Coming off back-to-back losses, the Adler scored two goals early in the second period and never looked back, blanking the top-seeded Lions 2-0 (0-0, 2-0, 0-0) on the road to win the best-of-five semifinal series. Mannheim will be on the road again Friday in Game 1 of the 2005 DEL Finals against the second-seeded Berlin Eisbären, which will be played as best-of-five, too.
The Adler dominated the early going but failed to get the puck past Frankfurt's netminder Ian Gordon in the first twenty minutes. Back-to-back penalties to Gordon (tripping) and Doug Weight (hooking) gave Mannheim a 5-on-3 power-play advantage late in the first. They cashed in just 18 seconds after the intermission when Delmore blasted home a one-timer from the left face-off circle. Mannheim doubled the lead on a 2-on-2 rush six minutes later. Devin Edgerton cycled into the right corner and played a perfect behind-the-net pass to Corbet, who tucked it in from the doorstep to make it 2-0 at the 6:32-mark.
The Lions had their opportunities, but failed to solve Huet. They went 0-for-6 on the power-play.
Already missing injured forwards Sean Pronger and Michael Hackert, and Jason Young, who was serving a one-game suspension after his second misconduct penalty of the playoffs, Frankfurt lost another key player in the early going.
Dwayne Norris got ejected five minutes into the tilt after a controversial call by refeere Richard Schütz. His elbow to the head of Mannheim's René Corbet was penalized in a severe manner: five-minute major plus game misconduct for a needless blow to the head.