Krefeld Pinguine vs. Adler Mannheim 3:2 (2:2, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Lose in Krefeld 2:3 in Overtime
The 4,329 fans in Krefeld’s Koenigspalast saw a good game that the Adler unfortunately lost in overtime, 2:3.Daniel Pietta scored the winning goal for Krefeld. The Adler goals were scored by Yannic Seidenberg and Christoph Ullmann.
Following the 2:5 loss on Wednesday the Adler did not want to make the same mistakes on Friday against Krefeld and started the game concentrated with a stable defense. Krefeld scored first in the seventh minute on a goal from Dusan Milo but 22 seconds later, Yannic Seidenberg scored more or less direct from the faceoff to tie the game up at one. Christoph Ullmann scored on an Adler double Power-Play in the 18 minute but the Adler were unable to take the lead into the break. Boris Blank scored during a Krefeld Power-Play 14 seconds before the break to tie things up at two.
Both teams played with a more compact defense in the Second Period with chances only occurring during Power-Plays. A strong Penalty-Kill along with an even stronger Felix Brueckmann held the 2:2 tie.
In the last period the Adler started to bring the game under control and create more chances but what would have been the go ahead goal in the 50 minute was not given after the referees studied the video replay and decided the goal was off of its mounting prior to the puck crossing the goal line. In the last ten minutes both teams played overly cautious and no further goals were scored and the game proceeded into overtime. Daniel Pietta scored the game winner in the 65 minute, on a play that appeared to have a Krefelder in the Adler goal crease.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday at 17:45 to host the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.
Eisbaeren Berlin vs. Adler Mannheim 5:1 (0:0, 3:1, 2:1)
2:5 Loss in Berlin
The Adler lost in Berlin 2:5 (0:0. 3:1, 2:1) against the German Champions. The three missed chances on the Power-Play would come back to haunt Mannheim, after Darin Olver gave Berlin the lead the Eisbaeren shot three goals on the Power-Play and one on a delayed penalty. The Adler goals were scored by Matthias Plachta and Christoph Ullmann.
Ken Magowan, Mike Glumac, and Shawn Belle were all injured and unavailable for the game in Berlin. The home team wanted to make good after their 1:6 loss in Mannheim earlier this season. Both teams started defensively strong with the first shot on goal coming after four minutes of play but Berlin Net Minder Rob Zepp had no problem holding Steve Wagner’s shot. Berlin had a double chance from Darin Olver and Barry Tallackson that was also held by Adler Keeper Dennis Endras.
The Adler were a little better than Berlin in the First Period but Berlin had the better chances on goal. Dennis Endras also held against Laurin Braun (12 minute) and Andre Rankel (13 minute), followed by an Adler Power-Play but the First ended scoreless.
The Second Period had more to offer in the way of goals. In the 26 minute NHL Superstar Danny Briere failed to score after a good body fake but shortly thereafter Darin Olver put the puck over the line, Dennis Endras was too late coming across the goal. Two minutes later Matt Foy scored a Power-Play goal to give Berlin a 2:0 lead. Things did not look good for the Adler in the 29 minute when Captain Marcus Kink was sent to the showers with a five minute major and a match penalty. Matthias Plachta was able to bring the Adler within one but following another Adler Penalty this time on Denis Reul, Berlin scored on a 5 on 3 Power-Play, Danny Briere hit for a 3:1 lead for the German Champions.
Without the three injured players and the ejected Marcus Kink the Adler would also have to play without Marcel Goc who got injured behind the Berlin goal when he twisted his ankle.
Matt Foy scored the 4:1 at the start of the Third Period and Jamie Arniel raised Berlins lead to 5:1 (55 minute). Shortly before the end Christoph Ullmann scored Mannheim’s second goal bringing the game to its end stand of 5:2 for Berlin.
Adler Split Weekend with a Win and a Loss
The Adler Mannheim came out of the past weekend with three of a possible six points. On Friday the Adler suffered a 2:5 loss at home to the Haie from Cologne (1:2, 1:3, 0:0). The Adler were on the road on Sunday and downed the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg 2:4 (1:0, 1:2, 0:2).
Friday night was Traditional Night, Banner Night, and the fans created a wall of jerseys as the players hit the ice. In a very emotional ceremony Mannheim retired the number of three former players, Bruno Guttowski (#12, 1956-1964), Kurt Sepp (#10, 1957-1967), and Werner Lorenz (#2, 1952-1970). In a celebration of 75 years of Hockey in Mannheim and to honor the players that came before them the team wore jerseys from the 1964-1966 seasons for warm up and played in jerseys from the 1950s. Also in the theme of jerseys and honoring players both past and present, the fans created a wall of jerseys (holding up the back sides of their favorite jerseys) as the Adler took to the ice.
The 13,600 fans in the sold out SAP Arena were on an emotional high following the raising of the players names and numbers to the rafters of the SAP Arena. The high was not to last long as the Haie from Cologne played the spoiler beating Mannheim 5:2. Cologne drew first blood in the 6 minute as Minard scored the 0:1. Doug Janik scored on an Adler Power-Play to tie the score at 1:1 in the 9 minute when Haie Captain and former Adler John Trip was in the box. Cologne retook the lead in the 14 minute on a shot from Philip Gogulla. The Haie increased their lead in the Second Period with goals from Schuetz, 1:3 (26 minute) and Tjaernqvist 1:4 (29 minute, Power-Play). Matthias Plachta shortened the lead to 2:4 in the 32 minute but less than two minutes later (34 minute) Robinson restored Colognes three point lead 2:5, which turned out to be the final score as no goals were scored in the Third Period.
Mannheim had a win on the road in Wolfsburg on Sunday against the Grizzly Adams 2:4 (1:0, 1:2, 0:2). It was a hard fought match with both teams battling for every inch of ice in an attempt to gain control of the game. Wolfsburg was unable to score on the Power-Play in the first even though they had a two man advantage for over a minute but two seconds before the end of the period Hospelt scored a Short-Hander to give the Grizzly Adams a 1:0 lead going into the first break. In the 23 minute Yanick Lehoux tied the score for the Adler and Frank Mauer put the Adler in the lead in the 27 minute, 1:2. A good two minutes later Moore retied the score, 2:2 (29 minute). Craig MacDonald scored the go ahead goal for the Adler in the 57 minute (2:3). Wolfsburg pulled their goalie in the 60 minute only to have Adam Mitchell hit an empty netter six seconds before the final horn, 2:4.
Despite the loss to Cologne, Mannheim remains in first place in the DEL with 44 points and Cologne is in second place with 39 points. Mannheim has also played two more games than Cologne. Cologne will play one of the games it is behind Tuesday against the Ingolstadt Panthers. The Adler have two away games this week, one on Wednesday in Berlin and the other on Friday in Krefeld. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 2 December, when they will host the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.