Adler Mannheim vs. Cologne Haie 4:2 (1:1, 1:1, 2:0)
4:2 Home Win Against the Haie
The 12,254 fans in the SAP Arena saw a hard fought suspenseful game on Friday night. After trailing twice in the game the Adler turned the momentum in the Third to capture a 4:2 victory. Goal scorers for the Adler were Luke Adam (x2), Jamie Tardif and Carlo Colaiacovo. T.J. Mulock and Patrick Hager scored the two goals for Cologne.
The game started with a more defensive style of play with neither team creating much in the way of chances on goal. Despite the defensive style T.J. Mulock was able to put the Haie in the lead with a shot on goal while Adler Goalie Dennis Endras had his vision blocked, 0:1 (7 minute). The chances on goal remained sparse but Adler Captain Marcus Kink was able to steal the puck on the Blue Line and pass to Luke Adam who tied the score, 1:1 (15 minute). The score remained tied at the first break.
The action picked up in the Second with Patrick Hager putting Cologne back in the lead early, 1:2 (24 minute). Jamie Tardif answered for the Adler a half minute later, 2:2 (25 minute). The Adler created multiple good chances on goal but were stopped by Cologne Net Minder Gustaf Wesslau. Late in the Period the Adler had both Andrew Joudrey and Sinan Akdag in the box at the same time and had to kill more than a minute of a Haie two-man-advantage but the penalty kill remained strong and the score was once again tied going into the second break.
Luke Adam put the Adler in the lead for the first time in the game with his second goal of the night just 18 seconds into the Third, 3:2 (41 minute). The Haie tried everything to tie the game but the Adler defense remained strong. With just over a minute left in regulation Cologne pulled Wesslau for a sixth attacker. Carlo Colaiacovo then sealed the Adler victory with an empty net goal, 4:2 (60 minute, empty-net). The “Top Performers of the game were Luke Adam (Mannheim) with two goals, Markus Kink (Mannheim) with three assists and three points, and Patrick Hager (Cologne) with eight shots on goal.
The Adler will be on the road in Munich on Sunday, 18 December when the will face-off against the EHC Red Bull Munich. The Adler 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.
Adler Split on Weekend
The Adler Mannheim suffered a 0:1 loss to the ERC Ingolstadt at home on Friday night but had a 5:2 away victory on Sunday in Krefeld.
In a suspenseful game on Friday evening the Adler fell to the ERC Ingolstadt by a score of 0:1. The Adler had good chances on goal but were unable to convert. Late in the First Period Thomas Oppenheimer scored the only goal of the game, 0:1 (19 minute) to give the Panther the victory. The “Top Performers of the game were Thomas Oppenheimer (Ingolstadt) with one goal, John Laliberte (Ingolstadt) with one assist and one point, and Mathieu Carle (Mannheim) with six shots on goal.
On Sunday afternoon the Adler were in Krefeld to play against the Pinguine. The 1,000 Adler fans that were in Krefeld to watch the game saw an exciting 5:2 win for Mannheim. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Chad Kolarik (25 minute), Carlo Colaiacovo x2 (34 minute) (59 minute, empty net), Mathieu Carle ( 37 minute, man-advantage), and Luck Adam (44 minute). Mikko Vainonen (12 minute) and Marco Rosa (49 minute, man-advantage) scored for Krefeld. The “Top Performers of the game were, Carlo Colaiacovo (Mannheim) with two goals, Marcel Goc (Mannheim) with three assists and three points, Daniel Pietta (Krefeld) with nine shots on goal.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 16 December when the will host the Cologne Haie. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. EHC Red Bull Munich 3:4 (1:0, 1:1, 1:3)
Adler Fall to Munich Despite Two Goal Lead
The 11,185 fans in the SAP Arena saw an action pact hart fought game on Sunday afternoon, that saw the Adler, despite leading until late in the Third fall to the First place Red Bull Munich. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Marcel Goc, Ronny Arendt, and Garrett Festerling. Michael Wolf, Jason Jaffray, Jonathan Matsumoto, and Mads Christensen scored for Munich.
The First Period was hard fought with good chances on both sides but it was the Adler that drew first blood with a goal from Marcel Goc late in the period, 1:0 (17 minute). The action in the Second Period swung back and forth, keeping both goalies busy. The Adler went on the Penalty-kill late in the Third. Ronny Arendt was fouled on a breakaway chance and awarded a penalty-shot. The 36 year old Arendt sank the penalty ice cold, to increase Mannheim’s lead, 2:0 (35 minute, short-handed, penalty). Munich fought back and thirty seconds before the Second break Michael Wolf scored for the Red Bull, 2:1 (40 minute).
The Third Period was a roller coaster. Jason Jaffray scored for Munich to tie the score, 2:2 (47 minute). Midway through the period Garrett Festerling put the Adler back in the lead, 3:2 (51 minute). The Adler had just killed a minor penalty when Jonathan Matsumoto scored for the Red Bull, 3:3 (57 minute). Things went from bad to worse when only 19 seconds later Munich took the lead on a goal from Mads Christensen, 3:4 (58 minute). Despite the Adler having a man-advantage situation and pulling Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker the score remained 3:4 at the Final horn. The “Top Performers were all from Munich, Jonathan Matsumoto with one goal, two assists, and three points and Yannic Seidenberg with nine shots on goal.
The Adler remain home at the SAP Arena on Friday, 9 December when they will host the ERC Ingolstadt. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.