Adler Mannheim vs. Düsseldorf EG (DEG) 3:2 (1:2, 1:0, 1:0)
Adler 3:2 Win Over the DEG
With a suspenseful 3:2 home victory over the DEG, Mannheim was able to keep the top of the DEL rankings within grasp. After trailing 0:2 the Adler were able to change the momentum and squeak out a 3:2 win against the last place team in the DEL. Ronny Arendt, Frank Mauer, and Martin Buchwieser all scored for Mannheim.
Mannheim remained without the injured Steve Wagner, Denis Reul, and Ken Magowan. Yannick Lehoux rotated into the slot as the extra offensive player and only had ice time during the power-play. Felix Brueckmann was in goal for the Adler and had his hands full from the start on. The DEG went on the power-play early as Jochen Hecht received a two minute minor for interference with just over a minute played. Marc-Anthony Zanettis took advantage of the DEG’s numerical superiority to give Düsseldorf the early lead, 0:1 (3 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim continued to have difficulty finding their way in to the game and continued to take unnecessary penalties. Just as the Adler killed a tripping penalty on Mirko Hoefflin, Andreas Martinsen found the back of the net for the DEG, 0:2 (8 minute). Ronny Arendt scored his tenth goal of the season to put the Adler within one, 1:2 (12 minute). The game swung back and forth during the remainder of the period with neither team creating much in the way of chances on goal.
Frank Mauer tied the score in the Second Period, 2:2 (26 minute) on a pass from Matthias Plachta. The Adler had further chances during a five-on-three power-play but were unable to get the puck past Robert Goepfert, in goal for Duesseldorf. The Adler outshot the DEG 38:19 in the first two periods of play but the score remained 2:2 at the second break.
Martin Buchwieser deflected a shot from Christopher Fisher into the net to score the game winner in the Third, 3:2 (54 minute). Mannheim continued to maintain pressure on Goepfert but it was a DEG player that had the deciding play of the game. Dominik Daxberger received a 5 minute major plus 20 for a high-stick, in the 56 minute. Mannheim was unable to score on the resulting power-play but the DEG being a man short for the last five minutes was unable to mount any good offensive actions so the score remained 3:2 at the final horn.
Mannheim will be on the road this Friday in Berlin to face the Ice Bear. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 12 Jan to host the Hamburg Freezers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. EHC Red Bull Munich 3:0 (0:0, 2:0, 1:0)
Adler Down Munich 3:0
For the second time this season, the EHC has been held scoreless in the SAP Arena. Kai Hospelt scored twice and Jon Rheault scored once for the Adler while Dennis Endras celebrated his fourth shut-out of the season. Mannheim defeated Munich 3:0 (0:0, 2:0, 1:0).
In the first home-game under new Head Coach Hans Zach, the 12,337 fans in the SAP Arena watched a scoreless First Period. Both teams played with a compact defense and the only chances came through individual mistakes. The few chances that did develop were easily held by both net-minders.
At the half way point of the Second Period Kai Hospelt put the Adler in the lead, 1:0 (30 minute, man-advantage). Jon Rheault increased the lead six minutes later, 2:0 (36 minute, man advantage). The Adler had a perfect start in the Third, with Kai Hospelt scoring his second of the evening scoring on Mannheim’s first attack of the period., 3:0 (41 minute). The Adler defense remained compact during the remainder of the period and any puck that found its way through the defense was stopped by Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 7 January and will host the Düsseldorf EG (DEG).The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Krefeld Pinguin vs. Adler Mannheim 3:2 (0:1, 2:1, 1:0)
Adler Lose in Krefeld 2:3
The Adler lose third in a row with a 2:3 loss in Krefeld. Despite a two nothing lead at the half way point the Alder lose their first game under the direction of new Head Coach Hans Zach. Jochen Hecht and Ronny Arendt scored for the Adler in front of the 7,007 fans in Krefeld’s Koenigpalast.
The Adler traveled to Krefeld without the injured Steve Wagner and Denis Reul to play their first game under New Head Coach Hans Zach. Mirko Hoefflin was a healthy scratch for the game. Matthias Plachta did not get any ice time as the thirteenth offensive player as Zach had the Adler play with four consistent lines with no substitutions. The game started with an early two minute minor against Krefeld but the Adler had not yet found their rhythm and were unable to take advantage of their man-advantage situation. The Krefelder start to become dangerous around ten minutes into the game and started to create good chances on goal. Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim was able to hold the Pinguin scoreless during the First Period. Jochen Hecht put the Adler on the board first, after stealing the puck in the Adler offensive zone and scoring alone, 0:1 (15 minute).
In the Second Period Krefeld started to apply more pressure on the Adler goal but that left their defense open to counters from the Adler. Ronny Arendt had such a counter on a pass from Magowan and increased the Adler lead to two, 0:2 (29 minute). Krefeld’s self-confidence was shaken after the second Adler goal but they fought their way back into the game. Daniel Pietta scored to put Krefeld within one, 1:2 (36 minute) and less than two minutes later Kevin Clark had tied the game, 2:2 (37 minute).
The Pinguin put Mannheim under enormous pressure in the Third Period but the Adler were able to keep their defense compact and prevent an early goal from Krefeld. Ex-Adler Francois Methot beat Dennis Endras to give Krefeld their first lead of the game, 3:2 (50 minute). The Adler created several chances in the remaining time in the Third but Tomas Duba, in goal for Krefeld, held the Penguin’s one point lead until the final horn.
Mannheim returns home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 5 January to host the EHC Red Bull Munich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.