Coming off a three-point night in Friday’s Game 1, captain Steve Walker led the way again for the Eisbären with a pair of goals. Berlin’s strong power play made the difference again as the Eisbären scored two of their four tallies on the man advantage. Another goal was scored just two seconds after a penalty expired.
Mannheim’s vow of staying out of the penalty box lasted for only six minutes. Defenseman Andy Delmore went to the sin bin for charging and Berlin cashed in on the early power-play opportunity. Stefan Ustorf carried the puck into the zone and played a drop pass to Denis Pederson at the left faceoff dot. Pederson made a nifty move with his stick blade to fake a centering pass and snapped a low wrister through Cristobal Huet’s five hole to put the Berlin Eisbären up 1-0 at 6:25 of the opening frame.
Berlin slightly dominated the rest of the first period, but failed to get on the board again.
The Eisbären came out flying in the second period, doubling their lead on a quick tally by Steve Walker. Adler goalie Huet lost his balance when Adler defender Nico Pyka and Berlin’s Rob Shearer came sliding into the goal crease. He was still able to make a sprawling save on Walker’s shot from the left slot, but Walker’s rebound trickled through Huet’s pads and into the net to make it 2-0 30 seconds in.
Walker’s second tally of the night, his sixth postseason goal, basically put the game out of reach halfway through the middle frame. The score came just two seconds after a penalty to Francois Groleau had expired. Walker rushed through the neutral zone, took a short pass from Nathan Dempsey and sped by two defenders. He beat Huet with a nifty backhand to forehand move, squeezing the puck between the goalie’s right leg and the left goal post to extend Berlin’s lead to 3-0 at 11:05 of the second.
Mannheim caught a couple of breaks late in the second and early in the third period. On a breakaway, Erik Cole was denied by the crossbar. A shot by Pederson also rang off the framework on a 2-on-1 rush.
Hot-headed Adler forward Steve Kelly got ejected midway through the third after an attack on Berlin’s Alex Barta. Kelly was assessed a crosschecking major plus game misconduct and will miss Tuesday’s Game 3. The Adler also received a bench minor after protesting heavily.
Berlin took advantage of the ensuing 5-on-3 power-play opportunity. With Dempsey providing a screen in front of Huet, fellow defenseman Shawn Heins fired home a low slapper from center point to seal the 4-0 victory with 8:18 to go in the third.