Adler Mannheim vs. Eisbaeren Berlin 3:4 (1:2, 1:1, 1:1)
Berlin Win 4:3 in Mannheim
Berlin won the 100 DEL meeting between the two clubs by a score of 4:3. The win gave them three wins out of the four games played this season. Mike Glumac (2) and Ronny Arendt scored for the Adler. Constantin Braun, Hoerdler, Rankel, and Bush scored for Berlin. Due to the 1:6 loss of Cologne to Iserlohn the Adler remain three points behind the number one ranked Cologne Haie.
The Adler started the game with a high tempo creating pressure on Berlin and testing Goalie Rob Zepp. Jamie Arniel went to the box with the first penalty of the game in the second minute. The Adler were able to use the penalty time to increase their tempo but were unable to score. The first good chance for Mannheim came in the fifth minute when Marc El-Sayed attempted a backhander that was held by Zepp. When Matt Foy went to the box for boarding in the eighth minute, Mike Glumac was able to put the Adler on the board, 1:0 (9 minute, man-advantage). A minute later Yannic Seidenberg and Craig MacDonald had an odd man rush on the Berlin goal but Seidenberg was unable to get MacDonald’s pass under control, so he was unable to get a shot off.
Following the Adler’s third power-play, Endras had two good saves against Tallackson and Sharrow as Berlin started to find their game. Constantin Braun tied the score during Berlin’s first power-play of the game, 1:1 (15 minute, man-advantage). A couple of minutes before the first break Frank Hoerdler gave Berlin the lead, 2:1 (18 minute).
At the start of the Second Period, Mike Glumac had a good breakaway on Zepp but was unable to get the puck past him. A short time later, Kettemer had a good shorthanded chance on goal but once again end-station Zepp. A couple of minutes later Frank Mauer just missed a shot on goal. In the 32 minute Ronny Arendt was fouled on a breakaway chance and was able to tie the score on the resulting penalty shot, 2:2 (32 minute, penalty) but only three minutes later Berlin Captain Andre Rankel scored on a backhander, restoring the Berlin lead, 3:2 (35 minute).
In the Third Period Florian Busch danced his way thru the entire Adler defense and beat Endras with a backhand shot, 4:2 (44 minute). Mike Glumac brought the Adler back within one with a power-play goal, 3:4 (54 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim pulled Endras for a sixth attacker but it was not to be as the score remained 3:4 at the final horn.
Mannheim remains at home, Sunday 3 February to host the fourth place Hamburg Freezers. The puck drops at 1745. Tickets are still available in all price categories.
Adler Mannheim vs. Hannover Scorpions 4:1 (2:0, 1:1, 1:0)
Adler Back on Top After 4:1 Win Against Hannover
The Adler retook the lead from the Cologne Haie in the DEL rankings after a strong 4:1 home win against the Hannover Scorpions. Marcus Kink, Yanick Lehoux, Alex Foster and Adam Mitchell scored for the Adler and Corey Quick scored for the Scorpions.
Two days following the loss in Wolfsburg, Mannheim was looking to make good in front of their home town fans. A hard but fair check from Jamie Sifers against Scorpions Gerrit Fauser set the tone and demonstrated Mannheim’s unwillingness to lose another three points.
Mannheim played in the Championship jerseys from 1980. The Adler had the game and the Scorpions under control during the First Period. Morten Green tested Dennis Endras in the fourth minute but besides that Endras had little to do in the First. On the other end of the ice Scorpions Goalie Maximilian Englbrecht had his hands full. Marcus Kink put the Adler in the lead when he deflected a shot from Niki Goc into the net, 1:0 (5 minute). In the ninth minute Florian Kettemer was free in front of the net and attempted a backhander but Englbrecht held. Four minutes later Marc El-Sayed had his chance In front of the net but was unable to bring the puck under control. Two minutes before the break Mike Glumac missed a chance on a five-on-three power-play. Shortly thereafter Yanick Lehoux scored his 15 goal of the season with a hammer shot on the remaining five-on-four power-play, 2:0 (18 minute, man-advantage).
The Adler reduced the tempo at the start of the Second Period resulting in some good chances for Hannover, Daschner (22 minute) and Ciernik (24 and 26 minute). Mannheim quickly regained the upper hand. Frank Mauer had a good chance on goal in the 29 minute but was stopped by Englbrecht. Three minutes later Corey Quick put the Scorpions on the board, 1:2 (32 minute). It did not take long for the Adler to answer the Scorpion goal with one of their own. Alex Foster, new to Mannheim t his week, scored his first goal as an Adler, 3:1 (34 minute).
In the 44 minute Adam Mitchell was able to use another man-advantage situation to increase the Adler lead, 4:1 (46 minute, man-advantage). The Scorpions had a couple of good chances towards the end of the third through Sascha Goc and Ivan Ciernik but Endras held the Adler lead until the final horn.
Mannheim will play two top ranked opponents at home this upcoming weekend. Friday, 1 February they will host the fourth ranked Eisbaeren from Berlin with the puck scheduled to drop at 1930. Sunday, 3 February they will host the third ranked Hamburg Freezers with a start time of 1745.
Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg vs. Adler Mannheim 4:2 (0:0, 1:1, 3:1)
Adler Lose in Wolfsburg 2:4
Not only did the Adler lose in Wolfsburg to the Grizzly Adams 2:4 (0:0, 1:1, 1:3) but they also lost the top spot in the DEL rankings. They were surpassed by the Haie from Cologne, who beat the Eisbaeren Berlin 3:1. Mannheim’s two goals were both scored by Mike Glumac. There were only a total of 2,075 fans in attendance in Wolfsburg.
Both teams had problems finding their rhythm at the start of the game. In the second minute Brocklehurst was the first player to go to the box. He was followed at almost equal intervals by players from both teams. It was rare in the first period to see five-on-five hockey. Neither team was able to take advantage of their three chances with a man-advantage, so the score remained 0:0 at the break.
The Grizzly Adams had the better start in the Second Period. Just over five minutes into the period Brocklehurst shot from the blue-line and Matt Dzieduszycki deflected the shot into the goal, 1:0 (26 minute). Dennis Endras in goal for the Adler had no chance to stop the shot. The Adler did not wait long with their answer. Three minutes later on the power-play, Matthias Plachta passed to Mike Glumac who had a little luck as his shot rebounded off of Wolfsburg Goalie Sebastian Vogl and slid into the goal, 1:1 (29 minute, man-advantage). Wolfsburg had more chances in the last half of the Second as Mannheim had three minor penalties.
Wolfsburg was able to take advantage of the situation at the start of the Third Period while Mannheim was still serving out the remaining time on their penalties. Glumac had just returned to the ice and Bittner was still in the box when Matt Dzieduszycki scored his second goal of the game, 2:1 (41 minute. man-advantage). Wolfsburg continued to create pressure on Mannheim and were rewarded when Furchner scored on a pass from Milley to give them a two point lead, 3:1 (49 minute). A few minutes later Glumac scored another power-play goal to bring the Adler back to within one, 2:3 (53 minute, man-advantage). Five minutes before the end of the game Blanchard cashiered a five minute major for high-sticking. Mannheim had the perfect chance to tie the score but their power-play was too weak to score. Then Glumac went to the box ending the Adler’s man-advantage chance. Belle had the best chance for Mannheim during the r resulting four-on-four situation but was unable to put the puck in goal. With 90 seconds to play Mannheim pulled Endras for a sixth attacker and 30 seconds later it was all over as Hospelt scored an empty netter for Wolfsburg, 4:2 (60 minute, empty netter).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 27 January to host the Hannover Scorpions. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1630 and tickets are still available in all price categories.