KING STAYS FOCUSED AS REDWINGS CRUISE PAST JOKERS
IHSA Senior C League - Round 4 Game 1
Redwings 4 Jokers 1
The Adelaide Redwings scored two first period goals and then never looked back, defeating the Jokers 4 - 1 in Senior C League action last Thursday at Thebarton.
The win improves the Redwings’ record to 4 - 0, giving them a solid hold on first place in the five team division, nine points clear of the Jokers, Tigers, and Blackhawks, all tied with one win each.
Jack Stuivenberg, Chris Rondeau, Lachy Staniford, and David Bianchi all fired single goals for the Wings, with Tim Simmons scoring the Jokers lone tally midway into the second period.
Goalkeeper Russell King had an easy night for the Redwings stopping 9 of 10 shots, while Jessica Forrest had more than double the workload, stopping 25 of 29 shots in the Jokers net.
So far King has enjoyed a luxury run; facing an average of only 12 shots per game, a statistic he says is attributed to his team’s offensive tactics.
“Our skating and attacking has been the big advantage so far” King said following the win. "We’re getting into the opposition zone and taking shots, so my job has been made easier, allowing me to stay relaxed and focused."
King has allowed only one goal in three matches and he currently leads all Senior C goalies with two shutouts and a division leading 97.22 save percentage.
"We’ve played great defence and restricted most of the opposition shots to net dumps, and our D has tied up our opponents on the odd man rushes or offensive plays” he added.
“This division will tighten up as the year moves along, but I think we have some advantage over the other clubs because we had a good pre-season, and there’s good cohesion and team spirit on the bench.”
The Redwings will have a bye in the next round, but return to action on Thursday 4 May when they meet the Adelaide Falcons.
The Jokers return to the ice next Sunday 30 April when they tangle with the Blackhawks at 8:15pm, with the Tigers playing the Falcons in a 6:45pm curtain raiser.
SCORING - Redwings - 16:16 - Jack Stuivenberg (C. Meharry): Redwings - 4:44 - Chris Rondeau ( C. Callicchio)
PENALTIES - Jokers - 13:24 - Chris Williams (Tripping): Jokers - 2:32 - Stewart Francis (Roughing)
SCORING - Jokers - 11:49 - Tim Simmons (J. Burford): Redwings - 5:53 - Lachy Staniford (L. Hallion): Redwings - 4:27 - David Bianchi (C. Hapgood)
PENALTIES - Redwings - 10:15 - Jarrad Schenscher (Slashing): Jokers - 4:34 - Chris Williams (Slashing)
SCORING - No Scoring
PENALTIES - Jokers - 19:05 - Ben Davis (Boarding): Redwings - 15:21 - Darren Kelly (Tripping)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jokers 3 4 3 10
Redwings 13 7 8 29
GOALKEEPERS - Jokers - Jessica Forrest: Redwings - Russell King
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Mitch Brown: Linesmen - Damien Smith & Ian Hunter
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise