Premier League - Round 9 Game 1

Blackhawks 10 - Tigers 5

Patrick Jeffs (45) Tigers, battles Theodore Fabijan (72) Blackhawks [Photo by Ian Thurston]

A four goal first period paved the way for the Adelaide Blackhawks to cruise to a 10 - 5 win over the Adelaide Tigers in IHSA Premier League action last Wednesday at Thebarton.

Zach Boyle continues to shine back on defense for the Blackhawks, this time scoring three goals as the Hawks improved their record to 4 wins in 9 games, passing the Tigers on the ladder and moving into sole possession of second place.

The triumph was the second big win for the Tribe in as many games, following a recent win over the first place Redwings in Round 8.

In addition to Boyle’s hat trick, Luke Harding, and Casey Babineau each fired two goals, while Mike Gainer, Mark Williams, and Jarrad McDonnell added singles to complete the Hawks offense.

The Tigers scoring was spread amongst five different players, with James Keene, Olivier Martin, Jamie Holland, Patrick Jeffs, and Matt Turner all adding singles.

“The Hawks have turned things around this year” said Boyle recently. “ The recent wins over the Redwings, and now the Tigers has been a big team effort”

Boyle has played solid defense this season for the Hawks, but he has also turned a few heads with his 12 goals in just seven Premier League games.

“I’m happy with my play defensively and it’s a bonus to the club that I’m able to contribute offensively scoring goals.” he added.

“ The entire team is feeling good about the last couple games, it’s great getting a couple of good wins. Obviously with Casey (Babineau) added to our lineup, that has made a big difference, as he adds a lot of depth to our defense.”

The Tribe held 4 - 1 and then 6 - 3 leads after the opening two periods, while holding a 39 - 20 edge in shots on goal.

Glen Forbes White made 15 saves to earn the win for the Hawks, while Rusty Brewer was kept busy for most of the game, blocking 29 of 39 shots for the Tigers.

Referee Mitch Kelleher handed out 22 minutes in penalties, including a misconduct penalty to Tigers captain Glen Foll for unsportsmanlike conduct when the former National Team captain let his frustrations boil over with only minutes left in the game.

Both teams are back in Premier League action next Wednesday 7 June, with the Blackhawks facing off with the Falcons at 7:45pm and then the Redwings meeting the Tigers in a 9:30pm encounter.



SCORING - Blackhawks -7:13 - Jarrad McDonnell (T. Boyd, T. Fabijan): Blackhawks - 5:42 - Zach Boyle (J. Harding): Blackhawks - 4:56 - Zach Boyle (T. Boyd): Tigers - 2:15-James Keene (A. Stapleton, G. Foll): Blackhawks - 1:16 - Mike Gainer (T. Fabijan, J. Harding)

PENALTIES - Tigers - 13:11 - Andrew Stapleton (Tripping): Tigers - 4:56 - Glen Foll (Unsportsmanlike)


SCORING - Tigers -13:35 - Olivier Martin (J. Holland, R. Foll): Tigers - 12:24 - Jamie Holland (B. Gebert): Blackhawks - 7:46 - Luke Harding (unassisted): Blackhawks - 3:29 - Zach Boyle (T. Boyd, C. Babineau)

PENALTIES - Blackhawks -11:41 - Josh Harding (Tripping): Blackhawks - 4:19 - Jarrad McDonnell (High Sticking): Blackhawks - 1:25 - Tyson Boyd (Slashing)


SCORING - Blackhawks - 12:41 -Casey Babineau (J. Harding): Tigers - 10:39 - Patrick Jeffs (R. Foll): Tigers - 8:53 - Matt Turner (B. Chenoweth): Blackhawks - 3:37 - Mark Williams (T. Boyd): Blackhawks - 3:11- Luke Harding (J. McDonnell): Blackhawks -1:17 - Casey Babineau (J. McDonnell, M. Williams)

PENALTIES - Tigers - 3:40 - Matt Turner (Boarding): Tigers - 3:40 - Glen Foll (Misconduct)

SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total

Blackhawks 12 13 14 39

Tigers 7 7 6 20

GOALKEEPERS - Blackhawks - Glen Forbes-White : Tigers - Russell Brewer

GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Mitch Kelleher: Linesmen - Mark Sunczyk & Damien Smith

Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise

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