Cologne Haie vs. Adler Mannheim 6:3 (2:0, 2:3, 2:0)
Adler Lose First Wild Card Game
The Adler lost their first game of the best of three Wild Card Series of the DEL Playoffs by a score of 6:3. Christoph Ullmann (x2) and Sinan Akdag scored for the Adler. Philip Gogulla (hattrick), Charly Stephens, Patrick Hager, and Mortiz Mueller all scored for Cologne.
The Adler had hoped to have a fresh start in the playoffs with everything starting again from zero but the Haie had plans of their own. Philip Gogulla put Colonge on the board first, 1:0 (8 minute). Six minutes later Charly Stephens increased Cologne’s lead, 2:0 (14 minute). The Haie took a two to nothing lead into the First Break.
With less than a minute played in the Second, Philip Gogulla scored his second of the night, 3:0 (21 minute). Following Gogulla’s second goal, the Adler replaced Ray Emery in Goal with Youri Ziffzer. Two minutes later Christoph Ullmann cut the Haie’s lead to two, 3:1 (23 minute). Seventeen seconds later Patrick Hager restored Cologne’s three pont lead, 4:1 (24 minute). Mannheim fought their way back into the game on goals from Sinan Akdag, 4:2 (36 minute), and Christoph Ullmann’s second of the night, 4:3 (39 minute). The Adler went into the Second Break hopefull of turning the game around.
The Third Period was scoreless going into the last two minitues of play when the Adler pulled Ziffzer for a sixth attacker. Mannheim was unable to gain solid puck control and Gogulla was able to score his third of the night and earn a hatrick, 5:3 (60 minute, empty-net) a half minute larter the Haie once again hit the empty net, this time in the form of Mortiz Mueller, 6:3 (60 minute, empty-net). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Philip Gogulla (Cologne), Second Star Christoph Ullmann (Mannheim), and Third Star Daniel Syvret (Cologne).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena for a must win game two of the series on Friday, 11 March. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. If the Adler win game two they will force a game three, if they lose game two they are out of the playoff picture.
Ice Bear Berlin vs. Adler Mannheim 4:0 (0:0, 2:0, 2:0)
Adler Lose in Berlin
The Adler Mannheim lost their last regular season game on Sunday afternoon in Berlin by a score of 4:0. The Adler cashiered 18 penalty minutes compared to Berlin’s 4, resulting in three power-play goals for Berlin. Andre Rankel (x2), Fank Hoerdler, and Petr Pohl were the goal scorers for Berlin.
After a scoreless First Period Andre Rankel put the Ice Bear on the board first, during a power-play midway through the Second Period, 1:0 (32 minute, man-advantage). Four minutes later Frank Hoerdler increased Berlin’s lead, 2:0 (36 minute). Penalties continued to haunt the Adler in the Third Period, as Berlin scored two additional power-play goals Petr Pohl, 3:0 (42 minute, man-advantage) and Andre Rankel with his second of the day 4:0 (54 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Berlin. First Star was Andre Rankel, Second Star Petri Vehanen, and Third Star Petr Pohl.
The Adler now move into the Wild Card phase of the DEL Playoffs. As the tenth ranked team they will face the seventh ranked Cologne Haie in a best of three series. The Adler will be on the road in Cologne for game one of the series on Wednesday, 9 March. Game time is 19:30. They will return home to the SAP Arena for game two of the series on Friday, 11 March. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Straubing Tigers 1:4 (0:1, 1:1, 0:2)
Despite Loss Adler Squeak into Playoffs
The Adler Mannheim lost their last home game of the regular season by a score of 1:4. The 13,325 fans in attendance saw a disappointing performance from their Adler but despite the loss the Adler will finish the season at a minimum of the tenth ranked team, which is what is required to reach the Wild Card Round. The lone goal scorer for Mannheim was Ryan MacMurchy. Maury Edwards, Austin Madaisky, and Hedden (x2) all racked up points for Straubing.
Straubing got on the board early in the First on a power-play goal from Maury Edwards, 0:1 (6 minute, man-advantage). Just as it seemed that the Adler had found their way into the game Brent Raedeke was given a five-minute-major and was sent to the showers with a match penalty for spearing.
Austin Madaisky scored early in the Second Period while the Adler were a man short due to the Raedeke penalty, 0:2 (23 minute, man-advantage). Ryan MacMurchy brought the Adler back into the game midway through the Period with a power-play goal of his own, 1:2 (28 minute, man-advantage).
With only 34 seconds played in the Third Period and Mannheim once again shorthanded, Mike Hedden increased Straubing’s lead, 1:3 (41 minute, man-advantage). Mannheim pulled Ray Emery for a sixth attacker late in the game and Mike Hedden scored his second of the night to give Straubing a 4:1 (59 minute, empty-net) victory over Mannheim. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Mike Hedden (Straubing), Second Star Austin Madaisky (Straubing), and Third Star Ryan MacMurchy (Mannheim).
The Adler will be in Berlin on Sunday, 6 March to play their last game of the regular season. Game time is 14:30. The Adler will then enter the Wild Card Round of the DEL Playoffs. They will play on 9 March and 11 March. Their opponent is still undetermined as is the home and away schedule.