Hamburg Freezers vs. Adler Mannheim
Adler Lose In Hamburg 2:3
Despite leading twice on Sunday the Adler were unable to bringing any points home from Hamburg. The Freezers changed the momentum in the last period, scoring two goals and capturing a 3:2 win over the Adler. Marcus Kink and Frank Mauer were the two goal scorers for Mannheim.
Following the 2:4 loss on Friday in the SAP Arena to the Krefeld Pinguine the Adler wanted to make good by winning against the Freezers in Hamburg on Sunday. The Adler had multiple chances on goal during the First Period but Sebastien Caron, in goal for Hamburg, limited Mannheim to just one goal. Marcus Kink put the Adler on the board first, 0:1 (9 minute).
The Freezers came out of the locker room for the Second Period full of energy. They gave Adler Net-Minder Dennis Endras more work than he would have liked. The logical result of the intense pressure was a tied game. Festerling scored the tying goal for Hamburg, 1:1 (24 minute). It took the Adler several more minutes of play before they finally found their way back into the game and started creating new opportunities on goal. Frank Mauer put Mannheim back in the lead on a pass from Ken Magowan, 1:2 (34 minute).
In the Third Period, like the Second, it took the Freezers only about four minutes to re-tie the score. Thomas Oppenheimer scored the tying shot, 2:2 (45 minute) and at that point the momentum changed to Hamburg. The Adler offense was no longer creating the needed pressure in the Freezers defensive zone, so Hamburg was spending more and more time in the Adler defensive zone, creating dangerous situations for Dennis Endras. Kevin Schmidt gave Hamburg the go-a- head goal and the game winner with just over five minutes left in regulation, 3:2 (55 minute). Despite pulling Endras in the last minute of play for an extra attacker, Mannheim was unable to tie the score.
Mannheim remains on the road this Friday, 6 December and will be in Munich to play the Red Bull. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 8 December to host the Ingolstadt Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Krefeld Pinguine 2:4 (1:3, 1:0, 0:1)
2:4 Home Loss to Krefeld
Mannheim fell to third place in the DEL rankings following their 2:4 loss to the Krefeld Pinguine on Friday night. Frank Mauer put the Adler in the lead early but by the end of the First Period the Adler were down 1:3. Ken Magowan scored in the Second Period but it was the last goal for Mannheim. Daniel Pietta sealed the deal for Krefeld with a goal in the last couple of minutes of play.
Kai Hospelt and Christopher Fisher both returned to the roster on Friday night. It was the first game as an Adler for both of them. Mannheim started the game with a high tempo. Jochen Hecht rang a shot of the post in the 45 second and with less than three minutes played Frank Mauer scorde a power-play goal for the Adler, 1:0 (3 minute, man-advantage). The lead only held for about two and a half minutes before Daniel Pietta tied the score, 1:1 (5 minute). Kevin Clark gave the Pinguine the lead with a goal in the 11 minute, 1:2 (11 minute) and he also scored the game winner later in the period, 1:3 (17 minute).
Ken Magowan bought the Adler within one during the Second Period, 2:3 (30 minute) but despite multiple good chances on goal the Adler were unable to score again. Daniel Pietta scored his second goal of the game, 2:4 (59 minute) in the last couple of minutes of play, closing the door on Mannheim’s hopes of sending the game into overtime.
The Adler are on the road in Hamburg this Sunday, 1 December. Following the Hamburg game the Adler will play Friday, 6 December in Munich before returning home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 8 December to host the Ingolstadt Panthers.
Adler Mannheim vs. Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 5:3 (3:0, 1:1, 1:2)
Adler Win Top Game Against Nürnberg, 5:3
Mannheim was victorious in the duel for the second place ranking in the DEL, 5;3 over Nürnberg Birthday boy Ronny Arendt scored twice, Marc El-Sayed scored for the third game in a row, and Frank Mauer and Yanick Lehoux had a goal apiece.
The 12,371 fans in the SAP Arena witnessed a surprisingly one sided First Period. The second place Adler picked apart the defense of the third place Ice Tigers, creating multiple good chances on goal. Mannheim was able to kill an early power-play for the Ice Tigers and shortly after Yanick Lehoux bounced the puck off of Andreas Jenike (in goal for Nürnberg) and into the Ice Tiger goal, 1:0 (5 minute).Nürnberg went back on the power-play in the eighth minute. Marc El-Sayed fought his way through two Ice Tiger defenders along the boards, Ronny Arendt took over puck possession and scored his first goal of the night, 2;0 (8 minute, short-handed). Arendt, who was celebrating his 33 birthday, had another good chance late in the period but Jenike was able to glove down the shot. Arendt was able to notch an assist later as he passed to Marc El-Sayed who promptly put the puck in goal, 3:0 (16 minute).
The Ice Tigers game out for the Second Period with a more aggressive offensive and a higher tempo of play. They were quickly rewarded for the new aggressive style, when Regier scored a goal in the first minute of the period, 3:1 (21 minute). Mannheim quickly regained the upper hand though. In the 25 minute Frank Mauer had a breakaway chance on the Ice Tiger goal but was fouled resulting in a penalty-shot. Jenike held Mauer’s penalty-shot. Frustrated by his missed chance, Mauer made good 5 minutes later with a slap-shot that increased the Adler’s lead by one, 4:1 (30 minute) and ended Jenike’s game as he was replaced by Tyler Weiman.
During the Third Period, Nürnberg once again scored an early goal this time on a shot from Patrick Reimer, 4:2 (43 minute). Marcus Kink then went to the box with a two minute minor for slashing. As Kink was return to the ice, Fredrick Eriksson bought the Ice Tigers within one, 4:3 (46 minute).The remainder of the period was an offensive duel that continued to sway back and forth, with both teams having solid scoring chances. Ronny Arendt gave the Adler a little breathing room with a goal in the 53 minute, 5:3. Despite pulling Weiman for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play, not further goals were scored and Mannheim secured the much needed three points against the Ice Tigers.
Mannheim remains at home in the SAP Arena this Friday, 29 November and will host the third place Krefeld Pinguine. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.