The Adler Open the New Year with Two Wins and a Loss
The Adler Mannheim have played three games in six days to start the New Year.The Adler were on the road in Krefeld for the first game of 2016. They defeated the Pinguine by a score of 4:7. A couple of days later they were in Nürnberg where they lost 5:3 to the Ice Tigers. This past Friday the Adler had their first home game of the New Year. They defeated the Iserlohn Roosters 2:1 in Overtime.
The Adler’s first game of 2016 was on 3 January in Krefeld. The Pinguine scored first on a goal from Daniel Pietta 1:0 (7 minute). The Adler than scored five in a row starting with a shorthanded goal from Mathieu Carle 1:1 (9 minute, shorthanded), followed by goals from Danny Richmond 1:2 (11 minute), Ryan MacMurchy 1:3 (16 minute), Brent Raedeke 1:4 (27 minute), and Christoph Ullmann 1:5 (28 minute). The Adler seemed to have the game well under control but the Pinguine started to fight back scoring three in a row to make it a one point game late in the Third. Herberts Vaslijevs scored a double power play goal 2:5 (34 minute, two-man-advantage), Daniel Pietta scored his second of the evening 3:5 (37 minute), and Andreas Driendl brought Krefeld within one, 4:5 (52 minute). Ryan MacMurchy scored his second of the evening to give the Adler some breathing room, 4:6 (58 minute), and Jochen Hecht sealed the deal for the Adler with an empty-netter 4:7 (59 minute, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Christoph Ullmann (Mannheim), Second Star Daniel Pietta (Krefeld), and Third Star Daniel Richmond (Mannheim).
The Adler remained on the road on 5 January when they were in Nürnberg to play against the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. Glen Metropolit put the Adler on the board first 0:1 (15 minute). Daniel Heatley quickly tied the score 1:1 (16 minute). Brandon Segal scored a power-play goal early in the Second to give the Ice Tigers the lead, 2:1 (22 minute, man-advantage). Patrick Reimer increased Nurnberg’s lead 3:1 (28 minute). Ronny Arendt answered for the Adler late in the Second, 3:2 (39 minute). Early in the Third Christoph Ullmann tied the score 3:3 (45 minute). Just over halfway through the Third Kurtis Foster gave the lead back to the Ice Tigers, 4:3 (53 minute) and just prior to the final horn David Steckel scored a shorthanded empty-netter to bring the final score to 5:3 (60 minute, shorthanded, empty net). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Nürnberg First Star was David Steckel, Second Star Brandon Segal and Third Star Kurtis Foster.
Friday, 8 January the Adler were at home in the SAP Arena hosting the Iserlohn Roosters for their first home game of 2016. Following a scoreless First Period and what looked to be a scoreless Second Period Nicholas Petersen scored for Iserlohn thirty seconds prior to the second break 0:1 (40 minute). Brent Raedeke scored early in the Third to tie the score 1:1 (43 minute). The score remained tied at the end of regulation. During the five minute Overtime Period the Roosters were unable to clear the puck during an Adler scoring chance and Roosters Ryan Button purposely dislodged the goal resulting in a penalty-shot for Mannheim. Kai Hospelt sank the penalty to give Mannheim a 2:1 (64 minute, penalty) victory over the Roosters. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Brent Raedeke (Mannheim), Second Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), and Third Star Chet Pickard (Iserlohn).
Mannheim has climbed to the seventh spot in very tight DEL Rankings. The Adler will travel to Wolfsburg on Sunday to face-off against the Grizzlys Wolfsburg. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 17 January when they will host the Berlin Eisbären. The puck is scheduled to drop at 17:45.
The Spengler Cup
Team Canada won the 2015 Spengler Cup in Davos with a 4:3 victory over HC Lugano and the Adler’s Ryan MacMurchy was voted into the tournaments’ All Star Team.
The Adler were eliminated from the tournament during the Pre-Semifinals. The Adler played three games in the tournament achieving one win and two losses. Their first game was on 26 December where the suffered a 6:3 loss to HC Lugano, who went on to earn Second Place overall in the tournament. Game two for the Adler was on 27 December when they defeated Jokerit Helsinki by a score of 5:3. During the Pre-Semifinal game on 29 December the Adler were defeated 3:1 by Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Adler Forward Brandon Yip was injured during the game against Jokerit Helsinki and is expected to be out from between four and six weeks. Yip joins Dennis Reul, Marcel Goc, and Jamie Tardif as the fourth player on the list of players requiring longer time periods to heal.
As the DEL rankings evened out (due to the number of games played) while Mannheim participated in the Spengler Cup, the Adler fell from the top of the rankings to eighth place, eleven points behind the first place ranked DEG from Dusseldorf. The Adler also have played one game more than the ninth placed Haie from Cologne but only have a two point lead in the rankings. The Adler return to DEL play on Sunday, 3 January when they will be in Krefeld to face off against the Pinguine. The Adler will remain on the road Tuesday, 5 January when they travel to Nürnberg. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 8 January when they will host the Iserlohn Roosters. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Remain Winless in December
The Adler’s’ slide down the rankings continued with three losses in their last three games. The Adler fell to the Cologne Haie 1:2, the Augsburger Panther 5:1, as well as the Düsseldorfer EG3:0. Mannheim has fallen from First place down to Fifth place and has played as many as four games more than other teams in the league.
On Friday, 18 December the Adler hosted the Cologne Haie in the traditional game of the flashing hearts. The 13,000 plus fans in the sold out SAP Arena saw a hard fought high tempo match. Andreas Falk scored first giving the Haie, 0:1 lead (17 minute). Cologne’s Shawn Lalonde received a five minute major and was sent to the showers but Mannheim was unable to take advantage of their five minute man-advantage situation. Shortly after the power-play elapsed Ronny Arendt was able to tie the score for the Adler, 1:1 (25 minute). The Adler then had a five on three power-play but the special teams remained unable to score. Philip Gogulla scored the game winner for Cologne in the Third, 1:2 (47 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Andreas Falk (Cologne), Second Star Gustaf Wesslau (Cologne), and Third Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim).
On Sunday, 20 December the Adler were on the road in Augsburg to play against the Panther. The Panther scored five goals, two in the First, two in the Second and one in the Third before Andrew Joudrey was able to shoot an honor goal for Mannheim, 5:1 (55 minute). The goal scorers for Augsburg were Ivan Ciernik, 1:0 (6 minute), Benjamin Hanowski, 2:0 (7 minute), Thomas Jordan Trevelyan x2, 3:0 (33 minute) and 4:0 (38 minute, man-advantage) and Mark Mancari 5:0 (51 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Augsburg. First Star was Thomas Jordan Trevelyan, Second Star Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, and Third Star Mark Mancari.
The Adler’s bad luck continued on Tuesday, 22 December as their losing streak climbed to eight in a row after being shut-out by the DEG in Düsseldorf. Eduard Lewandowski scored first to give the DEG a 1:0 lead over the Adler (15 minute). Tim Schuele scored a double power-play goal to extend the DEG’s lead, 2:0 (34 minute, two-man-advantage). The Adler pulled Dennis Endras for a sixth attacker in the last two minutes of play but it was the DEG’s Robert Collins that scored to give the DEG a 3:0 (59 minute, empty-net) victory over the Adler. The Three Stars of the game were all from Düsseldorf. First Star was Mathias Niederberger, Second Star Eduard Lewandowski, and Third Star Timothy Conboy.
The Adler now have a break from DEL play for a short time period while they play in the Spengler-Cup tournament. They will return to DEL play on Sunday, 3 January 2016 with a road game in Krefeld. They will remain on the road on Tuesday, 5 January when they travel to Nürnberg. On Friday, 8 January they will be back home in the SAP Arena to face-off against the Iserlohn Roosters. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.