Against the Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven there is a 0:2 and then a 0:4 defeat. Defense attorney Thomas Larkin then raises the alarm.
MANNHEIM – Two games, zero goals. The Mannheimer Adler suffered two sensitive defeats against the Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) at the weekend. After losing 2-0 at home on Friday evening, coach Pavel Gross’ team suffered a 4-0 defeat at the North Germans on Sunday afternoon. In the table, the Eagles slipped down to fifth place.
Experienced defender Thomas Larkin sounded the alarm after Sunday’s defeat: “That wasn’t and isn’t good enough, neither for this team nor for the time of the season. We’re just not scoring goals at the moment, we’re not winning games.” The Eagles seem quite out of step ahead of the playoffs, which begin on April 5th.
On Sunday, the Mannheim team had to play without Larkin’s defender colleague Ilari Melart, who received a major penalty in the 42nd minute of Friday’s game for a check on the rink, in addition to an automatic game misconduct penalty. The DEL Disciplinary Committee suspended Melart, who had just made his comeback after a three-month injury break, for two games. He is therefore also missing in the home game on Wednesday against Krefeld.
The Penguins immediately used their first power play to take the lead, while the Eagles had their problems on the offensive. Keeper Brückmann prevented further goals with great parades.
In the first meeting on Friday, the Eagles didn’t take advantage of their chances, especially in the second period. In addition, Pinguins keeper Maximilian Franzreb had a great day with 26 saves.
Adler Mannheim – Bremerhaven Penguins 0: 2 (0: 0, 0: 0, 0: 2). Goals: 0:1 Urbas (40:31), 0:2 Mauermann (51:03). – Referee: Kohlmüller/Reneau (Munich/USA) – Spectators: 7139. – Penalty minutes: 31 (Melart playing time): 4.
Bremerhaven penguins – Adler Mannheim 4: 0 (2: 0, 1: 0, 1: 0). Goals: 1-0 Urbas (10:33), 2-0 Andersen (16:53), 3-0 Dietz (21:42), 4-0 Dietz (51:33). – Referee: Köttstorfer/Rekucki (Rosenheim/USA). – Spectators: 2839. – Penalty minutes: 8:10.