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2012 champs
Sunday, September 9
Back To Back "A" Grade Titles




Challenge Champs 2012
Monday, February 20
Tigers Win Inaugural "B" Grade Challenge Tournament!
Ryan Foll Celibrates With The Challenge Cup!


The Adelaide Tigers Ice Hockey Club held their inaugural "B" Grade Challenge Cup over the weekend.

The Club hosted a six team tournament with teams from Sydney and Melbourne along with the four local clubs.

Not being very good host's the Tigers took out the Grand Final with a 4 - 1 win over the Melbourne Jets on Sunday.

The Tigers won both their round robin games on Friday. They started with a 6 - 2 win over the Adelaide Blackhawks and then had a 4 - 1 win over the Melbourne Jets. The Melbourne game was a very close contest the game was scoreless after two periods. The Jets scored first at 2:45 of the final period to take the lead, but Ryan Foll hammered home a rebound a minute later to level the scores. The Tigers hit the front with 7:39 remaining on a Glen Foll slap shot, Ari Pullinen found the back of the net with just over 2 minutes left and Glen Foll added an empty netter to round out the scoring.


The two round robin wins gave the Tigers first place in Group "B" and a spot in Saturday afternoon's semi-final. The semi-final opponent would be the Adelaide Falcons. The Falcons defeated the Adelaide Blackhawks 6 - 4  in the crossover elimination game Saturday morning. In the semi-final game the Tigers led 1 - 0 after the first period and 3 - 0 after the second. Josh Hardaker had the opening goal with Ryan Foll and Anders Eriksson adding the second period goals. Yuriy Solomonov made it 4 - 0 with 14:00 left in the third and a grand final spot looked to be safe. But the pesky Falcons had other ideas and two quick goals by Darren Stockburger and Luke Weston cut the lead in half with 7:00 remaining. Josh Hardaker and Luke Weston traded late goals and the Tigers won 5 - 3.

The other semi-final match up was played by the two interstate teams the Canterbury Kings and the Melbourne Jets. The Kings Jiri Virtanen opened the scoring half way through the first period. But the Jets hit back with three goals all scored by Matthew Bray and the Jets led 3 -1 after the first. The Kings scored twice in the second to even the score on goals by Matt Williams and Jiri Virtanen's second of the game. The Jets took a 4 - 3 lead with just under 9:00 left on a goal from James Trites. But with 40 seconds left the Kings Marcin Popielarz tied the score and sent the game into sudden death overtime. Neither team could manage to score in the 5 minute overtime period, so the game was decided in a shoot out. The Jets scored on their first two shots (Matthew Bray and Johnathan Hirsh) and the Kings missed on their first two attempts giving the Melbourne Jets the win and a rematch with the Tigers in Sunday's Grand Final.

The Grand Final was always going to be tough, but when Tiger's Coach Norbert Pecsi was informed that players Eric Lien and Mike Gainer could not play because of work and family commitments things were looking tougher. Then one hour prior to the game Anders Eriksson informed the coach he was ill and could not play. Things were now looking grim. So with the loss of two defensemen Drew Maltby and Glen Foll were dropped back on the point to fill the vacancies of Lien and Eriksson. The Tigers got off to a slow start with Melbourne Jets having most of the early play and the only goal of the first period scored by James Trites. After adjusting to all the line-up changes, the Tigers found their legs in the second period and took advantage of a five on three situation with Glen Foll and Ari Pullinen scoring power play goals a minute apart. Yuriy Solomov scored on a break away with just under 2:00 minutes left and the Tigers headed into the third period leading 3 - 1. Ari Pullinen's second goal of the game half way through the final period gave the Tiger's a 4 - 1 win. Sam O'Neill had a great game in goal for the Tigers stopping 21 of the 22 Melbourne shots.

Eddy Tchigique Drinks From The Cup!

Friday, March 23
Tigers Roar for 24 Against Blackhawks!!!

Nobody knew what to expect when the 2012 Tigers A Grade team took to the ice Thursday night, but it didn't take long to see that it was going to be a one-sided affair.  The onslaught started a minute into the game with Captain Glen Foll scoring his first of three on the night. This was followed by 10 more first period goals, 4 of which were scored by Josef "the smiling assassin" Rezek, who ended up with 8 goals in the game.

The Blackhawks thought they had found their way in the second, but then 1:49 into the period, Ryan "Rhino" O'Handley used his 6kg timber twig to knock home his first of three on the night.  Jeff "Smith and Wesson" Fode assisted on the tally, finally waking up after snoozing through the first, and then helped out on two more goals to notch up a hat-trick of assists in the period.

Controversy interrupted the match 7 minutes into the third period.  With the Tigers on their 4th powerplay of the night, and trying to maintain a 100% pp efficiency rating, Josef Rezek blasted a slapper from the point that appeared to go right through a hole in the back of the net.  Although it was clear from the Tigers bench that it was a good goal, play was allowed to resume.  The Blackhawks reversed the puck up ice and looked to be threatening, but Josef somehow managed to convince the referee to stop the play and review the goal.  Since the Thebarton Ice Palace has no video replay available, it was all for not, and the Blackhawks were rightly pissed off that their 2 on 0 breakaway was thwarted.  Tigers debutante, Eric "the sewing machine" Bobyn, impressed the coaches in his first Tigers A grade game.  He was buzzing around the net the entire game, and late in the third period his hard work was rewarded with two insurance goals coming only 21 seconds apart, casually flirting with Bill Mosienko's record.  After the game, coach Norbert Pecsi told reporters that Eric's performance was the most impressive debut for the Tigers since a strapping young lad named Edward "brokeback mountain" Keys suited up back in 2004.

Other highlights from the game included Josh Hardaker's hat-trick, Andy Stapleton, Clark Davis and Mike Kroon each with 5 points, Nick Clark's stellar defence, and Sam "Biebs" O'Neill putting in a strong appearance in his first ever A grade game.  Final Score 24 - 2

~ The Associated Press

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