The AWIHL season resumed with the North Star Sirens taking on the Adelaide Adrenaline in South Australia. It would be the home team that would take all the points from the Round 4 matchup. Nina Gaze reports.
Adelaide’s last home weekend of the season got off to a slow start, with neither team scoring at all in a tight first period. The bin was busy throughout the game – Adelaide in the box for a total of 26 minutes with the Sirens for 8.
Both teams finally found the back of the net in the second period. The Sirens opened the scoring at 6:49 to Sharna Godfrey, which turned out to be their only goal of Saturday’s game. Andrea Steranko returned fire for Adelaide just a few minutes later, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Beth Kavanagh put the first points on the board after just 15 seconds of play in the final period which was quickly followed by Steranko’s second. Sirens’ goal tender Sera Dogramaci made many stunning saves and did well to keep the Adelaide lead to just two, but eventually Steranko found her way through the defence scoring twice more taking the final score to 5-1.
The goalies from both teams performed outstandingly, evidenced in the relatively low overall score. Sera Dogramaci made an amazing 42 saves for the Sirens while Claudia Tom stopped 19 for the Adrenaline.
The second game of the weekend promised to be just as tight as the previous day. If anything, game two was even closer. Both teams were steely in defense and strong on attack.
The first goal came from North Stars captain Kaylee White at 11:10. Unfortunately for the Sirens, this was followed four minutes later by an own goal, which evened the scores.
Adelaide’s first goal off their sticks came only a couple of minutes later as Beth Kavanagh scored off an assist from Andrea Steranko. Both teams had a couple of trips to the box through the first period, White and Remi Harvey for the Sirens, and Kirsty Venus for Adelaide.
Steranko scored early in the second period for the Adrenaline, closely followed by a goal to Meredith Boyce. The Sirens’ Melissa Rulli sat down for 2 minutes for elbowing at 6.00, although Adelaide weren’t able to capitalise on the power play. Kavanagh added another for the Adrenaline with three and a half minutes to go, rounding off three unanswered goals for Adelaide in the middle stanza.
The final back and forth was back and eventually the Adrenaline found the net at just under 10 minutes to go. The Sirens responded five minutes later, again through Kaylee White. The game ended with Adelaide’s Boyce sisters both in the bin, Meredith for roughing and Sarah for hooking.
Michelle Coonan was strong in-goal for the Adrenaline, as again was Dogramaci for the North Stars. The game ended with a score of 6-2 to Adelaide.
The two teams were very evenly matched, and both incredibly determined to win. This weekend’s games both made exciting watching, with Adelaide coming away slightly stronger. Adelaide’s next round against Melbourne Ice at Medibank Icehouse should be explosive!
By Nina Gaze
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