Mannheimer HC got their German league season off to a great start as Lucas Vila scored 14 seconds from the end of their tie with potential top four rivals Harvestehuder THC in a 2-1 win.
Scottish international Hamish Imrie gave HTHC a first half lead before Gonzalo Peillat equalised with 12 minutes left from a corner before Vila won the day.
Speaking afterwards, Mannheim coach Michael McCann said: “In the end, I think it was deserved because we were the better team. However, we did not take our chances; if we did, we would have decided the game earlier. But I’m glad that the team was able to force it in the end so that’s a good start for us! ”
HTHC’s Michael Körper agreed, saying: “Ultimately it’s right that Mannheim beat us today. We defended well but just did not create enough going forward. In the end, MHC had the luck.”
Reigning German champions Uhlenhorst Mulheim’s title defence started with a surprise 5-4 win to newly promoted Hamburger Polo Club.
Jonathan Fröschle scored a trio of penalty corners while Matthias Muller and Constantin Staib scored too for Polo to build a 5-2 lead and they held on despite two Timm Herzbruch goals late on.
Rot Weiss Koln started their season with an impressive 3-0 away win over Blau-Weiss Berlin with Marco Miltkau netting two times and Tom Grambusch scoring a corner.
via EHL Hockey TV | Image: Dirk MArkgraf