JOKERS HANG ON TO BEAT DETREMINED FALCONS

Senior A League - Round 20 - Game 2

Jokers 4 - Falcons 2

The Adelaide Jokers took a three goal lead into the third period, and then held off a late surge by a determined Adelaide Falcons lineup, to come away with a 4 - 2 win in Round 20 of the Senior A League last Sunday at the Ice Arena.

The victory was another notch higher up the ladder toward a finals berth for the Jokers, improving their record to 6-7-2-1 for 23 points in the standings. With two games remaining against the Redwings, the battle for the third and final playoff spot is expected to go right down to the wire.

Jacob Clayton (pictured) led the scoring for the Jokers with two goals, while Nathaniel Benson, and Tommy Hill collected singles.

Kristy Venus, and and Shane Castellano replied with single goals for the Falcons who fought back in the final period, but not enough to equalise. With the loss the Falcons' record dropped to 2 - 13.

The Jokers led by two goals after one period and by three after two. Big Blue fought back to close the gap to within one, but then Tommy Hill put the game out of reach, scoring with only seconds left on the clock.

The Jokers out shot the Falcons 34 - 18 with Jeremy Friederich stopping 16 shots to earn the win, while Seb Woodlands blocked 30 shots in the Falcons goal.

GAME SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

SCORING - Jokers - 16:32 - Nathaniel Benson (M. Zobel, T. Dennis): Jokers - 3:50 - Jacob Clayton (unassisted)

PENALTIES - No Penalties

2nd PERIOD

SCORING - Jokers -14:08 - Jacob Clayton (A. Chen)

PENALTIES - Falcons - 5:40 - Jarrad Chester (Holding)

3rd PERIOD

SCORING - Falcons -12:00 - Kristy Venus (D. Stockburger): Falcons - 10:26 - Shane Castellano (R. Bloomfield, N. Ayris): Jokers - 0:17 - Tommy Hill (R. Kendall)

PENALTIES - Falcons - 4:25 - Darren Stockburger (Interference): Jokers - 1:50 - Andrew Smith (Tripping)

SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total

Jokers 11 12 11 34

Falcons 3 6 9 18

GOALKEEPERS - Jokers - Jeremy Friederich: Falcons - Seb Woodlands

GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - Jamie Holland: Linesmen - Hayden Crafter & Dave Gal

Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Claire Wise

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