Adler Mannheim vs. Iserlohn Roosters 3:4 (1:2, 2:0, 0:2)
Adler Playoff Hopes in Jeopardy
Following a 3:4 loss to Iserlohn at home on Wednesday night the Adler’s Playoff hopes are in jeopardy. Despite a 3:2 lead in the Third Period the Adler were unable to bring home the needed points to qualify for the wild card round in the DEL Playoffs. Ryan MacMurchy and Steve Wagner (x2) were the goal scorers for the Adler. Luigi Caporusso, Robert Raymond, Jason Jaspers, and Brooks Macek all scored for Iserlohn.
Midway through the First Period Luigi Caporusso put the Roosters in the lead while on the power-play, 0:1 (10 minute, man-advantage). Five minutes later Ryan MacMurchy scored a power-play goal for the Adler to tie the score, 1:1 (15 minute). The lead was not to hold until the break as Robert Raymond scored to reestablish the Roosters lead 1:2 (19 minute).
Close to the midway point of the Second Steve Wagner tied the game with his first goal of the evening, 2:2 (28 minute). He scored his second goal of the night seven minutes later, 3:2 (35 minute) to give Mannheim not only the lead but the hope of securing a Wild Card Spot on Wednesday evening.
Early in the Third the Adler watched their hopes of securing the Wild Card Spot start to slip away. With Ryan MacMurchy serving a two-minute-minor of interference, Jason Jaspers tied the score for the Roosters, 3:3 (45 minute, man-advantage). Less than a minute later Brooks Macek put the Roosters back into the lead, 3:4 (46 minute). The score remained 3:4 at the Final Horn. The Three Stars of the Game were Luigi Caporusso (Iserlohn), Second Star Steven Wagner (Mannheim), and Third Star Chet Pickard (Iserlohn).
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 4 March when the will host the Straubing Tigers in their last home game of the regular season. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19.30. Straubing is one point behind the Adler in the DEL rankings, if the Adler win against Straubing they will qualify for a Wild Card Slot in the DEL Playoffs, if not it will come down to the results of the games that will be played on Sunday. Sunday the Adler will be on the road in Berlin to play against the number three ranked Ice Bear Berlin.
Hamburg Freezers vs. Adler Mannheim 2:4 (1:1, 0:2, 1:1)
Six Point Weekend
With a 4:2 victory over the Hamburg Freezers on Sunday afternoon the Adler ended their weekende with six points. Kai hospelt (2x) Danny Richmond, and Marcus Kink all scored for the Adler. Michael Davies and Thomas Oppenheimer were the goal scorers for Hamburg.
Ray Emery, in goal for Mannheim and his counter part Hamburg Goalie, Deimitrij Kotschnew had their hands full in the first few minutes of play. Neither defence were 100 percent solid and the natural result was multiple chances on goal for both teams. Michael Davies took advantage of one of these chances to put the Freezers on the board first, 1:0 (11 minute). Two minutes later Kai Hospelt answered for Mannheim and tied the score, 1:1 (13 minute).
Hamburg had a couple of chances early in the Second Period but both Thomas Oppenehimer and Phil Dupuis shots rang helplessly off of the post. Kai Hospelt had better luck as he scored his second of the day to put the Adler out in front, 1:2 (31 minute). Danny Richmond build on that lead a few minutes later, 1:3 (34 minute). One minute later Emery saved the two point lead for the Adler as Julian Jakobsen was free infront of the Adler goal but Emery denied him twice and the score remained 1:3 at the second break.
Midway through the Third,Thomas Oppenehimer brought the Freezers back to within one, 2:3 (48 minute). Hamburg pulled Kotschnew for a sixth attacker with a minute left to play. Marcus Kink was able to socre in the empty net to bring the final score to 2:4 (60 minute, man-advantage, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Raymond Emery (Mannheim), Second Star Kai Hospelt (Mannheim), and Third Star Julian Jakobsen (Hamburg).
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 2 March, when they will host the Iserlohn Roosters. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
The Adler ended their losing streak at home in a sold out SAP Arena (13,600 fans) by defeating the Düsseldorfer EG by a score of 3:2 (0:0, 1:1, 2:1). In a highly emotional game with 80 penalty minutes for the Adler, including three ejections (Ronny Arendt, Jochen Hecht, and Brent Raedeke) the Adler downed the DEG and scratched their way into seventh place in the DEL rankings but remain nine points out of a direct qualification spot (sixth place) with only four game remaining in the season. Goal scorers for Mannheim were Christoph Ullmann, Andrew Joudrey, and Sinan Akdag. Eduard Lewandowski and Drayson Bowman each scored for the Düsseldorf EG.
The First Period was scoreless but far from boring. During an Adler power-play Sinan Akdag rang a shot of the goal post and shortly thereafter the puck landed in the DEG goal but after reviewing the video replay the goal was disallowed due to an Adler Player being off sides in the goal crease. A few minutes later Ronny Arendt received a five-minute-major for a high-stick plus an injection from the game.
The Adler found themselves once again shorthanded midway through the Second with Ryan MacMurchy in the box for tripping, Jochen Hecht received a two-plus-two minute penalty for a check to the head and neck and was ejected from the game for insulting the referee. Eduard Lewandowski was able to take advantage of the Adler being down two players and put the DEG on the board first, 0:1 (32 minute, two-man-advantage). Two minutes later with Mannheim on the power-play Christoph Ullmann answered for the Adler and tied the score, 1:1 (37 minute, man-advantage).
Following a roughing penalty in the Third Period Brent Raedeke became Mannheim’s third player sent to the showers (5 minute-major and ejected). In the resulting Düsseldorf power-play Drayson Bowman was able to put the DEG back into the lead, 1:2 (48 minute, man-advantage). Despite all of the setbacks the Adler were not ready to call in quits, with the support of the fans they continued to fight and were rewarded when Andrew Joudrey tied the score, 2:2 (56 minute). Joudrey’s goal changed the momentum of the game and a minute and a half later, Sinan Akdag scored to give the Adler the lead, 3:2 (58 minute). The DEG pulled Goalie Mathias Niederberger in the last couple of minutes of play but the score remained 3:2 at the final horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Daniel Richmond (Mannheim), Second Star Drayson Bowman (Düsseldorf), and Third Star Christoph Ullmann (Mannheim).
The Adler will be in Hamburg on Sunday, 28 February to play against the tenth place Hamburg Freezers. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Wednesday, 2 March when they will host the Iserlohn Roosters. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.