11/11/2018 AWIHL Adelaide Rush v Perth Inferno 0-6

Game 2 of the weekend between Adelaide Rush and Perth Inferno played on 11/11/2018 at the Ice Arena, Adelaide saw alternate goalie Ella Licari promoted to the job between the pipes for the Inferno. This would mean a harder job to get the puck past the goalie given the size difference to Keesha Atkins from the night before.  An assessment of the game the night before saw Rush Coach Jim Fuyarchuk’s players matching it with the rampant Inferno team for most of the period with neither team able to get past the defence and score.  Both goalies, Licari and Jo Phillis were holding firm.  Once again the Rush were unable to score off a 5-on-3 advantage when Marina Nottle was called for a body check at 16:20 and Michelle Clark-Crumpton for hooking at 15:40.  However, a Rush penalty to Sarah Wise for interference at 6:39 would see Courtney Moulton get the Inferno on the scoreboard at 5:39 to go in the period with assists from key import players Sasha Irvine and Elizabeth Scala.  With just under 4mins to play the Inferno would go 2-up with Clark-Crumpton finding the back of the net, after a feed from Rebecca Smith.  The Rush would remain scoreless at the end of the period.  Shots on goal were Inferno 12 for 2 goals, and Rush 8 shots.

The Inferno added to the tally early in the period when Clark-Crumpton scored her second for the night, assisted by Moulton and Scala. The floodgates opened up as the Inferno added another goal only 30secs later with Moulton this time getting the honours, assisted by Scala.  About 4mins later Smith would add the 5th goal assisted by Clark-Crumpton.  Rush’s Shania Chenoweth would get pinged for holding at the 12:29 mark and the 6th goal for the Inferno through the powerplay would come at the 11:38 mark when Clark-Crumpton would get her hat trick for the morning with assist by none other than Scala topping off a massive points haul for the weekend.  The Rush meanwhile simply could not find a way past Inferno goalie Licari despite a reasonable number of shots on goal (11).  With the score at 0-6, Rush goalie Jo Phillis took herself out of the game and alternate goalie Jayde Hodge stepped up the goals.  It was obvious Hodge’s concentration was sharp as the Inferno failed to score any more goals for the remaining time in the period.  The Inferno had 14 shots on goal for 4 goals.

The last period saw neither team score a goal as with Hodge’s agility she was able to withstand all challenges and pucks thrown her way, despite her diminutive size, especially compared with her rival goalie Licari at the other end. The period descended into a slug fest as many penalties were handed out: For the Rush, Josephine Otto for slashing, Kirsty Venus for slashing and Jamie Lunn for tripping, while Inferno had at one time, 4 players in the sinbin!  Moulton for roughing, Lesleigh Bower for a body check, captain Tonii Larpent for unsportsmanlike conduct, Clark-Crumpton for miscellaneous, and Larpent later on for a body check.  Final shots on goals for the game were Inferno 32 shots for 6 goals, Rush 25 shots for no goals.  Final score 6-0 to the Inferno, a team to be reckoned with.