Adler Mannheim vs. Iserlohn Roosters 2:0 (1:0, 1:0, 0:0)
Felix Brueckmann Shuts-Out Roosters
The 9,291 fans in the SAP Arena celebrated Mannheim’s third home win of the current season, with a 2:0 win over the Iserlohn Roosters. Marc El-Sayed and Jon Rheault were the goal scorers for the Adler. Felix Brueckmann earned his first Shut-Out in the DEL. It was his 31 DEL game.
The Adler were five players short (Endras, Hospelt, Magowan, Fisher, and Reul) during the game against the Roosters and had to be extremely cautious due to early penalties. German National Team Captain, Michael Wolf had two good chances in the first couple of minutes of play. After Mannheim was back at full strength the momentum started to shift, with Mannheim having the better chances on goal. Marc El-Sayed scored his first goal of the season giving the Adler the lead, 1:0 (7 minute). The goal celebration was lost in the excitement of a fight between Jamie Sifers and Iserlohn’s Colten Teubert. Sifers took on Teubert due to a hard open-ice-check that he delivered against Ronny Arendt. The Roosters were unable to create any good chance on goal during the resulting power-play. Shortly before the first break ex-Mannheimer Alex Foster had a good chance but his shot rang off the goal post so the Adler took their one point lead into the break.
During the Second period the Adler created massive pressure on Mathias Lange in goal for the Roosters. First Mannheims’s new addition Simon Gamache had his chance alone against Lange but was unable to sink the puck. A minute later it was Ronny Arendt, followed by Kink, again Arendt, and El-Sayed with shots against Lange. The much deserved 2:0 fell during a man-advantage situation when Jon Rheault deflected a shot from Mike Vernaces into the upper right corner past Lange, 2:0 (32 minute, man-advantage). Two minutes before the break Martin Buchwieser was awarded a penalty-shot after being hooked by Lassee Kopitz but was unable to sink the penalty.
Mannheim had the even-strength situations well in hand and that remained unchanged in the Third Period. The best two chances for Iserlohn in the Third came while the Roosters were short-handed. First Michael Wolf had a break-away situation but was unable to beat Brueckmann and then a shot from Michael Brennan just missed the Adler goal. In the last minute and a half of play Iserlohn pulled Lang for a sixth attacker. Mirko Hoefflin had a good chance to score an empty-netter but his shot deflected harmlessly off the goal post. The score remained 2:0 at the final horn.
The Adler will be on the road this Friday with a game against the ERC Ingolstadt. They return home Sunday, 6 October to host the Eisbaeren Berlin. Game time is scheduled for 17:45.
Adler Mannheim vs. Hamburg Freezers 4:3 (2:0, 1:2, 1:1)
Adler Down Hamburg 4:3
The Adler won their second home game of the season with a 4:3 victory over the Hamburg Freezers. Jon Rheault, Steve Wagner, Jochen Hecht, and Frank Mauer had a goal apiece for Mannheim. The Adler were once again without the injured; Ken Magowan, Kai Hospelt, Christopher Fischer, and Dennis Endras.
With both teams not having the best starts in the new DEL season, they both realized the importance of a win in this game. Both teams started the game defensively oriented and it took them a few minutes to warm up and shake of their jitters. Mannheim struck first when Jon Rheault placed a wrist shot into the corner of the net to beat Niklas Treutle, in goal for the Freezers, and score his first goal as an Adler, 1:0 (4 min). Driven on by the early lead Mannheim continued to play aggressive and were able to kill their first two short-handed situations. Steve Wagner scored a power-play goal with a slap-shot from the blue line to increase the Adler lead, 2:0 (13 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim took the two point lead into the first break.
It appeared that at the start of the Second Period that the Adler’s thoughts had remained in the locker room while on the other hand Hamburg came out hard and fast with Madsen reducing the Adler lead to one in the first few minutes of play, 1:2 (24 minute). Just over 30 seconds later Jochen Hecht restored the lead on a breakaway goal that left Treutle wondering what had just happened, 3:1 (24 minute). Hamburg moved back within one five minutes later on a shot from Dupuis, 3:2 (29 minute). Shortly thereafter emotions began to boil over following a check against the head and neck from Wolf on Denis Reul. Following a fairy even fight Reul went to the box for 2+2+2+10 while Wolf received 2+2+2+20 and went to the showers. The remainder of the Second Period remained scoreless and hectic.
Mario Hoefflin found himself in the box early in the Third for hooking, putting Hamburg once again on the power-play. Mannheim’s penalty kill remained effective and they were once again able to escape with no further damage. Frank Mauer scored from inside the slot on a pass from Yanick Lehoux to once again put the Adler up by two, 4:2 (45 minute). With just over two minutes remaining in regulation Hamburg pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker. It was an action packed last two minutes as Reul was sent to the showers with his second 10 minute penalty (abuse of an official) and Pettinger using the advantage of a sixth attacker for Hamburg to score for the Freezers, 3:4 (60 minute). The score remained 4:3 at the final horn and Mannheim was able to celebrate their second home game victory of the season.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena for their next game on Wednesday evening 2 October, when they will host the Iserlohn Roosters. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30
Adler Sign Simon Gamache
The Adler have strengthened their offensive with the signing of Left Wing Simon Gamache. He is a Canadian and has signed a contract until the end of the current season. He was born on 3 January 1981 and played the last couple of seasons for Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss league.
Simon Gamache has played 48 NHL games in his career. He has played for the Atlanta Thrashers (who also drafted him in 2000), the Nashville Predators, the St. Louis Blues, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has also played more than 300 games in the AHL.
He has signed a contract with the Adler until the end of the 2013/14 season and will wear jersey number 9. He is not planned to play against the Hamburg Freezers this Sunday but is expected to make his debut at Mannheim’s home game on 2 October against the Iserlohn Roosters.