Adler Mannheim vs. Hamburg Freezers 2:4 (1:1, 1:3, 0:0)
2:4 Home Loss Against Hamburg
After leading twice, the Adler lose 2:4 (1:1, 1:3, 0:0) to the first place ranked Hamburg Freezers. Dominik Bittner and Jochen Hecht each scored for the Adler. Roy, Wolf, Flaake, and Dupuis all scored for Hamburg. Dorian Saeftel had his DEL debut only two days after his first game as a professional. His first professional game was with Mannheim’s cooperation partner the Heilbronn Falcon. Not only was he in the starting six he also had ice time during the entire game.
Dominik Bittner scored early in the First Period to give Mannheim the early lead, 1:0 (2 minute). Both teams were pretty evenly matched during the remainder of the First. Mathieu Roy took advantage of Mirko Hoefflin’s two minute minor for hooking to tie the score, 1:1 (13 minute, man-advantage). The Adler went on the power-play just prior to the end of the period but were unable to score again before the first break.
The Second Period began with the Adler still on the power-play and only seven seconds into the period, Hamburg’s Captain Christoph Schubert had to join his colleague in the penalty-box after shooting the puck up and out of play, drawing a two minute minor for delay of game. Five seconds into Mannheim’s two man advantage situation, Jochen Hecht restored the Adler’s one point lead, 2:1 (21 minute, two man-advantage). Shortly after that Hamburg once again had their chance with a man-advantage and David Wolf retied the game, 2:2 (25 minute, man-advantage). Jerome Flaake scored three minutes later to give Hamburg their first lead of the game, 2:3 (28 minute). Shortly before the midway point of the game Dupuis increased Hamburg’s lead, 2;4 (30 minute). In the 37 minute the post saved Mannheim from the fifth Hamburg goal.
The Freezers had changed the momentum of the game and despite a power-play and pulling Endras for an extra attacker in the last minute of play the Adler were unable to score in the Third. At the final horn the Adler suffered a 2:4 loss to Hamburg.
The Adler remain at home Friday, 17 January and will host the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Ice Bear Berlin vs. Adler Mannheim 3:2 (0:1, 1:0, 2:1)
Adler Lose in Berlin
The Adler lose by one in Berlin 3:2 (0:1, 1:0, 2:1). Jochen Hecht and Marc El-Sayed scored for Mannheim. Daniel Weiss, Mads Christensen, and Frank Hoerdler had one apiece for Berlin.
The game promised to be exciting from the start with both goalies having to prove themselves in the first minute of play. Jochen Hecht had a good chance on goal for the Adler but was stopped by Berlin-Keeper Sebastian Elwing. On the following offensive action by Berlin Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras was able to stop Vincent Schlenker from giving Berlin the early lead. The game settled down for awhile with Mannheim developing a more defensive posture, which Berlin was unable to get through. Jochen Hecht put the Adler on the board first when he picked up the puck in the neutral zone and went one on one against Elwing, 0:1 (13 minute). Both teams had chances on the power-play during the First but neither were able to convert despite the man advantage.
The Adler had a couple of good chances early in the Second Period through Jon Rheault and Jamie Sifers but Elwing held strong for Berlin. Daniel Weiss tied the score toward the middle of the period, 1:1 (29 minute). The goal gave Berlin a second wind and they started to apply more pressure in Mannheim’s defensive zone. The Adler with stood the phase and ended the period with several chances of their own but were unable to get the puck in net.
Mannheim gave Berlin too much room at start of the Third resulting in Mads Christensen shooting the go ahead goal for the Ice Bear, 2:1 (43 minute). The Adler had a prompt response as Marc El-Sayed retied the score 24 seconds later, 2:2 (43 minute). Mannheim had an unnecessary loss of the puck in the neutral zone that resulted in Frank Hoerdler scoring the game winner for Berlin, 3:2 (52 minute). Despite Mannheim pulling Endras for a sixth attacker they were unable to retie the score, so the score remained 3:2 at the final horn.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 12 January to host the first place ranked Hamburg Freezers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Release Yanick Lehoux
Yanick Lehoux will not play the rest of the 2013/14 season for the Adler Mannheim. Lehoux has 23 points in 35 games for the Adler this year (7 goals / 16 assists). Mannheim’s new Head Coach Hans Zach and Yanick Lehoux had a meeting on Wednesday morning and decided that they could not work together.
The Adler agreed to the desires of both coach and player and have released the player until 30 April 2014. the Adler will wait until the end of the current season to discuss a possible return from Yanick Lehoux next season.
Whether or not Lehoux will play the rest of the season with another team in the DEL is not yet clear.