BREKKO'S THE MAN AS HAWKS DOWN FALCONS IN SHOOTOUT
Senior A League - Round 16 - Game 2
Blackhawks 5 - Falcons 4 (Shoot Out)
Mitch Brekko’s overtime shootout winner gave the Adelaide Blackhawks a 5 - 4 win over the Adelaide Falcons in Round 16 Senior A League action at Thebarton recently.
Both sides battled hard throughout the match, and although the Hawks held a noticeable edge in shots in the first period, play was tight for most of the game and it took a late third period goal from Paul Joyce to draw the Hawks even and send the game into the extra time shoot out.
The two points lifts the Blackhawks back into contention for the hotly contested third finals spot on the five team ladder. The Hawks currently are 6 - 4 - 1 - 0 for 20 points, and are within one point of both the Falcons and Redwings. The Tigers are sitting alone in first with 25 points.
Brekko (pictured), was inserted into the A League lineup on loan from the idle Premier League Hawks, scored two goals to lead the offensive attack for the Tribe, with Daniel Ricciardi, Mike Gainer, and Joyce rounding out the ledger.
Kate Tihema, James Hearne, Reece Boundy, and Matt Noble, all scored single tallies for the Falcons.
Big Blue held a 3 - 1 lead after the opening period, but goals from Gainer and Brekko tied the game heading into the final frame.
Noble opened the scoring early in the thirds to put the Falcons in front, but then Joyce scored at the 13:45 mark to even the scales.
Referee Jamie Holland had a quiet night with the whistle handing out only two minor penalties, one to each team in the fast paced third.
The Blackhawks out shot the Falcons 35 – 18 with Charlie Wragg blocking 14 shots to get the win in the Hawks net, while Ian Hunter stopped 30 shots in the Falcons goal.
SCORING - Falcons -19:51 - Kate Tihema (M. Kelleher, T. Reese): Blackhawks - 14:52 - Daniel Ricciardi (R. McLean, M. Gainer): Falcons - 3:22 - Reece Boundy (R. Bloomfield): Falcons - 1:37 -James Hearne (T. Reese)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SCORING - Blackhawks - 8:10 - Mike Gainer (D. Ricciardi): Blackhawks - 2:05 - Mitch Brekko (unassisted)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SCORING - Falcons -17:41 - Matt Noble (unassisted): Blackhawks - 13:45 - Paul Joyce (unassisted)
PENALTIES - Falcons - 17:53 - Reece Boundy (Illegal Hit): Blackhawks - 4:38 - Ryan McLean (Slashing)
Overtime Shoot Out
SCORING - Blackhawks - Mitch Brekko (unassisted)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd SO Total
Falcons 4 5 9 0 18
Blackhawks 19 9 6 1 35
GOALKEEPERS – Falcons – Ian Hunter: Blackhawks – Charlie Wragg
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Jamie Holland: Linesmen - Matt Gaspari & Damian Smith
Scorer - Claire Wise: Time Keeper - Nicola Reese