IHSA Premier League - Round 6 Game 1
Tigers 8 - Blackhawks 1
The Adelaide Tigers moved into sole possession of second place in the Premier League with a convincing 8 - 1 victory over the Blackhawks, Wednesday at the Ice Arena.
James Keane, and Olivier Martin led the Tigers scoring attack with two goals each, with single goals going to Jamie Holland (1 goal, 2 assists), Gil Krmac, Andrew Stapleton (1 goal, 3 assists), and Ryan Foll (1 goal, 2 assists).
The Blackhawks lone reply came off the stick of Luke Harding when he levelled the score early in the first period. From there it was all Tigers as they led 3 - 1 and 6 - 1 after the opening two periods.
The Tigers win improved their season record to 3 - 3 for 9 points and second place on the four team ladder. The Blackhawks drop to 2 - 4, but remain in third position 1 point in front of the last place Falcons.
The Tigers bombarded Blackhawks goalkeeper Glen Forbes-White with 43 shots, while Rusty Brewer stopped 22 of 23 shots directed at him in the Tigers goal.
“Everyone played well, it was a big win, and our best team performance so far” said Tigers stalwart Jamie Holland. “There were lots of different players who contributed in different ways whether it was on the score sheet or on defence blocking shots.”
Holland who hails from Boston, Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom, has spent the last three seasons playing with the Tigers, and also seeing some action in the Australian Ice Hockey League with the Adelaide Adrenaline. In 2015 he was a member of the Tigers Premiership team.
Holland learned his hockey back in the UK playing for the Peterborough Phantoms and the Peterborough Islanders. He also spent one season with MK Thunder.
In his spare time on the sidelines Jamie can often be seen sharing his extensive hockey background to the media as an aspiring broadcast commentator having served behind the microphone for many Adrenaline and Ice Hockey Australia national tournaments.
Holland has played on a premiership winning side and in the last two grand finals, but despite that success, he says the 2017 Premier League is a respectable standard. “This season will be the most competitive I have played in since being a Tiger” he said.
Both teams return to action next Wednesday 17 May with the Blackhawks meeting the Falcons in what will be a battle for third place stating at 7:45pm, while the Tigers faceoff with the Redwings at 9:30pm.
SCORING - Tigers - 12:26 - James Keane (M. Turner, A. Stapleton): Blackhawks - 11:29 - Luke Harding (K. Clarke, G. Forbes-White): Tigers - 5:17 - Ryan Foll (A. Stapleton, J. Holland): Tigers - 4:37 - Jamie Holland (R. Foll, A. Stapleton)
PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 10:12 - Bench Minor (Too Many Players): Blackhawks - 2:01 - David Fowler - (Hooking)
SCORING - Tigers - 6:20 - James Keane (J. Holland, M. Turner): Tigers - 3:53 - Olivier Martin (J. Keane, G. Foll): Tigers - 1:23 - Gil Krmac (M. Turner, O. Martin)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 13:58 - Bench Minor (Too Many Players): Blackhawks - 3:08 - Luke Harding (Boarding)
SCORING - Tigers - 5:43 - Olivier Martin (G. Krmac, R. Foll): Tigers - 5:13 - Andrew Stapleton (G. Foll)
PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 14:22 - Mitch Brekko (High Sticking): Blackhawks - 7:42 - Jarrad McDonnell (High Sticking, Misconduct): Blackhawks - 2:09 - Mitch Brekko (Slashing)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tigers 12 17 12 41
Blackhawks 10 5 8 23
GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Russell Brewer: Blackhawks - Glen Forbes-White
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Damien Smith: Linesmen - Mitch Kelleher & David Gal
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Sarah Wise