Die Eisbären Berlin continue to look for their form in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL). On Friday evening, the German champions lost 2:4 (0:1, 1:1, 1:2) against the Adler Mannheim and thus conceded their fourth defeat in the fifth game of the season. Kevin Clark and Zach Boychuk scored for the capitals who revealed renewed weakness in all areas.
In front of 10,986 spectators in the arena at Ostbahnhof, Mannheim were the more dangerous team at the beginning. Borna Rendulić scored in the first power play for the guests. The Berliners only became more determined in the final phase of the opening third, but did not use their opportunities. In the second half of the game, both teams initially made a large number of bad passes, and very little happened in front of the goals. After Clark’s somewhat surprising equalizer, the hosts increased, but shortly before the second break Markus Eisenschmid put Mannheim in the lead again.
In the final third, the polar bears kept trying, but rarely became dangerous against the defending Kurpfälzer. Rendulić’s second goal extends the visitors’ lead when they play with a double advantage. Boychuk was able to shorten the gap again shortly before the end, before Nicolas Krämmer made the final decision for Mannheim seconds before the end of the game.