Premier League - Round 11 Game 1
Tigers 7 - Falcons 3
The Adelaide Tigers jumped to a two goal lead in the first period and from there never looked back, skating to a 7 - 3 win over a depleted Adelaide Falcons squad in Premier League action last week at Thebarton.
Local product Kayne Fedor, back from a season playing overseas, scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Tigers scoring attack, while team mate Jamie Holland also added two goals, with James Keane, Olivier Martin, and Andrew Stapleton notching singles to complete the scoring for the winners.
Hard working forward Quenton Tombleson shot two goals, and Jordan Geyer a single marker, to account for the Falcons scoring.
“Beating the Falcons took a big team effort” said Fedor, “everyone played their roles well and we got good goal tending from Peter (King)”
A two time member of the Australian U20 team, Fedor has played for the last three seasons in the United States with the Dallas (Euless) Stars of the North American Junior Hockey League.
Prior to signing with the Stars the 21 year old played two years in Canada with the Ontario Hockey Academy Gold Mavericks AAA Midget club. Now that he is overage for the junior ranks, he is currently considering an opportunity to study and play at Oklahoma University next season.
Adelaide Adrenaline goalkeeper Peter King was between the pipes for the Tigers in the absence of regular Rusty Brewer. The Tigers out shot the Falcons 36 -25 with “Kingy” stopping 22 shots to record his first Premier League win of the season. Seb Woodlands stopped 29 shots in the Falcons goal. Kayne Fedor , four points for the Tigers.
"It was good to be back and playing against the guys. The stop-clock and third period ice cut helps the game a lot and is an improvement from when it was A grade. It's a good start to helping the league grow as our elite level here in SA", said King following the win.
King has indicated that he will only play briefly for the Tigers, (during Brewer’s absence), but then anticipates transferring over to the Blackhawks once Hawks’ goalie Glen Forbes-White leaves for Europe where he is negotiating to play for a team in Scandinavia.
Referee Dave Gal handed out 22 minutes in penalties during the match including a 10 minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to the Falcon’s “Aussie Joe Rezek” toward the end of the second period with the Tigers leading 3 - 1. A few seconds after the infraction the Tigers scored again to increase their lead.
The Falcons were without the services of several key players including imports Cameron Critchlow, Ales Kratoska, and Cole MacMillan, all nursing injuries from AIHL action, while locals Corey Smith (World Inline Championships, Italy) Matt Wegener (injured), Jayson James and Dylan Pope (personal commitments) were also missing. Team officials expect the club to be back at full strength in the coming weeks.
Both teams will be back in action this Wednesday 21 June with the Falcons facing off against the first place Redwings at 7:45pm, while the Tigers meet the Blackhawks in the 9:30pm game.
SCORING - Tigers - 6:10 - Kayne Fedor (R. Foll, J. Keane): Tigers - 0:13 - James Keane (K. Fedor)
PENALTIES - Falcons -7:53 - Henry Schiansky (Tripping): Tigers - 2:20 - Ben Gebert (Hooking)
SCORING - Tigers -10:32- Jamie Holland (J. Keane, G. Foll): Falcons - 6:36 - Quenton Tombleson (H. Keene): Tigers - 4:33 - Olivier Martin (G. Krmac, J. Keane): Tigers - 2.34 - Kayne Fedor (A. Stapleton): Falcons - 0:46 - Quenton Tombleson (H. Keene)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 7:42 - Gil Krmac (Hooking): Falcons - 4:43 - Josef Rezek (Unsportsmanlike Misconduct)
SCORING - Tigers - 10:39 - Andrew Stapleton (B. Chenoweth, G. Foll): Tigers - 5:43 -Jamie Holland (K. Fedor, P. King): Falcons - 0:22 - Jordan Geyer (H. Schiansky)
PENALTIES -Tigers - 1:53 - James Keane (Slashing)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tigers 13 14 9 36
Falcons 8 8 9 25
GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Peter King: Falcons - Seb Woodlands
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Dave Gal: Linesmen - Mark Suncyzk & P. Cunningham
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Sarah Wise
Goalkeeper Peter King, 22 stops in Tigers victory. [Hockey Wise Web photo ]