In their second game of the weekend the Adrenaline and Goannas would once again face off at the IceArenA in Adelaide. With the Adrenaline taking Saturday’s game 13-5, the Goannas were keen to edge the difference back. As Nina Gaze reports, the Goannas were a much improved outfit but unable to get past the Adrenaline firepower as they took the sweep winning 8-4.
Adelaide started strong off the back of their win on Saturday with sustained pressure which led to the opening goal of the game to Beth Kavanagh at 15.40.
Brisbane’s loss on the previous afternoon seemed to have provided the motivation the girls needed as they followed with a goal of their own a minute and a half later. A huge shot from Melanie Brogan a minute after that put the Goannas ahead 2-1 which stunned the Adelaide crowd.
The first period was played at a fast pace, with the majority of the goal scoring taking place in the first 12 minutes of the game. Kavanagh pulled Adelaide back to two-all at 12.33, and assisted Andrea Steranko to another at the 10 minute mark.
Going quickly back and forth, Brisbane scored next at 6 minutes as Brogan added her second of the game. Steranko quickly put her second on the board for Adelaide after a strong break by Kavanagh, giving the home side the lead at the end of the period.
Both teams looked strong going into the second period, but Brisbane just couldn’t find the back of the net. Adelaide scored three times, two to Steranko and one to Kirsty Venus. Taylor Botteril was boxed for hooking at 6.04 however the Goannas weren’t able to take advantage of the extra skater.
The third period took a while to get started, with a lot of skating for no goals.
The action started to pick up with ten minutes to go with two Adrenaline players in the bin, leaving just four skaters on the ice. Not surprisingly, Brisbane took advantage this time and Brogan scored very quickly earning herself a hat-trick. After Adelaide returned to five players Sari Lehmann scored, maintaining Adelaide’s commanding lead.
Lehmann’s strike was the last goal, leaving the scoreboard reading 8-4 at the final siren. In the last few minutes of the game, Brisbane had two in the penalty box, first Anna McManus followed by Melissa Bibby. Adelaide’s Kavanagh went down in Brisbane’s attacking zone and was replaced by Venus for the last 30 seconds.
Brisbane’s Tiffany Samain-Venning was strong on defence, she made an impact on Adelaide’s scoring attempts and supported her goaltender well and the Goannas looked determined to keep Adelaide from scoring like they did in their Saturday matchup.
Steranko and Kavanagh showed why they’re top of the scoring leaderboard for the AWIHL, with strong performances from both players across the weekend. After a big win on Saturday, the Adrenaline really had to work today to get ahead in the first, but three unanswered goals in the second sealed the game.
The AWIHL will now break for the festive period as well as international duties and will resume on the 19th of January with the Adrenaline playing host once, this time to the North Star Sirens and the Goannas will face the Ice at home.
By Nina Gaze
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