Adler Mannheim vs. Schwenninger Wild Wings 4:1 (2:0, 2:0, 0:1)
Adler Defend First Place Ranking
With a 4:1 victory over their archrivals the Schwenningen Wild Wings the Adler secure their eleventh straight victory and hold on to the number one position in the DEL Rankings. Carlo Colaiacovo, Marcus Kink, Ronny Arendt, and Davis Wolf were the goal scorers for Mannheim. Simon Gysbers scored Schwenningen’s lone goal.
The Adler came out strong in the First with large portions of the Period being played in the Wild Wings defensive zone. Carlo Colaiacovo drew first blood for the Adler, 1:0 (6 minute). Midway through the Period Adler Captain Marcus Kink increased Mannheim’s lead, 2:0 (10 minute). The Wild Wings have Goalie Dustin Strahlmeier to Thank that no further damage occurred during the remainder of the First, as he fought off multiple chances on goal for Mannheim.
The Second was played much like the First with Mannheim being the clear stronger of the two teams. Ronny Arendt scored close to the middle of the Period to further build on the Adler’s lead, 3:0 (28 minute). Late in the Period David Wolf scored on an assist from Matthias Plachta to give Mannheim a 4:0 lead (38 minute).
Dennis Endras, in goal for Mannheim had only one goal scored against him and that was in the Third Period. Simon Gysbers scored for the Wild Wings to bring the final score to 4:1 (54 minute). The “Top Performers’ of the game were all from Mannheim Ronny Arendt with one goal, Denis Reul with two assists and two points, and Luke Adam with ten shots on goal.
The Adler will be on the road on Friday, 24 February when they will be in Augsburg to face off against the sixth ranked Panthers. They will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 26 February for the last home game of the regular season. They will be hosting the Straubing Tigers. The Puck is scheduled to drop at 14:00.
Adler Mannheim vs. Grizzlys Wolfsburg 4:3 (1:3, 2:0, 1:0)
Chad Kolarik Shoots Adler into First Place
Prior to the match against Wolfsburg on Sunday, the 12,583 fans in the SAP arena honored Ronny Arendt for playing in his 900 DEL game. The game saw the Adler down 1:3 at the end of the First but Thanks in a large part to Chad Kolarik’s hattrick they were able to pull out a 4:3 come from behind victory and take over the Number One Spot in the DEL Rankings. David Wolf scored the other Adler goal. Brent Aubin, Mark Voakes, and Tyson Mulock were the goal scorers for the Grizzlys.
The Adler had a rough First Period. First Brent Aubin scored on the power-play to give Wolfsburg an early lead, 0:1 (4 minute, man-advantage). David Wolf tied the score a couple of minutes later, 1:1 (6 minute). The tie was not to last long as Wolfsburg went quickly back on the power-play and Mark Voakes restored the Grizzlys lead, 1:2 (8 minute, man-advantage). With just over half of the Period played Tyson Mulock scored an even strength goal to build on Wolfsburg’s lead, 1:3 (12 minute). The Grizzlys held their two point lead into the first break.
The Adler played a more aggressive Second Period and were able to tie the game Thanks to two goals from Chad Kolarik. The goals were around the midway point of the Period and were scored with a little over a minute between them, 2:3 (29 minute) and 3:3 (30 minute).
Both teams created good chances on goal in the Third but it was once again Chad Kolarik that scored to put the Adler into the lead, 4:3 (50 minute). The last part of the Third was suspenseful as the Adler found themselves in the box with two, two-minute minors in the last five minutes of play and the Grizzlys had one player in the box during the last two minutes of play. Wolfsburg pulled Goalie Felix Brueckmann for an extra attacker with just over a minute left in regulation but the Adler were able to hold their lead until the final horn. The ‘Top Performers of the game were Chad Kolarik (Mannheim) with three goals and four points, Robert Hisey (Wolfsburg) with two assists, and Mark Voakes (Wolfsburg) with seven shots on goal.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Wednesday, 22 February when they will host their arch rivals the Schwenningen Wild Wings. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
EHC Red Bull Munich vs. Adler Mannheim 3:5 (1:3, 1:0, 1:2)
Adler Down Red Bull
The Adler defeated the Number One Ranked Red Bull on Friday night and moved into Second Place in the DEL rankings. Brent Raedeke, Luke Adam, Marcus Kink, David Wolf, and Sinan Akdag scored for the Adler. Steve Pinizzotto and Brooks Macek (x2) were the goal scorers for Munich.
The Adler had a strong start in the First with Brent Raedeke scoring a power-play goal to put Mannheim on the board first, 0:1 (9 minute, man-advantage). Following Raedeke’s goal Munich played stronger but it was the Adler who scored next on a goal from Luke Adam, 0:2 (18 minute). Steve Pinizzotto cut the Adler’s lead with a goal a minute and a half later, 1:2 (20 minute). Less than a minute later Marcus Kink answered for the Adler and restored their two point lead, 1:3 (20 minute).
The Second Period was hard fought with both sides creating decent chances on goal. Danny aus den Birken, in goal for the Red Bull prevented any further damage to his team in the Second. On the other end Adler Goalie, Drew MacIntyre had his hands full as he came under constant attack. MacIntyre was helpless to stop a shot from Brooks Macek late in the Period, 2:3 (35 minute).
Early in the Third, Brooks Macek scored his second of the evening to tie the score, 3:3 (43 minute). Two minutes later David Wolf put the Adler back in the lead, 3:4 (46 minute). The Red Bull pulled aus den Birken for a sixth attacker with just under two minutes left in regulation. Three seconds before the final horn Sinan Akdag scored an empty netter for Mannheim, 3:5 (60 minute, empty-net). The “Top Performers of the game were Brooks Macek (Munich) with two goals, Garrett Festerling (Mannheim) with two assists and two points, and Michael Wolf (Munich) with seven shots on goal.
The Adler will return home to the SAP Arena on Sunday, 19 February when they will host the Grizzlys Wolfsburg. The puck is scheduled to drop at 14.00.