Adler Mannheim vs. Augsburg Panther 3:2 (0:1, 2:0, 1:1)
Adler down Augsburg 3:2
With a close but much needed 3:2 home win against the Augsburg Panther the Adler have retaken over the top spot in the DEL rankings (Mannheim has played three more games than most of the competition). It was a hard game but Adam Mitchell, Steve Wagner,and Jason Pominville scored for the Adler, giving them the needed three points.
From the opening faceoff Mannheim created pressure on the Panther and started testing Goalie Patrick Ehelechner. Unfortunately the pressure lasted a whole 45 seconds. Augsburg became more confident and started to disrupt the Adler formations early. In the First Period Mannheim was unable to find their way into the game. They were only able to produce one chance on goal that was worth seeing. With a shot on goal statistic of 13:7 for Augsburg it was obviously only a matter of time before the Panthers scored. Sergio Somma put Augsburg in the board shortly before the first break, 0:1 (20 minute).
At the start of the Second Period the Adler had a little luck on the Penalty Kill Steven Wagner received a penalty just prior to the end of the First. Wagner also had the first good chance for the Adler in the 25 minute but was unable to find the hole between the post and Patrick Ehelechner’s pads. In the 27 minute T.J. Trevelyan missed for Augsburg on a counter and with a man-advantage Dennis Endras had to save against John Zeiler (31 minute). At around the half way mark Mannheim started to bring more energy and emotion into the game. The referees stopped the Adler momentum with two questionable calls, but two minutes before the break it was finally time. Jochen Hecht won a faceoff in front of the Adler goal. Dennis Seidenberg passed to Jason Pominville who was on the move, Pominville passed his opponent and beat Ehelechner with a wrist shot, 1:1 (38 minute).
In the Third Period the Adler took the initiative and began creating more chances. Hecht, Pominville (41), Janik (42 and 45), and Yannic Seidenberg (46) all had good chances but it was Steve Wagner that gave the Adler a 2:1 lead (47 minute). T.J. Trevelyan took advantage of an Adler mistake and tied the score 2:2 (50 minute). In the 54 minute Adam Mitchell scored the final goal of the game providing Mannheim with the much needed 3:2 victory. The Panther pulled Ehelechner for a sixth attacker in the 60 minute but the score remained 3:2 Mannheim at the final horn.
Mannheim’s next home game will be Friday 21 December at 19:30 in the SAP Arena against the Krefeld Pinguine.
Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 5:0 (1:0, 2:0, 2:0)
Jason Pominville with a Hat-Trick in a 5:0 win over Ingolstadt
Jason Pominville (three goals), Frank Mauer (two goals), and Goalie Dennis Endras were the stars of the 5:0 home win against the ERC Ingolstadt. The Adler held against a strong and aggressive Ingolstadt team and Dennis Endras earned his second shut-out of the season. The Adler earned the much needed three points. Mannheim must play again on Tuesday in a home game against the Augsburger Panther.
From the opening Face-Off Ingolstadt played an intensive, high tempo, aggressive, energy filled game. The game was also the debut game for the return of Jochen Hecht. It took Mannheim a few minutes to adjust to the tempo set by Ingolstadt and then an intensive match developed between the two teams.
Thomas Greilinger and Bjorn Barta had the first two shots on goal against Dennis Endras, shortly thereafter while on a Power-Play Christoph Gawlik and Joe Moetzko (twice) missed their chances. After killing the penalty in the fourth-fifth minute Shawn Belle, celebrating his comeback after being injured received the first penalty of the game-the Adler found their way into the game and started giving Ingolstad’s Goalie Ian Gordon some work.
At the ten and a half minute mark Ingolstadt had a bad pass intercepted and Fran Mauer and Mathias Plachta played a quick game of Tic-Tac-Toe leaving the last defender and Ian Gordon out of position so that Frank Mauer only had to shove the puck into the empty net, 1:0 (11 minute). In the 16 minute Florian Kettemer rang one of the post, while on the other end Shawn O’Connor was free in-front of the Adler Goal but with his back to Endras, Endras held.
At the start of the Second Period Derek Hahn missed his chance on goal for Ingolstadt and Mathias Plachta missed his chance for Mannheim on an odd man rush. On a Penalty-Kill in the 30 minute Endras held the Mannheim lead. Endras, the German National Team Goalie, in goal for the Adler was having a super game.
Two minutes later Yanick Lehoux missed his chance on goal for the Adler but a short time later he passed to Jason Pominville who was waiting at the crease and shot the 2:0 (38 minute). Not even a minute later the Captain of the Buffalo Sabres, scored his second goal of the game 3:0 (39 minute).
The 3:0 lead following the Second Period was not an accurate reflection of the game but the Adler took better advantages of their chances on goal than Ingolstadt and a super game by Denis Endras made the difference. Things continued to get worse for Ingolstadt in the Third. Frank Mauer shot a Power-Play goal on a dream combination 4:0 (51 minute; man-advantage) and Jason Pominville rounded off his Hat-Trick for a 5:0 lead (55 minute). The Adler defense and Dennis Endras remained strong earning Endras his second Shut-Out of the year.
The Adler moved back into Second Place in the DEL rankings with 51 points. The Cologne Haie are in first place with 54 points. The Adler play again at home on Tuesday, 18 December at 19:30 against the Augsburg Panther.
Adler Mannheim vs. EHC Red Bull Munich 2:5 (2:1, 0:2, 0:2)
2:5 Home Loss to Munich
The Adler lost 2:5 (2:1, 0:2, 0:2) to the EHC Red Bull Munich. After having a 2:1 lead following the first twenty minutes of play, Mannheim did not seem to be able to make anything work for them. Blake Wheeler scored a Hat-Trick for Munich in addition to goals by Stastny and Wichert. Mittchell and Glumac scored for Mannheim.
The 10,431 fans in the SAP Arena witnessed a fairly even match during the first minutes of play. Both Goalies, Jochen Reimer (against Frank Mauer) for Munich and Dennis Endras (twice against Blake Wheeler) for the Adler had to display their best abilities starting in the first minute. During the first Power-Play of the evening Munich’s NHL Star Paul Stastny was in the box Adam Mitchell deflected a shot from Yanick Lehoux into the net for a 1:0 lead (6 minute, man-advantage). In the ninth minute Mathias Plachta missed his chance to increase the Adler lead while Dennis Endras protected the Adler lead on the other end of the ice. When Munich’s top scorer, Martin Buchwieser, was sent to the showers with a five minute major the Adler had their chance on their second Power-Play. Mick Glumac deflected a shot from Doug Janik bringing the Adler lead to 2:0 (15 minute, man-advantage). In the 16 and 17 minute Yanick Lehoux missed the Munich goal twice. On the opposite end of the ice Stastny scored Munich’s first goal 2:1 (20 minute) a minute before the break.
In the Second Period Mannheim did not appear to be the same team that had played in the first, they had little to no forward momentum. Jason Pominville, in his home debut for the Adler, had Mannheim’s only real chance on goal in the Second Period, three minutes before the second break. Besides that all the pressure came from the guests. Well deserved and worth seeing were both goals from Blake Wheeler that brought Munich into the lead 3:2 (28 Minute ; 32 minute, man-advantage).
The Adler were motivated to turn the game around in the Third Period but were unable to find a recipe to put Munich under pressure. Christian Wicherts goal to 2:4 (42 minute) put an early nail in the coffin. Seconds before the end of the game Blake Wheeler fulfilled his Hat-Trick (60 minute) and bringing the final score to a 2:5 home loss for the Adler.