Adler Mannheim vs. Dusseldorf EG 7:1 (1:0, 5:0, 1:1)
Decisive 7:1 Victory Over the DEG
The Adler ended Dusseldorf’s four game winning streak on Monday night in the SAP Arena. The key to their success was an overwhelming Second Period when they outshot the DEG 25:4, scoring on five of those shots. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Aaron Johnson (x2), Carlo Colaiacovo, Luke Adam, Sinan Akdag, Chad Kolarik, and Matthias Plachta. The lone goal for the DEG was scored by Rob Collins.
The DEG had the better start in the game with an early power-play situation. They were able to put pressure on the Adler goal and keep the Adler from developing a rhythm in the game. Midway through the Period Mannheim was able to find their way into the game and started to create multiple good chances on goal, so it was no surprise when Carlo Colaiacovo put the Adler on the board, 1:0 (13 minute). Mannheim remained aggressive but the DEG was able to hold the score at 1:0 at the first break.
The Adler were on fire in the Second Period with Luke Adam opening the scoring early, 2:0 (24 minute) followed by Sinan Akdag a couple of minutes later, 3:0 (26 minute). Chad Kolarik added to the lead, 4:0 (28 minute) and ended Mathias Niederberger’s time in the DEG goal. Niederberger was replaced by Felix Brick. Matthias Plachta dealt Brick his first blow of the evening just over thirty seconds later, 5:0 (29 minute). Aaron Johnson scored for Mannheim to bring the score to 6:0 (35 minute) at the second break.
Youri Ziffzer replaced Dennis Endras in the Mannheim goal at the start of the Third Period. Things got hot on the ice as both teams combined for a total of 44 penalty minutes. Midway through the Period Aaron Jonson shot his second goal of the evening to give Mannheim a 7:0 lead (51 minute). Rob Collins was able to score an honor goal for Dusseldorf, 7:1 (54 minute) to keep them from being shut out. The “Top Performers of the game were all from Mannheim, Aaron Johnson with two goals, three points, and eight shots on goal and Garrett Festerling with two assists.
The Adler will be on the road for the next two games. They will be playing in Nürnberg on Wednesday, 28 December and in Straubing on 30 December. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 3 January when they will host the Grizzlys Wolfsburg. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Iserlohn Roosters 5:4 (1:2, 0:1, 4:1)
Dramatic Come from Behind Victory in Game of the Hearts
The Adler gave their fans the gift of a suspenseful and on end successful “Game of the Glowing Hearts for under the Christmas tree. Following being down 1:3 after two periods of play the Adler came back to win 5:4. Matthias Plachta (x2), Marcel Goc, Marcus Kink, and Brent Raedeke scored for the Adler. Christopher Fischer, Matthew Halischuk, Boris Blank, and Marko Friedrich had a goal apiece for the Roosters.
The 13,600 plus fans in the sold out SAP Arena saw a motivated Adler team from the opening faceoff on Friday night. Motivated but unable to find their rhythm the Adler quickly found themselves down by one as ex Adler Christopher Fischer scored a power-play goal to put Iserlohn in the lead, 0:1 (7 minute, man-advantage). Midway through the period with Iserlohn once again on the power-play Matthew Halischuk increased their lead, 0:2 (11 minute, man-advantage). Matthias Plachta put Mannheim on the board during their second power-play chance of the period, 1:2 (16 minute, man-advantage). The score remained 1:2 at the first break.
Despite having three man-advantage situations in the Second Period the Adler were unable to tie the score. Late in the period Boris Blank scored an equal handed goal to restore the Roosters two point lead, 1:3 (38 minute).
The Adler came out of the locker room looking to turn the tide in the Third. Marcel Goc scored with just 52 played in the period to cut the Roosters lead to one, 2:3 (41 minute). Two minutes later Marcus Kink deflected a shot from Mathieu Carle into the net and tied the score, 3:3 (42 minute). Midway through the period Brent Raedeke gave the Adler the lead for the first time in the game, 4:3 (49 minute). Matthias Plachta scored his second of the night to give the Adler a two point lead, 5:3 (55minute). Iserlohn pulled Goalie Chet Pickard for a sixth attacker with just over a minute to play and were rewarded when Marko Friedrich made the last minute of play more suspenseful as he scored with just under a minute left in regulation, 5:4 (60 minute). With Pickard once again out for a sixth attacker the Rooster threw everything they had at the Adler but Mannheim held their one point lead to win a come from behind victory over Iserlohn. The “Top Performers of the game were all from Mannheim, Matthias Plachta with two goals and ten shots on goal and Daniel Richmond with two assists and two points.
The Game of the Hearts is an Adler tradition for the last home game before Christmas. Blinking hearts are sold to support the charity “Adler helfen Menschen e.V (Adler helping people). The sale of the hearts earned 40,336 euro for the charity on Friday night. The Adler would like to thank all of their fans for their support.
The Adler will remain at home in the SAP Arena on Monday, 26 December when they will host the Dusseldorf EG. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:00.
EHC Red Bull Munich vs. Adler Mannheim 3:2 (2:1, 1:0, 0:1)
Away Game Loss in Munich
The Adler Mannheim lost a close hard fought game in Munich on Sunday afternoon by a score of 3:2. Goal scorers for the Adler were Mathias Plachta (0:1, 9 minute, man-advantage) and Daniel Sparre (3:2, 52 minute, man-advantage). Daryl Boyle (1:1, 12 minute), Keith Aucoin (2:1, 19 minute, man-advantage), and Jon Matsumoto (3:1, 21 minute) scored for Munich. The “Top Performers of the game were Matthias Plachta (Mannheim) with one goal, Derek Joslin (Munich) with two assists and two points, and Sinan Akdag (Mannheim) with ten shots on goal.
The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 23 December when they will host the Iserlohn Roosters in the game of the glowing hearts. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.