Comanches vs Saints 5 (Div 5)
It was a night of firsts for both sides as the Comanches went in to game 5 looking for that elusive win while the Saints were out to prove themselves after a change in divisions – punctuating that fact by scoring near the end of the first period. After a tightly contested opening half Damien Polgar scored for the Comanches, and for his first ever, evening the game at 1-1.
Sensing a potential to win, and an unwillingness to accept a tied game, Comanches came out hard in the third with Edison Tooley and first-gamer Thea Jones scoring their second and first goals respectively in the last two minutes to see the scoreboard read 4-2. First win, first goals, and there’s plenty more to come!
Ice Wolves 1 vs Kiowa (Div 1)
The Kiowa took on the Ice Wolves for the first time this season on Friday night at O’Brien Arena. This was an important match for the team to stake a claim on the Top 4 and the effort put in by all players reflected this. Unfortunately a lack of numbers on the bench meant that fatigue became a factor as the game progressed and the younger legs of the Wolves continued to push the pace.
Mike killip got the scoring started half-way through the 1st period on a feed from John Hawkey. Our defence had trouble containing opposition speedster Mikey Ting who buzzed around the rink like a mosquito and set up the Wolves’ offence. The 2nd period ended 1-4 in favour of the Wolves. Dallas Barnhill gave the Kiowa some hope when he slotted a goal early in the 3rd period after the opposition tender left the net on an ambitious passing play. Despite grabbing the momentum, the team’s gas tank was nearing empty after two and a half periods of playing with a short bench. The Wolves took advantage of their superior leg speed and scored 2 goals late in the 3rd to cement the 6-2
The game was more hard-fought than the scoreline would suggest and the Kiowa will be itching for a rematch with a couple of extra numbers and a bit more match fitness. Team effort was very positive and goalie Conor O’Brien made a bunch of big saves to keep us in the contest.
Cherokees vs Champs (Div 3)
Not the Cherokees’ finest day. Maybe it was the humidity, maybe it was just one of those games where the puck won’t go your way, but we fell 5-1 to the Champs at Icy O’Briens. A great goal to Josh Facchini, and Matt Peagram stood on his head in goal, but it wasn’t enough.
Icebreakers vs Apaches (Div 3)
Early on Saturday afternoon the Apaches faced off against the Icebreakers. A short handed goal early in the first period put us up 1-0 but the Icebreakers equalised with 2 minutes left in the period. Early in the second the Icebreakers scored a messy goal from point that would secure them the win. While no goals were scored in the third period it was far from uneventful, with 6 penalties as both teams strived towards a win. An incident after the whistle also added the penalty count on both sides. A hard fought loss, as the game ended 1-2.
Chiefs vs Navajos (Div 2)
In a game against a far more experienced Chiefs, the Navajos once again started with a short bench. Having only 10 skaters the Navajos knew that they were going to be in for a challenge, and set out to minimise penalties and to score first. They took the game to the Chiefs early, neutralising the Chiefs offence and finishing the first period 0-0.
The Navajos began the second period with an early goal from Mark Samwells, taking a lead for the first time this season, however, the Chiefs quickly countered with two goals, further spurring the Navajos offence with some impressive efforts, notably Bianca Cassar’s attempt at crashing the net. Chiefs finished the second period 2-1.
By the third period the short bench had taken its toll. The chiefs scored four early goals countered by one from Brad Pyers. The final score was 6-2. The score aside, this was the Navajos best game to date, managing to frustrate the Chiefs and force them to change their style of play. The Navajos will build on this game next Saturday against the Demons 2 at OBGA.
Mohicans vs Jets Phantoms (Div 5)
Round 5 saw the Mohicans taking on Jets Phantoms at Oakleigh. Going down 0-9, it was a hard fought game – the Mohicans focused on playing a good positional game, but the Phantoms were too strong. The game wound up early, as the fog rolled in at Oakleigh, with play stopped late in the 3rd period. A shout out to Jack Challis on a amazing first game on ice coming over from roller.