and the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers was by far the best game the fans have seen in the SAP Arena over the past few weeks. Both Steve Wagner and Denis Reul returned from the injured reserve on Friday to join the Adler in a high tempo and energy filled game. Both teams were evenly matched, resulting in an exciting and suspenseful evening.
Dennis Endras had his hands full in the first couple of minutes of play, before Mirko Hoefflin finally gave Nürnberg Keeper, Tyler Weiman something to do in the third minute of play. Both teams had multiple chances on goal in the First Period, including Marc El-Sayed deflecting one of the post n the 19 minute. The game remained scoreless at the first break with both teams having each had 16 shots on goal.
In the 26 minute Endras had a super save against Steven Reinprecht and on the resulting counter attack Martin Buchwieser put the Adler on the board, 1:0 (26 minute). The Ice Tigers continued to create chances on the Adler goal, twice in the Second Period they rang shots of the post while all other shots were saved by Endras. On the other end Simon Gamache found the back of the Nürnberg goal but the goal was disallowed due to Goalie Interference. The score at the second break was 1:0.
In the 43 minute Mike Vernace had a slap-shot from the blue-line that Weiman, due to traffic in front of his net, was hardly able to see. Weiman was able to block the shot but Simon Gamache picked up the rebound and scored, 2:0 (43 minute). The Ice Tigers picked up the tempo and increased their shots on goal but the Adler defense stood solid and despite Nürnberg pulling Weiman in the last minute of play, Endras was able to win his fifth shut-out of the year. The 10,700 fans in the SAP Arena celebrated a much needed three points for the Adler Mannheim.
The Adler will be on the road on 22 and 24 January. On 22 January they will be in Dusseldorf to face off against the DEG and on 24 January they will be in Wolfsburg to play against the Grizzly Adams. They will return home on Sunday, 26 January to host the Straubing Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.