Mirko Hoefflin is Player of the Month for September
Mirko Hoefflin won the “Player of the Month vote by a large margin. He captured 38% of the vote followed by Jochen Hecht with 25%, and Matthias Plachta with 20%. The rest of the voters were split between Jamie Sifers and Steve Wagner.
Mirko Hoefflin demonstrated just how much he has developed during the European Trophy Competition and from the first DEL game of the season he has consistently showed that he can continue on with that tendency. His goal in Cologne where he gained possession of the puck in the Adler defensive zone and danced his way through the entire Cologne team and then sank the puck in the net passed Hai Goalie, Danny aus den Birken has been one of the highlights of the season thus far.
Congratulations to Mirko Hoefflin, we will be keeping our fingers crossed for him to score many more goals.
Adler Mannheim vs. Eisbaeren Berlin 1:0 (0:0, 1:0, 0:0)
Adler Down Berlin 1:0
12,452 fans witnessed Mannheim defeat Berlin by a score of 1:0 (0:0, 1:0, 0:0). Simon Gamache scored the winning goal for Mannheim in the 37 minute of play. Felix Brueckmann had his second home game shutout of the season and guaranteed the close but deserved win for Mannheim.
Mannheim had a dynamic start against the defending champions from Berlin. Mannheim played with strong offensive tactics and created extreme pressure on the Berlin goal. The Eisbaeren were unable to stop the Adler fairly and therefore had two early trips to the penalty-box. Mannheim was unable to capitalize on their man man-advantage situations and Berlin was able to work their way into the game. The best chance in the First for Mannheim came from Jon Rheault in the 10 minute but Rob Zepp, in goal for Berlin held the shot. The game remained scoreless at the first break.
During the first half of the Second Period neither team was able to create much in the way of chances on goal. The best chances game in the second part of the Period. For Berlin the best chance was a penalty-shot for Andre Rankel in the 35 minute but his shot deflected harmlessly off the crossbar. Shortly before that, while short-handed, Matthias Plachta rang a shot off the post of the Berlin goal. A few minutes before the break, Simon Gamache put the Adler in the lead on a pass from Florian Kettemer, 1:0 (37 minute). Mannheim took the one point lead into the break.
The Adler carried the momentum from the goal into the Third Period. They created multiple chances on goal but were unable to get the puck back into the net. Berlin pulled Zepp for a sixth attacker with just under two minutes to play but Mannheim was able to hold onto the lead and win their fourth home game in a row.
The Adler remain at home this Friday, 11 October and will host the EHC Red Bull Munich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
ERC Ingolstadt vs. Adler Mannheim 1:4 (0:2, 1:2, 0:0)
Adler End Road Game Curse With 4-1 Victory Over Ingolstadt
The Adler ended their road game curse on Friday night with a deserved 4:1 (2:0, 2:1, 0:0) victory over the ERC Ingolstadt. Rheault, Hecht, Gamache, and Kink all scored for Mannheim.
Just like on Wednesday night the Adler played without Hospelt, Fischer, Reul, Magowan, and Endras and again just like on Wednesday they took a penalty in the first three minutes of play. Mannheim’s penalty kill stood strong against the best power-play team in the DEL and prevented an early goal for Ingolstadt. Once the Adler returned to full strength they took over control of the game. In the seventh minute Mannheim took the lead on a shot by Jon Rheault with an assist from Jochen Hecht, 0:1 (7 minute). Mannheim continued to create chances and with Hamblly (Ingolstadt) in the box for tripping. Hecht took a pass from Jaime Sifers and scored the 0:2 (13 minute, man-advantage).
After the break Mannheim remained focused but was spending too much time in the penalty-box. Simon Gamache was coming out of the box in the 36 minute when he received a pass from Mike Vernace and then five-holed Timo Pielmeier, in goal for Ingolstadt., 0:3 (36 minute). Ingolstadt also had a stronger Second Period but were having problems finding a solution for Adler Goalie Felix Brueckmann. In the 40 minute Brueckmann was helpless to stop a backhander from Gawlik, 1:3 (40 minute). Ingolstadt thoughts were already in the locker room following their goal, Mannheim’s Captain, Marcus Kink, took advantage of the Panthers lack of attentiveness to restore the Adler’s three point lead with a slap-shot that also five-holed Pielmeier, one second before the horn, 1:4 (40 minute).
Both teams created chances on goal in the Third but neither Brueckmann or Pielmeier let any more pucks in net. Mannheim was able to celebrate their first road game victory of the season and use the much needed three points to work their way up in the DEL rankings.
Mannheim returns home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 13 October to host the Eisbaeren Berlin. Game time is scheduled for 17:45.