Adler Mannheim vs. Tappara Tampere 4:1 (0:0, 3:0, 1:1)
4:1 Victory at Home over the Finnish Champions
In their second game of the Champion Hockey League (CHL) season the Adler defeated Tappara Tampere, giving them a good chance of reaching the next round. Following a scoreless First Period the Adler struck twice during the Power-Play to put themselves on the road to victory. David Wolf, Chad Kolarik, Ryan MacMurchy, and Christoph Ullmann scored for Mannheim, while Jere Lajunen scored the lone goal for the Finns.
The First Period remained scoreless despite the Adler going to the Penalty Box three times during the first twenty minutes. Mannheim started the Second much like they ended the First on the Penalty-Kill. After killing their fourth penalty the Adler went on the Power-Play for the first time. Halfway through the man-advantage situation a second player for Tappara Tampere went to the box, giving Mannheim a double Power-Play. David Wolf took quick advantage of the situation and drew first blood for the Adler, 1:0 (27 minute, two-man-advantage). Less than a minute later Wolf earned an assist as he passed the puck to Chad Kolarik who sank it to double Mannheim’s lead, 2:0 (28 minute, man-advantage). Ryan MacMurchy took advantage of the Adler momentum to add to the lead less than five minutes later, 3:0 (32 minute). Tappara Tampere Defender Aleksi Salonen attempted to change the momentum when he challenged Mannheim’s Daniel Sparre late in the Period. The end result was a loss for Salonen and a five-minute-major for both players plus both were sent to the showers. The score remained 3:0 at the Second Break.
Tappara Tampere created a few good chances on goal in the Third. Jere Lajunen was able to beat Adler Goalie Dennis Endras midway through the Third to put the Finns on the board, 3:1 (51 minute). The Adler answered less than a minute later as the puck rebounded off of Christoph Ullmann’s body and into the goal, 4:1 (52 minute). The frustration got the better of Tappara Tampere’s Savinainen as he challenged Mannheim’s Richmond late in the Period. Once again both players received five-minute-majors and were sent to the showers. The Adler kept the 4:1 lead to the final horn.
The Adler’s next game will be a pre season road game against the Kassel Huskies on 3 September. It will be followed by two CHL games both of which are also road games. The DEL season starts for the Adler on 16 September in Krefeld.
Adler Mannheim vs. HC Lugano 2:3 (2:0, 0:2, 0:1)
Adler fall to HC Lugano 2:3 in their opening Champions League Hockey (CHL) Game of 2016
David Wolf and Dominik Bittner put the Adler out front early with two quick goals. Patrik Zackrisson and Ryan Gardner each scored to tie the game in the Second Period and midway through the Third Damien Brunner scored the game winner for Lugano.
The Adler started out strong in their first CHL game of the year. David Wolf scored with less than three minutes played to give Mannheim an early lead, 1:0 (3 minute). Less than two minutes later, Dominik Bittner fired a shot from the Blue Line to increase the Adler lead, 2:0 (5 minute). Mannheim took their two goal lead into the first break.
Midway through the Second Period Patrik Zackrisson cut the Alder lead to one, 2:1 (30 minute). Five minutes later while on the Power-Play, Ryan Gardner tied the score, 2:2 (35 minute, man-advantage). A short time later the Adler had a chance to retake the lead while on a two-man-advantage situation but they were unable to convert and the score remained tied at the second break.
The Third Period was a hard fought and equal battle but it was HC Lugano’s Damien Brunner that scored during a Power-Play situation to put his team in the lead, 2:3 (50 minute, man-advantage). Following Brunner’s goal the Adler tried to once again capture the initiative and turn the game but Lugano Goalie Elvis Merzlikins held the lead to give Lugano a 3:2 victory at the final horn.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Sunday, 21 August when they will host the Tappara Tampere for their second CHL game of the year. The puck is scheduled to drop at 18:00. The game is also scheduled to be shown live on the German Station Sport 1.
The Adler Mannheim Win Their First Two Preseason Games
The Adler tallied two victories in their first two preseason games of 2016. On Thursday 11 August the Adler defeated the HC Dynamo Pardubice by a score of 6:1. Three days later on Sunday 14 August the Adler downed the SC Bietigheim-Bissingen 6:2.
The Adler defeated HC Dynamo Pardubice by a resounding 6:1 on Thursday 11 August. Goal scorers for the Adler were Brent Raedeke (4 minute), Sinan Akdag (12 minute), Ryan MacMurchy (16 minute, man-advantage), Christoph Ullmann (22 minute, man-advantage), Matthias Plachta (28 minute), and Daniel Sparre (29 minute). Tomas Rolinek scored the lone goal for HC Dynamo Pardubice (11 minute).
The Adler defeated the SC Bietigheim-Bissingen Steelers three days later by a score of 6:2. Chad Kolarik (9 minute), Daniel Sparre (58 minute), Matthias Plachta (X2, 19 and 49 minute) and David Wolf (X2, 25 and 50 minute) all scored for Mannheim. Rene Schoofs scored twice for the Steelers (45 and 58 minute).
The Adler will meet HC Lugano on 18 August for a Champions Hockey League Game. The game will be played at home in the SAP Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.