JOKERS MOVE CLOSER TO FINALS SPOT WITH WIN OVER FIRST PLACE WINGS
Senior C League - Round 18 - Game 1
Jokers 2 - Redwings 1
Josh Hodge (58) of the Redwings, and Adam Stephens (78) Jokers, in action recently. [PHOTO -Ian Thurston]
The Adelaide Jokers are in finals match form following a morale boosting 2 - 1 victory over the first place Adelaide Redwings in Senior C League play Thursday night at Thebarton. The victory moves the Jokers one win closer to clinching a top three finals spot in the five team division.
Luke Burford’s goal at the 12:54 mark in the third period proved to be the winning goal for the Jokers . Burford took a pass from Rene Marsland and James Burford to put the Green Machine in front, and from that point on they managed to hold on to the one goal margin until the final buzzer. Mark George scored the other goal for the Jokers.
George’s goal in the opening period gave the Jokers the early lead, and that stood until the final period when Josh Hodge tied the game for the Wings on a setup play from Henry Wenk
The Jokers outshot the Wings 20 - 16 with Johnny Cousins making 18 saves in the loss for the Wings, while Mathew Peterson saved 15 of 16 shots to get the win in the Joker's net.
Cousins and Peterson are both two of the better goal keepers in the C League this season. Cousins currently sports a 92.97 saves percentage in 8 games played, while Peterson has divided his time between the A League and C League, and has a 90.20 percent saves average in 6 games played in the C division.
The Jokers improved their season mark to 7 - 5 - 1 - 0 for 23 points, just one point behind the second place Tigers, and 10 in front of the fourth place Blackhawks. The first place Wings dropped to 11 - 2 - 1 - 1.
With five rounds remaining, the Jokers can secure a finals berth one more victory and another Hawks loss.
The Wings have a bye in the next round of games this Sunday 27 August, but the Jokers will play the Blackhawks in an 8:15pm match, while the Tigers will meet the Falcons in a 6:45pm encounter.
SCORING - Jokers - 19:44 - Mark George (A. Pribanic)
PENALTIES - Redwings - 7:01 -Jarred Schenscher (Roughing)
SCORING - No Scoring
PENALTIES - Redwings - 13:07 - Cameron Hapgood (Tripping)
SCORING - Redwings -16:34 - Josh Hodge (H. Wenk): Jokers - 12:54 - Luke Burford (R. Marsland, J. Burford)
PENALTIES - No Penalties
SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Redwings 4 8 6 16
Jokers 7 5 8 20
GOALKEEPERS - Redwings - Johnny Cousins: Jokers - Mathew Peterson
GAME OFFICIALS - Referee/Linemen - Dave Gal & Neil Collier
Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise