Adler Mannheim vs. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 3:2 (0:1, 2:1, 1:0)
Adler Remain Undefeated at Home 3:2 Victory Over Wolfsburg
The Adler Defeated the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg by a score of 3:2 (0:1, 2:1, 1:0) to win their sixth home-game of the season. Matt Dzieduszycki put Wolfsburg on the board first but Mannheim was able to gain the upper hand with two goals from Marcus Kink. Dzieduszycki tied the game late in the Second and Jochen Hecht scored the game winner for Mannheim in the 48 minute.
The Adler had the momentum at the start of the game and were able to create multiple chances on goal. Mirko Hoefflin missed a chance on goal when his shot sailed over the empty net (2 minute), shortly thereafter Matthias Plachta deflected a shot just wide of the post, and in the third minute Grizzly Adams Keeper, Sebastian Vogl stopped a shot from Jochen Hecht. Denis Reul went to the box for tripping in the fifth minute and Dzieduszycki was able to give the Grizzly Adams the lead during the resulting power play, 0:1 (6 minute, man-advantage). The Adler did not let up on the offence but Wolfsburg’s goal bought confidence and stability to their defense.
Early in the Second Period, Mannheim had a two-man-advantage situation but the power-play was too harmless. In the 27 minute Adler Captain, Marcus Kink fired a flat shot in direction of the Wolfsburg goal, Vogl was unable to see the puck through all of the traffic in front of his net, 1:1 (27 minute). Two minutes later Simon Gamache, standing free in front of Vogel, was unable to get a solid shot on goal. At the other end of the ice, Chad Bassen had a good chance to put Wolfsburg back in the lead but Dennis Endras held. Patrick Pohl hooked Marcus Kink, interfering with a chance on goal and resulting in a penalty-shot for Mannheim. Kink patiently waited for Vogl to commit and as Vogl went down Kink placed his shot top-shelf over the sprawled out Wolfsburg Keeper, 2:1 (37 minute, penalty-shot). The Adler were unable to take the lead into the break as Dzieduszycki re-tied the score with thirty seconds remaining in the Period, 2:2 (40 minute).
Jochen Hecht handed the lead back to Mannheim with the game winner, a power-play goal in the Third, 3:2 (48 minute, man-advantage). In the last five minutes of the game Wolfsburg threw everything forward and much of the remaining time was spent in the Adler defensive zone. Dennis Endras and the Adler defense remained strong and allowed the Grizzly Adams no further goals. Wolfsburg pulled Vogl in the last 45 seconds of play but were unable to take advantage of the extra attacker and the score remained 3:2 at the final horn.
The Adler travel to Krefeld on Sunday to take on the third place (and point equal) Krefeld Pinguine. They will return home to the SAP Arena next Friday, 25 October to host the Cologne Haie (Sharks). The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 4:1 (2:1, 1:0, 1:0)
1:4 - Loss in Nürnberg
The Adler win streak ended at five following a 1:4 (1:2, 0:1, 0:1) loss on Sunday in Nürnberg. Despite having played well the Adler were unable to defeat the first place, Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The Ice Tigers played compacted and were well disciplined in both the defense as well as the offence. Jochen Hecht scored the lone Adler goal in the first period.
The self confidence of the Ice Tigers was obvious from the opening face-off. They created extreme pressure on the Adler defense which led to good chances on goal early in the game. The Nürnberg fans had reason to celebrate in the fourth minute when Evan Kaufmann put the Ice Tigers on the board, despite a video review by the referees the goal was allowed even though he kicked it into the net, 1:0. Even with the early lead Nürnberg was unable to maintain the pressure due to Ryan Caldwell receiving a five minute major and being sent to the showers for a check against the head and neck on Adler Mirko Hoefflin. The Adler were able to score one goal in their resulting five minute, man-advantage situation. Jochen Hecht tied the score in the 12 minute, 1:1 (man-advantage). With less than 30 seconds remaining in the first, the Ice Tigers were able to recapture the lead on a power-play of their own, 2:1 (20 minute, man-advantage).
The Second Period went badly for Mannheim. Christoph Ullmann collided with Jon Rheault, resulting in a jaw injury for Rheault that ended his game and sent him to the hospital. A short time later both Florian Kettemer and Dominik Bittner ended up in the box. Nürnberg took advantage of the situation, with ex-Adler Jamie Pollock increasing the Ice Tiger’s lead, 3:1 (30 minute, two-man-advantage).
The Adler tried to find their way back into the game in the Third but Nürnberg remained dangerous on the counter attack. Steve Rupprich used one of these breaks to bring the game to its final end stand, 4:1 (48 minute).
Mannheim returns home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 18 October to host the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. EHC Red Bull Munich 9:0 (3:0, 2:0, 4:0)
Adler Demolish Munich 9:0
The Adler played an almost mistake free game against the EHC Red Bull Munich on Friday night. The 9,084 fans in the SAP Arena were able to celebrate a well deserved 9:0 victory for the Adler Mannheim. Marcus Kink opened the goal scoring in the First Period and was followed by Christoph Ullmann, Jon Rheault, Frank Mauer, Ronny Arendt, Matthias Plachta, Ronny Arendt (second goal), Marcus Kink (second goal), and Yanick Lehoux. Jon Rheault had a Gordie Howe Hat-Trick and Felix Brueckmann celebrated his third Shut-Out in a row.
The Adler started the game highly motivated and attentive. Munich had the first good chance on goal in the first few seconds of play on a shot from DiSalvatore but Felix Brueckmann, in goal for Mannheim, easily defused the situation. Following DiSalvatore’s shot on goal there was not much more to see from the EHC Red Bull. Mannheim controlled and dominated all three periods. Marcus Kink opened the scoring when he deflected a shot from Niki Goc passed Munich Keeper Jochen Reimer, 1:0 (8 minute). Less than a minute later with Munich’s Palmieri in the box for interference, Christoph Ullmann redirected a shot from Jamie Sifers, leaving Reimer no chance to stop the puck, 2:0 (9 minute, man-advantage). In the 15 minute Jon Rheault, alone in front of Reimer backhanded a shot ice-cold passed the EHC Red Bull Keeper to give Mannheim a comfortable lead at the first break, 3:0 (15 minute).
Things did not change much in the Second Period. Mannheim continued to dominate the game, it just took them a little longer to get the puck in the net. Frank Mauer scored the 4:0 in the 39 minute and Ronny Arendt scored he 5:0 with three seconds left to play in the Second (40 Minute). Munich attempted to alter their luck with a change of Goalies in the Third Period, Kevin Reich replaced Jochen Reimer. Munich’s frustration was obvious when ex-Adler Felix Petermann and Jon Rheault end up in a good fight along the boards. Simultaneously Munich’s O’Connor and Jochen Hecht had their own dance in the corner. There were no clear victors in either match with Petermann and Rheault both receiving 2+2+10 minute penalties while O Connor and Hecht both got 2+2. Much to the EHC Red Bull’s dismay neither the fights nor the change of Goalies was enough to knock the Adler off of their game plan. Matthias Plachta increased Mannheim’s lead when he picked up a rebound from his own shot and put it in goal, 6:0 (48 minute). Ronny Arendt was able to build on that with his second goal of the evening, 7:0 (55 minute).
Unfortunately the EHC Red Bull were unable to maintain their composure or their sportsmanship. O’Connor let his frustration out on Adler Goalie Felix Brueckmann and as the Adler reacted to protect their keeper O’Conner started swinging. Not only was O’Conner punished with a 2+2+5 and sent to the showers (+20), the Adler gave their answer with sportsmanship on the ice as they made Munich pay for his sins twice during the resulting power-Play. Marcus Kink raised the score to 8:0 with his second goal of the evening (57 minute, man-advantage) and Yanick Lehoux bought the game to the final score of 9:0 (58 minute, two-man-advantage).
The Adler will travel to Nürnberg on Sunday to take on the first place Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. The game will be televised on the German free channel Servus TV, game time is scheduled for 17:45. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 18 October to host the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, the puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.