Canberra Knights have missed a chance to snap their eleven-game losing streak, falling to the visiting Adelaide Adrenaline in a shootout at Phillip Icehouse on Saturday. David Penrose reports
The Knights were looking to build on their improved performance from against Perth the previous weekend, but struggled to match Adelaide in the first period.
The Adrenaline struck first when Darren Corstens scored a power play goal, but despite being outshot – 16-12 – and largely outplayed the Knights found themselves only down 1-0 at the end of one.
Knights goaltender Chris Slauenwhite was to thank, denying Adelaide on several occasions.
Adelaide silenced a raucous Canberra crowd in the early stages of the third period, when Manning scored his second goal of the game – doubling his season tally.
The Adrenaline took a 4-3 lead with 6:29 remaining when Matthew Haywood scored in his AIHL debut.
But Canberra pushed hard for an equaliser, and found it through Maxime Suzzarini on a man-advantage. It was Suzzarini’s first goal since April 27.
With both sides unable to find a game-winner, the contest headed into a shootout – Adelaide’s third in a row.
It took until the sixth round to break the deadlock, when Haywood scored to secure two points for Adelaide.
Canberra claimed one point, in their first shootout of 2013, ahead of a doubleheader in Adelaide next weekend.
Meanwhile, Adelaide will travel to Sydney to play the Ice Dogs on Sunday.
HSN MVP AIHL Votes
3 votes – Wehebe Darge (AA
2 Votes – Jordan Braid (CK)
1 Votes – Chris Slauenwhite (CK)
By David Penrose
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