Mannheim skated to a 3-1 (2-0, 1-1, 0-0) win, ending Hamburgís seven-game winning streak at ColorLine Arena.
The Adler got on the scoreboard when Christoph Ullmann found himself alone in front of Freezers netminder Boris Rousson and beat him with a low shot on a delayed penalty call midway through the opening frame. Kennedy doubled the Adler lead to 2-0 with under four minutes to go in the first, going top-shelf after a nice feed by defenseman Sascha Goc.
Hamburg could not get much penetration on Richard Shulmistraís net. The Freezers had their best opportunities on the man advantage. Dan Lambertís power-play tally cut the lead in half at 14:36 of the second. Mannheim regained a two-goal lead when a shot from Steve Junker bounced off Roussonís chest and Kennedy picked up the rebound and beat his old Munich Barons buddy for the second time to make it 3-1 with 2:52 left in the middle frame.
The Adler protected the lead with solid defensive play and gave new head coach Helmut de Raaf his first win as a DEL head coach.