Eisbären Berlin vs. Adler Mannheim 6:3 (2:2, 1:1, 3:0)
Berlin Ties Series
Berlins win over the Adler on Friday night ties the best of seven Quarter Finals at one game apiece. Luke Adam, Ronny Arendt, and Chad Kolarik scored for the Adler. Nick Petersen, Daniel Fischbuch, Darin Oliver (x2), and Julian Talbot (x2) were the goal scorers for Berlin.
Luke Adam scored with less than a minute played to give Mannheim an early lead, 0:1 (1 minute). The tying goal for Berlin was scored by Darin Oliver, 1:1 (14 minute). Three minutes later Ronny Arendt put the Adler back in the lead, 1:2 (17 minute). Just over a minute later Nick Petersen retied the score, 2:2 (18 minute). The score remained tied at the first break.
Berlin went into the lead for the first time on Darrin Oliver’s second goal of the evening, 3:2 (26 minute). Late in the Second Period Chad Kolarik scored to tie the game, 3:3 (38 minute). The game was once again tied at the break.
Close to the midway point of the Third Period Daniel Fischbuch scored to put Berlin back in the lead, 4:3 (49 minute). Late in the Period Julian Talbot scored adding to Berlin’s lead, 5:3 (59 minute). Mannheim pulled Goalie Drew MacIntyre for a sixth attacker with just over a minute left in regulation. The result was an empty netter for Talbot, his second goal of the game, 6:3 (60 minute, empty-net). The “Top Performers of the game were all from Berlin Darin Oliver with two goals and three points, Bruno Gervais with two assists, and Nicholas Petersen with nine shots on goal.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 12 March to host Berlin for game three of the DEL Quarter Finals. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:00.
Adler Mannheim vs. Eisbären Berlin 4:3 O.T. (0:1, 2:0, 1:2, 1:0)
Matthias Plachta Shoot the Adler to Victory
The Adler Mannheim defeated the Eisbären Berlin by a score of 4:3 on Tuesday night in the SAP Arena, giving them a 1:0 lead in the best of seven series of the DEL Quarterfinals. Matthias Plachta scored all four goals for the Adler. Jamie MacQueen, Charles Linglet, and Julian Talbot were the goal scorers for Berlin.
The 10,889 fans in the SAP Arena saw a hard fought and fairly even match. Berlin was able to take an early lead on a shot from Jamie MacQueen with just over a minute played, 0:1 (2 minute). Both teams had good chances on goal during the remainder of the First Period but Berlin was able to take their one point lead into the first break.
The large number of penalties given by the referees gave both teams a good chance to practice their power-plays. It took until the seventh penalty before a team was able to take advantage of the power-play, Matthias Plachta scored for the Adler to tie the game at one apiece, 1:1 (25 minute, man-advantage). In the 27 minute it appeared that Berlin had once again scored the go ahead goal but the goal was disallowed due to a high stick. Midway through the game the Adler offence started to create better chances on goal. Late in the Second Plachta scored his second of the evening to put the Adler in the lead, 2:1 (37 minute).
The Adler had penalty problems in the Third that gave Berlin a chance to change the momentum. Charles Linglet scored early on a double power-play to tie the game, 2:2 (44 minute, two-man-advantage). Midway through the Period the Adler lost the puck on the blue-line leading to a goal from Julian Talbot which once again gave Berlin the lead, 2:3 (51 minute). Mannheim pulled Goalie Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker with just under a minute left in regulation. The action around the Berlin goal was hard, fast, and furious but with three and half seconds remaining in regulation Matthias Plachta scored his third of the night to make his hat-trick complete and send the game into Sudden Death Overtime, 3:3 (60 minute).
Twenty seconds into the Sudden Death Overtime Period Matthias Plachta shot the Adler to victory with his fourth goal of the night, 4:3 (61 minute). The “Top Performers of the game were Matthias Plachta (Mannheim) with four goals and four points, David Wolf (Mannheim) with two assists, and Louis-Marc Aubry (Berlin) with thirteen shots on goal.
The Adler will be in Berlin on Friday, 10 March for game two of the best of seven series. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 12 March when they will host Berlin for game three. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:00.
Adler Split Last Two Regular Season Games
The Adler won their twelfth game in a row on Friday evening in Augsburg by a score of 4:1. Luke Adam, Ryan MacMurchy, Matthias Plachta, and David Wolf were the goal scorers for Mannheim. T.J. Trevelyan scored the lone goal for Augsburg. The “Top Performers of the game were Luke Adam (Mannheim) with one goal, Carlo Colaiacovo (Mannheim) with three assists and three points, and Thomas Holzmann (Augsburg) with six shots on goal.
Mannheim’s winning streak ended at twelve games due to their loss on Sunday afternoon to the Straubing Tigers. The Adler’s 1:4 loss also knocked them out of the number one ranked spot in the DEL and they finish the Regular Season in the number two ranked spot. Mannheim’s one goal was scored by Matthias Plachta. Goal scorers for Straubing were Derek Whitmore, Dylan Yeo, Adam Mitchell, and James Bettauer. The Top Performers of the game were all from Straubing, James Bettauer with one goal and eight shots on goal, Mike Cornell with one assist, and Derek Whitmore with one point.
The Adler finish the season in the number two spot and have home game advantage in the first round of the play-offs. The Adler will play at home in the SAP Arena on both 7 March at 19:30 and on 12 March at 14:00. They will be away on both 10 and 14 March. The opponent will be determined by the outcome of the pre play-offs.