September 16, 2022
The third game weekend of the first national hockey league has it all again. The women’s Mannheim Derby will be under floodlights on Friday evening (September 16th). It’s also derby time for the men. Two teams from Hamburg will face off twice on Saturday at 2 p.m. Here you can find the Bundesliga preview for the third game weekend.Ladies:
Friday September 16:
TSV Mannheim -:- Mannheimer HC, 8:00 p.m.
Düsseldorfer HC -:- Uhlenhorst Mülheim, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday September 17:
Club an der Alster -:- Bremer HC, 12:00 p.m.
UHC Hamburg -:- Harvestehuder THC, 12:00
Munich SC -:- Berliner HC, 14:00
Großflottbeker THGC -:- Rot-Weiss Cologne, 15:45
Newly promoted TSV Mannheim hosts against neighbors Mannheimer HC. The favorites are pretty clear for the guests, who won their first two games by an impressive goal difference of 10:1. These six points from the MHC from two games are offset by only one point from the TSV side from at least four games that have already been played. And other numbers speak clearly in favor of the current German runner-up. The last two field duels with TSV from the 2018/19 season clearly went to MHC 9-0 and 2-0. But that TSV can keep up with top teams was proven last weekend with a 4-4 win over Cologne.
The roles are also clearly divided in the other Friday game: Champion Düsseldorfer HC is expected to win in the home game against Uhlenhorst Mülheim. The first two games with a weak first quarter against Berliner HC (4:1) and a surprising loss of points in Munich (3:3) showed that not everything is running smoothly for the DM winners of the past two years in the new season. HTC Uhlenhorst, shaken by the departure of some top performers, had more or less no chance against the top teams Alster (0:3) and MHC (0:5), but then prevailed 3:2 at TSV Mannheim.
In addition to the MHC, only the Harvestehuder THC has a clean record of the twelve first division clubs. In the derby at the UHC, the grapes will hang high for the HTHC, but the fourth Harvestehude victory in the fourth game is always possible. The chances in the simultaneous game between Club an der Alster and Bremer HC are not as open as in this game. It would be a huge surprise if newly promoted Bremen were able to score their first points with the leaders of Season B of all places. What should give the BHC hope: In none of the first three games was it far from at least a partial success.
Like Bremen, Münchner SC and Berliner HC are still without a win. These two opponents go into a direct duel with one point each from three games. The MSC recently impressed with three goals each against the top teams Düsseldorf and Cologne, but they have already conceded eleven goals in three games and have never been able to take the lead that the Munich team had in every game.
Rot-Weiss Köln is one of the few undefeated teams. The Bundesliga team with the strongest attacking power so far (four goals in each game) has to face the Großflottbeker THGC in Hamburg. After the surprise victory at Alster and a hard-earned point in Berlin, Flottbek should be equipped with a lot of self-confidence to be able to miss Cologne’s first defeat.
Saturday September 17:
Munich SC -:- Uhlenhorst Mülheim, 12:00
Hamburger Polo Club -:- Harvestehuder THC, 14:00
Club an der Alster -:- UHC Hamburg, 14:00
Berliner HC -:- Crefelder HTC, 2:00 p.m.
TSV Mannheim -:- Düsseldorfer HC, 3:00 p.m.
Mannheimer HC -:- Rot-Weiss Cologne, 4:30 p.m
In the “top game of the week” on Saturday, Mannheimer HC welcomes the German champions Rot-Weiss Köln. The Rhinelanders, with two wins over TSV Mannheim (1-0) and at Club an der Alster (4-1) so far on course and the only first division team next to Krefeld without losing points, should be warned. Last season there was Cologne’s only defeat in the first half of the season at the MHC. The Palatinate won 2-0 and are now aiming for a repeat of this coup. A win would secure the MHC’s lead in Season B, in which all six teams have lost before.
In addition to MHC against RWK, two other participants in the Final Four 2022 meet in Hamburg: The Polo Club is the host against the Harvestehuder THC. After their opening defeats, both Hanseatic teams got back on track last weekend. Vice-champion Polo turned a 0:2 deficit against Düsseldorf into a 4:2 victory, the HTHC narrowly prevailed in Berlin (5:4) and Munich (2:1).
At the same time, a second Hamburg Bundesliga derby is just a few kilometers away: The club on the Alster receives the UHC. Both teams are in second place in their seasons with six points and would like to continue their decent start to the season with a third win.
To speak of a decent start to the season at Crefelder HTC would be an understatement. The climber rocks the hockey league and is the only one who has been able to land three wins so far. The showpiece of the first division returnees was the 4:3 at Mannheimer HC. With freshly strengthened self-confidence, the CHTC now wants to take another hurdle with the Berliner HC. The capital city started the season well with a win in Mülheim, but suffered home defeats against HTHC and UHC last weekend.
Like Berliner HC, Münchner SC and Uhlenhorst Mülheim have three points after three appearances. Especially for record champions Mülheim, this is a start to the season below their own expectations. That should be compensated with a win at promoted Munich. The fact that it won’t be easy was felt by the UHC last week when they lost 1-0 at newcomers MSC.
TSV Mannheim and Düsseldorfer HC finally want to score their first points. The two winners of last season’s play-down have each lost three times, mostly narrowly. It would be at least as important for the psyche as for the points account to win for the first time.