Selected photos from the Pee Wee Roos division ice hockey Grand Final game between the Panthers and Senators played on 15/11/2020 at the Ice Arena, Adelaide, South Australia. Ever since super quick Diamond Cross (also a Bantams division player in the latter part of the season), one of the Senators leading goal scorers, was suddenly transferred across to the Panthers with about 4 or 5 games remaining in the season, the Senators struggled somewhat to post shots on goal in what had became a lopsided competition. This had been made worse after they had lost livewire goal scorer Marni Trapolino to injury for a few weeks. Both teams brought their full line-ups to the Grand Final game.
About halfway through the first period it would be the Panthers that would open the scoring when Grace Kalambokas scored, unassisted. The first period saw the Panthers clearly dominate. About 8mins remaining in the period, Kalambokas would score her second goal for the game with an assist from Abna Cox. The Panthers added another only a minute later when Diamond Cross scored unassisted. With 5mins remaining in the period the Senators were able to peg one back as the league’s leading goalscorer Luka Loria scored unassisted. However, to give the Senators something to think about, the Panthers added a further goal when Wade Patterson scored with just under 2mins remaining, receiving an assist from Cross. Shots on goal for the period saw Panthers goaltender Riley Knapp face 3 shots and Senators Brodie Clarke face 6.
The Panthers would continue on with their dominance with the first goal in the period at the 13:40 mark, when Patterson scored his second goal, unassisted. To make matters worse for the Senators, Luka Loria would head to the box for roughing at the 8:45 mark. The Panthers were unable capitalise on the extra player advantage with credit to the Senators defence. Deep in the period, Senators Luka Loria scored his second goal in the game after receiving an assist from Elliot Buley. With the score at 5-2 at the end of the period, it was big ask for the Senators to grab this one. Shots on goal for the period, Panthers Knapp faced 5, Senators Clarke faced 5.
Panthers Grace Kalambokas had clearly made the transition from being an inline hockey gun to now an ice hockey gun as she was able to get past the Senators defence again, including the fast Senators defence player Jordan Kutsche to post her hat trick goal, unassisted. However, he was able to make amends soon after, cutting off Cross in dramatic fashion, sending both players to the deck. The Senators slightly sloppy shift change at 4:12 resulted in too many players on the ice being called by the referee, but the Panthers could not score in the next 2mins. With 1:39 left in the game, Panthers Ella Wandel took a shot, out front to score, after receiving an assist from Cross to take the scoreline to 6-2. With the sting out of the game but a big personal reward on the line, Senators David Loria scored a late goal at 1:14 remaining. Shots on goal for the period saw Panthers Knapp facing 6 shots, and Senators Clarke facing 8 shots. Congratulations to the Panthers.
Special congratulations to Panthers Grace Kalambokas for the Panthers MVP award. The Senators Luka Loria was the division’s leading points scorer on 32 points (34 with Grand Final points added), with closest rivals being Diamond Cross on 18 points (Senators 9pts, Panthers 9pts….21 with Grand Final points) and Grace Kalambokas on 13 points with Grand Final points added. Prior to the Grand Final, Senators goal tender Brodie Clarke was leading both Pee Wee divisions with an impressive 2.15 goals against average, 0.862 save percentage and 3 shutouts, even more amazing as he had been playing injured in the last few games. Special shoutout to the tireless defence players.