Adler Mannheim vs. Straubing Tigers 4:5 (1:3, 1:1, 2:1)
Tigers End Adler Win Streak
The Straubing Tigers ended Mannheim’s five game winning streak on Tuesday evening when they defeated the Adler by a score of 5:4. Ryan MacMurchy Sinan Akdag, Ronny Arendt, and Kai Hospelt all scored for Mannheim. Straubing’s goal scorers were Ryan Bayda, Dylan Yeo, Mike Hedden, Blaine Down, and Rene Roethke.
Straubing’s Ryan Bayda scored first to give Straubing an early lead, 0:1 (9 minute). Four minutes later Dylan Yeo extend the lead by one, 0:2 (13 minute). The Adler answered a few minutes later when Ryan MacMurchy scored to bring Mannheim within one, 1:2 (16 minute). Mike Hedden scored late in the First to restore Straubing’s two point lead.
Straubing replaced Goalie Matthew Climie (due to illness) with Dustin Strahlmeier. Five and a half minutes later following a goal from Straubing’s Blaine Down, 1:4 (26 minute) it was also time for Adler Goalie Youri Ziffzer to clear his goal for Dennis Endras. The switch seemed to wake up the team as they came back from three down to tie the score, Sinan Akdag, 2:4 (32 minute), Ronny Arendt, 3:4 (46 minute), and Kai Hospelt, 4:4 (51 minute). Straubing remained dangerous and five minutes before the final horn Rene Roethke took advantage of the Adler loosing the puck on the blue line and scored the game winner, 4:5 (55 minute). Despite pulling Endras for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play Mannheim was unable to retie the score. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Justin Madaisky (Straubing), Second Star Ronny Arendt (Mannheim), and Third Star Rene Roethke (Straubing).
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 29 January when they will host the EHC Red Bull Munich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. The Adler will be on the road in Nürnberg on Sunday, 31 January to face off against the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Game time is 16:30.
Six Point Weekend
The Alder Mannheim had a six point weekend with a 2:3 win on Friday in Hamburg and also a 2:3 victory on Sunday in Cologne. The Adler have scratched their way into fifth place in the German rankings and are point equal with the sixth ranked Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.
The Adler were on the road in Hamburg on Friday night where they faced off against the Hamburg Freezers. Marty Sertich scored first to give Hamburg the lead, 1:0 (10 minute). The Adler’s Ryan MacMurchy scored twice in the second giving Mannheim the lead, 1:1 (26 minute) and 1:2 (34 minute). Jochen Hecht increased Mannheim’s lead with a power-play goal early in the Third, 1:3 (44 minute, man-advantage). Midway through the Period Brett Festerling brought Hamburg to within one, 2:3 (51 minute). Despite having a double power-play in the 57 minute and pulling their Goalie for an extra attacker in the 59 minute, Hamburg was unable to tie the score giving Mannheim a 2:3 win at the Final Horn. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Ryan MacMurchy (Mannheim), Second Star Sinan Akdag (Mannheim), and Third Star Garrett Festerling (Hamburg).
The Adler remained on the road on Sunday, this time in Cologne to play against the Haie. Ryan Jones drew first blood for the Haie with a power-play goal midway through the first, 1:0 (12 minute, man-advantage). It did not take long for Mannheim’s Christoph Ullmann to respond as he tied the score 19 seconds later, 1:1 (12 minute). Early in the Second Period Ullmann gave Mannheim the lead with his second goal of the night, 1:2 (23 minute, man-advantage). Patrick Hager scored for Cologne to retie the game, 2:2 (37 minute). With only 29 seconds left in regulation Ronny Arendt deflected a shot from Nikolai Goc into the back of the goal to give Mannheim the 2:3 victory.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 26 January to host the Straubing Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. The Adler will remain at home on Friday 29 January when they will play the Red Bull Munich. Game time is also scheduled for 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Ice Bear Berlin 3:2 (1:0, 2:2, 0:0)
Adler Down Ice Bear 3:2
The Adler Mannheim defeated the Ice Bear Berlin 3:2 on Sunday evening climbing to seventh place in the DEL rankings, point equal with the number six ranked Grizzlys Wolfsburg. Ryan MacMurchy Christopher Fischer, and Glen Metropolit had a goal apiece for the Adler and Mark Oliver and Laurin Braun were the goal scorers for Berlin.
The First Period was a battle of the Net Minders as both teams developed good chances on goal. Dennis Endras in goal for Mannheim and Berlins Goalie Petri Vehanen both were tested hard and had excellent saves. Ryan MacMurchy put Mannheim on the board first with a goal late in the Period, 1:0 (19 minute).
The Adler created the momentum and scored the goals in the first half of the Second Period. Christopher Fischer scored early in the Period to increase Mannheim’s lead, 2:0 (22 minute). Mannheim continued the pressure in Berlin’s defensive goal and were rewarded with a goal from Glen Metropolit, 3:0 (27 minute). Following a power-play for Berlin in the middle of the Period, the Ice Bear turned the momentum in their favor and controlled the second half of the Period, scoring twice on goals from Mark Oliver, 3:1 (31 minute) and Laurin Braun, 3:2 (39 minute).
Both Defenses played well in the Third giving little away on chances on goal. The best opportunity was a shot from Glen Metropolit that rang off the post. Berlin pulled Vehanen for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play, resulting in a suspenseful end to the match. The Third Period remained scoreless at the final horn giving Mannheim a 3:2 victory and a much needed three points. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Glen Metropolit (Mannheim), Second Star Laurin Braun (Berlin), and Third Star Christoph Ullmann (Mannheim).
The Adler will be on the road this weekend with a game on Friday, 22 January in Hamburg and a game on Sunday, 24 January in Cologne. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 26 January when they will host the Straubing Tigers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.