Selected photos 160 from the 260 ‘’keeper’’photos at the Pee Wee Roos Division ice hockey game between the Senators and Panthers played at the Ice Arena, Adelaide, South Australia on 08/10/2020. The Panthers would be without some key, experienced players with Wade Patterson, Naomi Gagnon and Lucas Kennedy missing from the line-up for this late Thursday afternoon game. The Senators would be without one of the key goal scorers this season in Marni Trapolino.
The 1st period was a sluggish affair with neither team able to dominate the other, a real credit to the Panthers missing so many experienced players and their defiant defence. The Senators had shifted experienced defenceman Jordan Kutsche on to a wing and as centre for faceoffs and shifted livewire Zeth Wyngarde into defence but few scoring opportunities came as the stingy Panthers defence shut down any chances of passes. Shots on goal were rare from both the teams. So effective was the Panthers defence that the Senators failed to post a single shot on goal! The Panthers, despite only 3 shots on goal themselves were able to find Abna Cox in front of a loose puck and it was put away on Senators goal tender Brodie Clarke’s blocker side at 5:25, with the assists coming from Ella Wandel and Eleanor Bartter. Something needed to change in the Senators game plan. No penalties were recorded for the period.
The 2nd period saw some big changes as the Senators resumed their normal structure again and shook off whatever it was from the 1st period. This produced results as Luke Loria racing through the centre and firing a shot past Panthers goaltender Riley Knapp at 14:20 with the assist coming from Elliot Buley. The period then took on the same appearance as the 1st period, but this time it was the Panthers who simply couldn’t post a shot on goal. Senators gun skater Diamond Cross posted a goal at 3:16 to put the Senators up. Sensing a resurgence, Loria would slot one past Knapp from his left side shortly afterwards at 2:40 to create a 2-goal buffer. Shots on goal were 8 shots from the Senators.
The 3rd period saw the first and only penalty in the game, when at 14:10 Luke Loria was caught for roughing but the Panthers were not able to capitalise with the player advantage. The rest of the period saw the timekeepers untroubled until late in the period, when Kutsche was again put up forward, being rewarded with an assist (his first point for the season) as he combined with Cross to give Loria his second goal for the game. Apart from the early successes of the Panthers defence, a key player that managed to have the measure of the Senators was Grace Kalambokas, often able to outskate and skirt around Senators players (must have been the new green GT stripes on the helmet!). Shots on goal for the game were Panthers Knapp facing 15 for 4 goals, Senators Smith facing 7 for 1 goal.
Note: Apologies for not signalling the first goal to the Panthers with the signature horn. By the time I realised I did have the horn on me, it was well past he goal having been scored :-/. I was hoping to make up for it with the next Panthers goal.