Premier League - Round 12 Game 2
Tigers 7 - Blackhawks 5
The Adelaide Tigers clawed their way to a 7-5 win over the Adelaide Blackhawks, and a step closer to a playoff spot, in Premier League action last Wednesday night at the Ice Arena.
The victory was especially sweet to the Tigers following a 10 - 5 loss to the Tribe in their previous meeting in Round 9. The win moved the Gold n’ Black into sole possession of second place on the ladder, with 15 points, one more than the Falcons, 14, and three in front of the Hawks, in fourth place with 12 points.
Olivier Martin, and Kayne Fedor each scored twice to lead the Tigers’ attack, with Kent Algate,
Gil Krmac, and Lachlan Jenning adding singles.
Tyson Boyd’s two goals led the Hawks, with Dan Ricciardi, a goal and two assists, and Josh Harding, and Zach Boyle adding single markers.
“"It was a very important game for us.” said Olivier Martin after the game. "We knew going into it where we stood on the ladder, and with only a few games left and three points between second and third and fourth, a win was critical."
The Hawks jumped out to an early two goal lead when Harding and Boyd lit the lamp just after the midway point of the opening period, but then Fedor and Algate responded for the Tigers to even the score at 2-2 just before the end of the first.
The Hawks poured on the pressure in the second period out-shooting the Tigers 17 - 13, but goalie Sam O’Neill (filling in for Rusty Brewer) stymied the Hawks in the middle period making some crucial saves, while Martin, Krmac and Jenning scored, giving the Tigers a three goal lead after two periods.
The Tribe scored three times in the final period to pull to within one goal, but then the Tigers put the game away, Fedor scoring into an empty net with less than a minute to go in the game.
O’Neill played a strong game stopping 39 of 44 shots and recording the win, no doubt a satisfying result for Tigers' A League goalie, who was shell shocked in his last Premier League outing, (14-1 loss to the Redwings) in Round 10. Glen Forbes-White stopped 23 of 30 shots in the Hawks goal.
“It will be interesting to see how the rest of the year plays out, from what I hear the competition is the tightest it's been in years which is great”, said Martin.
Martin was one of the top goal keepers in the Australian Ice Hockey League with the Adelaide Avalanche, A’s, and Adrenaline, as well as two stints in Newcastle with the North Stars from 2004-05 and 2007-11. He won two Goodall Cups, (Newcastle -2006) and (Adelaide - 2009), and he also played on three Australian National Teams. He retired from the AIHL in 2013 to concentrate on his career as an architect, but he continued to play in domestic leagues as a forward. His family now live in Newcastle, but he moved back to Adelaide last year to work for local architecture firm studio-gram.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Olivier first arrived in Australia as a youngster, when his dad, a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot was assigned to Adelaide as part of an exchange program with the Royal Air Force from 1998-2001. Olivier played inline and ice hockey in South Australia, before he and his young family returned to Canada where he played for the St. James Canadiens youth hockey program, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Martin’s returned to Australia in 2004, and his father is now stationed at RAF Blakelaw-Newcastle NSW.
“I've always enjoyed playing as a player, probably more than a goaltender at times.” says Martin. “ I started skating outside in Canada, and whenever I had the opportunity to put on the players skates I would.”
That routine continued over the years, and now beyond his days as a top goalie. “I never left the game as such, and the year after my final A.I.H.L season I started playing as a player in the NSW East Coast Senior League, and I’ve been playing casually since.” he explained.
“It’s also nice scoring goals, as opposed to getting scored against, and I believe I also have that insider knowledge only goaltenders know about; scoring goals is easy, you just have to know where and when to shoot.”
“ A few months ago when Glen Foll (Tigers Captain) asked if I'd be interested in suiting up for the Tigers and I was more than happy to accept the offer”.
The Tigers will be back in Premier League action this Wednesday 28 June when they face off against the first place Adelaide Redwings in a 7:45pm match, followed by the Falcons and Blackhawks at 9:30pm.
SCORING - Blackhawks - 9:57 - Josh Harding (T. Boyd, M. Lothian): Blackhawks - 8:19 - Tyson Boyd (J. Harding, Z. Boyle): Tigers - 7:51 - Kayne Fedor (unassisted): Tigers - 4:34 - Kent Algate (G. Krnac, A. Stapleton)
PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 11:11 - Andrew Kowalczuk (Tripping)
SCORING - Tigers - 14:28 - Olivier Martin (G. Krnac): Tigers - 6:40 - Gil Krnac (J.Holland): Tigers - 4:12 - Lachlan Jenning (G. Krnac, R.Foll)
PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 13:13 - Luke Harding (Roughing): Tigers - 9:46 - Kayne Fedor (Slashing): Blackhawks - 8:16 - Luke Harding (Slashing): Tigers - 3:42 - Sam O’Neill (Slashing): Blackhawks - 3:42 - Mathew Lothian (Slashing)
SCORING - Tigers - 8:32 - Olivier Martin (G. Krnac): Blackhawks - 4:45 - Dan Ricciardi (Josh Harding): Blackhawks - 3:45 - Tyson Boyd (M. Lothian, D. Ricciardi): Blackhawks - 1:43 - Zach Boyle (D. Ricciardi): Tigers - 0:52 - Kayne Fedor (A. Stapleton)
PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 11:19 - Josh Harding (Slashing): Blackhawks - 8:32 - Mathew Lothian (Roughing): Tigers - 6:04 - Lachlan Jenning (Tripping)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tigers 8 13 9 30
Blackhawks 13 17 14 44
GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Sam O’Neill: Blackhawks - Glen Forbes - White
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Dave Gal: Linesmen - Damien Smith & Mark Sunczyk
Scorer - Sarah Wise: Time Keeper - Nicola Reese