O'HANDLEY'S HAT TRICK LEADS THE TIGERS OVER FALCONS

Senior A League - Round 12 Game 1

Tigers 5 - Falcons 2

Ryan O'Handley jump started his Adelaide Tigers out to a two goal first period lead and from there the Black n' Gold never looked back on their way to a convincing 5 - 2 win over the Adelaide Falcons in Senior A Round 12 action recently at The Ice Arena.

Ryan O’Handley was the Tigers’ man of the match scoring three goals, two coming in the first period, leading his club to an important victory and assuring them of their narrow first place lead over the Redwings in the A League standings.

The win improved the Tigers season mark to 7 - 3 - 0 - 1 for 22 points in the standings, three better than the second place Wings and five better than the third place Falcons who dropped to 5 - 6 - 1 - 0 with the loss.

Ari Pullinan, and Dave Seamans rounded out the scoring for the Tigers, while Reece Boundy shot both goals for the Falcons.

O’Handley’s three goals also increased his lead in the individual points race to 16, three points in front of team mates Stu Henly, and Eric Lien both with 13 points.

Justin Ruston stopped 19 of 21 shots to earn the victory in the Tigers net, while Ian Hunter stopped 23 of 28 at the Falcons end.

The Tigers will have a bye in the next round, however this Sunday 16 July, the Redwings will play the Blackhawks at 3:45pm, while the Falcons meet the Jokers in a 5:15pm game.

GAME SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

SCORING - Tigers - 14:17 - Ari Pullinen (D. Seamans, M. Sunczyk) : Tigers - 13:33 - Ryan O’Handley (unassisted): Falcons - 10:19 - Reece Boundy (unassisted): Tigers - 1:34 - Ryan O’Handley (S. Jarred, T.Moran)

PENALTIES - Falcons - 5:49 - Reece Boundy (Roughing): Tigers - 5:49 - Simon Jarred (Roughing): Falcons - 3:56 - Darren Stockburger ( Hooking): Tigers - 3:56 - Mark Sunczyk (Slashing)

2nd PERIOD

SCORING - Tigers - 14:44 - Dave Seamans (T. Moran, A. Pullinen): Falcons - 11:02 - Reece Boundy (N. Ayris): Tigers - 0:07 - Ryan O’Handley (T. Moran, A. Young)

PENALTIES - Tigers - 19:14 - Jason Nordin (Interference): Falcons - 17:14 - Candice Mitchell (Hooking): Falcons - 8:06-Sean Castellano (Illegal Hit): Falcons - 2:20-Reece Boundy (Illegal Hit)

3rd PERIOD

SCORING - No Scoring

PENALTIES - Falcons -10:20 - Sean Castellano (Tripping): Falcons - 2:54 - Kristy Venus (Tripping): Tigers - 2:00 - Tim Reeves (Slashing): Falcons - 2:00 - Andy Scott (Slashing): Tigers - 0:25-Simon Jarred (Roughing): Falcons - 0:25 - Darren Stockburger (Roughing)

SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total

Tigers 11 11 6 28

Falcons 9 8 9 21

GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Justin Rustin: Falcons - Ian Hunter

GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Glen Foll : Linesmen - Damien Smith & Jamie Holland

Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Sarah Wise

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