IHSA PREMIER LEAGUE
Round 3 Game 1
Red Wings 7 - Falcons 5
The front running Adelaide Redwings scored an empty net goal late in the third period to stave off a drive by a determined Falcons squad to come away with a 7-5 win.
Star forward Steve Best led the Wings with three goals, with teammates Tyler Leeming and Dave Gal adding two each in the win. The victory moved the Redwings two wins clear of the three other clubs.
Quenton Tombleson led the Falcons with two goals, with Dylan Pope, Jayson James, and Cole McMillan adding singles.
Following the game Redwings coach Hayden Crafter had mixed feelings about his sides' winning effort. “At times we applied good offensive pressure, causing turnovers and creating shots on goal, but that tempo of play needs to be more consistent. Against the Falcons we tended to revert back into a defensive game when we had control of the puck, allowing them back into the game”, he said.
Both clubs reported injuries with Falcon’s rookie Leo Hildebrand suffering a fractured clavicle and Wings veteran Trevor Walsh requiring stitches after he caught a wayward stick in the face. Walsh will not miss any action, however Hildebrand is expected to be out several months recovering from the collarbone injury.
Wings goalie Andrew Glass recorded the win for the Red Wings, while Ian Hunter took the loss in the Falcons goal. The Wings out-shot the Falcons 45 - 25.
SCORING - Falcons - 12:35 Dylan Pope (H Keene, C Smith): Redwings - 9:46 - Tyler Leeming (D Gal)
PENALTIES - Falcons - 5:19 - Matt Wegener (Roughing): Redwings - 5:19 - Tyler Leeming (Boarding)
SCORING - Redwings 12:09 - Steve Best (T Walsh): Falcons -10:36 - Jayson James (C McMillan, J Sinko): Redwings- 5:03 - Tyler Leeming (J Riley): Redwings - 3:26 - David Gal (T Leeming): Falcons - 3:16 - Quenton Tombleson (H Schiansky): Falcons - 0:55 - Cole McMillan (J Geyer)
PENALTIES - Falcons -14:01- Cole McMillan (Tripping): Falcons - 9:12 - Jarrad Chester (Cross Checking)
SCORING - Redwings - 12:13 - Steve Best (unassisted): Redwings -11:57 - Steve Best (D Gal, A Wise): Falcons - 2:35 - Quenton Tombleson (C McMillan, C Smith): Redwings - 0:01- David Gal (A Wise)
PENALTIES - Redwings - 3:32 Steve Best (Interference): Redwings - 2:35 - Adam Wise (Interference)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Redwings 12 23 9 44
Falcons 8 8 9 25
GOALKEEPERS - Red Wings - Andrew Glass: Falcons - Ian Hunter
GAME OFFICIALS – Referee - Damien Smith: Linesmen - Mitch Brown & Mitch Kelleher
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Sarah Wise