16/06/2018 AIHL Adelaide Adrenaline v CBR Brave 4-11

Photos from the AIHL game between the Adelaide Adrenaline and the CBR Brave playing for the Beyond Blue Cup on 16/06/2018.  The Brave, having secured some highly credentialed imports having the services of Wehebe Darge (ex-Adelaide Adrenaline) and Joey Hughes (ex-Melbourne Ice) came into game sitting firmly on top of the ladder with the Adrenaline at the opposite end.  Their coach was ex-Newcastle Northstars player Rob Starke.  It was only 55secs into the 1st period that Darge went on a breakaway and scored.  Hughes and import Channing Bresciani were the assists.  A bit over 4mins later the Brave would find the back of the net again with some slick work in front of the net with the highly ranked Latvian/Russian player Ainars Podzins coming from the Edinburgh Capitals of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the UK and also having played in Russia 2 league and Dinamo Riga in the KHL, one the best ice hockey leagues in the world.  The assists going to Hughes again and Kai Miettinen.  Adrenaline’s Tombelson’s aggressive play would earn him a trip to the sin bin for slashing.  The Adrenaline would open their account with just over 6mins left in the period when import Caleb Apperson managed to get a shot around the feet of Brave goalie Matt Hewitt and it dribbled over the line, with the assist coming from fellow import Alex Adams.  However the Adrenaline revival was shortlived about 30secs later the Brave struck back through Hughes, who was now involved in all 3 goals.  The assists were from import Trevor Gerling and Podzins as the potent No. 1 line were doing their thing.  A hooking penalty to Gerling did not give the Adrenaline the goal they needed.  With just under 2mins remaining the Brave stunned the Adrenaline players and home crowd with yet another goal, this time to Per Daniel Goransson with Jordon Brunt and captain Matt Harvey getting amongst the points.  The scoreline of 4-1 to the Brave, the ‘shots on goal’ tally reflected their dominance and firepower with 22 shots on goal against the Adrenaline’s 6 shots.  The speed of the goals was something to behold.  As Adrenaline Swedish import goalie Sebastian Andersson had said at the start of the game “this will be a long night”!

The second period was a lot more close with the Adrenaline getting to play their new goal song, when the exciting Czech import Ales Kratoska would get to twirl his stick in celebration after scoring the goal early in the period to take the score to 4-2 and some glimmer of hope of a reasonable scoreline at the end if the rampant Brave could be kept in check.   However that would the Adrenaline’s only score for the period.  It wasn’t until deep into the period when the Brave on a powerplay would find the back of the net, such was the Adrenaline’s tenacity to fight back.  But the goal only signaled an avalanche of 3 goals in the space of about one and a half minutes in the last 3mins of the period.  The goal scorers being Hughes, Gerling and Hayden Dawes.  Adrenaline goalie Andersson retreated to the bench at 1min 32secs to hand the batton to Glen Forbes-White.  Shots on goal by period’s end were 13 to the Brave v 7 to the Adrenaline.  A hooking penalty to the Adrenaline’s Steve Best and a slashing call on Brave’s Darge were the only penalties in the period.  Score at the end of the period was 7-2 to the Brave.

The 3rd period was not what most people expected as Ales Kratoska would take the bit between his teeth to attempt a fightback and yet again the now famous stick twirl made an appearance.  he assists came from young Queenslander Harley Anderson and Adams.  Joey Rezek had a relatively quiet game on the scoresheet until he chimed in with a captain’s goal to bring the scoreline back to some respectability at 7-4.  He was assisted by his fellow former countryman in Kratoska and Apperson.  But that would be where the Adrenaline goal flow stopped.  From here it would be one-way traffic as the Brave showed why they are on top of the ladder and favourites for the championship by putting on 4 unanswered goals.  Hughes would add the first of these and the 4th goal to bring his tally for the night to 4 goals and 3 assists!  The 2nd and 3rd goals were scored by Miettinen and Podzins respectively.  The final scoreline of 11-4 gave the Adrenaline little to cheer about, but one positive would be that the Adrenaline had managed to score 4 goals against this slick and experienced outfit, and on any other night this total might have been a winning team’s score.