Senior B League - Round 8 Game 1
Tigers 3 - Falcons 2
Adelaide Tigers goalie Justin Ruston closed the door on a determined Adelaide Falcons unit helping the Tigers hold on to a 3 - 2 win in Senior B League play last weekend at Thebarton.
Ruston shutout the Falcons in the first and third periods, while team mates Jeremy Klein, B.J.Letheby, and Simon Kelly replied with goals as the Tigers improved their season record to 5-2-0 - 1 for 16 points and second place on the ladder, four points back of the front running Redwings.
Justin Findlay-Smith, and Darren Nenadovich both scored in the second period for the Falcons to even the score at 2-2, but then Kelly’s goal with under 5 minutes to play in the middle period proved to not only be the go ahead tally, but also the winning goal for the Tigers.
The Falcons out-shot the Tigers 30 - 21, but Ruston came up with several big stops to keep the Tigers in the contest when the Falcons pressed offensively. Dale Glover made 18 stops for the Falcons.
"It was a tough game, just like we have expect from the Falcons” said Ruston.
“There was plenty of play in the neutral zone, with both teams pouncing on defensive errors with some quality shots making my life very difficult. Fortunately I got lucky a few times, and we managed to hold on for the win” said the Tigers goalie.
The loss dropped the Falcons back to 2 - 6 on the ladder and tied for last position with the Blackhawks on 6 points on the four team ladder.
Both teams will be back in Senior B League action on Thursday 15 June, when the Falcons meet the Redwings in an 8:15 pm contest, followed by the Blackhawks and Tigers at 9:45 pm.
SCORING - Tigers - 7:55 - Jeremy Klein (B.J. Letheby):
PENALTIES - Tigers - 18:57 - Aaron Mitchell (Hooking): Falcons - 14:49 - Jacob Symons (Slashing)
SCORING - Tigers - 17:30 - B.J. Letheby (S. Turner): Falcons -16:10 - Justin Findlay-Smith (D. Nenadovich): Falcons -11:25 - Darren Nenadovich (R .Dent): Tigers - 4:25 - Simon Kelly (S.Mougios)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 7:22 - Laurent Friederich (Holding)
SCORING - No Scoring
PENALTIES - Falcons -11:00 - Justin Findlay-Smith (Tripping): Falcons - 11:00 - Jacob Symons (Slashing):Tigers - 5:01- O.P. (Roughing): Falcons - 5:01 - John Langford (Roughing): Tigers - 3:21 -Alexi Filinkov (Hooking)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Falcons 6 12 12 30
Tigers 8 8 5 21
GOALKEEPERS - Falcons - Dale Glover: Tigers - Justin Ruston
GAME OFFICIALS - Referees - Mark Sunczyk: Linesmen - Ian Hunter & Mitch Kelleher
Scorer - Nicola Reese : Time Keeper - Claire Wise