One Point Weekend
The Adler finished their last weekend before the DEL two week break with two losses and only one point. They are currerntly sitting in seventh place in the DEL rankings seven points out of a playoff slot but are in a wild card slot for the pre playoffs. On Friday, 5 February the Adler lost in Wolfsburg to the Grizzly Adams, 2:0. Sunday, 7 February the Adler lost at home to Augsburg, 1:2 in a shootout.
The 3,312 fans in Wolfsburg watched their team down the Adler Mannheim by a score of 2:0. Goal scorers were Mark Voakes, 1:0 (9 minute) and Fabio Pfohl, 2:0 (40 minute). The Adler had six shorthanded situations with a total of 63 penalty minutes including a Match Penalty for Ronny Arendt. The Match Penalty also resulted in a three game suspension. Wolfsburg’s had two shorthanded situations and 20 penalty minutes. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Wolfsburg. First Star was Mark Voakes, Second Star Sebastian Vogl, and Third Star Fabio Pfohl.
Sunday, 7 February 13,361 fans watched their Adler lose at home in the SAP Arena to Augsburg during a shootout by a score of 1:2. Ivan Ciernik, 0:1 (8 minute) and Mike Iggulden, 1:2 (Shootout) were the goal scorers for Augsburg. Ryan MacMurchy, 1:1 (27 minute) scored Mannheim’s lone goal. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (Augsburg), Second Star Ivan Ciernik (Augsburg), and Third Star Youri Ziffzer (Mannheim).
The Adler will return to DEL play on Friday, 19 February when they will be in Schwenningen to play against their archrivals the Wild Wings. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 21 August when the will host the Krefeld Pinguine. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers vs. Adler Mannheim 6:3 (1:1, 2:1, 3:1)
Adler Fall to Nürnberg 6:3
Not only did Mannheim lose their third in a row on Sunday evening but they also lost (due to injury) their number one Goalie Dennis Endras for an undetermined amount of time. Sinan Akdag, Danny Richmond, and Mathieu Carle scored Manheim’s three goals. The Ice Tigers goal scorers were, Marius Moechel, Leonard Pfoederl (x2), Daniel Heatley, Marco Nowak, and Steven Reinprecht.
The First Period was highly energized with both teams creating good chances on goal. Sinan Akdag put Mannheim on the board first, 0:1 (9 minute) but Marius Moechel tied the score five minutes later, 1:1 (14 minute). The game remained tied at the first break.
Things went downhill rapidly for the Adler in the Second Period, first they had to fight through a double-power-play for the Ice Tigers and shortly after killing that penalty they lost Dennis Endras to an injury. Youri Ziffzer replaced the injured Endras in the 24 minute. Midway through the period the Ice Tigers were once again on a double-power-play and this time Mannheim would not be able to kill the penalty. Instead Nürnberg scored twice Leonard Pfoederl, 2:1 (31 minute, two-man-advantage) and Daniel Heatley, 3:1 (32 minute, man-advantage). Danny Richmond was able to bring Mannheim back to within one less than a minute later, 3:2 (33 minute).
Pfoederl scored his second of the night early in the Third to restore the Ice Tigers two point lead, 4:2 (42 minute). Mathieu Carle scored to once again bring Mannheim within one, 4:3 (48 minute) but less than a half minute later Marco Nowak scored for Nürnberg, 5:3 (48 minute). Mannheim pulled Ziffzer for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play, resulting in an empty net goal by Steven Reinprecht, 6:3 (59 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Leonard Pfoederl (Nürnberg), Second Star Patrick Reimer (Nürnberg), and Third Star Jochen Hecht (Mannheim).
The Adler remain on the road on Friday, 5 February. They will be in Wolfsburg to face off against the Grizzly Adams, game time is 19.30.They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 7 February when the will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. EHC Red Bull Munich 1:2 (1:1, 0:0, 0:1)
Adler Fall to Munich 1:2
The 13,400 fans in the SAP Arena saw the Adler lose a close hard fought match to Munich. Kai Hospelt scored the lone goal for the Adler, while Michael Wolf and Steve Pinizzotto scored for the Red Bull. Following their second loss in a row the Adler have fallen to seventh place in the DEL rankings, point equal with the sixth place Grizzly Adams.
The Adler started the game with a more defensive style of play, not wanting to have a repeat of the individual failures they had during their loss to Straubing on Tuesday night. Late in the Period with Jochen Hecht serving a two-minute-minor for a cross check, Munich’s Michael Wolf scored to put the Red Bull in the lead, 0:1 (17 minute, man-advantage). Kai Hospelt answered for the Adler two minute later, 1:1 (19 minute).
Following a scoreless Second Period the Adler found themselves early in the Third on their first power-play chance of the night. Steve Pinizzotto was able to take advantage of a mistake from the Adler on their Offensive Blue Line and shoot a short-hander to put Munich back in the lead, 1:2 (42 minute, shorthanded). Despite a double power-play in the 57 minute and pulling Goalie Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker in the 59 minute, the Adler remained unable to tie the score, giving Munich a 2:1 Victory at the Final Horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Steve Pinizzotto (Munich), Second Star Yannic Seidenberg (Munich), and Third Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim).
The Adler will be on the road for their next two games. Sunday, 31 January they will be in Nürnberg to play the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Game time is 16:30. On Friday, 5 February they will travel to Wolfsburg to play the Grizzly Adams, faceoff is at 19:30. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 7 February when they will host the Augsburg Panther. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14:30.