Six Point Weekend
Adler Win at Home Against Berlin and on the Road in Augsburg
The Adler earned six points over the past weekend with two wins. The first win was a 2:1 victory over Berlin on Friday night. The second was a 3:0 win in Augsburg. The Adler have now won five straight and are clawing their way up in the rankings.
On Friday night it was once again the special teams that made the difference. Jamie Tardif scored a power play goal midway through the First Period to give Mannheim a 1:0 lead (12 minute, man-advantage) going into the First Break. Marcel Noebels tied the score for Berlin early in the Second Period, 1:1 (27 minute). The Adler then cashiered four minor penalties in a row, two of which were served simultaneously. The resulting two minute double power play for Berlin brought the Adler fans to their feet and they stood loudly behind their team. Mannheim’s penalty kill was so effective that Berlin managed only one shot on goal during the entire 120. The shot was easily held by Dennis Endras. Shortly after Mannheim was complete, Berlin found themselves on the penalty kill. 22 seconds into the power play Christoph Ullmann shot the game winning goal for Mannheim, 2:1 (37 minute, man-advantage). The Three Stars of the game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Christoph Ullmann, Second Star Dennis Endras, and Third Star Sinan Akdag.
The 4,380 fans in Augsburg on Sunday saw a strong showing from the Adler’s special teams. Mannheim had 43 penalty minutes (including a 5 plus 20 minute major penalty) compared to 14 for Augsburg. Brandon Yip opened the scoring for the Adler with a double power play goal early in the First, 0:1 (5 minute, two-man-advantage). Christoph Ullmann followed up with a power play goal of his own a minute and a half later, 0:2 (7 minute, man-advantage). Midway through the Second Period Adler Captain Marcus Kink received a five minute major for a check to the head and neck and was sent to the showers. Not only did Mannheim kill the major penalty but one second before it elapsed Danny Richmond scored a shorthanded goal to increase the Adler’s lead, 0:3 (37 minute, shorthanded). The score remained 0:3 following a scoreless Third Period. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Dennis Endras, Second Star Ryan MacMurchy, and Third Star Brandon Yip.
The Adler will be on the road this Friday, 30 October in Dusseldorf. They will remain on the road Sunday, 11 November when they travel to Schwenningen. They will then have an almost two week break for the German Cup. The Adler return home to the SAP Arena on Friday, 13 November when they will host the Cologne Haie.
Adler Mannheim vs. ERC Ingolstadt 3:1 (1:0, 2:0, 0:1)
Mannheim Earns Three Points Against Ingolstadt
The 8573 fans in the SAP Arena watched their Adler win their third consecutive home game on Tuesday evening. The Adler defeated the ERC Ingolstadt by a score of 3:1. Christoph Ullmann, Brandon Yip, and Andrew Joudrey scored the three Adler goals, while Jared Ross scored the lone Ingolstadt goal.
The Adler attempted to take control of the game early in the First Period but it was the Panther’s that had the first really good chance on goal but Adler Goalie Dennis Endras held. Ingolstadt started their backup Goalie Marco Eisenhut but he was forced to leave the game injured in the seventh minute of play. He was replaced by Timo Pielmeier. It did not take long before Pielmeier was tested by the Adler but he was able to hold shots from Ronny Arendt and Jon Rheault in the eleventh minute. He did not have as much luck against Christoph Ullmann who was able to get in close and take the puck “top shelf past Pielmeier, 1:0 (11 minute). Mannheim took a deserved one to nothing lead into the First Break.
Mannheim went on their first power-play early in the Second and Brandon Yip scored to increase the Adler’s lead, 2:0 (24 minute, man-advantage). Yip’s goal appeared to be a wakeup call for the Panther as they attempted to work their way back into the game with a more aggressive style of play. Endras started to have his hands full in the Adler Defensive Zone but Mannheim was able to answer with some good counters of their own. Andrew Joudrey was able to score on one of the counters to give Mannheim a three point lead, 3:0 (33 minute).
Jared Ross scored for Ingolstadt in the Third to make the game a little more suspenseful, 3:1 (46 minute). Ingolstadt once again increased their tempo of play and were at times able to pin the Adler in their own Defensive Zone but the Mannheim Defense and Dennis Endras were able to prevent any further damage. The Panther pulled Pielmeier for a sixth attacker with two and a half minutes left in regulation but the score remained 3:1 at t the Final Horn. The Three Stars of the Game were all from Mannheim. First Star was Christoph Ullmann, Second Star Ryan MacMurchy, and Third Star Daniel Richmond.
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena this Friday, 23 October, when they will host the top ranked Berlin Ice Bear. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.
Adler Mannheim vs. Hamburg Freezers 2:1 (Shootout) (0:0, 1:1, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0)
Adler Down Hamburg in Shootout
The 10,091 fans in the SAP Arena watched their Adler win their second game of the weekend and secure two much needed points against the Hamburg Freezers. Christoph Ullmann and Thomas Oppenheimer had the only two goals during regulation play. Following a scoreless Overtime Period, Jamie Tardif shot the Adler to victory during the resulting Shootout.
The First Period was more or the less even, with a lot of action but no goals or penalties. Christoph Ullmann scored early in the Second to put the Adler in the lead, 1:0 (22 minute). Hamburg’s reaction to the goal was to create more pressure in the Adler’s defensive zone, a strategy that paid off for them half way through the Period when Thomas Oppenheimer tied the score, 1:1 (31 minute).
Neither team was able to dominate the Third Period. The good chances that were created were stopped by the two Goalies. The score remained tied at the end of regulation and moved into a five minute Overtime Period. After the scoreless Overtime Period the game was decided in a Shootout. Dennis Endras held all Hamburg shots during the Shootout, while Jamie Tardif scored the game winner for Mannheim, 2:1 (shootout goal). The Three Stars of the Game were First Star Dennis Endras (Mannheim), Second Star Dimitrij Kotschnew (Hamburg), and Third Star Nikolai Goc (Mannheim).
The Adler remain at home in the SAP Arena on Tuesday, 20 October when they will host the ERC Ingolstadt Panthers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 19:30.