Adler Sign Alex Foster
On Wednesday Mannheim signed American Alex Foster to a contract until the end of the season. He is capable of playing as both a wing and as a center. Fosters first training was on Wednesday which means that he has completed and passed the required medical checks.
Alex Foster was born on 26 August 1984 and has played the last year and a half for Sparta Prague. Before Prague Foster was part of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and played over 300 games for their farm team the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. He played three games for the Maple Leafs in the NHL.
Foster will wear the number 13 and his debut for the Adler will be on the road Friday in Wolfsburg.
Adler Mannheim vs. Straubing Tigers 2:1 (in Shootout) (0:0, 1;1, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Win Shootout Over the Straubing Tigers
Karl Stewart gave Straubing a 1:0 lead in the Second that Ken Magowan was able to tie. Both Felix Brueckmann in goal for Mannheim and Jason Bacashihua in goal for Straubing played well and allowed no other goals in regulation or in overtime. The Adler were first able to secure the victory during the resulting Shootout.
Straubing started the game hesitant and let the Adler control the ice. Jason Bacashihua in goal for the Tigers has his hands full from the first minute on. Marcus Kink had a good chance for the Adler in the fourth minute but was unable to beat Bacashihua. The best chance for the Adler in the First Period came from Ken Magowan on a pass from Adam Mitchell but once again Bacashihua was there. Benedikt Brueckner had the first chance for Straubing but his shot was easily gloved by Felix Brueckmann but Brueckner’s shot was the start of an offensive phase for the Tigers. The Adler did not react to the more offensive oriented Tigers resulting in a shift of control to Straubing but Brueckmann held the Adler in the game and the game remained scoreless at the end of the first.
The tempo increased in the Second Period and was going back and forth with multiple chance on both sides but the first goal fell for Straubing as Karl Stewart deflected a shot into the net, 0:1 (26 minute). Following the goal the Adler had a short period of disorientation including a catastrophic Power-Play in the 28 minute but were then able to work their way back into the game. What had failed in the first thirty minutes for dangerous shots on goal was made up in a ten minute time frame. Multiple good chances on goal, follow up shots on rebounds, and massive pressure on the Straubing goal. Ken Magowan tied the score, 1:1 (32 minute) followed by good chances from Arendt, Wagner, and Belle but Bacashihua remained strong in goal. Felix Brueckmann on the other end had his best plays, holding against Germyn and Stewart to keep the game tied at one at the second break.
The Third Period remained an even game with few chances on goal, including two man-advantage situations for Mannheim. After a scoreless overtime, Frank Mauer was able to beat Bacashihua during a shootout to score the winning goal for Mannheim, 2:1.
Mannheim earned two points and were once again able to defend their first place ranking in the DEL, with a two point lead over the Cologne Haie. The Adler will be on the road Friday, 25 January in Wolfsburg to play the Grizzly Adams. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 27 January to host the Hannover Scorpions. The puck is scheduled to drop at 16:30.
Hamburg Freezers vs. Adler Mannheim 2:5 (0:1, 1:3, 1:1)
Adler Win in Hamburg 5:2
Mannheim beat the Freezers in Hamburg 5:2 (1:0, 3:1, 1:1) defending their place at the top of the DEL rankings and adding a three point cushion between themselves and the second place Cologne Haie, who lost to Augsburg. Ken Magowan and Shawn Belle each scored two goals apiece and Mike Glumac scored the 1:0 for Mannheim.
The Adler controlled the game from the start and had several good chances in the first minutes of play but were unable to take an early lead. Hamburg slowly found their way into the game and were soon able to create their own chances on goal. Dennis Endras unlike Niklas Treutle was able to prevent an opposing goal during the First Period. Mike Glumac was able to take a less then optimal chance for the Adler and convert it into a goal with a backhander through the five hole, 1:0 (15 minute).
The Adler appeared to be asleep at the start of the Second Period and the Freezers were able to take advantage of that with an early goal from Jakobsen, 1:1 (22 minute). That goal gave Hamburg the confidence they needed to become the king of their roost and they began to create good scoring chances but Dennis Endras and the Adler Defense remained strong. A short time later the Adler were able to score three goals inside of four minutes. First Shawn Belle scored with a slap-shot, 2:1 (29 minute), followed by Ken Magowan, who used his chance alone against Treutle, to score without assist the 3:1 (32 minute). Hamburg appeared to be in shock and just 63 seconds later Shawn Belle scored again, 4:1 (33 minute).
In the Third Period Hamburg threw everything forward but once again Dennis Endras and the Adler Defense were able to keep them under control, with one exception. Murphy was able to score on a good attack by the Freezers, 2:4 (49 minute). The Adler did not let the goal affect their confidence and used their first Power-Play of the period to restore their three point lead. Ken Magowan scored the 5:2 (52 minute, man-advantage). Despite pulling Treutle for a sixth attacker with four minutes left to play the Freezers were unable to close the gap and the Adler won at the final horn 5:2.
The Adler will return to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 20 January to host the Straubing Tigers, the puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.