DAKKA STARS IN TIGERS WIN OVER FIRST PLACE WINGS
IHSA Senior C League - Round 7 Game 1
Tigers 3 - Redwings 2
Adelaide Tigers forward Milad Dakka fired two goals to lead his team to a 3 - 2 victory over the front running Adelaide Redwings in Senior C League action last week.
Dakka scored both his tallies within five minutes of each other in the second period, before team mate Jordan Green fired the winner with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game.
The victory was the first of the year over the Wings, and improves the Tigers record to 4 - 1 and a second place spot in the standings, only one win below the Wings (5 - 1, 12 points).
David Bianchi, and Cameron Hapgood replied for the Redwings.
Dakka grew up in in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa and first arrived in Adelaide in 2015 to pursue a degree in physical sciences at The University of Adelaide.
After only four games Dakka has scored four goals and added an assist, to be a big part of the Tigers offense.
“I couldn't be happier that we pulled off a great effort against a well-oiled Red Wings team.“ he said following the win. “The Wings coaches Hayden and Johnny are well-respected and it means a lot to to me to have been able to help beat the top club. It's a testament to superb goal tending from Chris (Moreton), and great leadership from our coaches Lachie (Jennings) and Jason (Nordin) that we have all committed to play effectively as a unit.”
As astonishing as it may seem to Aussies, Dakka never played competitive hockey back in Ottawa, instead he skated and shot pucks around on outdoor rinks and became a big fan of the hometown Senators. He did however play competitive soccer, and that combined with his exposure to hockey has enabled him to instinctively adapt quickly.
His parents left Syria before all the political instability rattled the region, and he was born in Montpellier, France in 1987, where his father completed his PhD. His family then moved to Canada in 1991, when he was still only 3 years old.
“I could never afford the expensive equipment when I was young, and it wasn’t until I was 25 that I played my first hockey shinny. Growing up idolising the Sens definitely helped me understand the intricate rules of the game and also develop a great respect for the athletic art of the sport.
When I first slapped on the gear it took some time to adjust, but overall I believe I’ve learned quickly and I understand my limits, so I’m working on them. I plan to continue building on this momentum because frankly, I love the game and will play it the rest of my life.”
Chris Moreton picked up the win in the Tigers goal, blocking 21 of 23 shots, while the Redwings’ Russell King suffered his first loss of the season, stopping 13 of 16 Tiger drives.
Dakka and the Tigers have a bye in the next Senior C League round, but will play on Saturday 3 June against the Falcons.
The Redwings will play the Jokers, on Wednesday 25 May in a 9:45 p.m match, with the Blackhawks meeting the Falcons in an earlier 8:15 p.m match.
SCORING - Redwings 0:18 - David Bianchi (C. Rondeau):
PENALTIES - Tigers - 4:49 - Jordan Green (Illegal Hit)
SCORING - Tigers -14:58 - Milad Dakka (N. Price, W. Dobud): Tigers -10:44 - Milad Dakka (M. Barrie)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 18:53 - Nathan Price (Cross Checking):Redwings -15:36 - Carl Callicchio (Interference): Tigers -12:31 - Jordan Green (Roughing) :Redwings - 12:31 - Darren Kelly (Roughing)
SCORING - Redwings - 9:05 - Cameron Hopgood (C. Lee): Tigers - 4:55 - Jordon Green (B. Lowes)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 14:40 - Jordan Green (Illegal Hit): Redwings - 12:52 - Carl Callicchio (Tripping)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Redwings 7 10 6 23
Tigers 6 5 5 16
GOALKEEPERS - Redwings - Russell King: Tigers - Chris Moreton
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Ian Hunter: Linesmen - Damien Smith & Christian Knott
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise