Monday, August 27, 2012 - Submitted by Myles Wallace
Coming off the back of four consecutive victories in Melbourne, the Adelaide Adrenaline were looking to continue their winning form against the Gold Coast Blue Tongues over the weekend August 25-26.
Saturday’s game at the IceArenA was the first of two on weekend against the Blue Tongues, who stand at ten wins and eleven losses for the season.
Having already cemented a finals position, the Adrenaline were seeking to avoid injury and make themselves championship contenders.
The Adrenaline were out skated, out played and physically battered, on Saturday, surrendering to the Blue Tongues 5-1.
Charlie Huber was Adelaide’s lone scorer capping off an MVP game, along with Andrew Stapleton and Darren Corstens.
The game began physically with both sides throwing some hefty body checks.
The Adrenaline however looked sloppy with the puck, surrendering many early scoring opportunities.
The Blue Tongues took advantage of the sloppy defensive work they faced, opening the scoring 2:53 into the first period courtesy of a nice wrist shot.
The Blue Tongues continued their dominance of the first period, with Ben O’Driscoll scoring his first of the match off a lovely feed from Ross Howell.
The Blue Tongues netted their third for the period with Greg Bay sliding a slick feed from Alex Hall past the Adelaide tender.
The Adrenaline looked much better in the second period, controlling much more of the puck than the Blue Tongues.
However, the Blue Tongues defence held strong thanks to terrific goaltending by Anthony Kimlin.
The second period ended with the score at 3-0 in favour of the Blue Tongues.
The third period began with the Adrenaline on power play for 41 seconds.
They were unable to convert however and were 0/5 with the man advantage for the night.
The Adrenaline however managed to score a short time later, with Huber slotting his first of the game leaving the score at 3-1.
Huber’s goal came courtesy of a Josh Harding breakaway, from just the defensive side of the red line.
The third period was highlighted with a lot of physical play, much the story of the game, with both sides taking roughing penalties.
The Adrenaline pulled net-minder Aaron Barton with 2:25 left in the third hoping to pin back the score, however, they surrendered two late goals, including an empty-netter, leaving the final score 5-1 in favour of the Blue Tongues.
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