23/06/2019 AIHL Adelaide Adrenaline v Sydney Ice Dogs 3-5

Selected photos from the AIHL game between the Adelaide Adrenaline and the Sydney Ice Dogs played on 23/06/2019 at the Ice Arena in Adelaide. The Saturday night’s game had been a rather gentlemanly encounter between the two teams, concentrating on skill rather than what we become accustomed to in Adelaide v Ice Dogs games in the past.  Returning to Adrenaline after serving a game suspension was import Alex Gauthier, and for the Ice Dogs, the skilful Grant Toulmin, but Paul Crowder would not be suited up.  The Adrenaline had added another import, Joey MacDougall who turned out to be a handy niggling player for them.  The game was very unlike the Saturday game and more reminiscent of the old stoushes as both teams tried to gain the advantage with aggression.  Gauthier in particular had big hits in mind much to the delight of the home crowd.  As with the last game, the Adrenaline would score first, the goal coming shorthanded -from Jake Riley at 11:27 with the assists from Marcel McGuinness and import Ben Gavoille.  A penalty to Ice Dogs’ Ellesse Carini at 10:39 did not result in a goal as the penalty kill unit held on.  The Adrenaline kept their goal advantage until an Ice Dogs onslaught started at 4:52 when Dylan Manierka-Quaille (Quaille) evened the score after assists from James Marino and import Tim Crowder.  About half a minute later the Ice Dogs got the go-ahead goal as Tim scored after an assist from Quaille.  The Adrenaline were desperate to limit the damage but the Ice Dogs were to add a late goal to Quaille making the job so much harder for the Adrenaline to get back into the game.  Shots of goal were Ice Dogs 15 to Adrenaline’s lowly 4 shots.

The Ice Dogs added to the Adrenaline’s disappointment only 15secs into the period when Quaille scored his hat trick after assists from Toulmin and Tim Crowder. Adrenaline’s Andrew Zolotarev received the first penalty for the period at 11:59 for holding but their penalty unit managed to hold out the rampaging Ice Dogs.  The Ice Dogs looked home and hosed until Adrenaline’s Steve Best backed himself to thread one past a screen in front of Ice Dogs’ goalie Garrett Bartus to cut the deficit back to 2 goals.  The assists were from Joseph Rezek and Gauthier.  The Ice Dogs appeared a little stunned with that and while they were collecting their thoughts Steve Best struck gold again, this time unassisted, only 13secs later to bring the Adrenaline within one goal!  This should have given the Adrenaline a much needed push they craved but the Ice Dogs weren’t having any of it.  Off a faceoff only 12secs later, Toulmin smashed one past Adrenaline goalie Jesse Gordichuk.  The drive was further halted for the Adrenaline when Harley Anderson was sent to the box for tripping at 6:18. A high stick by Ice Dogs Carini seemed to have started a mess as Gauthier took offence and the tussle resulted in a roughing minor.  Score was 4-3 in favour of the Ice Dogs in this rough encounter.  Shots on goal Ice Dogs 10 to Adrenaline’s 6.

The rough standard continued straight away as Gauthier disposed of Carini into boards behind the Adrenaline goal and next minute it was on as first they fought and then more players got involved making it a challenge for the officials to maintain order. Both instigators would be sitting in the box for a 2min minor for roughing after the whistle and 10min major for fighting.  After reading the riot act to the 2 captains and Ice Dogs coach the game resumed.  Adrenaline’s Rezek joined Gauthier in the box at 12:40 for slashing.  The Adrenaline tried everything to draw level but a further elbow penalty to import Kyle Neuber (who had behaved himself the whole game) put the sting out of their game.  With no choice but to pull goalie Gordichuk at 41 secs to go for the extra attacker the Adrenaline would always find it hard to defend their open goal.  Sure enough, Carini would have the last laugh as he potted the empty netter.  Final score in a torrid game was 5-3 to the Ice Dogs, but it was a gutsy effort from the Adrenaline against a top 4 team.  Game shots on goal were 36 to the Ice Dogs, to Adrenaline’s 19.