In their final home games of the season, the Melbourne Ice hosted the Adelaide Adrenaline in an intense two game double header which saw the points split, as both teams came away with wins. Jessica Cannizzaro reports.
Described as a top of the table clash, both the Adrenaline and Ice were in top form, as they had been all season. Both teams would be looking to use this weekend as momentum with the AWIHL finals nearing closer.
Game one on Saturday night, saw Melbourne Ice off to a flying start, with Nicole Tritter scoring an unassisted short-handed goal to open up the scoring for the round, while shortly after it was Lucy Parrington who grabbed Ice’s second. It was Frances McPhail who scored a close rebound goal and lift Ice to a 3 goal lead after the first period.
With Claudia Tom in net for Adrenaline and Courtney Rea for Melbourne Ice, both goalies were pushed to their limits, with Rea displaying a challenging job keeping Adelaide team goalless.
The intensity still high leading into the second, the only goal scored was by Ice’s Sarah Teed with the scoreboard reading 4-0. However it wasn’t until seven minutes of the final period that Andrea Steranko scored Adrenalines first goal.
McPhail finished the game with the final goal, as the scoreboard read 5-1. In a penalty filled game it was McPhail who was awarded the Ice’s player of the game.
The second game of the weekend, proved to be just as challenging as the first however with far less penalties as seen on the previous day. A tight start, it wasn’t until a minute left in the game that Mcphail continued her rich grain of form, opening up the scoreboard for Ice with a backhand shot.
With Michelle Coonan now in the net for Adelaide and Georgina Carroll for the Ice, the second period saw more shots on goal as Carroll was faced with 16 and Coonan with 21.
Sarah Boyce and Andrea Steranko kept Adrenaline right in the game with goals each, while Emily Teed was the only goal scorer for Ice in the second period leaving the game tied at 2.
The final saw both teams push themselves as the defensive pressure was high and no team was willing to fall short from silly mistakes. It wasn’t until Steranko battled her way through Melbourne goalie Carroll that the Adrenaline had the winning score.
Overall an exciting and highly intense game to watch as both teams yet again matched up well. While both Ice and Adrenaline had to overcome some challenging moments, the result was the same as their last meeting; one win each.
Despite being level on points, it is the Melbourne Ice who remain on top of the AWIHL standings due to a superior goal differential.
By Jessica Cannizzaro
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