JOKERS EARLY GOALS ENOUGH TO EDGE THE BLACKHAWKS

IHSA Senior C - Round 4 Game 1

Jokers 2 - Blackhawks 1

Jokers goalie Jessica Forrest turned aside 24 shots to lead the Jokers to a 2 - 1 win over the Blackhawks in Senior C League action played last Sunday at the Ice Arena.

Jesse Main and Gail Painter each scored single goals in the opening period and from there solid defence and good goalkeeping enabled the Jokers to hold on for the win.

The victory improved the Jokers C League record to 2 - 2 and moved them into a tie for second place with the Tigers on the five team ladder, three points ahead of the Hawks.

Benjamin Broad fired an unassisted marker at 15:15 of the third frame, to put the Blackhawks on the scoreboard and also spoil Forrest’s shutout bid.

“We played as a unit tonight, applying the pressure from the opening face-off, restricting shots on goal, tying up opponents in the corners, and holding on to the puck. We passed the puck well, and there were some good setup plays.” said Forrest after the win.

Forrest, recorded the win in the Jokers goal stopping 24 of 25 shots fired her way, while her counterpart Nick Siebert stopped 11 of 13 shots in the loss for the Blackhawks.

“I felt relaxed and was able to focus on my job knowing that I had reliable team members not too far away. We have good cohesion of our team and the atmosphere and team spirit has been there since day one.”

The Jokers will return to the ice next on Thursday 11 May when they meet the Tigers in a 6:15pm game, followed by the Redwings vs. Blackhawks match at 7:45pm.

GAME SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

SCORING - Jokers - 13:49 - Jesse Main (L. Burford,R. Marsland): Jokers - 8:24 - Gail Painter(T. Simmons)

PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 10:06 - Bill Vis (Illegal Hit)

2nd PERIOD

SCORING - No Scoring

PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 9:08 - Bench Minor (Too Many Players): Blackhawks - 2:15 - David Clark (Tripping): Blackhawks - 0:23 - Neil Collier (Interference): Jokers - 0:13 - Jesse Main (Unsportsmanlike)

3rd PERIOD

SCORING - Blackhawks - 15:15 - Benjamin Broad (unassisted)

PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 5:07 - Bill Vis (Hooking): Jokers - 1:03 - Mark George (Illegal Hit)

SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total

Blackhawks 6 12 7 25

Jokers 4 5 4 13

GOALKEEPERS - Blackhawks - Nick Siebert: Jokers - Jessica Forrest

GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Hayden Crafter: Linesmen - Amy Newbound, Mitch Brown

Scorer - Liz Huxley: Time Keeper - Claire Wise

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