IHSA PREMIER LEAGUE - Round 5 Game 1
Tigers 16 - Falcons 9
The Adelaide Tigers took full advantage of a Falcons’ dressing room bungle to skate away with a wild 16 - 9 victory in Premier League action Wednesday night at the Ice Arena.
Billed as the Game of the Round, the Falcons’ and their fans anticipated the debuts of two exciting recruits, goal snipper “Aussie Joe” Rezek, and Canadian star import Cameron Critchlow, but all the excitement would come crashing down in the opening minutes of play.
A Gil Krmac wrist shot surprised the Falcons starting goalie Seb Woodlands, giving the Tigers an early 1 - 0 lead in the opening seconds, but then shortly after the goal, game officials informed the Falcons that their goalkeepers’ name was not on the game sheet and he was therefore ineligible to continue playing.
“It’s sad for the players and the fans that a small mistake took away the opportunity for a great game” said a disappointed Falcons coach John Botterill.
Rather than forfeit the game however, the Falcons opted to use six skaters and play with an empty net while defenceman, Jarrad Chester went to the dressing room to put on the goalie gear.
The Tigers capitalised, dumping four into the empty net, but the Falcons defended well, scoring once and were trailing 5 - 1 when Chester returned as the replacement goalie with just over four minutes left in the period.
Not surprising, Chester struggled early and the Tigers piled on to their lead, the first period ending 8 - 3 - and then 13 - 7 after two frames.
Chester did eventually find his feet and managed to block 17 of 28 shots, with 5 goals recorded as empty netters. The Falcons meanwhile peppered the Tigers goal with 41 shots, with Rusty Brewer stopping 32 to register the bizarre victory.
Kent Algate led the Tigers scoring parade with five goals, with both Andrew Stapleton, and James Keane getting three goals, Olivier Martin, two goals, and Jamie Holland, Matt Turner and Krmac all shooting single tallies in the assault.
Andrew Zolotarev and Cole MacMillan each scored two goals to lead the Falcons’ offense, with Quenton Tombleson, Roman Melis, Corey Smith, Critchlow, and Henry Keene all with one goal on the board.
“It certainly was a wild game, with the mix up concerning the goalie and then the Falcons’ playing almost 10 minutes with an empty net.” said Algate after the win.
“We knew we had to take advantage of the (open net) opportunity, as the two points could be the difference in this season’s incredibly competitive league. We (Tigers) have a great record making it to playoffs and obviously that’s our goal again this season.”
Algate has divided his time between forward and defence this season, but says his line mates contributed to his five goal night. “The first few rounds, we've had a short bench, so I've been playing on the point quite a bit, but on Wednesday I was lucky enough to play with (Andrew) Stapleton and (James) Keane and they both had an influence on my five goal effort”, said Algate, who is now in his tenth season with the Tigers, following a couple of seasons playing hockey as a teenager in Ontario, Canada.
The victory improved the Tigers Premiership record to 2 - 3 and a second place tie with the Blackhawks, both three points in front of the Falcons.
The Premier League Tigers will be back on the ice on Wednesday 10 May when they meet the Blackhawks in a battle for second place, starting at 7:45pm, followed by the game of the round match between the first place Redwings and the rejuvenated Falcons in the nightcap starting at 9:30pm.
SCORING - Tigers -14:34 - Gil Krmac (R. Foll, O. Martin): Tigers - 12:29 - James Keane (unassisted): Tigers - 12:17 - Kent Algate (James Keane): Falcons - 7:20 - Andrew Zolotarev (C. Critchlow): Tigers - 6:42 - Kent Algate (unassisted): Tigers - 4:56 - James Keane(J. Holland): Tigers - 3:00 - Olivier Martin (J.Holland): Falcons - 2:48 - Cole MacMillan (C. Critchlow): Tigers - 2:34 - Andrew Stapleton (K. Algate): Tigers - 2:21 - Andrew Stapleton (K. Algate): Falcons - 1:26 - Andrew Zolotarev (Unassisted)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SCORING - Tigers:13:56 - James Keane (A. Stapleton): Tigers - 10:24 - Andrew Stapleton (G.Foll): Falcons - 10:14 - Quenton Tombleson (J. Geyer): Falcons - 8:42 - Roman Melis (J. Rezek): Tigers - 5:00 - Olivier Martin (R. Brewer): Falcons - 4:18 - Corey Smith (unassisted): Tigers - 4:10 - Jamie Holland (A. Stapleton): Falcons - 3:00 - Cameron Critchlow (C. MacMillan): Tigers - 0:31 - Kent Algate (unassisted)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SCORING - Falcons - 12:15 - Cole MacMillan (J. Rezek): Tigers - 8:54 - Kent Algate (unassisted): Tigers - 5:56 - Kent Algate (A. Stapleton): Falcons - 3:44 - Henry Keene (J. Rezek): Tigers - 2:45 - Matt Turner (unassisted)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tigers 15 13 13 41
Falcons 11 10 12 33
GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Russell Brewer: Falcons - Jarrad Chester
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Mitch Kelleher: Linesmen - Beth Bowshall & Damien Smith
Scorer - Nicole Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise
Photos courtesy of Ian Thurston