Straubing Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 4:1 (0:0, 2:1, 2:0)
Adler Lose in Straubing 1:4
The Adler with a zero point weekend, following the loss on Friday in Augsburg, Mannheim lost their second game of the weekend and third in a row with a 4:1 loss in Straubing.
Both the Adler and the Tigers lost their games on Friday and both teams started the game very concentrated. The First Period was fairly even between the two teams with Straubing having the better start. They had two good chances early but were stopped by Felix Brueckmann in goal for Mannheim. Straubing Goalie Jason Bacashihua also had his hands full in the First on chances from Hoefflin, Buchwieser, and Plachta. Both Keepers were able to keep their nets clean in the First so the score going into the first break remained 0:0.
The Adler came out of the locker room strong and were able to score in the first couple of minutes of the Second. Matthias Plachta beat Bacashihua with a wrist shot over the stick hand, 0:1 (22 minute). The Tigers were unimpressed by the goal and continued on with their game plan. Following a Boarding Foul by Yannick Lehoux the players on the ice were expecting the whistle to blow and not paying attention to the puck. Schoenberger snapped up the puck and hammered it into the back of the net passed Brueckmann to tie the score, 1:1 (32 minute). Lehoux received a five minute major and was sent to the showers. Mannheim was able to withstand the five minute penalty thanks to multiple fouls committed by Straubing during the same time period. 27 seconds before the second break Meunier put Straubing in the lead, 2:1 (40 minute).
The Adler tried everything in the Third to change the tide of the game but were unsuccessful. Straubing increased their lead on a goal from Down, 3:1 (49 minute). Mannheim pulled Brueckmann for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play, and what happened was what happened must, Straubing scored an empty netter, 4:1 (60 minute, empty-netter).
Following this less then satisfying road trip the Adler will now return home to the SAP Arena and host the Hamburg Freezers on Sunday, 29 September. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30. Mannheim then has a Wednesday night home game, 2 October at 19:30 against the Iserlohn Roosters.
Augsburg Panther vs. Adler Mannheim 4:2 (1:0, 2:1, 1:1)
Adler lose 2:4 in Augsburg
As expected it was a difficult away game in the Curt-Frenzel-Stadion against the Augsburg Panther. After 60 minutes of play the “Blue-White-Red lost 2:4 to a well organized Augsburg Panther team. Unfortunately Jon Rheault whose return to the lineup was questionable was unable to make the trip to Augsburg, so Mannheim still had five players out with injuries.
The 5,173 fans in attendance saw a good start by the Adler that produced several promising chances on goal but they were unable to beat Markus Keller, in goal for Augsburg. The Panther had a hard time finding their way into the game and were having problems dealing with Mannheim’s aggressive fore-checking but the Adler weakened themselves by taking too many penalties. On the Third Power Play Augsburg took the lead on a deflected shot from the Blue-Line, 1:0 (15 minute, man-advantage).
The Second Period started where the First left off, with the Adler lacking discipline and taking unnecessary penalties. With players from both teams in the box and on a four-on-four situation, Trevelyan scored his second goal of the evening on a breakaway that started from his own Blue-Line. Adler Goalie Felix Brueckmann had no chance to stop the shot, 2:0 (26 minute, four-on-four). The Home fans were ecstatic as the Panther scored again a few minutes later, 3:0 (29 minutes, man-advantage). The 0:3 seemed to be a wakeup call for the Adler as they started to play cleverer and were able to shorten the Panther lead on a shot from Matthias Plachta, 1:3 (33 minute).
In the Final Period the Adler were the stronger team but they were still unable to get past Markus Keller. In the 54 minute it was Steve Wagner with a Slap-Shot from the Blue Line that cut the Panther lead to one, 2:3 (54 minute). The Panther had a little luck a couple of minutes before the final horn when Frank Mauer rang a shot of the post. Adler Trainer Harold Kreis pulled Felix Brueckmann in the last minute of play hoping that a sixth attacker would help Mannheim tie the game but instead the Panther hit the empty net, 4:2 (60 minute, empty-netter).
Mannheim remains on the road this weekend with a game on Sunday in Straubing against the Tigers. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on 29 September when they will host the Hamburg Freezers. Game time is 14:30.
Cologne Haie vs. Adler Mannheim 4:3 (in penalties) (1:2, 1:1, 1:0, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Lose Shoot-Out in Cologne 4:3
After the successful start against Schwenningen on Friday the Adler faced the Haie in Cologne on Sunday. The Haie lost to Nürnberg on Friday night and were looking to make good in front of a home town crowd. The game was a close and hard fought one that saw Cologne taking the win after a Shoot-Out (1:2, 1:1, 1:0, 0:0, 1:0). The Adler were without Goalie Dennis Endras who suffered a muscle tear and was unable to travel to Cologne. Felix Brueckmann stood in goal for the Adler.
It took both teams awhile to find their rhythm but then the 10,000 plus fans in the Lanxess Arena witnessed a fast and emotional game. The home fans celebrated early when Alexander Weiss scored first for the Hai on an assist from Hagos, 1:0 (4 minute). The Adler answered on a good combination from Reul and Hecht to Buchwieser, 1:1 (10 minute). Just prior to the first break Mirko Hoefflin picked up the puck in the Adler Defensive Zone, danced his way past the entire Cologne defense and beat Haie Net Minder Danny aus den Birken, 1:2 (20 minute).
The Haie did not let the Adler lead throw them off of their game as they increased the tempo during the Second Period. Following the loss of the puck by the Adler at center ice Cologne was able to tie the score on a goal from Nathan Robinson, 2:2 (29 minute). Martin Buchwieser restored Mannheim’s lead ten minutes later when he intercepted a pass from the Haie and hammered it into the back of the net, 2:3 (38 minute).
Although Cologne was unable to maintain the same tempo in the Third Period they were still able to re-tie the score, Alexander Weiss scored his second goal of the evening, when he deflected a shot from Hagos into the Adler goal, 3:3 (52 minute). The game remained tied at the end of regulation and through the five minute overtime. During the Shoot-Out Yanick Lehoux scored for the Adler and Robinson and Weiss scored for the Haie. Weiss had the game winner and his hat-trick and Cologne picked up the extra point.
The Adler remain on the road and head to Bavaria for their next two games. Friday they will play against Augsburg and Sunday against Straubing. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 29 September to face the Hamburg Freezers.