21/04/2021 Premier League ice hockey – Redwings v Tigers 3-3

Adelaide ice hockey Premier league action on Wednesday night between the Tigers and the Redwings on 21/04/2021 saw no.14 Chris Campbell play his first Premier League game for the Redwings.  I recall photographing Chris participating in the McCrae-Williamson ice hockey skills jamboree (5-10 years olds) as a kid.  He sure has come a long way, as has Tigers Morris O’Handley, also a previous McCrae participant.  With the AIHL season out due to Covid-19, the Adelaide Adrenaline players find themselves in Premier League teams.  With this comes intensity, and lots of penalties!  The first period started off with Ryan Foll for the Tigers score the Tigers first goal at the 17:08 mark after an assist from Jan Koubek.  Right on the goal, Redwings Dave Gal got called for hooking.  Redwings Nicola Pau went to the penalty box for tripping at 15:22, Tigers Zach Boyle for slashing at 11:32 and Tigers goaltender Glen Forbes-White for tripping a Redwings player in the goal crease at 10:30.  It took until halfway through the period for the Redwings to strike back when Steve Best scored after an assist from ex-Adelaide Avalanche player Mitch Villani.  Redwings Adam Wise was deemed for roughing at 4:25 remaining but this was a result of being cross0checked by Redwings Jai Sarcich.  With 4-on-4 the result Joey MacDougall found space and was able to put the Tigers one up again with just under 4mins remaining in the period when he teamed up with Ryan Foll and Zach Boyle.  Redwings were in more penalty trouble as Pau went back to the penalty box for interference at 3:02 and Best for hooking with one minute remaining but the Tigers were unable to score.

The second period was tight with both goaltenders able to stop shots, until at 8:56 remaining, Redwings Jeff Pellerin tied the score at 2-all after assists from Tyler Leeming and Tom Tait.  After the large number of penalties in the first period the players behaved themselves and one penalty was dished out, to Tigers Greg McNair for tripping late in the period.

Into the third period, and it was the Tigers that would strike early, when just 3mins in MacDougall would score from a Glen Foll assist.  The Redwings weren’t daunted and it was the skill of Villani that saw them tie again after an assist from Pau.  The 3-3 scoreline would remain until the end of the period, with only an interference penalty to Redwings Ryan Rintala with 2mins left when he sent big Jack Taylor sprawling.  Overtime 3-on-3 ensued, but neither team was able to score so the game ended as a 3-all draw.  Shots on goals for Tigers goaltender was 30 shots for 3 goals (0.9 save %), and Redwings goaltender Curtis Villani facing 34 shots for 3 goals (0.912 save %).