Melbourne Ice has again inflicted defeat on Hunter Adelaide Adrenaline 7-3 in the First Qualifying Final at the IceArena, Thebarton 25 February 2012.
What was in the first two periods a hard, fast and physical contest turned into a forgettable third period for the Adrenaline ladies. They were out-skated, out-played and out-muscled when Melbourne put on 5 goals to 1 sealing a comprehensive victory to take themselves straight into the AWIHL Grand-Final.
One thing the scoreline does not tell you is the outstanding effort from Adrenaline net-minder Belinda James. Under constant pressure and often without the protection of the usually formidable Adrenaline defense, Belinda helped keep the Ice from maybe what should have been a larger scoreline.
It was a battle of the boards which the Ice won through pure physical strength and presence. Coupled with speed and silky skills Melbourne dominated. They also controlled the all important neutral ice where their drive ultimately came from.
Penalties were also in favour of the Ice 2-5 but struggled to make them count. One area of the game that Adrenaline controlled and suffocated Melbourne, turning defense into attack.
Andrea Steranko and Courtney Tremblay were honest performers while Taylor Botterill battled hard and her work along the boards didn’t go unnoticed. Sari Lehmann was influential early with with a goal and assist, supporting Andrea Steranko up front who also scored a goal and two assists. Rylie Padjen was Adrenaline’s other goal scorer with the only third period goal.
Adrenaline now meet North Star-Sirens in tomorrow (Sunday) mornings Semi-Final after the Sirens comfortably beat the Brisbane Goannas 6-1.
North Star-Sirens were tested in their 6-1 victory over a gallant Brisbane Goannas in the second semi-final at the IceArena, Thebarton 25 February 2012.
While the scoreline suggests the Sirens had it all their own way, they were up against a determined Goannas outfit fighting for the right to take on Adelaide Adrenaline for the right to advance to tomorrows (Sunday) Grand-Final.
In a penalty ridden game which saw 11 penalties handed out, the Goannas applied good constant pressure on the more fancied Sirens outfit. While the Sirens did score early in the first the Goannas had greater control of the play and spent a good amount of time in the Sirens defensive zone. Just lacking that little bit of polish to finish of some great work with Tamra Jones and Erin Weber proving to be a constant handful.Goannas net-minder Kristy Bruske providing a valuable last line of defense.
The Sirens were never that convincing throughout the contest and wasn’t until the third period that they were able to take some sort of control, scoring 3 goals to 1 which also saw 5 out of the 11 penalties. Erin Weber scoring a power play goal in the third and Melinda White with the assist, proving the when the heat is on the Goannas are up to the challenge.