Senior A League - Round 19 - Game 2
Jokers 4 - Tigers 1
Adelaide Jokers Playing-Coach Sami Mantere (pictured) scored three goals, and then assisted on the fourth as the Jokers defeated the first place Adelaide Tigers 4 - 1 last week, to continue their run for a finals spot in the Senior A League division.
Andrew Chen opened the scoring in the first period, on a setup from Mantere to put the Jokers into a one goal lead after the first.
Devan Seamans then tied the game for the Tigers in the second period, only to see Mantere direct a Tommy Hill pass into the Tigers goal to give the Jokers a 2 - 1 edge going into the final 20 minutes.
“ I believe that was our best defensive game all year. We were really strong in our end and that was the foundation to the win.” said Mantere
The victory improves the Jokers record to 4 - 7 - 2 - 1 for 17 points on the ladder, only three back of the third place Falcons, and the final third place finals spot.
With four games remaining in the schedule, Mantere believes the Jokers have a genuine chance of making the final three.
“I can't state enough how much of a difference these young guys - Chen, Benson, Handberg and Friederich have made for the team. Not only are they amazing players on the ice but they have added a lot to the group off the ice as well, bringing some youthful enthusiasm.
But you can't just rely on a few kids that aren't old enough to drive yet to only carry the team. Really the way the whole team has stepped up has been amazing. We made finals our goal and every player in the team wants to be there and will do their bit.” said Sami following the win
The Jokers out shot the Tigers 33-18 with Jeremy Freiderich making 17 saves to earn the big win for the Green Machine, and Sam O’Neill had a busy night at the Tigers end stopping 29 of 33 shots in his direction.
SCORING - Andrew Chen (N. Benson, S. Mantere)
PENALTIES - Jokers - 7:03 - Andrew Chen (Hooking): Tigers - 4:11 - Eric Lien (Slashing): Tigers - 0:15 - Stu Henly (Cross Checking)
SCORING - Tigers - 5:52 - Devan Semans (T. Moran): Jokers - 3:12 - Sami Mantere (T. Hill)
PENALTIES -Jokers -1:42- Andrew Smith (Hooking)
SCORING - Jokers - 11:02 - Sami Mantere (Andrew Smith): Jokers - 0:43 - Sami Mantere (Jeremy Friederich)
PENALTIES - Tigers - 18:32 - Drew Maltby (Slashing): Tigers - 14:41 - Stu Henly (Slashing): Jokers - 8:24 - Andrew Smith (Holding): Tigers - 8:24 - Tim Reeves (High Sticking): Tigers - 5:19 - Drew Maltby (Slashing)
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tigers 4 7 7 18
Jokers 16 13 4 33
GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Sam O’Neill: Jokers - Jeremy Friederich
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Dave Gal: Linesmen - Damian Smith & Ian Hunter
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise