Adler Mannheim vs. Schwenninger Wild Wings 2:1 (1:0, 1:1, 0:0)
Adler Win Nail Biter Season Opener 2:1
The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena celebrated the successful DEL season start of the Adler Mannheim with a 2:1 victory over the Schwenninger Wild wings. Mannheim played without the injured Kai Hospelt, Christopher Fischer, Ken Magowan, and Jon Rheault. Adler goals scorers were Christoph Ullmann and Steve Wagner.
The Adler started out red-hot, with Christoph Ullmann putting the Adler out in front after only 20 seconds of play, 1:0 (1 minute). The Adler continued to play strong during the remainder of the First Period creating multiple chances on goal but were unable to beat Wild Wings Keeper Dimitri Paetzold. Schwenningen had a few shots on goal around the ninth minute but Adler Goalie Dennis Endras had no problem stopping the shots. The Adler were unable to build on their lead and the score remained 1:0 at the break.
The Second Period started out where the First left off with a strong and aggressive play by Mannheim. During an Adler Power-Play, Steve Wagner hammered a shot from the blue-line passed Paetzold and into the back of the Schwenninger net to double the Adler lead, 2:0 (21 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim continued to create chances but Paetzold continued to defuse those chances. With just over half of the game played Schwenningen announced their return to the DEL when Daniel Hacker scored a short-handed goal cutting the Adler lead in half, 2:1 (33 minute, short-hander). The short-handed goal rattled the Adler’s confidence and allowed Schwenningen to find their way into the game. Dennis Endras had a good night though stopping everything else the Wild Wings had to offer.
Both teams had their chances in the Third Period, in the last 30 seconds of play the puck ended up in the Adler goal in what appeared to be the 2:2. The referees did not allow the goal due to a high-stick on the side of Schwenningen. The game ended in a hard fought 2:1 win for the Adler Mannheim, giving them their first three points of the young season.
The Adler are on the road until 29 September. On Sunday, 15 September they will be in Cologne to play against the Haie (Sharks). They will then travel to Bavaria to take on the Augsburg Panther and the Straubing Tigers. On Sunday, 29 September they will return home to face the Hamburg Freezers.
Adler Mannheim vs. IFK Helsingfors 3:2 (1:2, 2:0, 0:0)
Adler win over HIFK with a score of 3:2
Six days before the start of the DEL Season the Adler win their last European Trophy game, 3:2 against IFK Helsinfors. Goal Scorers for the Adler were Dominik Bittner, Frank Mauer, and Yannick Lehoux.
Mannheim dominated their last game in the European Trophy. Mike Vernace had the first good chance on goal for the Adler in the second minute but was unable to get past HIFK Net Minder, Brad Thiessen. Surprisingly the first goal of the game was for the guests Salmelainen beat Dennis Endras, in goal for the Adler, 0:1 (7 minute). Two minutes later Ryan Grimshaw had a chance to tie the score as Florian Kettemer danced his way through the entire HIFK defense but Grimshaw was unable to get a solid shot on goal. As Elkins increased HIFK’s lead in the 12 minute, 0:2, things were not looking good for Mannheim and the 5,479 fans in attendance. Dominik Bittner put the Adler on the board at the end of the First, 1:2 (18 minute).
The Second Period was more successful for the Adler. Frank Mauer tied the score early in the Second, 2:2 (22 minute) and two minutes later, while on the Power-Play Yanick Lehoux put the Adler in the lead, 3:2 (24 minute, man-advantage). Shortly thereafter Mannheim had a good chance with two HIFK players in the box but the two-man-advantage situation end goalless for the Adler.
Good chances on goal were scarce during the first ten minutes of the Third Period, but then things picked up as Mannheim had some good chances on goal but were unable to beat the HIFK Keeper. Things got interesting in the last minute of play when a shot from HIFK’s Tarkkanen rang off the post of the Adler goal. HIFK pulled their Goalie for a sixth attacker in the 60 minute, Matthias Plachta had a good chance at an empty netter but was unable to get the puck in net. At the final horn the score remained 3:2 in favor of the Adler.
The Adler open this year's DEL Season with a Home game against the Schwenninger Wild Wings on Friday, 13 October. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Jokerit Helsinki 1:2 (0:1, 0:0, 1:0, 0:1)
Adler with a 1:2 Overtime loss to Jokerit
Despite a good game against Finland’s Jokerit Helsinki, the Adler suffered a 1:2 overtime loss. Matthias Plachta scored the tying goal in the Third Period forcing the game into overtime. Following the loss Mannheim’s chances of reaching the final of the European Trophy are not good. They can secure a second place finish in the Western Division with a win this weekend.
The 6,214 fans witnessed the high level of play involved in the European Trophy Competition, although more goals would have been nice. Mannheim and Helsinki played an even matched game with both sides having good chances. Yanick Leoux demonstrated why his line along side Frank Mauer and Matthias Plachta is the most effect line the Alder have at the moment. They tested Jokerit’s Goalie, Leland Irving multiple times in the first few minutes of play. On the other end Adler Keeper, Felix Brueckmann had little to do in the first five minutes of play. In the eighth minute of play the Adler began to apply heavy pressure in front of Helsinki’s goals, with chances from Jochen Hecht, Jon Rheault, and Niki Goc but Jokerit scored first on a shot while Felix Brueckmann’s view was impaired, 0:1 (15 minute).
The Adler had man-advantage situations in both the First and Second Periods but despite a solid Power-Play they were unable to score. They had better luck in the Third Period when they once again had a man-advantage, this time Matthias Plachta was able to tie the score, 1:1 (44 minute, man-advantage). The rest of the Third remained scoreless. In the first minute of the Overtime Jokerit’s Captian Ossi Vaananen scored the game winner, 1:2 (61 minute).
The Adler’s next European Trophy game will be on Saturday, 7 September at 12:00 in the SAP Arena. Tickets are available through the SAP Arena, the Adler City Store, or on-line on the Adler website.