Adler Mannheim vs. Düsseldorf EG (2:0, 1:0, 0:0)
Adler Defeat Düsseldorf 3:0
In the last game before the break for the Deutschland-Cup the Adler defeat the DEG 3:0 (2:0, 1:0, 0:0). The Sunday game in the SAP Arena was no different than the game on Tuesday in Düsseldorf, the DEG remained chanceless against the Adler. Yanick Lehoux scored twice and Marcus Kink once for Mannheim and Dennis Endras celebrated his first Shut-Out of the season.
Mannheim was more effective and had more good chances on goal than on Friday in their 0:4 home loss against Straubing. Yanick Lehoux scored the game winner in the fifth minute, 1:0 and added a goal in the ninth minute, 2:0 (two-man-advantage). He scored the first goal on a rebound off the boards from a slap-shot by Denis Reul. His second goal was during an Adler double power-play. DEG net minder Robert Goepfert replaced Stefan Ridderwall in the eighth minute, due to an injury.
Both sides had chances on goal in the Second with Marcus Kink scoring his seventh goal of the season, making him Mannheim’s current Top Goal Scorer, 3:0 (29 minute). The Adler maintained the pressure on the DEG during the Third Period and for the most part kept Adler Goalie Dennis Endras un-employed. The puck landed once again in the DEG goal but due to the confusion in front of the net, the referee lost track of the puck and blew the whistle too soon, so the goal was not counted and the score remained 3:0 at the final horn.
There will now be an almost two week break in games for the DEL, as many of the players join their National Teams to compete in the Deutschland-Cup. The next game for Mannheim will be a road game on Friday, 15 November in Berlin against the Eisbaern (Ice Bear). The next home-game will be on Tuesday, 19 November when they will host the Augsburg Panthers.
Adler Mannheim vs. Straubing Tigers 0:4 (0:0, 0:3, 0:1)
0:4 Loss to Straubing
The Adler lost their second-home game in a row and were shut-out for the first time this season. Following a scoreless First Period, Blaine Down(2) and Rene Roethke both scored for the Tigers in the Second Period and Laurrent Meunier scored in the Third Period to give Straubing a 0:4 (0:0, 0:3, 0:1).
During the First Period both teams were fairly equal. The period was fast paced but result in little work for Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim or Jason Bacashihua, in goal for Straubing. The score remained tied at zero at the first break.
In the Second Period, Straubing had the momentum coming out of the locker room and it only took 32 seconds for Down to put them on the board, 0:1 (21 minute). The Adler were unable to find an answer for their more aggressive opponent. Even with a man-advantage situation, Mannheim remained harmless. Straubing on the other hand remained both dangerous and effective. Roethke doubled the Tigers lead in the 33 minute, 0:2 and Down scored again just over a minute later, 0:3 (34 minute).
Early in the Third while Steve Magowan was in the box for Slashing, Meunier put the icing on the cake with the fourth goal for the Tigers, 0:4 (47 minute-man-advantage). Straubing remained strong during the rest of the period and were determined to hold on to not only the three points but also the shut-out for Bacashihua. They were successful on both accounts, taking home a 0:4 victory over the Adler.
Mannheim remains at home in the SAP Arena with a game on Sunday, 3 November. They will host the DEG. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Düsseldorfer EG vs. Adler Mannheim 1:3 (0:0, 1:1, 0:2)
3:1 Road Win in Düsseldorf
The Adler defeated the DEG by a score of 3:1 (0:0, 1:1, 2:0) on Tuesday evening and are now in third place in the DEL. point equal with the second place Ice Tigers. Marcus Kink, Simon Gamache, and Marc El-Sayed scored for the Adler in what was a one sided but suspenseful game. Drew Paris scored the 1:1 for the DEG.
Mannheim played against the DEG for the first time this season on Tuesday night. The Adler were the better team during the entire game but had problems converting that to goals. The problem was too many penalties and not enough shots on goal. Drew Paris had the first shot on goal during the game but Felix Brueckmann had no problem stopping the shot. Lehoux, Mauer, Wagner, and Sifers all had good chances on goal for Mannheim but were unable to beat Stefan Ridderwall, in goal for the DEG. The first good chance on goal for Düsseldorf came when Yanick Lehoux went to the box for slashing. Paris had a shot from five meters out but once again he was stopped by Brueckmann. The Adler’s Kettemer and Lehoux had no better luck on the other end and the game remained tied at zero for the first break.
The DEG played a better defensive game in the Second Period and shut everything down in front of their goal but Mannheim also did not attempt enough shots on goal. Ridderwall only had to defend against five shots in the entire period, one of which he let in. Adler Captain Marcus Kink took a back handed shot and Ridderwall let his rebound into the net, 0:1 (30 minute) but less than a minute later, with Kettemer in the box for tripping Paris was finally able to put the puck in goal, 1:1 (31 minute, man-advantage). In the 35 minute Felix Brueckmann had a hammer save against Fischbuch to keep the game tied at one.
Simone Gamache hit the outer net with a shot in the 45 minute but had the game winner in the 53 minute with a shot over Ridderwall’s shoulder, 1;2 (53 minute). The Adler kept the DEG busy in their own defensive zone thus preventing the DEG from having a further chance to tie the score. Marc El-Sayed brought the score to its final end stand, 1:3 (59 minute). The DEG pulled Ridderwall for a sixth attacker but the score remained 1:3 at the final horn.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 1 November to host the Straubing Ice Tigers the puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. The Adler will remain at home Sunday, 3 November and will host the DEG, game time is 14:30.