„It was a good game“, Barons sports director Max Fedra remarked. “If we had capitalized on our opportunities, especially in the second period, we could have tied or even won the game.”
Mannheim has dominated the season series so far, beating the Barons 4-1 and 4-3 in earlier matchups.Peter Kathan debuts
Injuries to Munich’s top four defensemen Kent Fearns (groin), Jason Herter (meniscus), Shane Peacock (broken foot) and Hans Lodin (wrist) left head coach Sean Simpson with only four healthy defenders. Thus 19-year-old defender Peter Kathan, the brother of German national player Klaus Kathan, was called up from second-division club EC Bad Tölz.
Fedra was pleased with the youngster’s DEL debut: “It ain't easy for a young player to step in, but he Peter did a good job.” The youngster returned to Bad Tölz after the game.Mannheim jumps out to two-goal lead
In absence of their top blueliners, the Barons failed to convert on their power play opportunities, including a five-minute major for Mannheim’s Eric Charron (spearing) early on.
Former Pittsburgh Penguin Rene Corbet got the Adler on the scoreboard six minutes into the game. Former Baron Wayne Hynes doubled the lead early in the third. Late tally not enough
Munich managed to hang in. But Derek King’s goal with just under four minutes to go was all the Barons could manage against Adler netminder Mike Rosati, who turned aside 44 shots.
Barons goalie Christian Künast, who made his 13th appearance of the season, also turned in a good performance, stopping 32 of 34 shots.Adler Mannheim - Munich Barons 2-1 (1-0, 0-0, 1-1)
Scoring- 1-0 (5:15) Rene Corbet (Michel Picard, Devin Edgerton). 2-0 (41:54) Wayne Hynes (Steve Junker, Fabian Brännström), 2-1 (56:05) Derek King (Peter Douris, Derek Plante).
Penalties: Mannheim 8 plus 5 plus 20 game misconduct for Eric Charron, Munich 12.
Attendance: 4,000 (Friedrichspark, Mannheim).