3:2 Home Win over Nürnberg
The Alder win four out of five games, with a 3:2 home victory over the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. In a game of two strong Goalies, Janik, Ullmann and Plachta score for the Adler.
Marcel Goc played his first DEL game in nine and a half years on Friday. A game that saw the Adler starting the first period very strong and putting the Ice Tigers under enormous pressure during a Power-Play after only three minutes of play. Yannic Seidenberg had the first goal on his stick in the fifth minute but Ice Tigers Keeper Tyler Weiman showed his first of countless good saves. Shortly thereafter, Weiman had another good save against Ken Magowan. After eight minutes Nürnberg started to find their way into the game, and Dennis Endras had to show his class in the Adler goal. As Mannheim became more dangerous in front of the Ice Tiger goal, 19 year old Leonhard Pfoderl scored his first DEL goal on a counter that he took alone to the Adler net. On the second Mannheim man-advantage situation the Adler were lucky that Nurnberg’s Ehliz only rang one off the post of the Adler goal while shorthanded. A short time later Doug Janik scored on a slap-shot for the Adler tying the score at 1:1.
The Ice Tigers took three penalties in the first six minutes of the Second Period but the Adler were unable to take advantage of the situation. In the 29 minute Plachta bounced one of the cross bar, two minutes later Endras saved against Bayda and Rupprich. Both net minders were able to put their marks on the game as their teams continued to fight on. In the 36 minute Christoph Ullmann scored on a rebound to 2:1. On the other end (37 minute) Endras was once again called on to make saves against Kaufmann and Festerling.
In the Third Period Dennis Endras had to stand twice in the 45 minute against Evan Kaufmann but then the Adler started to bring the game back under control. A minute later Marcus Kink had an empty net before him but Weiman was able to save as he did again two minutes later against Lehoux and Ullmann. In the 53 minute he was powerless as Plachta stood alone before him. The 21 year old scored his third goal of the season making the win perfect. The Ice Tigers scored a further goal just before the end but it was too late to help.
Augsburger Panther vs. Adler Mannheim 4:3 (0:1, 3:2, 1:0)
Augsburg Hands Mannheim their First Loss of the Season 3:4 in Augsburg
After winning the first three games of the new season, the Adler lose their first game in Augsburg. Despite having a 1:0 lead and leading 3:2 the Adler still lost to the Panther. Mick Glumac, Adam Mitchell, and Frank Mauer scored for Mannheim.
Augsburg started their first Home Game of the new season full of energy but the Adler were able to withstand the first attacks by Augsburg, even the Man-Advantage situations were of no help to the Panther. Mike Glumac was the only player to score in the first 20 minutes. He took a rebound off a shot from Kink and sank it in the Panther goal.
In the Second Period Augsburg game on the ice with an increased tempo and pushed the Adler back into their own zone causing Mannheim to make mistakes. MacArthur scored the tying goal and Sergio Somma brought Augsburg into the lead, during a Double Power-Play. Mannheim found the right answer with a Power-Play goal from Adam Mitchell, retying the score. A few minutes later Frank Mauer gave the lead back to Mannheim but they were unable to hold it as Zeiler scored the 3:3 one minute before the break.
In the last Period the game winning goal fell early. After just three minutes Mario Valerie-Trabucco scored a Penalty-Shot for Augsburg that was to be the game winner. During the remainder of the game Mannheim found themselves, too often short-handed and were unable to apply further pressure on the Panther. Pulling Dennis Endras for an extra attacker in the final minute was also of no help as the Adler were unable to tie the score.
Adler Mannheim vs. Straubing Tigers 6:2 (3:0, 2:1, 1:1)
Adler defeat Straubing 6:2
After the optimal, Season openers last weekend, the Adler continued to march forward during the second home game of the season with a 6:2 victory over the Straubing Tigers. In the opening period Mike Glumac, Steve Wagner, and Christoph Ullmann were able to lay the cornerstone for the 6:2 (3:0, 2:1, 1:1) victory. Ken Magowan, Mike Glumac (second goal), and Matthias Plachta scored the other goals to the delight of the 8,615 fans in attendance in the SAP Arena.
The Adler came into the game with the momentum from the previous weeks two wins, overpowering the Straubing Tigers in the first period. After only 12 seconds Ken Magowan landed the puck in the back of the Tigers net, but after reviewing the video replay the referees didn’t allow the goal due to a rule infraction. The Adler did not let the call disrupt their game and they continued to play a high tempo game, keeping the guests under constant pressure. After a few good saves from Straubing’s net-minder Jason Bacashihua, Mike Glumac found the back of the net with a shot that Bacashihua was powerless to stop (7 minute). The Adler took the lead 1:0. The Adler created many chance over the next few minutes but were unable to take advantage of said chances. Steve Wagner scored the 2:0 on an Adler Power-Play in the 14minute and Christoph Ullmann followed up shortly thereafter on a super pass from Yanick Lehoux giving the Adler a 3:0 lead at the first break.
Straubing scored a Power-Play goal of their own just 62 seconds into the Second Period 3:1, throwing Mannheim temporarily off balance. Five minutes later Ken Magowan restored the lead when he scored a Short-Handed goal 4:1. The Tigers Bernhard Keil received a 5 minute major plus a Match Penalty for a check in the head and neck area on Mannheim’s Yanick Lehoux. Mike Glumac utilized the ensuing Man-Advantage Situation to raise the Adler lead to 5:1.
The Adler controlled most of the final period defending their zone and patiently waiting for breakaway situations. There were a few such breakaways but only Matthias Plachta was able to put the puck in the net further raising the lead to 6:1. 52 second s before the end of the game with Seidenberg in the box Straubing’s Blaine Down scored to bring the final score to 6:2 in favor of the Adler.