Selected photos from the AIHL game between the Adelaide Adrenaline and Melbourne Mustangs played at the Ice Arena, Adelaide on 28/08/2018. After putting in such a good performance for 2 periods the night before, before being overrun by a fast finishing Mustangs outfit hungry for a finals position on the ladder. The Adrenaline were hoping to go one better and get that elusive first win for the season. A change of goaltender had been made with Glen Forbes-White as starting goalie and young Jeremy Friederich as reserve goaltender giving import Jesse Gordichuk a breather. The Adrenaline would be without a key defenceman in import Alexandre Gauthier sitting it out after a heavy knock to the head the night before. The first period was tight and it was the Adrenaline’s Marcel McGuinness going to the sin bin for a high stick that gave the Mustangs a chance to break the deadlock. However they weren’t able to capitalise, but once the penalty was over managed to score a short time afterwards as Sean Jones posted the first goal of the game at 8:06 left on the clock. The assists coming from Jaxon Lane and Matt Anderson. The Adrenaline managed to find veteran Andrew Stapleton out wide and he slammed one home to even the score with the assist coming from captain Josef Rezek and Nathaniel Benson. Late in the period the home crowd erupted as import and crowd favourite Ales Kratoska scored the 2nd Adrenaline goal to put them ahead deep in the period. The assist were from the hard working Jake Riley and import Ben Gavoille. Shots on goal for the period were Mustangs 16, Adrenaline a miserly but productive 5!
The second period was a tight affair with neither team able to stamp their authority early until the Mustangs levelled the score at 9:38 to go when import Christian Isackson scored from Vadim Virjassov and import Parker Thomas. A holding penalty to Mustangs Michael McMahan at 5:14 should have given the Adrenaline a chance to go one ahead again but it wasn’t to be and the score remained tied 2-2 at the end of the period. Shots on goal for the period was 12 a piece.
The last period was set to be a humdinger with the Adrenaline somehow managing to survive without the valuable Gauthier in defence such was their determination. The Adrenaline lost Marcel McGuinness for tripping at 18:11, but this was even as Mustangs Andrew Erzen was called for roughing on the same incident. With 4-on-4 the Adrenaline’s Josef Rezek was ecstatic as he slotted one past Mustangs goaltender Nastiuk to put the Adrenaline ahead in this do or die game. The assist coming from his Czech mate Ales Kratoska. Unfortunately Kratoska would be sent off for 2 minutes a short time later for tripping at 17:36. The Mustangs used this powerplay as import Thomas to level the score undoing all the Adrenaline’s hard work. Thomas was assisted by journeyman import Jordan Owens and Virjassov. The game would take another turn as Adrenaline import Kyle Neuber got called for tripping but it was his displeasure for the Mustangs’ player Matt Anderson’s dive that got him hot under the collar. Anderson joined him in the sin bin for his acting effort. Adrenaline’s Kratoska once again fell foul of referee Chris Parks as he once again headed to the box for tripping at 14:03. With one of your players in the sin bin it called for restraint from the Adrenaline players in such a tight game, but Neuber asserted his authority too much, sending one of the Mustangs players into the boards and referee Parks had no choice but to send him to the sin bin putting the Adrenaline into a dangerous 3-on-5 position at such a crucial part of the game. Four seconds later, not happy with that decision Kratoska added some not well chosen words and earnt himself a 10min major at the worse time in the game! However that wasn’t the worse of Adrenaline’s problems. Goaltender Forbes-White would cop a puck to the head sending him sprawling to the ice for a while. Despite saying he was OK, alternate goaltender Jeremy Friederich was called on having to face the resurgent Mustangs team. It didn’t end well as the Mustangs Isackson scored with the man advantage putting for the Mustangs up by one. At 11:09, Mustangs’ Bourke was called for slashing, to give the Adrenaline a chance to strike back but they couldn’t take advantage. At 9:20, Friederich would head back to the bench as Forbes-White returned to his place between the pipes. With no choice but to drag Forbes-White for the extra attacker late in the period the Adrenaline could only watch on as Mustangs Thomas Flack found the net from far out and the game that promised so much for the Adrenaline was lost. Many fans would be searching for answers but unnecessary penalties would be the culprit. The Mustangs had once again hammered the Adrenaline’s goalltenders in the last period with 22 shots on. Shots on goal for the game were Mustangs 50, Adrenaline 29, again way short of the opposition.