Premier League - Round 13 Game 1
Falcons 5 - Blackhawks 3
A four goal third period comeback lifted the Adelaide Falcons to an impressive 5 - 3 win over the Adelaide Blackhawks in Round 13 Premier League action recently at Thebarton.
The Hawks jumped in front to a 2 - 0 lead on goals from first game import Ivan Lauton and that lead stuck until up until near the end of the second period when Canadian star Cameron Critchlow put the Falcons on the board.
The Falcons rallied in the third period with four goals, before Lauton completed his debut hat trick with only seconds left on the clock.
Ales Kratoska had two goals for Big Blue with Joe Rezek, and Quenton Tombleson rounding off the Falcons scoring.
"The Premier League is a very good competition with all teams having several AIHL level players combining with the best local players making every game a challenge to get the win” said a relieved Falcons head coach John Botterill following the game. “This win against the Blackhawks was again an example where we had to push through against (Peter) King the Hawks goalie to eventually get the upper hand in the last period for the win. It is going to be an exciting run to the the finals for the 2nd and 3rd spot” said Botts.
Swiss native Ivan Lauton, a pint size pocket rocket player with a great skating style burst onto the local Premier League scene in a flourish scoring all three goals for the Blackhawks.
“We’re extremely happy with Ivan’s first game in Australia.” said Hawks Head Coach Adrian von Einem. “ To come into the lineup of a new team and score a hat trick on debut just shows his ability as a hockey player. Whilst he's a little on the small size, he more than makes up for it with his skating, puck control and shooting accuracy. In a year where we've struggled to maintain a consistent line up, he will be an important member of the team as we look towards contending for a playoff spot. “
Both goalkeepers, Peter King for the Blackhawks and Seb Woodlands for the Falcons kept the game close, making several exciting saves during the contest. The Hawks out shot the Falcons 45 - 44.
The victory improved the Falcons record to 5 - 6 - 1 - 0, while the Hawks dropped to 3 - 1- 0 - 0.
SCORING - Blackhawks - 4:58 - Ivan Lauton (Z. Boyle, C. Babineau):
PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 11:38 - Mathew Lothian (Roughing): Falcons - 11:38 - Jarred Chester (Slashing): Falcons - 5:41 - Henry Keene (Hooking)
SCORING - Blackhawks - 7:52 - Ivan Lauton (M.Lothian, M.Brekko): Falcons - 1:46 - Cameron Critchlow (A. Kratoska, A. Kolotrev)
PENALTIES - Falcons - 6:15 - Ales Kratoska (Delay of Game)
SCORING - Falcons - 10:06 - Ales Kratoska (J. Rezek): Falcons - 10:02 - Ales Kratoska (J. Rezek, C. Smith) Falcons - 3:23 - Quenton Tombelson (C. Smith, R. Melis): Falcons - 1:30 - Joey Rezek (J. Sinko, C. Smith): Blackhawks - 0:44 - Ivan Lauton (T. Boyd, Z. Boyle)
PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 2:15 - Jarred McDonnell (Tripping): Falcons - 1:07 - Ales Kratoska (Hooking)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Blackhawks 11 23 11 45
Falcons 17 12 15 44
GOALKEEPERS - Blackhawks - Peter King: Falcons - Seb Woodlands
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Damien Smith : Linesmen - Mark Sunczyk & Ian Hunter
Scorer - Sarah Wise: Time Keeper - Nicola Reese