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Episode 3 29th May 2013
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Adrenaline Defeat Mustangs In Shootout
The Adelaide Adrenaline were able to put behind them some tough losses of late to beat the Melbourne Mustangs in a penalty shootout Saturday night at the Ice Arena. The visitors would come out with alot of energy and would open the scoring as Andrew Fitzgerald would score 5 hole on Rick Parry on a 2 on 1 break and would dominate the period as the home team looked like they were just trying to find there legs.
After a tirade between period speech by head coach Ryan O’Handley the Adrenaline were a much different team in the second period as they started to take control of the game with some smart plays and big hits and less than 3 minutes in a very hot handed Travis Oulette tied the game after a nice play from Josh Harding and Georg Huber but some great goaltending from Jon Olthius and Parry kept both teams at bay making it 1-1 after 2 periods of play and setting up an exciting third period.
The visitors would come out with alot of energy and drive to start the third period and with just under 6 minutes played the Mustangs would regain the lead as Patrick O’Kane would blow a shot past Parry flying down the left side and once again Adelaide would have to battle back and would have plenty of chances to tie the game and on a goalmouth scramble started by Harding Wehebe Darge would score with 2.04 left on the clock sending the fans to there feet in appreciation of the hard effort and neither team would score after this sending the game to a penalty shootout.
Britt Ouellette would shoot first and after skating in he would slow down stickhandle side to side and beat Olthius and then the first Mustangs shooter failed to score followed by a denied Travis Ouellette and then Melbourne’s second shooter would score setting the scene for Darren Corstens to give the home side a lead and with Parry denying the third Mustangs shooter Adelaide would win and secure a huge 2 points and will instill some confidence as both teams will do battle later today Sunday at 3.30 PM at the Ice Arena Thebarton.
Thunder defeat Adrenaline 8-6
The Adelaide Adrenaline have been beaten 8-6 on Sunday night at Perth Ice Arena securing 6 valuable points for the home team after beating Adelaide 7-6 on Saturday night. Adelaide would come out with more pressure to start the game and some early saves by Rick Parry provided confidence in his teammates. The Visitors would once again score first as a hot Travis Oullette would beat Michael Smart but Perth would score 3 unanswered goals before Adelaide would fight back with 2 late goals by Wehebe Darge and Britt Ouellette locking the scores at 3-3 after the end of the 1st period.
In the second period Perth start to outskate and outplay the Adrenaline and would add 3 more goals making it 6-3 befor Adelaide would get a late goal from Travis Ouellette to cut the deficit to 6-4 at the end of the second period. Perth would get this goal back early in the third to make it 7-4 before Josh Harding and Travis with his hat trick and seventh goal of the weekend making it 7-6 and another exciting finish. Adelaide had a glorious chance with a powerplay with just over 2 minutes left in the game but were unable to get the equaliser and with Parry on the bench for a 6th attacker Perth would hit the empty net and would seal back to back victories. This now puts Adelaide in a precariuos position remaining in 7th place but quickly finding themslves losing ground to the top 4 and will need to start winning some hockey games starting with this coming weekend’s doubleheader at home against the Melbourne Mustangs with the puck drop at 4.30 on Saturday and 3.30 pm Sunday.
Thunder Defeat Adrenaline 7-6
The Adelaide Adrenaline have been defeated by the Perth Thunder 7-6 in a close fought game at the Perth Ice Arena on Saturday night. The home side came out with alot of jump early and Adelaide found themselves having to kill off 4 penalties in the first period but some outstanding goaltending from starter Peter King kept Perth off the scoresheet and Travis Ouellette opened the scoring against the run of play with the period ending 1-0 with Perth outshooting Adelaide 15-5.
In the second period Perth equalised through Jordan Kyros then took the lead as Andrew Cox scored erupting the very loud local home crowd but the visitors tied the game as Britt Ouellette scored after a nice passing play from Luc Blain and Greg Oddy however the Thunder would regain the lead when Kevin Darcy beat King making it 3-2 after the second period. Perth would make it 4-2 early in the third but Adelaide would battle back as first captain Greg Oddy would score followed by Travis but the home side would again take the lead as Joe Tolles would beat King from the point.
Adelaide would continue to battle and Travis would score his 3rd goal of the game to level the scores then would add his 4th giving the Adrenaline the lead but a goal by fan favourite Michael Forney would make it 6-6 setting the scene for a wild finish. A very borderline slashing call to Kevin Phillips resulted in Perth taking the lead 7-6 with a powerplay goal by Matt Strueby and although Adelaide would try anything to tie the game the home team held on to win 7-6 which is a crushing defeat to the Adrenaline who now fall to 3 Wins and 6 Losses on the season and will need to bounce back on Sunday to leave the West with at least 3 points.
Bears Defeat Adelaide
The Adelaide Adrenaline were defeated 6-2 on Sunday night in Baulkham Hills as the Bears avenged an earlier 9-2 loss at home to the Adrenaline. The visiotos came out with a bit of jump early and scored the opening goal when Luc Blain beat import goalie Renars Kazanovs but the lead was shortlived as Slava Boris tied the game and Sydney started to take control of the game and Tomas Landa beat Peter King with a screened shot with just over 1 .5 minutes left making it 2-1 Bears after the first period.
In the second period Sydney would totally dominate and they increased there lead to 3- a as Landa would blow a slapshot past King from just inside the blueline prompting Coach O’Handley to pull King and put Rick Parry between the pipes hoping to spark the Adrenaline however this did not have any effect and the home side would increase the lead to 4-1 when Vlad Rubes scored deflating the visitors and another goal late by Branden Stobbs made it 5-1 after 2 periods of play.
Adelaide would try to regroup in the braek to come out with some jump in the third and Luc Blain would score his second goal of the game making it 5-2 and some pressure almost resuted in a couple more however Sydney would score again on a solo effort from Cameron Todd as he stole the puck at the Adrenaline blueline and would beat Parry high to the stick side making it a 6-2 final score. Adelaide will now get ready for there first home games of the season against the Sydney Bears this Saturday at 4.30 pm at the Ice Arena-Thebarton then at 3.30 pm on Sunday.
Georg Huber Taken To Hospital
Huber suffers Concussion
Adelaide Adrenaline forward Georg Huber had to be taken to hospital in Newcastle last night after a very dangerous late hit launched Georg up into the air and landing on his head initially knocking Georg out. It was diagnosed that Georg suffered a very serious concussion and he was monitored all night. This incident put a damper on an otherwise good game by the visitors especially with 3 of there starters back in Adelaide nursing niggling injuies.
This was always going to be a tough game on the road with both Britt and Travis Ouellette along with Wehebe Darge missing from the lineup. Adelaide started the game strong resulting in the games first goal by Josef Rezek under 3 minutes into the game and could have been more had Newcastle goalie Olivier Martin not been sharp early on. The home side would begin to apply the pressure and David Upton would tie the game before Pier Olivier Cotnor would erupt the home crowd making it 2-1 after the first period.
The second period would see both teams with some early scoring chances and David Manning would cut the lead to 3-2 as he rifled a shot over the shoulder of Martin but Newcastle would again take a 2 goal lead as Beau Taylor would score from a tight angle but again Adelaide would battle back as David Huxley beat Martin with a slap shot from in front with less than a minute left in the second period.
Newcastle came out flying to start the third period and a solo effort from Taylor made it 5-3 as he screamed down the wing pass the defenceman blowing a shot past Rick Parry and 2 minutes later it was 6-3 when Jeff Martens scored making it a tough ask for the visitors however Greg Oddy would score on the powerplay reducing the score to 6-4 but Osman would score his second of the game making it 7-4 and the final score .
Adelaide will now head to Baulkham Hills in Sydney to take on a significantly different Bears team than when they beat them 9-2 just over 1 month ago.
An update this morning on Georg Hubers condition has him feeling much better but he will not be playing in todays game against the Bears.
The Canberra Knights management have been made aware of an incident that occurred after the game on Saturday night.If you have any information regarding the event, can you please contact rink management to assist in our enquiries. email@example.comWe apologise to anyone who was injured or witnessed this pathetic incident.
We will keep you posted as to the outcome.
Round 4 Results
(Jason Baclig in action for the Melbourne Ice during week four of AIHL action. Photo: Jack Geraghty).
Jason Baclig has led the Melbourne Ice to a huge Sunday evening victory over the Adelaide Adrenaline, 9-3, scoring two goals with two assists, as the Ice ended their two game losing streak.
After the Adrenaline defeated the Ice in the first game of the weekend’s double-header on Saturday night, 6-4, the Ice came out a much more determined and fierce side as the waking giant took their play up another level.
Baclig, the new Ice skipper, inspired the home team with the game’s opening score with 11:25 on the clock in the opening period.
Dylan Moore scored soon after for the Ice, but the goals kept flowing in the opening period when Chris Frank and Joey Hughes made it 4-0 by the first break.
Baclig made it 5-zip with 12:48 left in the second period, before the Adrenaline finally sneaked one past Jaden Pine-Murphy between the sticks when Josef Rezek created a miracle out of nothing.
The Ice opened the third period with Joey Hughes scoring in the first minute, before Luc Blain snuck one back for the visitors.
Matt Armstrong scored soon after for the Ice, but the ever dangerous Britt Ouelette managed to find the back of the net and give the Adrenaline their third goal.
The lead for the Ice grew when Lliam Webster cracked a slapshot from the blue line, and it became 9-3 shortly after when Armstrong scored again.
Armstrong finishing with 2 goals and 4 assists in a sensational performance.
The Adrenaline split their road trip to Melbourne, their Saturday night victory over the Ice led by Britt Ouelette, two goals, and the veteran Greg Oddy.
The Sydney Bears caused the upset of the round when they defeated the Newcastle North Stars on Saturday, 2-1, with Cameron Todd and Rob Pasminka scoring the goals for the victors.
The North Stars backed up on Sunday, but again were surprisingly beaten, falling to the Canberra Knights, 4-3.
The Melbourne Mustangs split their weekend road trip, defeating the Knights on Saturday night, 5-1, but falling to the Sydney Ice Dogs on Sunday 4-2.
The Perth Thunder were idle during week four.
The Sydney Bears have ground out a 2-1 win over the previously undefeated Newcastle North Stars. Goalscorers for the Bears were Robert Pasminka, and Cameron Todd.
The Ice Dogs have defeated the Melbourne Ice 4-3 in Shoot-Out. Six shooters from either side taking penalty shots before the Ice Dogs could seal the deal….
As the Melbourne Mustangs embarked on their first road trip of the 2013 season, the odds were stacked against them.
Coming off the loss to the Melbourne Ice, it’s fair to say the Australian hockey community was not expecting a single win let alone two from the Mustangs first set of away games.
With the Mustangs reinvigorated this year with new players and new coach Brad Vigon, this weekend signalled to the league that they are a team to no long be taken lightly.
The Canberra Knights having just come off a 3-2 win over the Adelaide Adrenaline, were optimistic of a solid win against the Mustangs.
The two teams felt each other out early, until Canberra’s Justin Levac opened up the scoring on a power play. Back to 5 on 5, the Mustangs’ Adrian Nash replied quickly, to level at 1-1.
Shortly after Canberra’s Jordan Braid scored on a PP (2-1). With penalties going back and forth, the Mustangs got another one back when Kevin Glanzman scored on the powerplay with an assist from Michael McDowell, to level it 2-2 going into the 2nd.
Within 5 minutes of the second period, the Mustangs were on the powerplay. Mustangs import Pat O’Kane scored to put the ‘stangs up 3-2.
Momentum was with the Melbourne Mustangs late in the second. Pat O’Kane took advantage to score again with an unassisted goal, with under three minutes to go.
According to Hewitt Sports:
The second stanza will be forever known as the period Pat O’Kane announced himself as a force in this leauge. O’Kane, who had shown enough against the Ice to suggest he would be a good pick up for the Mustangs this season, stepped up to the plate as all good imports should, scoring the only two goals for the period, giving the Mustangs a lead they would not relinquish.
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Mustangs go into the third period up 4-2.
This was it. The Mustangs had to hold a two goal lead from a slightly shell shocked Canberra Knights team.
The initial 10 minutes of play saw Canberra looking frazzled until the Mustangs were awarded a penalty which was the edge the Mustangs needed. Sean Jones scored putting the Mustangs up 5-2 with half the 20 minute period gone.
Canberra replied 5 minutes later with a power play goal (5-3) that saw the Mustangs quickly respond with a snappy shorthand goal by Matt Stringer (6-4).
Canberra pulled their goalie and the Knights scored once more with under two minutes to go. Mustangs responded with tight defence preventing the Knights coming any closer.
Mustangs win! First win of the 2013 season, in a tight and tough game.
|Forney for Perth
As seven AIHL teams went to battle in the opening weekend of the season, the Perth Thunder made their presence known off the ice and announced the signing of import Michael Forney.
“We couldn’t just sit by and let the rest of the league have their fun this weekend,” the Thunder said on their Facebook page Saturday night.
Forney, an American professional ice hockey player who plays for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, is a big signing for the Thunder. ECHL is generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League.
A third round NHL draft pick and a 2012-13 ECHL First Team All-Star, Forney is expected to instantly “cement himself as one of the most gifted young players to join the AIHL season”, the Thunder said.
Forney is coming off a career year in the ECHL, where he scored 79 points in 71 games and finished second in the scoring race.
“Michael is closing out his ECHL and AHL seasons and will join Perth Thunder on the 3rd of May, just in time for our road trips to Newcastle and Sydney,” The Thunder said.
“Signing Michael has been five months in the making with many late nights and early morning Skype calls,” Thunder coach Stan Scott said on the signing in his regular “Coach’s Corner” report.
Scott went on to say:
“Michael is not only a great player he is also a very nice young guy who is committed to help the Thunder in any way he can. And even though he has had an amazing and very busy season in the ECHL – just missing out on the top scorer – he has still found time to consult with me along the way, and above that he has stayed loyal to his word about coming here to Perth.
“Choosing and then securing imports is the hardest part of this job. Melbourne Ice’s Andy Lamrock and Ian Webster taught me a very valuable lesson: Don’t just select good player’s select good citizens.
“Last season we saw just that with Phil, Kenny, Aaron and Kiefer. They are great guys whose commitment to Perth Thunder will never be forgotten. I have ensured that we continue to look for those traits in the players joining the squad this season. Not just great players, but great citizens and ambassadors for this sport we all love!
“People would not believe the depth we go to when researching players and then trying to secure deals with them. My North American scout and friend Bryan Elliot digs very deep and he is probably looking at next season already, his advice to me is invaluable, but even he was stunned I managed to sign a player like Michael Forney.”
Scott went on to say he excited for the season ahead and believes the team can go far with not just the players working hard on the ice, but the great team of people they have working off the ice, including assistant coach Aaron Hoffman.
“We have fantastic sponsors and incredible fans I just hope we can go one step further than last season and reward everyone’s loyalty,” Scott said.
|Adrenaline Stack the Pads
|The Adelaide Adrenaline has pulled the proverbial ace out of their sleeve with the signing of Ice Blacks goalie Rick Parry.Parry, as a New Zealander, won’t take an import spot in the AIHL team’s roster, giving the consistently competitive Adrenaline a big boost for the 2013 season.Parry is fairly well known in Australia, having played against Australia and Australian teams in the 2008 and 2011 IIHF Division II championships in Australia, and in 2009 and 2011 in the New Zealand Winter Games.Highly regarded in the NZIHL, Parry has played for the Dunedin Thunder and has the starting role for New Zealand’s national team, the Ice Blacks.Currently Parry is playing in France in their third division for Cergy in Paris’s North West outskirts, and will play for New Zealand’s Ice Blacks in the IIHF Division IIB World Championships in Turkey. The tournament finishes on April 26, meaning Parry won’t be available for the Adrenaline until they travel to Melbourne on the weekend of May 11 and 12.Parry believes the pace of play in France and playing throughout the European Winter will greatly benefit his game, along with his teams’, the Adrenaline and the Ice Blacks.“The experience has been awesome. I am playing in the third league in France,” Parry said. “I have been the starting goalie for my team.“The level here will prepare me well for the IIHF level we are playing this year.”Kiwi teammate Charlie Huber will be returning to the Adrenaline, making now two New Zealanders playing in Adelaide as non-imports. Ice Black Andrew Cox plays for the Perth Thunder.The Adrenaline have been through some hardship lately, with a change of structure resulting in change off the ice at the management level, and some home-grown veterans giving away the heavy commitment of playing AIHL.A loyal core, including Greg Oddy, remain and now with access to a “local” goalie and a full complement of imports, will remain in contention for a final four placing or better in 2013.|
|Ice Champions the AWIHL
|The action was unstoppable at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on the weekend with the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League finals held over two days.On Saturday, March 9, first up were the AWIHL 2011-2012 champions the Adelaide Adrenaline and leaders of the 2012-2013 season, the Melbourne Ice women’s team.Both the Ice and Adrenaline came into finals on equal standing: 10 wins, two losses and 30 points apiece. And their fierce rivalry showed as they faced each other in the first set of semi-final games. The Ice triumphed however, beating the South Australian team 3-2.A short time after the North Star Sirens and Brisbane Goannas were up, and the Goannas gave it their all, on a roll and playing like they have never played before. They took out the game 6-5 – but only after the Sirens took it to them and battled back from trailing 6-2.The Goannas win pit them against the Adrenaline for game three at 9am on Sunday to determine who would face the Ice game five – the gold medal game.It was yet another close, 6-5, game for the Goannas, but this time the result was not in their favour, but the Adrenaline’s who advanced to the grand-final and would once again face the Ice – but this time for gold.
Before the gold game on Sunday, first the Sirens and Goannas played for bronze.After three intense periods the Goannas triumphed over the Sirens, 4-2. A dream result for the Brisbane team who only broke their four year losing streak (against the Sirens) this season, fought their way to a prime position in the finals and secured their first ever medal win.The fifth and final game was it. Gold. Go hard or go home for the Melbourne Ice and the Adelaide Adrenaline. Both team’s supporters were out in force. The Ice’s distinctive support group, the South Pole, were in prime position behind the net to cheer on their girls while the Adrenaline fans walked around with full face paint.It wouldn’t have been a grand final game if it wasn’t for the tension and fast pace. And, of course, the penalties.The Ice’s Shona Green opened the game, drawing first blood. The Ice’s second goal was disallowed in the second period, which gave Andrea Steranko the chance to even things up for the Adrenaline.It was 1-1 going in to the third period, broken when the Ice’s Francis McPhail scored against the Adrenaline’s goal tender Claudia Tom.Not to be outdone, the Adrenaline got it back to stay at 2-all until Nicole Tritter, a dominant force in the game, scored the Ice’s third and final goal to end the game 3-2.The Melbourne Ice, crowned the 2012-2013 AWIHL Champions, will take home the Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy while the Adrenaline return home with silver, and the Goannas bronze.
Melbourne Ice 3 Adelaide Adrenaline 2
The Adelaide Adrenaline were defeated by the Melbourne Ice 3-2 in the opening game of the 2013 AWIHL league finals in Newcastle, both teams came out with a purpose with Adelaide having plenty of scoring opportunities but were denied by Ice goaltender Courtney Rea. Wihilst shorthanded Melbourne opened the scoring on a goal by Francis McPhail only 1.5 minutes into the game.
Adelaide had plenty of powerplays to even the score but were unable to find the back of the net with the first period ending 1-0. The Adrenaline came out with some energy in the second but were turned away time and time again by the oustanding play of Rea whilst at the other end Claudia Tom stoppoed all the rubber directed her way as the second period ended still at 1-0 for the ice.
The Third period was full of action in a very physical game as Adelaide looked for the equaliser but at the 12 minute mark the Ice increased there lead to 2-0 as McPhail tallied her second of the game and when Georgia Carson scored to make it 3-0 it looked like game over but to the credit of Adelaide they kept battling and were rewarded when Beth Kavanagh rifled a shot off the post then middle bar and back off the other post with the Adrenaline bench erupting much to the dismay of the Ice bench who did not think the puck had gone in but the referee was in a perfect position to make his call.
And when Sari Lehman scored to cut it to 3-2 with only 33 seconds left it made for an exciting finish and with Tom pulled for an extra attacker Adelaide threw all they had at Rea but were denied making it a final score of 3-2 Ice and booking them a straight spot in Sunday’s Gold Medal game. Brisbane Goannas then defeated Newcastle Sirens 6-5 setting up a 9.00 am semi final between the Adrenaline and the Goannas which should be a great game to see with the winner to face Melbourne at 6.00 pm for the Gold Medal.
Both Sunday games can be seen at