Premier League - Round 18 - Game 1
Redwings 8 - Tigers 3
Dave Gal (pictured) fired five goals to lead the first place Adelaide Redwings to a come from behind 8 - 3 victory over the Adelaide Tigers in Round 18 Premier League action last week at Thebarton.
The Tigers took a one goal lead into the first intermission, but the Wings reversed the tide and by the end of the second period the Wings had a two goal lead.
Gal added an assist to his five goal night, and continues to run neck and neck with team mate Tyler Leeming in the Premier League scoring race.
Aaron Grubb Steve Best and Leeming added singles to round out the Wings scoring. Leeming also collected four assists giving him five points in the win.
After 18 Rounds, Leeming has 30 goals and 32 assists for 62 points, while Gal has 25 goals and 35 assists for 60 points.
Ryan Foll led the Tigers with two goals, with Jamie Holland adding a goal and assist. James Keane and Andrew Stapleton also added two assists in the loss.
The Wings outshot the Tigers 45 - 24 with Andrew Glass stopping 21 shots to record the win for the Wings, while Rusty Brewer stopped 37 shots in the Tigers goal.
The victory improved the Wings Premier League record to 14 - 2 - 0 - 1 and was the last minor round game of the year for the defending premiers. The Tigers meanwhile drop to 7 - 10 - 0 - 0 for third place, but have one more game left, a makeup game against the second place Falcons on Wednesday 23 August at 7:30pm.
Both the Tigers and Falcons will then meet in the opening game of the Best of Three Premier Leahue Semi Final Series, which starts Wednesday 30 August in a 7:45pm start.
SCORING - Tigers - 14:12 - Ryan Foll (J. Keane, A. Stapleton): Tigers - 1:52 - Jamie Holland (J.Keane, K.Fedor): Redwings - 1:36 - Dave Gal (S. Best, T. Leeming)
PENALTIES - Redwings - 11:25 - Tyler Leeming (Hooking): Tigers - 3:04 - Ryan Foll (Holding)
SCORING - Redwings - 9:36 - Dave Gal (T. Leeming): Tigers - 6:01 - Ryan Foll (J. Holland, A. Stapleton): Redwings - 5:33 - Tyler Leeming (S. Best, D. Gal): Redwings - 5:01 - Dave Gal (A. Browne, M. McNeill): Redwings - 3:17 - Dave Gal (M. Rivers)
PENALTIES - Redwings - 12:31 - Dave Gal (Tripping): Redwings - 0:54 - Marcell McGuiness (Unsportsmanlike)
SCORING - Redwings - 13:12 - Aaron Grubb (M. McGuiness, R. McGuiness): Redwings - 6:55 - Steve Best (T. Leeming): Redwings - 2:29 - Dave Gal (S. Best, T. Leeming)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tigers 5 10 9 24
Redwings 18 15 12 45
GOALKEEPERS - Tigers - Russell Brewer: Redwings - Andrew Glass
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - P. Cunningham / Mark Sunczyk: Linesmen - Damian Smith & Mitch Kelleher
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise