IHSA Premier League - Round 6 Game 2
Falcons 5 - Redwings 4 (SO)
The rejuvenated Adelaide Falcons have thrown down the gauntlet to the Adelaide Redwings, following an exciting 5 - 4 shootout win over the reigning premiers on Wednesday at Thebarton.
Cole MacMillan’s shootout goal proved to be the winner, after Joe Rezek scored on the first Falcons’ shot. The Wings were unsuccessful in their first two tries, giving the Falcons the win.
The victory was an inspiring turnaround for Big Blue, who entered the game in last place, while the Wings are the two time defending champs, sitting alone in first place with a 51 - 15 goal differential.
MacMillan was top scorer for the Falcons, with three goals and an assist, while Roman Melis, and import Cameron Critchlow added one each.
Marcel McGuiness led the Wings with two goals and an assist, with Trevor Walsh, and Dave Gal adding singles. Import defenseman Morgan McNeill was the top point getter with four assists.
The Falcons fought back from a 3 - 1 deficit after the first two periods, and then with three minutes to go and the score 4 - 3 Wings, Critchlow scored the equalizer, forcing the shootout.
In the opening period, the Falcons outshot the Wings 12 - 6 as both teams exchanged goals, first Melis lit the lamp for the Falcons, and then Walsh tied it up for the Wings. The Wings goalie Andrew Glass made several timely saves to keep the score even going into the first break.
The Wings picked up the pace in the middle frame and capitalised on their chances, with Gal, and then McGuiness scoring to give them a 3 - 1 advantage after two.
“I told the boys to stick with the game plan and to push through and the goals would come - fortunately they did!” said a happy Falcons coach John Botterill. The Falcons outscored the Wings 3 - 1 in the final frame, with MacMillan’s two goals levelling the score. McGuiness fired his second goal to put the Wings back on top, but then Critchlow’s late goal tied it.
Both goalies Glass for the Redwings, and Falcons’ rookie Seb Woodlands playing in his first Premier League game, played steady throughout the match.
Woodlands turned away 24 of 28 shots, and was the big story of the shootout, blocking both Redwing shots to register the win.
“Seb (Woodlands) played well, and it was great to see our locals and rookies make a contribution. We needed our defence to come through because the Wings were fast and dangerous and they scored on the high-man break-out.“ added Botterill
Glass stopped 33 of 38 shots, including coping a Critchlow drive to the throat, putting him down for a few minutes. He shook it off and finished the game.
The shootout win improves the Falcons record to 1 - 4 - 1 - 0 for five points, only one point back of the third place Blackhawks. The Wings now sit at 5 - 0 - 0 - 1 for 16 points at the top of the standings.
“I thought we pressed hard and made them play a defensive game and when they had the puck I thought we contained them well” said Wings coach Hayden Crafter. “We were inconsistent, it's been a while since we've been challenged so we started slow and then we were unable to sustain the pressure throughout the third. The biggest thing for us is consistency, I’m confident if we play three full periods, we’ll be hard to beat”, added the Wings’ coach.
Both teams return to action next Wednesday 17 May with the Falcons meeting the Blackhawks in a battle for third place starting at 7:45pm, while the Tigers faceoff with the Redwings at 9:30pm.
"Falcon Around" - Rezek and Critchlow, both star players with the Adelaide Adrenaline in the Australian Ice Hockey League were playing in only their second game for the Falcons but they have already generated new life into the team. Team officials and supporters now believe the team is poised to contend for the premiership in September……… The Falcons are planning an end of season dinner / presentation but no dates set yet! …….. Darren Nenadovich - Senior B, sustained a cracked rib during a recent game against the Blackhawks…… Stay tuned for a big announcement happening next week!!
"Winged Wheels" - Steve Best and Tyler Leeming were scratched from the Wings lineup last Wednesday . Best is day to day from an injury from last weeks’ AIHL Adrenaline game. Leeming meanwhile is also day to day after he was injured playing for the Glenelg Lacrosse Club…… Glass was expected to see a doctor after the shot to the throat. He said he was feeling a bit woozy from the blow a day after the game.
SCORING - Falcons - 10:03-Roman Melis (J. Rezek, J. Geyer): Redwings - 8:48 - Trevor Walsh (M. McGuiness, M. McNeill)
PENALTIES - Redwings - 10:20 - Bench Minor (Too Many Players)
SCORING - Redwings - 7:15 - Dave Gal (M. McNeill, N. Pau): Redwings - 5:10 - Marcell McGuiness (M. McNeill)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SCORING - Falcons - 8:51 - Cole MacMillan (J. Geyer): Falcons - 7:32 - Cole MacMillan (C. Critchlow): Redwings - 4:43 - Marcell McGuiness (M. McNeill): Falcons - 3:05 - Cameron Critchlow (C. MacMillian, Q. Tombleson)
PENALTIES - Falcons - 10:12 - Cameron Critchlow (Hooking)
Over Time Shootout
SCORING - Falcons - Cole MacMillan (unassisted)
OT Shootout 1 2 3
Redwings 0 0 x
Falcons 1 1 x
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd SO Total
Redwings 6 11 11 28
Falcons 12 10 14 1 38
GOALKEEPERS - Redwings - Andrew Glass: Falcons - Seb Woodlands
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Mitch Kelleher: Linesmen - Damien Smith & Beth Bowshall
Scorer - Sarah Wise: Time Keeper - Nicola Reese