Straubing Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 2:0 (0:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Adler Lose in Straubing 0:2
Despite a tactically good and well fought performance the Adler lose to the Straubing Tigers, 0:2 (0:0, 0:1, 0:1). The 5,000 fans in Straubing witnessed a suspenseful game up to the last second when Meunier scored an empty netter and sealed the fate of the Adler.
The Adler celebrated the debut of Jason Pominville and the return of Mike Glumac following his shoulder injury but with the loss of Ronny Arendt to a knee injury the personnel situation really did not improve much. Also Injured for the Adler are Ken Magowan, Marcel Goc, Christoph Ullmann, and Shawn Belle.
In goal for the Adler following three games with Felix Brueckmann was Dennis Endras. He only allowed one goal in the game but that was enough for Straubing to capture the three points. The second goal of the game was an empty netter one second before the final horn.
Both Defenses played a strong and well disciplined scoreless First Period. There was more offensive action in the Second but both teams were having a hard time creating good chances on goal. Six seconds after Wagner went to the box for interference, Lewis scored from the Blue Line with a shot direct in the corner (28 minute, man-advantage), 0:1.Dennis Endras was unable to see the puck due to the heavy traffic in front of the net. The Adler tried everything in the Third Period but were unable to beat Straubing Net Minder, Jason Bacashihua, who had an excellent game.
Jason Pominville played in the same line with Yanick Lehoux and Frank Mauer but was unable to put his mark on the game. The Captain of the Buffalo Sabres, who will be wearing an Adler Jersey for the remainder of the NHL Lockout, only arrived in Germany this week and had only practiced one time with the team. It will take a few practices for him to fully to integrate himself into his new team. He will have his home ice debut on Sunday in the SAP Arena at 1630 against the EHC Red Bull Munich.
Eisbaeren Berlin vs. Adler Mannheim 3:1 (1:0, 0:0, 2:1)
1:3 Adler Lose Again in Berlin
The Adler lost 1:3 (0:1, 0:0, 1:2) in front of the 13,900 fans in attendance in Berlin. Despite playing much better than they did six days ago, Mannheim was not able to bring any points out of Berlin. Steve Wagner tied the score at the beginning of the Third Period but two individual mistakes in the 50 and 52 minute led to a 1:3 deficit that the Adler were unable to overcome.
Much like the game last week both teams started out with a strong defense and attempted to shut down their own zones, which resulted in few chances in the First Period. Andre Rankel shot the first goal of the game in the 13 minute on a Power-Play to give Berlin a 1:0 lead.
In the Second Period the Adler created a few more chances on goal but Berlins Keeper, Rob Zepp held the Adler scoreless.
Steve Wagner scored two and a half minutes into the Third Period tying the score at 1:1 (43 Minute, Power-Play). The Adler had several good chance in the minutes following Wagner’s goal but were unable to put the puck in the net. Berlin retook the lead in the 50 minute when Darin Olver scored on an assist from Florian Busch, 2:1. Two minutes later in the 53 minute, Barry Tallackson scored the 3:1. Mannheim pulled Felix Brueckmann for a sixth attacker in the 59 minute but were unable to score again.
Mannheim vs. Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 6:3 (0:1, 5:1, 1:1)
6:3 Home Win Against Nürnberg Mannheim Remains on Top
After a 0:1 deficit at the end of the First Period the Adler scored five goals in the Second to insure a victory. Mitchell, Kettemer, Lehoux, Plachta, Mauer, and Kink all scored for Mannheim. Schuele, James, and Stastny scored for Nürnberg.
The Adler had to play down five players against the Ice Tigers. So once again Florian Kettemer received ice time along with his fellow defenders Dominik Bittner, and Marc El-Sayed in the fourth line but that line was unable to find away to create pressure or scoring chances during the First Period. Instead Adler Goalie Felix Brueckmann had the majority of the work. After exactly two minutes the Adler had their best chance of the period on a three on one breakaway but Yanick Lehoux missed the goal. Tim Schueles gave the Ice Tigers the lead on a shot in the sixth minute, 0:1.
The Adler found their way back into the game at the start of the Second Period. Direct on the opening faceoff Crag MacDonald had a breakaway and was fouled during a clear chance on goal, unfortunately he was unable to sink the ensuing penalty shot. Adam Mitchell tied the score in the 22 minute on a delayed penalty. In the 25 minute Yanick Lehoux had his chance as he was coming out of the box but Nürnberg Goalie Tyler Weimann held. Two minutes later the Adler took the lead, once again on a delayed penalty, Florian Kettemer scored his first goal of the year, 2:1. Yanick Lehoux scored his 12 goal of the season thanks to a bad Nürnberg pass, 3:1 (30 minute). Following Matthias Plachtas 4:1 in the 35 minute, Ice Tiger Goalie Tyler Weiman’s work day was bought to an end. Andreas Jenike took his place between the pipes but he only had to wait a minute in a half before he had cashiered his first goal from the Adler, Frank Mauer, 5:1 (36 minute). Connor James scored for the Ice Tigers in the 39 minute, bringing the score to 5:2 at the break.
The Third Period saw Power-Play chances for the Adler in the 45 and 46 minute, twice from Dennis Seidenberg and once from Frank Mauer but their shots were unable to find their way into the net. Nürnberg scored in the 53 minute on a shot from Yan Stastny to 5:3. In the 60 minute the Ice Tigers pulled their Goalie only to be rewarded with an empty netter by Adler Captain Marcus Kink bringing the game to its final result of 6:3 for Mannheim.