O’NEILL SHUTS OUT THE JOKERS AS TIGERS MOVE INTO FIRST

IHSA Senior A League - Round 4 Game 1

Tigers 4 Jokers 0

Adelaide Tigers’ goalkeeper Sam O’Neill received his share of accolades following his impressive 4 - 0 shutout win over the Jokers last week in Senior A League action.

O’Neill stopped 30 shots to compliment the offensive efforts from Andy Young, Simon Jarrad, Devan Seamans, and Eric Lien each with single goals for the Tigers who improved their record to 3 - 0 to move into top spot on the five team A League ladder, three points clear of the Jokers.

Both teams skated through a tightly contested scoreless draw in the first period, with the Tigers then scoring two in the middle frame, to take a 2 - 0 lead into the final period. (Photo courtesy Ian Thurston)

“I felt pretty good from the opening faceoff” said O’Neill, who has been selected to the South Australian Brown Trophy State Team the previous two seasons.

“I was seeing the puck well and following my rebounds, and with guys on defence like Eric Lien, Tim Reeves, and Jason Nordin coming in to clean up when things got messy, the shutout was really a team effort”.

The shutout was O’Neill’s second of the season following a 3 - 0 win earlier in the schedule over the Falcons.

“So far the team is looking great” he added, “we’re moving the puck well and keeping shots to the outside. I can't wait to see how we look with a full line up of guys.”

Despite coming out on the losing end the “Green Jesters” outshot the Tigers 30 - 26, with keeper Mathew Peterson blocking 22 shots at his end of the rink.

GAME SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

SCORING - No Scoring

PENALTIES - Tigers - 10:00 - Bench Minor (Delay of Game)

2nd PERIOD

SCORING - Tigers - 9:48 - Andy Young (K. Gilmour, D. Seamens): Tigers - 6:37-Simon Jarrad (K. Gilmour, D. Maltby):

PENALTIES - Tigers - 5:03 - Jason Nordin (Slashing)

3rd PERIOD

SCORING - Tigers - 2:00 - Devan Seamans (unassisted): Tigers - 0:06 - Eric Lien (A. Pullinen)

PENALTIES - Jokers - 18:29 - Russell Kendall (Tripping): Tigers - 16:46 - Devan Seamans (Slashing): Tigers -10:15 - Ari Pullinen (Holding): Jokers - 2:26 - Nathaniel Benson (Roughing 2 x 2): Tigers - 2:26 -Drew Maltby (Roughing): Tigers - 0:44 - Stu Henley (Slashing)

SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total

Jokers 9 9 12 30

Tigers 10 6 10 26

GOALKEEPERS - Jokers - Mathew Peterson: Tigers - Sam O’Neill

GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - David Gal: Linesmen - Beth Bowshall, Damien Smith

Scorer - Nicola Reese, Time Keeper - Sarah Wise

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