Adler Mannheim vs. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 2:1 (0:0, 2:0, 0:1)
2:1 Home Game Victory Over Wolfsburg
Mannheim was able to defend their place at the top of the DEL rankings with a 2:1 victory over the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Matthias Plachta and Ronny Arendt scored for the Adler and Benedikt Schopper scored for Wolfsburg.
Despite Mannheim controlling the game from the opening face-off, they were only able to put seven shots on goal during the first period, including two man-advantage situations. Felix Brueckmann in goal for the Adler only received three shots on goal from Wolfsburg during the period.
The Adler’s Power-Play was more dangerous and more effective in the Second Period. Wolfsburg’s Norm Milley went to the box in the 24 minute for slashing giving Adler Captain and birthday boy a good chance on goal but he was unable to get off a solid shot. Adam Mitchell also had his chance a few seconds later with the same result. It was Matthias Plachta that was finally able to put the puck in net for the Adler during another Power-Play situation, 1:0 (30 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim was not the only team with a dangerous Power-Play, Wolfsburg had their fair share of chances on goal during the Second but were unable to get the puck past the Adler’s 22 year old Net Minder, Felix Brueckmann. During one of Wolfsburg’s Power-Plays, Ronny Arendt had a super counter attack and put the puck top shelf past the Grizzly Adam’s Goalie, Daniar Dshunussow, 2:0 (34 minute, short-hander).
During the Third Period Wolfsburg had many good chances on goal but Felix Brueckmann held the victory for the Adler. Benedikt Schopper scored Wolfsburg’s loan goal during a four on four situation, 2:1 (48 minute). Despite pulling Dshunussow for a sixth attacker with a minute and a half to play Wolfsburg was unable to tie the score.
The Adler will be on the road Friday, 18 January in Hamburg and will return to the SAP Arena on Sunday to host the Straubing Tigers. Face off is scheduled for 14:30.
Iserlohn Roosters vs. Adler Mannheim 3:1 (1:1, 2:0, 0:0)
Adler lose 1:3 in Iserlohn
After six wins in a row the Adler lose in Iserlohn 1:3 (1:1, 0:2, 0:0). Matthias Plachta scored the lone goal for Mannheim.
Both team started off with a lot of momentum in front of 3,763 fans in Iserlohn. Following just three minutes of play the Adler found themselves in trouble as both Niki Goc and Steve Wagner drew two minute minor penalties and were sent to t he box. Mark Ardelan scored off a pass from Mike York, 1:0 (5 minute, two-man-advantage). Iserlohn’s goal was followed by multiple chances on both sides but it took until just before the break for another goal to fall. Yanick Lehoux passed to Matthias Plachta, who put the puck in goal 1:1 (19 minute).
Early in the Second Period Kopitz was able to take advantage of a mistake in the Adler Defense to give the Roosters back the lead, 2:1 (23 minute). Mannheim was unable to find a way to take advantage of their chances on goal in the Second. Iserlohn did not have that problem as Holzmann picked up a rebound and scored putting the Roosters up by two, 3:1 (36 minute).
20 seconds into the Third Period, Yannic Seidenberg rang a shot off the cross bar, but that was to remain the Adler’s best chance of the period. Iserlohn played compact in their zone and were not letting much through but they continued to remain dangerous on the counter attack. Adler Trainer Harold Kreis pulled Adler Keeper Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker but Mannheim was unable to turn the game around. Both teams remained scoreless in the Third, resulting in a 1:3 Mannheim loss.
The Adler return to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 13 January to host the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg. Face Off is scheduled for 16:30.
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 1:3 (0:1, 0:0, 1:2)
3:1 Adler Victorious in Nürnberg
The Adler won their second road game of the weekend by a score of 3:1 (1:0, 0:0, 2:1). Matthias Plachta, Yanick Lehoux, and Jochen Hecht scored in Nürnberg. The Adler remain on top of the DEL rankings and will play on Friday in Iserlohn against the Roosters.
After the 5:1 win on Friday in Munich the Adler woke up to some bad news on Sunday morning, The NHL-Lockout had ended which for Jason Pominville and Dennis Seidenberg meant an immediate departure from Ingolstadt. Head Coach Harold Kreis had to change his lineups and brought Mirko Hoefflin into the team, who would play in the fourth line with Ronny Arendt and Marc El-Sayed. Marcus Kink would play with Craig MacDonald and Adam Mitchell, while Yannick Seidenberg would be on the side of Jochen Hecht and Mike Glumac.
The Ice Tigers started out by applying pressure in the Adler zone but the Adler defense was solid and Dennis Endras did his part to insure no Nürnberg goals in the first Period. Mannheim had a little luck when Eric Chouinard’s shot glanced of the post. Matthias Plachta was able to take advantage of one of the few chances that developed in the First Period. Yanick Lehoux took a shot on goal and Plachta was able to pick up the rebound and score, 1:0 (16 minute).
No goals were scored in the Second Period even though both teams had good chances. Both Dennis Endras in goal for Mannheim and Tyler Weiman in goal for Nürnberg held their opponents scoreless in the Second, so after 40 minutes of play the score remained 1:0 for Mannheim. Early in the Third Period Mannheim went on their first Power-Play of the game. Jamie Sifers had a perfect pass to Yanick Lehoux who alone before Weiman and had no problem putting the puck in the net, 2:0 (45 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim’s second goal took the wind out of the Ice Tigers for a short time period but the Adler were unable to take advantage of the situation and increase their lead. In the 54 minute Bayda was able to score for the Ice Tigers with an assist from Chouinard and Ehliz, 1:2 (54 minute). Shortly following the Nürnberg goal things started to get interesting as Matthias Plachta went to the box for tripping. Despite a strong Power-Play Nürnberg was unable to tie the score. With just over a minute to play the Ice Tigers pulled Weiman for a sixth attacker, which resulted in an empty net goal for Jochen Hecht , 3:1 (60 minute, empty net).
Mannheim remains on the road this Friday traveling to Iserlohn to play against the Roosters. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday to host the Grizzly Adams from Wolfsburg.