Adler Mannheim vs. Schwenninger Wild Wings 5:3 (2:1, 1:0, 2:2)
Tardif’s Hat Trick Leads Adler to Victory
The 10,338 fans in the SAP Arena enjoyed the third meeting of the arch rivals from Baden Württemberg. The Adler defeated the Wild Wings in a suspenseful game by a score of 5:3. Adler Goal Scorers were Christoph Ullmann and Jamie Tardif (x3). Damien Fleury (x2) and Marcel Kurth scored for the Wild Wings.
The Adler had to kill two minor penalties early in the First before they could attempt to find their rhythm in the game. As Schwenningen went to the box for the first time Christoph Ullmann put the Adler on the board, 1:0 (10 minute, man-advantage). On the Adler’s second power-play of the evening Jamie Tardif scored his first of the night increasing Mannheim’s lead, 2:0 (16 minute, man-advantage). Just prior to the end of the Period Mannheim was on the penalty kill when a shot from Damien Fleury ricochet off Sinan Akdag’s stick and landed in the Adler goal, 2:1 (20 minute, man-advantage).
The lone goal of the second Period was Jamie Tardif’s second of the night, 3:1 (25 minute). The Third Period was a goal rich environment in comparison to the Second. Schwenningen made a hard attempt to turn the game and they came very close to succeeding. They had a goal from Marcel Kurth, 3:2 (43 minute) early in the Period, followed by Fleury’s second of the night, 3:3 (54 minute) that tied the game. The suspense and tension were palatable in the SAP Arena but the Adler were able to find a quick answer as Tardif scored his third of the night, 4:3 (56 minute) and Ryan MacMurchy sealed the deal with a goal less than two minutes later, 5:3 (58 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Jamie Tardif (Mannheim), Second Star Damien Fleury (Schwenningen), and Third Star Youri Ziffzer (Mannheim).
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Friday, 20 November when they will host the Hamburg Freezers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30. They will also be at home two days later, on Sunday, 22 November when the will face off against the ERC Ingolstadt. The game is scheduled to start at 14:30.
Adler Split Results Over the Weekend
The Adler finished the past weekend with mixed results. They defeated the Cologne Haie 3:0 on Friday evening raising their win streak to eight in a row. The win streak was not to grow past eight as they fell to the Red Bull Munich on Sunday afternoon by a score of 5:2. Despite their loss in Munich, Mannheim was able to maintain the number one place in the German rankings but they have played more games than the second through fourth ranked teams.
It was an exciting night for the 13,640 fans in the sold out SAP Arena on Friday night. The Cologne Haie were the guests of the Adler Mannheim and the atmosphere was electric. Christoph Ullmann put the Adler in the lead with a power-play goal in the First, 1:0 (11 minute, man-advantage). Following a scoreless Second Period Dominik Bittner increased the Adler’s lead in the Third, 2:0 (53 minute). With just over a minute left in regulation Cologne pulled their goaltender for a sixth attacker and Glen Metropolit was able to put the puck in the empty net to seal Mannheim’s victory, 3:0 (59 minute, empty net) and give Dennis Endras the shutout. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Second Star Dominik Bittner (Mannheim), and Third Star Alexander Weiss (Cologne).
The 1,200 fans that traveled to Munich on the Fan Train on Sunday watched their Adler’s win streak stopped with a loss to the Red Bull. Munich won the game with a shot on goal statistic of 35 compared to only 20 by the Adler. Sinan Akdag put the Adler in the lead early with a double power-play goal in the First, 0:1 (3 minute, two-man-advantage). Midway through the period Daniel Sparre tied the game, 1:1 (10 minute). Glen Metropolit put the Adler back in the lead late in the period, 1:2 (18 minute). Munich turned the tide in the Second with three unanswered goals, Mads Christensen, 2:2 (32 minute), Jeremy Dehner 3:2 (34 minute, man-advantage), and Jason Jaffray, 4:2 (40 minute). The Adler were unable to fight their way back into the game during the Third. Dominik Kahun had the lone goal of the Period, 5:2 (48 minute). The Three Stars of the Game were all from Munich. First Star was Danny aus den Birken, Second Star Jeremy Dehner, and Third Star Richard Regehr.
The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Wednesday, 18 November to host their arch rivals the Schwenninger Wild Wings. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Win Last Two Before The Deutschland Cup Break
The Adler Mannheim won their last two games before the Deutschland Cup break increasing their win streak to seven in a row and over taking the number one spot in the German rankings.
The Adler were on the road in Dusseldorf on Friday, 30 October to face off against the Dusseldorf EG. Despite having five players unavailable for play, Marcel Goc, Jochen Hecht, Brent Raedeke, Denis Reul (all injured reserves) and Marcus Kink (suspended).the Adler delivered a solid performance defeating the DEG 4:1. Brandon Yip (5 minute), Ryan MacMurchy (19 minute), Christopher Fischer (48 minute), and Christoph Ullmann (60 minute) were the goal scores for the Adler while Daniel Kreutzer (39 minute) scored the DEG’s loan goal. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Ryan MacMurchy (Mannheim), Second Star Ronny Arendt (Mannheim), and Third Star Kurt Davis (Dusseldorf).
The Adler remained on the road on Sunday, 1 November when they traveled to Schwenningen to play against the arch rivals the Wild Wings. Not only were the Adler without the five players that were unavailable in Dusseldorf, they were also without Jon Rheault and Mathieu Carle. Kai Hospelt (6 minute), Brandon Yip (33 minute, man-advantage), Jamie Tardif (53 minute), and Andrew Joudrey (59 minute, shorthanded, empty net goal) scored for the Adler and Yan Stastny (13 minute, two-man-advantage) and Daniel Schmoelz (60 minute, man-advantage) scored for the Wild Wings. The Adler Penalty Kill had a super evening as the Adler totaled 51 penalty minutes compared to the Wild Wings 12. The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Second Star Kai Hospelt (Mannheim), and Third Star Joseph MacDonald (Schwenningen).
Following the Deutschland Cup break the Adler will return home to the SAP Arena for DEL play on Friday, 13 November, when they will host the Cologne Haie. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.