JOKERS IN SEASON HIGH UPSET OVER FIRST PLACE TIGERS
Senior A League - Round 12 Game 1
Jokers 5 - Tigers 3
Nathaniel Benson (15) exciting young junior player, second in team scoring. [PHOTO by Ian Thurston]
The last place Adelaide Jokers pulled off the biggest upset of the IHSA Senior A League season when they shocked the front running Adelaide Tigers 5 - 3 last week in Round 12 play at the Ice Arena.
Playing coach Sami Mantere led his team to victory with two goals and an assist, with Nathaniel Benson, Russell Kendall, and Andrew Chen adding singles in the win.
Benson and Chen are two of several young prospects up from the junior ranks now playing in the IHSA Senior competition and they have all adapted well to older division play.
Chen is a recent addition to the Jokers lineup, while Benson has played all season with the Green Machine and currently is second in team scoring.
Tim Moran, Ryan O’Handley, and Simon Jarrad scored for the Tigers, as the Black n' Gold controlled a good portion of the play during the match outshooting the Jokers 35 - 23, only to be stymied on several good scoring chances by some impressive goal keeping from teenager Jeremy Friederich, a recent call up to the Jokers from the IHSA junior division.
The Tigers led 2 - 1 after the opening period, only to see the Jokers bounce back and take the middle frame 3 - 1, and from there the young goalie guarded his tuft well.
The Tigers boast the top three division scoring leaders, (O'Handley, Henly, and Lien) and they went to work peppering the young goalie with shots throughout the match including 15 in the third period, but Friederich (right) closed the door denying the Tigers any goals.
Friederich stopped 33 of 35 shots to earn his first victory of the Senior A campaign, while down at the other end of the rink Sam O’Neill blocked 17 of 23 for the Tigers.
The triumph over the Tigers was the first regulation win of the year for the Jokers, following a 5 - 4 shootout victory over the Redwings back in Round 3 in April.
SCORING - Jokers - 9:20 - Sami Mantere ( N. Benson ): Tigers - 6:20 - Tim Moran (S. Jarrad) : Tigers - 2:29 - Ryan O’Handley ( S. Henly, E. Lien )
PENALTIES - Jokers -12:20 - Tim Freer (High Sticking): Tigers - 1:20 - Simon Jarrad (Tripping)
SCORING - Jokers -17:28 - Nathaniel Benson (Unassisted): Jokers -11:12 - Sami Mantere ( T. Freer, N.Benson): Tigers - 7:57 - Simon Jarrad ( M. Sunczyk, A. Young): Jokers - 0:27 - Russell Kendell (S. Mantere, A. Chen)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 14:25 - Stu Henly (Slashing): Tigers - 12:45 - Bench Minor (Too Many Players): Jokers - 1:00 - Tim Freer (Roughing): Tigers - 1:00 - Stu Henly (Roughing): Tigers - 1:00 - Ari Pullinen (Roughing): Tigers -1:00 - Sam O’Neill (Roughing)
SCORING - Jokers - 0:02 - Andrew Chen (R. Kendall)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 8:24 - Jim Ryan (Hooking): Jokers - 0:02 - Sami Mantere (Unsportsmanlike)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jokers 5 9 9 23
Tigers 13 7 15 35
GOALKEEPERS - Jokers - Jeremy Friederich: Tigers - Sam O’Neill
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Adam Wise : Linesmen - Jamie Holland & Mark Gaspari
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Sarah Wise