The Sydney Ice Dogs defeated the Adelaide Adrenaline at the IceArena in Adelaide on Saturday night for the first of two meetings this weekend.
Adelaide opened the scoring five and a half minutes into the game with a goal from Cameron Critchlow. Newly signed Canadian Import Rory Rawlyk made his presence clear in his debut, making strong defensive plays. The Dogs fought hard to create good chances to get the puck to the net. Stephen Johnston came close to tying the game with seconds left in the period when the forward took a shot that was just wide of the net.
Sydney entered the second period trailing 1-0 with 16 shots on goal. Forward Ellesse Carini beat Adrenaline goaltender Pete King to score a goal halfway through the second period and to tie the game at one. Stephen Johnston scored his first on the night a little over a minute later to give the Dogs a 2-1 lead at the end of the second. The Adrenaline had multiple chances, however they were shut down by the Dogs defense and goaltender Damien Ketlo who made key saves.
After answering back with two goals in the second the Dogs hit the ice for the final period. Adelaide tied the game with just over six minutes played in the third with a power play goal from Darren Corstens. The Dogs responded to the goal a little over four minutes later when Grant Toulmin scored on the breakaway. Stephen Johnston scored his second of the night and secured the Dogs win in the final 20 seconds of the game with an empty net goal.
Sydney wrapped the game with a 4-2 win over Adelaide. Damien Ketlo stood tall once again, making 38 saves to help lead the Dogs to their second win of the season in the three games they have played. The Dogs will face the Adrenaline again in Adelaide tonight with puck drop at 4.30pm local time.