Krefeld Pinguine vs. Adler Mannheim 4:3 (2:1, 0:2, 2:0)
Cologne Back on Top as Mannheim Loses in Krefeld 3:4
The Adler lost 3:4 in front of 5,308 fans in the Koenigpalast in Krefeld. The game winner was scored in the last eight seconds of the game, Josh Meyers scored from the blue line to 4:3. The Adler had led twice during the game. Frank Mauer scored the 1:0 and Christoph Ullmann scored the 3:2. Yanick Lehoux scored the 2:2 tying goal.
The Adler had a good start against the Pinguinen. Only two and a half minutes into the game Frank Mauer scored on an assist from Yanick Lehoux, 1:0 (third minute).Krefeld did not let the goal upset them and struck back three minutes later. Daniel Pietta tied things up in the sixth minute, 1:1 (sixth minute). In the last five minutes of the First Period the Adler were undisciplined and committed too many unnecessary fouls. Krefeld made the Adler pay for those mistakes when Adam Courchaine scored on a double-Power-Play, 2:1 (17 minute, two-man-advantage).
The Pinguine also started the Second Period on the Power-Play but were unable to build on their lead. Yanick Lehoux then tied the score, 2:2 (25 minute) and was followed by Christoph Ullmann putting the Adler back in the lead, 3:2 (27 minute, man-advantage). Krefeld reacted by throwing everything at the goal but Felix Brueckmann allowed no goals in the Second.
Shortly after the start of the Third Period, Krefeld’s Thomas Kurka scored on the Power-Play to once again tie the score, 3:3 (42 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim lost both Ken Magowan and Adam Mitchell within 30 seconds of each other as they both had to leave the ice with injuries. The loss to Mannheim was noticeable as Adler Trainer Harold Kreis had to switch up his lines to make up for the loss of the two wingers playing on the side of Ullmann. Mitchell was thankfully able to return in the 55 minute. Ronny Arendt had a chance to score the winning goal just prior to the end of the game but Krefeld Goalie Scott Langkow made an unbelievable save to keep the Pinguine in the game. Eight seconds before the final horn Josh Meyers sank the winning goal for Krefeld, 4:3 (60 minute).
Mannheim fell to Second place in the DEL rankings with 83 points, one point behind Cologne. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena this Sunday afternoon to host Cologne. The winner of Sunday’s game will be the leader in the DEL rankings. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1430.
Cologne Haie vs. Adler Mannheim 2:3 (1:0, 0:0, 1:3)
Adler Back on Top Following Win in Cologne
After defeating Cologne 3:2 (0:1, 0:0, 3:1) Mannheim reclaims the top spot in the DEL rankings. John Tripp scored for Cologne in the First Period but Christoph Ullman was able to change the momentum in the Third Period with two goals while Yanick Lehoux scored the game winner. Charlie Stephens scored the 2:3 for Cologne during the last minute of play.
The Adler traveled to Cologne without the injured Matthias Plachta and Niki Goc but Denis Reul and Doug Janik were both back on the roster. During the First Period the Adler were unable to find the key to getting through Cologne’s compact defense. Dennis Endras in goal for the Adler was helpless against Haie Captain John Tripp as he drew first blood for Cologne, 1:0 (six minute). Endras had plenty of work during the First, following Tripp’s goal Endras had good saves against both Andreas Holmqvist and Philip Gogulla. Cologne Goalie Danny aus den Birken on the other hand saw little action during the First Period.
The Adler were able to shift into gear during the Second Period and finally play an offensive game. Christoph Ullmann had a good chance in the 31 minute as he fought his way through the entire Cologne defense but was fouled on the door step. In the following Power-Play Jaime Sifers had a chance on goal but was only able to hit the outer-net. During the second, Cologne was only dangerous when they had a man-advantage situation. Things got a little sticky just prior to the break when both Doug Janik and Marcus Kink went to the box, giving Cologne a two-man-advantage for just over a minute and a half. Mannheim’s penalty-kill remained strong and between them and Dennis Endras they allowed no further goals from the Haie.
Right at the start of the Third Period Mike Glumac had a big chance to tie the score but he missed the goal when he picked up a rebound off a shot from Yannic Seidenberg. The Adler then had their chance with a two-man-advantage as both Nathan Robinson and Moritz Mueller were in the box for Cologne. The Adler had better luck than the Haie as Christoph Ullmann scored the tying goal against his ex-club, 1:1 (50 minute, two-man-advantage). Three minutes later it was once again Christoph Ullmann putting the Adler in the lead, 2:1 (53 minute). When Yanick Lehoux scored the 3:1 (55 minute) the Adler knew the number one slot in the DEL rankings was within their grasp. Things got a little tight two minutes before the end of the game as Ken Magowan received a double minor. Cologne pulled aus den Birken for a sixth attacker and 40 seconds prior to the end Charlie Stephens brought Cologne within one, 2:3 (60 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim remained short-handed because of the second minor penalty against Magowan. Marcus Kink hit the post of the empty net killing a little time and the Mannheim penalty kill was able to hold giving the Adler the three points and the number one ranking.
The Adler remain on the road Friday, 15 February and will be in Krefeld to play the Pinguine. The Adler return home Sunday, 17 February for a rematch against Cologne. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1430.
Adler Mannheim vs. Hamburg Freezers 3:2 (1:1, 0:1, 2:0)
Adler Down Hamburg 3:2
Mannheim beat the Hamburg Freezers by a score of 3:2 in front of a home town crowd of 10,796. The win put them one point behind the first place Cologne Haie. Dominik Bittner scored first for the Adler and Yanick Lehoux’s two goals in the Third Period synched the win for Mannheim.
Following the loss to Berlin on Friday the Adler want to get back on course and were highly motivated as they hit the ice. Starting with the drop of the puck Mannheim seized the initiative and put the Freezers under pressure but the chances the Adler created in the first few minutes all ended at Hamburg’s Net-Minder Niklas Treutle. Mannheim was able to first get the puck in net in the 11 minute but after reviewing the video replay the goal from Jamie Sifers was disallowed. When the Freezers went on their first power-play David Wolf was able to quickly score, 1:0 (18 minute, man-advantage). The Adler did not let the goal throw them off of their game as Dominik Bittner scored his first goal of the season 23 seconds later, 1:1 (18 minute).
The Adler continued to have the better chances in the Second Period but Hamburg was the team that scored. Similar to the First Period Hamburg was able to score again on the power-play. This time it was Festerling that put the Freezers back in front, 2:1 (24 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim continued to have good chances but Treutle continued to stop those chances. Mannheim had a two-man-advantage situation at the end of the period but were unable to beat Hamburg’s penalty kill before the break.
16 seconds into the Third Period and still with a two-man-advantage Lehoux retied the score, 2:2 (41 minute, two-man-advantage). The goal gave the Adler more momentum, resulting in constant pressure on the Hamburg goal. 96 seconds before the final horn Lehoux scored his second goal of the match, putting Mannheim in the lead for the first time in the game, 3:2 (59 minute). Mannheim held the lead for the last minute and a half and secured the three points.
The DEL is on a one week break as the German National team has a scheduled game. The Adler’s next two games will be on the road. On 12 February they will be in Cologne to play the Haie. The winner of that game will control the number one slot in the rankings. On 15 February they will be in Krefeld to play the fourth place Pinguine. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday 17 February to host the Cologne Haie.