Dissapointing Loss in Ingolstadt
The Adler Mannheim‘s hopes for a direct qualification spot in the DEL Playoffs suffered another setback on Friday evening with a 3:1 loss against the Ingolstadt Panthers.
The Panthers scored first on a goal from Brandon Buck in the last half of the First Period, 1:0 (14 minute). Brandon McMillan built on Ingolstadt’s lead early in the Second, 2:1 (22 minute). Midway through the Third Danny Richmond gave the Adler a glimmer of hope, 2:1 (49 minute). Mannheim pulled Ray Emery for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play but Thomas Greilinger was able to score for the Panther, 3:1 (59 minute, empty-netter). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Ingolstadt. First Star was Timo Pielmeier, Second Star Brandon Buck, and Third Star Brandon McMillan.
Only One Point Against the Two Last Placed Teams
The Adler Mannheim managed to capture only one of a possible six points in their two games this weekend, despite playing against the two teams ranked in the last two places in the league.
On Friday, 19 Febuary the Adler were in Schwenningen to play against their archrivals the Wild Wings. Markus Poukkula, 1:0 (8 minute) scored the lone goal of the First Period to give Schwenningen a one point lead at the first break. Andrew Joudrey scored midway through the Second Period to tie the game, 1:1 (32 minute). Three minutes later Kai Hospelt put the Adler in the lead, 1:2 (35 minute). The lead held for just over 30 seconds before Markus Poukkula retied the score, 2:2 (36 minute) and 50 seconds later Schwenningen retook the lead on a goal from Damien Fleury, 3:2 (37 minute). In the last minute of play Marcel Kurth scored a shorthanded goal to seal the win for the Wild Wings, 4:2 (60 minute, shorthanded). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Schwenningen. First Star was Markus Poukkula, Second Star Joseph MacDonald, and Third Star Marcel Kurth.
Sunday the Adler played in the SAP Arena before a hometown crowd of 13,304 fans. Despite home ice advantage and a game against the last ranked Krefeld Pinguine the Adler were only able to capture one point as they fell to Krefeld during a shootout. Following a scoreless First Period Oliver Mebus put the Pinguine in the lead early in the Second, 0:1 (23 minute). Brandon Yip tied the game a few minutes later while on the power-play, 1:1 (27 minute, man-advantage). Midway through the Period Andrew Joudrey put the Adler in the lead, 2:1 (33 minute). Five minutes into the Third Christoph Ullmann increased Mannheim’s lead, 3:1 (45 minute). With just over five minutes left in regulation and Krefeld on the power-play, Nicolas St-Pierre brought the Pinguine within one, 3:2 (55 minute, man-advantage). Two minutes later Christian Kretschmann tied the score, 3:3 (57 minute). The five minute Overtime remained scoreless and the game moved into a shootout. Andreas Driendl scored the game winner for the Pinguine, 3:4 (penalty). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Oliver Mebus (Krefeld), Second Star Andrew Joudrey (Mannheim), and Third Star Nicolas St-Pierre (Krefeld).
The Adler will be on the road in Ingolstadt on Wednesday, 24 February to play against the ERC Panthers. Game time is 19:30. The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 26 February to host the Dusseldorf EG. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. Sunday the Adler will once again be on the road for a 14:30 game in Hamburg against the Freezers.
Woodcroft Replaces Ireland
The Adler Mannheim have removed Greg Ireland as thier Head Coach effective immeadiatly. Ireland took over as Trainer for the Adle during the Summer of 2015. After 44 DEL games the Adler are in seventh place in the DEL and seven points from a direct qualificantion for the playoffs.
Craig Woodcroft will replace Ireland as the Head Coach. Woodcroft has been serving as cotrainer under Ireland. Steve Walker will remain in his postion as cotrainer under Woodcroft.