Marcel Goc and Dennis Seidenberg are on their way
NHL Players Marcel Goc and Dennis Seidenberg plan on helping to strengthen the Adler during the NHL Lockout.
The two German NHL Stars Marcel Goc (Florida Panthers) and Dennis Seidenberg (Boston Bruins) informed the Adler that they would like to play in Mannheim during the NHL Lockout. The Adler have agreed to contract terms with both players but must wait until they have been released by their NHL Clubs. If their NHL Clubs do not release them then they will be unable to play for Mannheim. Plus there are insurance questions that still need to be clarified.
Neither Dennis Seidenberg nor Marcel Goc will be available to the Adler for the upcoming weekend’s games. The earliest possible game they would be available is Friday, 28 September 2012 against Nürnberg but only if the permission from the Clubs in Florida and Boston have been received.
Marcel Goc is flying to Germany today, 20 September and hopes to be training with the Adler next Tuesday. The arrival date for Dennis Seidenberg has yet to be finalized.
Six questions for Doug Janik
Defenseman Doug Janik had a perfect start in his first DEL-Season. Two wins against two of the DEL’s Top-teams brought Mannheim six points and the top spot in the DEL rankings. Janik and his fellow teammates played defensively strong and took advantage of their scoring chances. We met with the 32-year-old American and asked him about the successful weekend, his performance and his new life in Mannheim.
Doug, you had a perfect start in your first DEL-season. How would you describe this past weekend?
Actually, it’s really nice to start a season with two wins. We played against two tough teams with strong players. It was a perfect start for us, but it’s important for us to build on that and to be ready for next weekend.
Could you describe in detail your view of the two wins this past weekend?
Our first win on the road against Ingolstadt was very important for us. It’s always difficult to start the season with an away game but we played a solid game and showed the league that we are ready for the new season. The second win at home was incredible, especially for me. The crowd was so loud and the fans supported us the whole time. I’ve never seen such an intensive start for the regular season in my career. I thought we had just started in the Playoffs and not in the regular season. It was a lot of fun.
what’s your first impression of the DEL?
I’ve only played two games so far but both matches were very fast and physical games. Ingolstadt and Berlin are very good teams. I know many of the DEL’s North American players and am familiar with their skills and abilities, so I’m looking forward to the upcoming games.
How would you evaluate your own performance in the first two games?
I think it’s important for me to play defensively first and to stop the other team from scoring goals against us. Then I try to take my chances on the offensive. I tried my best to play defensively and that was also the way we played as a team over the weekend. If we continue to play that way the rest of the season, I’ m sure that we’ll win a lot of games this year.
What do you think about your new life in Mannheim?
It’s really great to live here. I’m playing for a fantastic team that has a lot of confidence. All of the guys were very friendly and helpful when I arrived in August. The day to day life is really different from my former life in the US. My Wife and I have had to adapt to the German way of living, especially the language, the driving and of course the shopping in the grocery store. It is really not that easy to translate the names of the items we need but now we love it here and we’ve met a lot of nice people in our neighborhood. Every day is new and exciting for us.
The next game is on Friday against Straubing. Do you know anything about them?
I know they won their first game against Berlin and I heard that they played a very good season last year. They seem to be a strong team and we need to be ready for them on Friday. We’ve got to play our style of hockey and take advantage of our scoring chances. I hope we chalk up another win this Friday.
Adler Mannheim vs Eisbaeren (Ice Bear) Berlin 6:1 (2:0, 2:0, 2:1)
Opening Night in the SAP Arena Adler take down Berlin 6:1
Of the 13,047 fans that were in the SAP Arena to watch the Adler’s first Home Game of the season the only ones that left disappointed were those that traveled from Berlin. The Adler sent the Ice Bear home to lick their wounds with a 6:1 (2:0, 2:0, 2:1) loss. Four Power-Play Goals from Adam Mitchell, Steve Wagner, Yanick Lehoux, and Christoph Ullmann set the foundation for the first Home victory of the young season. Craig MacDonald opened the scoring and Marcus Kink scored the 5:1.
Following the victory in Ingolstadt in the season opener on Friday night the Adler started the Berlin game full of self confidence. Trainer Harold Kreis’s team tried to bring the game quickly under control and force Berlin to make mistakes. The biggest chances did not come in the first few minutes, as Marcus Kink was serving time in the box but the longer the game went the better the chances became for the Adler. In the 12 minute Craig MacDonald scored the first Home Goal of the season. Three minutes later with Berliner Matt Foy in the box and the Adler with a man-advantage, Adam Mitchell increased the Adler lead to 2:0.
Strengthened by a two goal lead the Adler started the Second Period with the game under control but in the second minute of the period Mike Glumac received a five minute major and a game misconduct penalty putting the Adler short-handed for five minutes. The Adler killed the penalty and on a power-play scored the third goal of the night. Steve Wagner took the puck top shelf, scoring in the upper right corner on a shot that left Rob Zepp powerless to stop. A few seconds later it was once again Wagner but this time the puck rang harmlessly off the crossbar. Yanick Lehoux had a better result in the 37 minute. Once again on the power-play the Adler continued to pass the puck until somebody (this time Lehoux) was in a good position to get a quality shot off. His shot found the back of the net, giving Mannheim a four goal lead at the break.
Shortly after the break Berlin scored a quick goal to get on the board. Barry Tallackson scored on a rebound that Adler Goalie, Dennis Endras was helpless to prevent. The Adler remained cool not allowing the opposing goal to disrupt their game, the defense remained strong and kept Berlin in check. The Adler not only concentrated on the defense but also continued on the attack, which was rewarded in the 52 minute when Marcus Kink picked up a rebound on a shot from Craig MacDonald and put it in the net 5:1. Christoph Ullmann scored on another Adler power-play shortly before the final horn bringing the end result to 6:1. After only two games Mannheim is setting on top in the German rankings while Berlin, in what is a very unusual situation for them , find themselves in the basement occupying the last (14) spot in the German Ice Hockey League.