21/04/2021 A Grade ice hockey – Blackhawks v Falcons 7-2

Wednesday night A grade Adelaide ice hockey action with The Blackhawks up against the Falcons on 21/04/2021.  As with the previous night it was great to see a McCrae jamboree graduate in Blackhawks Colin McWhorter now playing at a high level.  The Blackhawks took all of 9secs of the game to open the account with Adelaide Rush player Sharnita Crompton scoring truly after an assist form Matthew Lothian.  The Blackhawks added another goal at the 8:50 mark when Joel Osborne slotted one past Falcons goaltender Michelle Coonan after an assist from Mitch McLean.  The Blackhawks would add another to stamp their authority on the game with 5:36 remaining when McLean scored an assist from Osborne.  The Falcons didn’t find a way past the Blackhawks defence to score in this period.  There were no penalties.

Second period was all Blackhawks, both on the scoreboard as well as the penalties.  A minute and a half into the period Lothian would head to the penalty box for hooking.  At the 15:47 minute mark Chris Podger would score, with the assist going to Osborne.  The Blackhawks scored their 5th goal of the game just shy of the halfway mark when Jamie Lunn scored with assists from Crompton and Lothian.  Two minute later yet another goal to the Blackhawks, this time captain Jarrod McDonnell with an assist from Troy Collins.  With 8mins remaining Ryan McClean was to take a breather for 2mins after hooking.  Then with 5:31 remaining, yet another hooking penalty, this time to McDonnell.  The Blackhawks would give the Falcons another powerplay with 2:25 remaining as Josh Pfeiffer was done for tripping.

The Falcons weren’t having much luck and at 14mins remaining Josh Leane let out his frustrations with a body check to a Blackhawks opponent, claiming he just fell, but the referee Joey Rezek wasn’t having a bar of it and he headed to the penalty box for 2mins.  Despite their 2nd period rout, the Blackhawks weren’t able to make use of the powerplay.  With 3:47 remaining Blackhawks Lothian was called for slashing, with Falcons Henry Schlansky taking offence and some roughing ensued, so was handed a penalty also.  With the 4-on-4, the Blackhawks were able to take advantage of space and McDonnell added his second for the night to take the Blackhawks tally to 7 goals.  With less than a minute to go, the Falcons Kyle Senko sunk one home after an assist from Schlansky.  Shots on goal, Blackhawks Colin McWhorter facing 22 shots for 2 goals, and Falcons goaltender Michelle Coonan facing 29 for 7 goals.