WINGS POUNCE ON UNDERMANNED TIGERS
Premier League - Round 10 Game 2
Redwings 14 - Tigers 1
Adelaide Redwings Head Coach Hayden Crafter had to pull off the rabbit out of the hat act last week and then his side never missed a beat in a 14 - 1 win over a short staffed Adelaide Tigers.
The Wings were without league leading scorer Steve Best, along with Nicola Pau and Captain Trevor Walsh, but they did see the return of goal snipers Dave Gal and Tyler Leeming after both players spent most of the past month on the sidelines. It turned into somewhat of a juggling act for the Wings coach.
Ex Pat Canadian Jeff Pellerin was called up from the Senior A Redwings and filled in nicely on the line with Gal and Leeming. Gal and Leeming each added three goals, with Pellerin, and Marcel McGuiness scoring two each, with Jake Riley, Adam Wise, Aaron Grubb, and Max Rivers scoring his first goal of the year to round out the Big Red scoring parade.
Gil Krmac took a pass from Kayne Fedor, and Ryan Foll early in the first period to account for the Tigers only goal of the night. Fedor, recently returned home to South Australia after spending the season playing for the Dallas Junior Stars of the US Tier 1 Elite Hockey League.
The win brought some relief (of sorts) to the Wings coach, “we lost three of four, we didn't play well” said Crafter. “It was good to have Tyler (Leeming) and Dave (Gal) back in the line up after missing four and two games respectively, and they really led the way”.
“The Tigers were also heavily undermanned but we took advantage of the situation and had a big win. Jeff (Pellerin) had a big game for us. He wasn't afraid to do the dirty work and he threw a couple of big hits out there and was a real pest in front of their goalie, so he definitely earned all of his points.”
Crafter has indicated they are undecided as to make Pellerin a regular in the Premier League lineup, just yet. He is currently a big part of the Wings’ Senior A team, but club officials will monitor the situation in the next few weeks, before deciding on to promote Pellerin or not..
Pellerin was a welcome addition, as he combined with Gal and Leeming for 17 points in the lopsided win.
"The call up to the top team was good, and getting a few points helped” said Pellerin after the game. “ I really worked well with Dave (Gal) and Tyler (Leeming) but the team as a whole worked cohesively. Focus was putting up a sting defensive effort and subsequently the offence followed.”
The Wings will lose IHSA Leading scorer Steve Best for about a month, as he plays overseas with the Australian Inline Hockey Team at the World Championships.
The victory improved the Wings Premier League first place mark to 7 - 2 - 0 - 1 for 22 points, which is 8 points more than the second place Adelaide Falcons who moved up the ladder as the result of their Round 10 win over the Blackhawks. The loss saw the Tigers drop back to 3-9 and now sitting in last place in the four club division.
SCORING - Redwings - 13:57-Dave Gal (unassisted): Tigers - 10:54 - Gil Krmac (K. Fedor, G. Foll): Redwings - 10:38 - Jeff Pellerin (D. Gal): Redwings - 8:38 - Jeff Pellerin (T. Leeming, D. Gal): Redwings - 3:54 - Jake Riley (unassisted): Redwings - 2:49 - Tyler Leeming (M. McGuiness): Redwings - 0:07 - Adam Wise (unassisted)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 0:52 - Lachlin Jenning (High Sticking)
SCORING - Redwings -13:03 - Max Rivers (unassisted)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 4:42 - Gil Krmac (Elbowing)
SCORING - Redwings - 13.54 - Tyler Leeming (D. Gal, J. Pellerin): Redwings - 12:10 - Aaron Grubb (T. Tait, A. Wise): Redwings -11:22 - Dave Gal (T. Leeming, J. Pellerin): Redwings - 10:36 - Dave Gal (J. Pellerin, T. Leeming): Redwings - 7:18 - Tyler Leeming (unassisted): Redwings - 2:43 - Marcel McGuiness (unassisted): Redwings - 0:43 - Marcel McGuiness (J. Riley)
PENALTIES - Redwings - 7:32 - Marcel McGuiness (Cross Checking): Tigers - 4:23 - Jason Nordin (Interference)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tigers 6 9 1 16
Redwings 16 9 13 38
GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Sam O’Neill: Redwings - Andrew Glass
GAME OFFICIALS - Referees - P. Cunningham: Linesmen - Ian Hunter & Mark Sunczyk
Scorer - Claire Wise: Time Keeper - Nicola Reese