25/11/2018 AWIHL Adelaide Rush v Brisbane Goannas 2-1

Selected photos from the AWIHL game between the Adelaide Rush and Brisbane Goannas played at the Ice Arena, Adelaide on 25/11/2018.   After the relatively close encounter the day before the two teams were expected to put in another close affair despite the Goannas having a much shorter bench than the Rush.  Jo Phillis (Rush) and Tina Girdler (Goannas) were the two goal tenders.

The first period started off with the Goannas dominating and not long into the period at 18:25 they were rewarded as long high shot from Veera Laiho snuck past Phillis with the assist coming form Jessica Wytrykusz. Rush’s Tiffany Venning was called for an illegal hit at 12:14 but the Goannas weren’t able to extend their lead.  At 8:23 the Goannas would need to ask for their penalty kill unit as Referee Mitch Brown found Samantha Brophy guilty of an illegal hit.  The Rush could not find a way past the defense as Girdler stood up to the challenge.  Rush’s Jamie Lunn got called for roughing late in the period.  With 32secs on the clock the Goannas would be issued a bench minor for an illegal substitution when a player left the wrong gate to advantage.  The score remained at 1-0 in favour of the Goannas in a very tight affair. Shots on goal were 14 for 1 goal for the Goannas, 9 shots for the Rush.

The second period saw the Rush in penalty trouble again with Kelly Harris (slashing at 11:43), Josephine Otto (hooking at 6:38) and Gail Painter (hooking with one second to go in the period) all heading to the sin bin.  The Goannas on the other hand were disciplined with only the one penalty to Abi Brown, albeit for an illegal hit!  The Rush opened their account at 7:30 sending the home crowd and bench into a frenzy.  The Goannas didn’t add to their score leading to an exciting last period.  Shots on goal were 9 shots Goannas, 12 shots for 1 goal for the Rush.

The last period saw the Rush with the one person advantage early on as Goannas import Cassie Haley got pinged for tripping at 15:40, and Wytrykusz at 10:56 for tripping also, but they couldn’t capitalise to get the go-ahead goal.  A penalty to Rush’s Shania Chenoweth for holding stick at 4:34 did not help things.  However the go-ahead did happen for the Rush later in the period after the two teams were grinding away to a penalty shootout, but Tess Reynolds playing in close on, slipped the puck under the pads of Girdler for a short-handed goal and the home crowd went absolutely bunta!  Could they hold on for a rare double home game winning streak or would the Goannas bring out the kitchen sink from the bench, well…..throw everything else at the Rush.  The Rush stood firm to claim two wins on the trot.  Shots on goal for the game were Goannas 38 for 1 goal, Rush 33 for 2 goals.