In Mannheim, two evenly matched teams faced each other at first and immediately delivered a fast back-and-forth battle. Mannheim's Kris Bennett gave the home side an early lead after a Salzburg defensive mistake while shorthanded (6th), hitting his own rebound against goalie Atte Tolvanen. The Red Bulls had their first good opportunities soon after - Mario Huber in front of goal, Chay Genoway with a dangerous blue-liner - but they were not yet compelling enough against Mannheim's goalie Arno Tiefensee. Overall, Mannheim had more of the game and benefited from three overtime games.
But shortly after the restart, the Adler Mannheim increased the score to 3:0 with a double strike. John Gilmour used the exact cross pass at the left post in the counterattack (22nd) and Maximilian Eisenmenger then poked the disc over the goal line in a scramble (23rd). The Red Bulls were slow to get back into offensive mode against Mannheim's pressure-packed play, but had chances again from the 30th minute onwards, even if they sometimes acted too hesitantly. But Mannheim also stayed on it and now provided an up and down game in which both teams had more opportunities. After 40 minutes, Salzburg took a 3-goal deficit into the dressing room.
In the final period, the Red Bulls pressed for the first goal, but continued to struggle in the build-up to the game and had to withstand the pressure from the home side at the back. Atte Tolvanen thwarted a few more chances of last year's DEL semifinalists, while the Red Bulls were rarely dangerous in front of the opponent's goal. In the last two minutes, however, they suddenly scored twice with six field players - Ryan Murphy (58th) from the blue line and Florian Baltram (60th) on a rebound - but the equalizer was not to come. Thus, Salzburg remain without points after the first two games in the top division, but have shown that they can score goals in the CHL.