Schwenninger Wild Wings vs. Adler Mannheim 3:5 (1:1, 2:2, 0:2)
Adler Defeat Wild Wings 5:3
Following the first home game loss of the season on Friday the Adler rebound with a 5:3 win over the Schwenninger Wild Wings. Jochen Hecht, Jamie Sifers, Mirko Hoefflin, Ronny Arendt, and Christoph Ullmann all scored for the Adler in a height speed game that was suspenseful up until the final horn.
Even before the start of the game the atmosphere in the sold-out Helios arena was breath taking. Driven forward by their fans both teams attempted to gain the upper hand and control over the game. The Adler had the first good chances on goal with shots from Mike Vernace and Ken Magowan but Dimitri Paetzold, in goal for Schwenningen held strong. The Wild Wings got on the board first with a goal from Nicholas Petersen, 1:0 (7 minute). The home-town fans were ecstatic but Jochen Hecht put a damper on the euphoria three minutes later as he shoved the puck into the Schwenninger goal, 1:1 (10 minute).Kink, Wagner, and Hecht all had chances in the remainder of the first but the score remained tied at the break.
The Second Period started with an Adler power-play but they were unable to put the puck in net. The Adler continued to put pressure on the Wild Wings and were rewarded with a goal from Jamie Sifers. Sifers, on the receiving end of a pass from Ken Magowan was able to hammer the puck past Paetzold into the corner of the goal, 1:2 (24 minute). Schwenningen started to find their way into the game following the Sifer’s goal and were able to tie the game on a power-play goal from Petersen, his second goal of the evening, 2:2 (28 minute, man-advantage). The Adler continued on with their game plan and Mirko Hoefflin retook the lead for Mannheim in the 36 minute, 2:3. With Mannheim once again short-handed, El-Sayed was in the box for tripping, Morten Green re-tied the game, 3:3 (40 minute, man-advantage).
In the Third Period both teams had to remobilize all of their strength to try and get the fourth goal to fall. The Adler created a couple of good chances during two power-play situations but were unable to get passed Paetzold. With just over three minutes to play Ronny Arendt picked up a rebound and scored the game winner, 3:4 (57 minute). The Wild Wings pulled Paetzold for a sixth attacker but Mannheim remained in control and Christoph Ullmann put the puck in the empty goal, 5:3 (60 minute, empty-net).
The Adler will be in Düsseldorf to play against the DEG on Tuesday, 29 October. They return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 1 November to host the Straubing Tigers, game time is 19:30. They will remain home on Sunday, 3 November with a game against the DEG. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30. They will then have a couple of weeks break as some of the players join their National Teams for International play.
Adler Mannheim vs. Cologne Haie 2:5 (2:1, 0:2, 0:2)
First Home-Game Loss 2:5 Against Cologne
In the seventh home-game of the season, Mannheim suffered their first loss in front of their home town fans. The Adler lost to the Haie 2:5 (2:1, 0:2, 0:2). With goals from Mannheim’s Martin Buchwieser and Frank Mauer and a goal from Cologne’s Yared Hagos, the Adler led 2:1 at the first break. Stephens, Weis, Minard, and Marcel Mueller all scored for the Haie to change the momentum and give Cologne the win. Cologne was able to use the victory to take over the first place spot in the DEL rankings, while the Adler dropped to fourth.
The Adler had a strong First Period in the sold out SAP Arena (over 13,600 fans) and maintained pressure on the Cologne goal. During the first minutes of play Markus Kink (1 minute), Ronny Arendt (2), Frank Mauer and Yanick Leoux (twice in the 3 minute) all had good chances on goal. Cologne began creating good chances in the 11 minute and were able drew first blood on a goal from Yared Hagos, 0:1 (15 minute). Martin Buchwieser tied the score on an pass from Simon Gamache, 1:1 (16 minute) and a couple of minutes later while on the power-play, Frank Mauer put the Adler in the lead with an assist from Yanick Lehoux, 2:1 (19 minute, man-advantage). The Adler took the one goal lead into the first break.
The Second Period was as bad as the First Period was good for the Adler 20:9 shots on goal in favor of Cologne including two man-advantage situations for Mannheim. The Adler were only able to create a couple of chances on goal both from Frank Mauer, besides that Danny aus den Birken, in goal for Cologne had little work to do. The Haie scored twice during the Second, once on a goal from Stephens, 2:2 (26 minute, short-handed) and once from a goal from Weiss, 2:3 (40 minute, short-handed). Both goals from the Haie were scored while the Adler were on the power-play. During the Third Period, Cologne scored twice more on counters, Minard, 2:4 (49 minute) and Mueller, 2:5 (52 minute).
The Adler are on the road on Sunday and will be in Schwenningen to face the Wild Wings. The game will be televised on free TV by Servus TV, puck drops at 17:45. The Adler remain on the road Tuesday, 29 September in Düsseldorf. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on 1 November to host the Straubing Tigers, game time is 19:30. On Sunday, 3 November they remain home to host the DEG (Düsseldorf), puck drops at 14:30.
Krefeld Pinguine vs. Adler Mannheim 3:5 (2:2, 0:2, 1:1)
5:3 Victory in Krefeld
Following the close win over the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg on Friday in the SAP Arena, the Adler were able to build on their success with a victory in Krefeld. The Adler were able to win a fast paced game by the score of 5:3 (2:2, 2:0, 1:1).The 4,757 fans in the Koenigpalast saw Ronny Arendt (2), Steve Wagner, Christoph Ullmann, and Simon Gamache (technical goal) score for the Adler. Denis Endras held strong in goal for Mannheim.
After a 2:1 victory in Nuremberg, the Krefelder started the game strong and full of confidence. It only took 23 seconds before Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras was forced to demonstrated his abilities and hold the game scoreless. The Adler had a difficult time in the first few minutes dealing with the pressure created by Krefeld. The natural result was an early goal for the Pinguin on a shot from Courchaine, 1:0 (3 minute). Shortly thereafter he had a chance to double the lead, Endras was already beat but his shot sailed passed the empty net. Following the first ten minutes of play the Adler worked their way into the game and started to create their own chances on goal. In the 15 minute Denis Reul passed to a wide-open Ronny Arendt who tied the score at one, 1:1 (15 minute). Just over two minutes later it was Reul again that provided the assist. Krefeld’s Keeper Duba was unable to hold a slap-shot from Reul and Christoph Ullmann picked up the rebound and scored, 1:2 (18 minute). With less than two minutes remaining in the first, Krefeld struck back, Matthias Plachta had served only six seconds on a slashing penalty when Krefeld’s Schymainski scored the tying goal, 2:2 (19 minute, man-advantage). The score remain tied at the first break.
The Adler were able to bring the game more under their control during the Second Period. Krefeld was still able to create some chances on goal but Endras was the end -station for all of their chances in the second. Steve Wagner build on the Adler lead with a shot through traffic that landed in the Penguin’s net, 2:3 (25 minute). Ronny Arendt increased the lead even further with his second goal of the evening, on a breakaway, 2:4 (39 minute). Mannheim took the two goal cushion into the second break.
The Adler played clever during the Third Period and were able to keep the puck out of their defense zone for long stretches of time. The fifth goal did not want to fall for Mannheim so things got suspenseful in the 57 minute when Clark brought Krefeld back within one, 3:4, (57 minute). Gamache scored on a technical goal, due to Krefeld deliberately dislodging their goal, 3:5 (60 minute, empty-netter, technical goal).
Mannheim will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 25 October to host the second place Haie (Sharks) from Cologne. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.