25/05/2019 AIHL Adelaide Adrenaline v Sydney Bears 3-4OT

Selected photos from the AIHL game on 25/05/2019 played at the Ice Arena, Adelaide between two of the lower teams in the AIHL ladder, the Adelaide Adrenaline and Sydney Bears, destined for a close encounter.  The game was played as a non-double header so there would be no redemption for the team that would lose the following day. The Adrenaline had added an extra import in Ben Gaviolle, while the Bears had import Danick Gauthier, resulting in both teams having an import player with the surname Gauthier. Anthony Kimlin was in between the pipes for the Bears, and Jesse Gordichuk for the Adrenaline. Adrenaline’s Andrew Chen, spending some time on the ice than normal would get called hooking at 11:17 but no goal came for the Bears with the man advantage. The Bears would suffer a blow as their captain Michael Schlamp hit the ice hard after a skirmish with Adrenaline import Kyle Neuber who was playing with plenty of aggression. The injury appeared to be the right knee and saw Schlamp leave the game at 10:51. The Bears tough man Jeremy Brucker was judged for holding stick at 9:30 but the Adrenaline couldn’t capitalize. The Adrenaline young guns stood up to the much older Bears unit and kept the scoreline at 0-0, until in the dying seconds of the period Neuber scored in close through some traffic. Alexandre Gauthier and captain Josef Rezek provided the assists. Shots on goal for the period were Bears 11 and Adrenaline 12.

The Bears would get to equalize at the 12:35 mark of the second period as the big Argentinian-Chilean Brian Funes scored after assists from Danick Gauthier and Jake Ratclieff. Both teams behaved themselves and managed to avoid the sinbin. The Adrenaline would get a go-ahead goal at 4:30 left to play when Harley Anderson scored after an assist from Josef Rezek. The score remained at 2-1 to the end of the period. Shots on goal were 12 for the visiting Bears and 9 for the Adrenaline.

Shortly into the third longer period, the Bears found a way to get back into the game at 17:03 when import alternate captain Ryan Annesley scored unassisted. With the scoreline at 2 a piece it would set up an entertaining period as both teams were desperate to avoid another defeat. The Bears would break the hearts of the Adrenaline diehard fans as their team went ahead 3-2 at 7:23 mark after Annesley again scored after an assist from Jake Ratclieff and import William Lamoureaux. The Adrenaline would suffer a setback in their fight to equalize when Neuber got sent to the sin bin for a delayed hit at the 5:37 mark. The Bears would suffer a similar fate when Thomas Stevens crosscheck was seen by referee Chris Parks. This time the Adrenaline would send the home crowd into a frenzy as Alexandre Gauthier would score the equalizer after an assist from Zach Boyle and Rezek. The teams kept the 3-3 scoreline to take the game to overtime in this epic encounter. Shots on goal were Bears 17 to Adrenaline 12.

The 2019 rule change of overtime now saw the teams playing 3-on-3 for 5mins to determine a winner. Both teams would need their players to play offence as well as defence with the wider open spaces. Adrenaline’s import Ales Kratoska was desperate as he had to take on two Bears players in a particularly frenetic play saving the puck time and time again around the feet of his opponents towards the goals. The Bears Timothy Newport was called for goalie interference and with the new rules the result is the other team get a 4-on-3 man advantage for 2mins. The Adrenaline could not find a way past the desperate Bears defence, and in fact it would be the skillful Annesley that would get past to post his hat trick for a win to the Bears at 1:29 left to play, leaving the Adrenaline team shattered at the final buzzer. Shots on goal for the entire game were Bears 40 for 4 goals, Adrenaline 36 for 3. Congratulations to both teams for providing such an entertaining game for the crowd, and congratulations to the league for the new exciting overtime rules.