First Win of the Regular Season
Adler Mannheim vs. Düsseldorf EG 4:1 (3:1, 0:0, 1:0)
The 9,831 fans in the SAP Arena were able to celebrate the Adler’s first victory of the regular season on Friday night with a 4:1 victory over the Düsseldorf EG (DEG). David Wolf (x2), Andrew Joudrey, and Chad Kolarik scored for Mannheim, while Alexej Dmitriev scored the loan goal for the DEG.
Following the two losses last weekend the Adler came out of the locker room with a point to prove. They took control early in the game and did not release it until the final horn. David Wolf was able to take advantage of the Adler’s first power-play situation to put Mannheim on the board first, 1:0 (8 minute, man-advantage). A minute and a half later Andrew Joudrey increased the lead, 2:0 (10 minute). The Adler continued to dominate the DEG as Chad Kolarik added to the Mannheim lead, 3:0 (17 minute). Late in the First the DEG was able to score a goal while on a double-power-play but Alexej Dmitriev’s goal, 3:1 (18 minute, two-man-advantage) was nothing more than cosmetic.
The Adler were just as dominating in the Second Period with 30 shots on goal but DEG Goalie Mathias Niederberger, was able to hold Mannheim scoreless during the Second. Early in the Third Mannheim found themselves on their own double-power-play situation and were also able to convert. David Wolf sank his second of the evening to bring the score to its final end stand of 4:1 (42 minute, two-man-advantage). The “Top Performers in the game were all from Mannheim, David Wolf (2 goals), Aaron Johnson (3 assists), Aaron Johnson (3 points), and Matthias Plachta (11 shots on goal).
The Adler will be on the road in Wolfsburg on Sunday, 25 September to face-off against the Grizzlys Wolfsburg. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday 30 August when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Zero Points During Opening Weekend for The Adler
The Adler lost both of their games during the DEL opening weekend. Friday was a 4:3 loss in Krefeld against the Pinguine followed by a 0-2 loss at home on Sunday to the Cologne Haie.
Opening day in the DEL was Friday 16 September and the Adler were in Krefeld to face off against the Pinguine. Following a scoreless First Period, Marcel Goc scored in the Second putting Mannheim on the board first, 0:1 (21 minute). Just under four minutes later Chad Kolarik doubled the Adler’s lead, 0:2 (25 minute). Late in the Period Daniel Pietta scored a power-play goal for the Pinguine, 1:2 (38 minute, man-advantage). Midway through the Third Lukas Koziol also scored a power-play goal to tie the score at two, 2:2 (50 minute, man-advantage). Koziol struck again late in the Third to give Krefeld the lead, 3:2 (58 minute). Mannheim pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker but Marcel Mueller scored and empty netter adding to the Pinguine’s lead, 4:2 (59 minute, empty net). David Wolf answered with a quick power-play goal for the Adler, 4:3 (59 minute, man-advantage) but Mannheim was unable to tie the score in the remaining seconds of play. Krefeld held their 4:3 lead until the final horn.
The Adler’s first Home game of the DEL Season was on Sunday, 18 September when they hosted the Cologne Haie. As on Friday night in Krefeld the First Period was scoreless. The Haie’s Dane Byers 0:1 (33 minute) and Travis Turnbull, 0:2 (34 minute) both struck early in the Second to give the Haie the lead. It was a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Mannheim pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker late in the Third but remained unable to score and the score remained 0:2 at the end of regulation.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena this Friday, 23 September when they will host the Düsseldorf EG. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Tappara Tampere vs. Adler Mannheim 2:1 (2:0, 0:1, 0:0)
Champions Hockey League Out for the Adler
The Adler fail to advance to the next round of the Champions Hockey League due to a 2:1 loss to Tappara Tampere. Marcus Kink scored the lone goal for Mannheim. Henrik Haapala and Veli-Matti Savinainen had a goal apiece for Tappara Tampere.
With only 31 seconds played the Adler were already down by one. Henrik Haapala scored on Tappara Tampere’s first chance on goal, 1:0 (1 minute). Teemu Nurmi had a chance to increase that lead in the third minute but rang his penalty shot off the post. In the last minute of the First Veli-Matti was able to increase the lead, 2:0 (20 minute) to give Tappara Tampere a two point lead at the break.
Adler Captain Marcus Kink put Mannheim on the board in the Second Period, 2:1 (26 minute). The score remained 2:1 at the Second break. The Adler had their chances in the Third but most of the momentum was with Tappara Tampere. With just over a minute left in regulation the Adler pulled Dennis Endras for an extra attacker but remained unable to convert. The 2:1 loss to Tappara Tampere results in the Adler being knocked out of this seasons Champion Hockey League tournament.
Mannheim’s DEL season begins on Friday, 16 September when they will be on the road in Krefeld to face-off against the Pinguine. The Adler will play their first DEL home game on Sunday, 18 September when they will host the Cologne Haie. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:00.