27.12.2015 17:50

Adler Mannheim defeats Jokerit Helsinki 5-3 to end a long winless streak.

(Foto: EQ Images/Gian Ehrenzeller)

In the Finnish-German battle between Jokerit Helsinki and Adler Mannheim it was only a matter of time until the German defense was broken down. At the beginning Jokerit appeared fresher and dominated the game.

Adler defenseman Danny Richmond’s blunder in his own defensive zone lead to the 1-0 for the Finns as the forward Peter Regin (12.) calmly took advantage. Only 27 seconds later Jere Sallinen (13.) doubled the lead as the puck found the net behind Dennis Endras, who had previously made several big saves.

Even before the first intermission, Adler found its way back into the game. Glen Metropolit (15.) – the Canadian who had played for Jokerit Helsinki in 2003 before being a part of Team Canada – was served perfectly by Brent Raedeke and put Mannheim on the board. The equalizer came with precision work; on the power-play, Mathieu Carle’s (19./pp) wrist shot fit precisely in the top right corner.


Enthusiasm takes hold of the players

The second period was a delicacy for the 6300 spectators at the sold-out Vaillant Arena. Ryan MacMurchy (23. and 40./pp) put Adler ahead twice. The two markers give the Canadian a total four goals this tournament. On his third goal MacMurchy had a clear shot from the slot and his fourth came on the power-play.

Niklas Hagman (25.) redirected Jaakola’s shot to temporarily tie the game.

The game was a back-and-forth in the third period until the players of the Finnish club Jokerit Helsinki saw their opportunity 107 seconds before the end. While on the power-play, the Finns pulled their goalie to push for the equalizer with a 6-on-4 man advantage. But the Germans would not let their first win in December slip away and secured the win with an empty netter (Kai Hospelt) for a 5-3 final score.