WINGS CLINCH MINOR PREMIERSHIP WITH CLOSE WIN OVER FALCONS
Premier League - Round 15 - Game 1
Redwings 6 - Falcons 5
The Adelaide Redwings clinched the Premier League Minor Premiership, and spot in the Grand Final in September, with a tough 6 - 5 victory over the Adelaide Falcons last week at the Ice Arena.
Sharp shooting Tyler Leeming ( pictured ) fired three goals and added three assists to lead the Wings, while Dave Gal, shot two goals and three assists, with defenceman Morgan McNeil adding a single goal and an assist.
Canadian star Cameron Critchlow led the Falcons with three goals and two assists, with Ales Kratoska, and Cole MacMillan adding single goals to round out the Falcons scoring.
The Redwings held a 2 - 1 lead after the opening period and then a 4 - 2 margin after two frames of action.
The Redwings outshot the Falcons 40 - 31 with both goalies Seb Woodlands for the Falcons and Andrew Glass for the Wings making several key saves during the match.
The six point effort lifted Leeming into the lead in the individual points scoring race, with 25 goals and 24 assist for 49 points in only 11 games. Redwings’ team mate Gal is next with 48 points, followed by Trevor Walsh, Redwings, and MacMillan, Falcons, both in third spot with 33 points.
The Falcons’ star import Kratoska blew off some steam at the end of the second period and Referee Damian Smith handed him a 10 minute misconduct, and then a Game misconduct when the Czech native continued his unsportsmanlike behaviour.
The victory improved the Wings’ Premier League record to 12 - 2 - 0 - 1 for 37 points, 17 points more than the second place Falcons, who with only four games left in the minor round can not over take the Wings for first place on the ladder.
SCORING - Redwings - 14:25 - Dave Gal (T.Leeming, S.Best): Falcons - 11:19 - Cameron Critchlow ( A. Foster, J. Geyer): Falcons - 6:53 - Cameron Critchlow (C. MacMillan, A. Kratoska): Redwings - 3:34 - Tyler Leeming (M. McNeil, S. Best)
PENALTIES - No Penalities
SCORING - Redwings - 8:07 - Morgan McNeil (T. Leeming, D. Gal): Redwings - 1:45 -Tyler Leeming (D. Gal, T. Tait): Falcons - 1:18 - Ales Kratoska (C. MacMillan, C. Critchlow)
PENALTIES - Falcons - 11:19 - Quenton Tombleson (Tripping): Falcons - 9:50 - Andrew Zolotarov (Boarding): Falcons - 0:05 - Ales Kratoska (Misconduct, Game Misconduct)
SCORING - Falcons - 10:03 - Cole MacMillan (C. Critchlow): Redwings - 9:48 - Tyler Leeming (D. Gal): Redwings - 9:37 - Dave Gal (T. Leeming): Falcons - 6:41 - Cameron Critchlow (A. Zoltarov)
PENALTIES - Falcons -11:14 - Quenton Tombleson (Slashing): Redwings - 8:35 - Reggie Mattchoss (Interference)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Falcons 11 9 10 30
Redwings 14 17 9 40
GOALKEEPERS - Falcons - Seb Woodlands: Redwings - Andrew Glass
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Damien Smith: Linesmen - P. Cunningham & Mark Sunczyk
Scorer - Claire Wise: Time Keeper - Nicola Reese