Selected photos from the AIHL game between the Adelaide Adrenaline and the Melbourne Ice played at the Ice Arena, Adelaide on the 05/05/2018. The last time these teams met in Round 1 in Melbourne it was one-way traffic as the Ice showed why they are always the championship favourites with a 8-0 domination win. The Adrenaline team did however atone itself the following game beating the Melbourne Mustangs in a shock win. This time however, it was facing the Ice on the Adrenaline’s home turf and with a vocal home crowd behind them anything is possible.
The period was a tight affair with the young Adrenaline outfit not intimidated by the experienced Ice unit. The Ice would score first shorthanded after a defensive error from Adrenaline’s Caleb Apperson with 5mins 38secs remaining in the period. Ice’s import Dylan Anderson scored with the assist to import Nathan Fleming. The only penalty for the period had been to Ice’s Dillion Lawrence for high sticking giving the Adrenaline the powerplay. Into the tail end of the one man advantage the Adrenaline would open their own goal scoring account through the exciting Czech import Ales Kratoska assisted by fellow Czech and now Aussie, Josef Rezek and import Caleb Apperson. The end of the period saw the score locked away at 1-all. Shots on goal saw the Ice edge out the Adrenaline 10-8.
The second period saw a penalty go to Adrenaline’s Quenton Tombleson. With the man advantage, Ice’s captain Matt Armstrong found a way past Adrenaline Swedish import goaltender Sebastian Andersson, with the assists to Tommy Powell and Dylan Anderson. The Ice would take the one goal advantage into the next period. The tightness in the period was reflected in the low shots on goal, Ice 7 shots to the Adrenaline’s 5 shots.
The long 3rd period didn’t product any goals until the Ice scored with 9mins 30secs remaining on the clock. The goal was scored by Nathan Fleming with the assists going to Armstrong and Powell. Now this is often where the floodgates open and teams such as the Ice can break the Adrenaline’s heart….but this wasn’t to be the case as the new exciting Adrenaline team fought back and sent the home crowd into a frenzy cutting the 2-goal deficit back to 1 goal only a few seconds after the Ice scored. The goal was once again scored by Kratoska, this time combining with Steve Best and Apperson. Kratoska to date, is the standout points scorer for the Adrenaline and sits at the pointy end on the AIHL league ladder. This game’s intensity was very high as both teams tries to outmuscle each other and shots on goal were plentiful! Despite the home crowd getting to a very loud vocal level not seen since the Avalanche commemorative games, the Adrenaline could not muster another goal and resorted to dragging goaltender Andersson for the extra attacker. The open goal beckoned and the Ice found it through Lawrence, with the pass from Anderson. The final score in a very entertaining game was 4-2 to the Ice. The last period saw both teams throw everything including the kitchen sink at the goals, with the Adreanline shooting 17 shots to the Ice’s 18 The following game on Sunday would see the teams once again battle it out in a very close encounter with the Adrenaline this time taking the Ice to overtime before the Ice eventually won in the shootout to claim two wins from their Adelaide road trip, but importantly the Adrenaline gain a point.