Thomas Sabo Ice tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 2:0 (0:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Adler Lose in Nürnberg 0:2
The Adler loss by a score of 0:2 (0:0, 0:1, 0:1) in Nürnberg against the Ice Tigers but remain number one in the DEL rankings as Cologne lost in Düsseldorf. Which team will finish the regular season in the top spot will be decided by the last game of the regular season on this coming Sunday. Mannheim will host the ERC Ingolstadt.
Mannheim wanted to defend their number one spot in the DEL rankings with a win in Nürnberg so they would not have to worry about the outcome of the game between Cologne and Düsseldorf. Mannheim began the game with confidence and dominated the first period but were unable to create any real pressure on Ice Tiger Goalie Andreas Jaenicke, therefore the dangerous scenes were from Nürnberg. Jamie Pollock rang a shot of the post in the fifth minute but the game remained scoreless at the end of the First.
The Second Period started out similar to the First for the 5,000 fans in the Nürnberger Ice Hall. Mannheim was still not able to take advantage of their chances but the Ice Tigers were able to use their few chances to take the lead. Connor James had a breakaway situation and was fouled by Yannic Seidenberg resulting in a Penalty-Shot for the Ice Tigers. James sank the penalty shot, 1:0 (38 minute,Penalty) for Nürnberg.
Doug Janik was in the box on a two minute minor for delay of game, when Jason Jaspers put the Ice Tigers up by two, 2:0 (48 minute, man-advantage). The second goal for Nürnberg knocked the Adler out of their rhythm, they were able to find their way back into the game in the last few minutes but Jaenicke held all shots on goal.
The Adler return to the SAP Arena this Sunday, 10 March, to host the ERC Ingolstadt Panthers. The puck drops at 1430.
Mannheim has a Six Point Weekend and is the Current Leader in the DEL Rankings
With a 4:2 victory over Augsburg on Friday and a 4:2 victory over Munich on Sunday, Mannheim has taken over the top spot in the DEL rankings, qualified for the quarter finals, and has home ice advantage through at least the semifinals. With two games remaining in the regular season Mannheim is point equal with Cologne (but has a better total of goals for and against) both teams have 96 points. Berlin is currently in third place but with only two games remaining are unable to affect the outcome of the top two spots.
Friday the Adler were on the road in Augsburg to play against the Panther. The Adler scored twice in the First Period, El-Sayed scored the 1:0 (14 minute) and Reul scored the 2:0 (20 minute). In the Second Trevelyan put the Panther on the board, 1:2 (32 minute) but Ullmann restored the Adler two point lead, 3:1 (40 minute). Somma made things interesting as he bought the Panther back within one in the last five minutes of play, 2:3 (56 minute). Dennis Endras held during the critical last few minutes. Augsburg pulled Goalie Ehelechner for a sixth attacker with just over a minute and a half left in regulation. Magowan took advantage of the empty Augsburg goal and sealed the deal, 4:2 (60 minute, empty-net). The score remained 4:2 for the Adler and they closed in to within three points on first place Cologne.
Sunday the Adler were at home to host the EHC Red Bull Munich. The 12,537 fans in the SAP Arena enjoyed a suspenseful afternoon of hockey. Morris put Munich in the lead early, 1:0 (9 minute). In the Second Period Aubin added to the Red Bulls lead, 2:0 (26 minute). Mannheim finally scored on a Power-Play situation on a shot from Magowan, 1:2 (32 minute, man-advantage). The Third Period start out hectic as Mannheim survived a two-man-advantage situation for Munich with a strong penalty-kill. El-Sayed appeared to have tied the score while still on the penalty-kill but the goal was disallowed. The Adler then switched in to high gear scoring three times in the Third. Glumac tied the score, 2:2 (45 minute) and Ullman put the Adler in the lead, 3:2 (53 minute). Magowan scored his second power-play goal of the afternoon, 4:2 (55 minute, man-advantage). Munich pulled Goalie Reimer for a sixth attacker in the last minute of play but the score remained 4:2 for the Adler at the final horn. With Cologne losing and Mannheim earning an additional three points, the Adler were able to close the gap with Cologne and are now point equal but with a better goal for and against statistic, so therefore they have taken over the number one spot in the DEL rankings.
With only two games remaining in the regular season the Adler will be on the road in Nürnberg to play the Ice Tigers this Friday, 8 March. They return home to the SAP Arena for the last regular season game on Sunday, 10 March to host the Ingolstadt Panthers. The quarter final games for the Adler are scheduled for 20 and 24 March at home and 22 and 26 March on the road. The opponent has not yet been determined as places seven thru twelve in the DEL are tight with only seven points between them
Adler Mannheim vs. Iserlohn Roosters 5:2 (1:1, 1:1, 3:0)
Mannheim Wins 5:2 Against Iserlohn
Mannheim had it hard for the majority of the game against Iserlohn but with three goals in the last six minutes they earned the three points and secured a place under the top four teams in the league, and will have home ice advantage during the quarter finals.
The Adler started against Iserlohn like they wanted to build on the success they had on Friday in Straubing. That initial spurt did not last long before Iserlohn quickly found their way into the game and started to create pressure on the Adler goal. Brendan Brooks put the Roosters in the lead, 1:0 (7 minute) and ended all hopes for a relaxed hockey afternoon for the over 10,000 fans in the SAP Arena. The Adler remained active and Mike Glumac tied the game, 1:1 (11 minute).
Mannheim did not play a consistent game and when Adler Captain Marcus Kink scored in the Second Period it was unfortunately only to tie the score again, 2:2 (30 minute). Prior to the Kink Goal, Niki Goc was in the box on a minor penalty for delay of game when Rogers put Iserlohn back in the lead, 2:1 (27 minute, man-advantage).
It took until the end of the Third Period before Mannheim shifted into high gear. In the last six minutes of play Mannheim left Iserlohn in the dust as they scored three unanswered goals. Ronny Arendt scored with a backhand shot on a counter, 3:2 (55 minute), Mitchell picked up a rebound and scored putting Mannheim up by two, 4:2 (56 minute), and Marcus Kink scored his second goal of the evening to bring the game to a final score of 5:2 (58 minute).
The Adler remain in second place in the DEL rankings with 90 points, five points behind Cologne and eleven points ahead of third place Berlin and fourth place Krefeld. Friday, 1 March the Adler will be on the road in Augsburg to face the seventh place Panthers. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 3 March to host the Red Bull Munich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1430.