The Sydney Ice Dogs faced the Adrenaline at the Ice Arena in Adelaide on Sunday night for the second of two meetings this weekend.
Grant Toulmin entered the game with 13 points against Adelaide in the last 4 meetings. The Dogs created good chances and were able to prevent Adelaide from scoring. Forward Stephen Johnston almost gave the Dogs a lead late in the first however Adrenaline goaltender Pete King prevented the puck from finding the back of the net at the last second. Ice Dogs goalie Damien Ketlo made key saves to keep the game scoreless at the end of the first.
Adelaide opened the scoring six and a half minutes into the second period with a goal from Josef Rezek. Lachlan Shumak was sent to the box for holding with 9:30 to play. Soon after the call Sydney’s Rory Rawlyk had a shorthanded breakaway opportunity and converted, tying the game at one.
Sydney entered the third looking to gain a lead over Adelaide in the final 20 minutes. Adelaide’s Cam Critchlow scored early on with a tip in goal to give the Adrenaline the lead. Adelaide scored again with 12:05 left on the clock.
Stephen Johnston found the back of the net with just under eight minutes left in the game to cut the Adrenaline’s lead in half. It remained a one goal game until Dave Dunwoodie was sent to the box for tripping and Adelaide’s Casey Babineau scored on the power play.
The last minutes of the game became physical and resulted in multiple penalties for both teams. The Adrenaline’s Cam Critchlow scored with 1:30 left on the clock to give Adelaide a 5-2 lead.
The Dogs fought hard but were without key players including forward Billy Cliff who suffered an injury. The shortage of players proved to be to much for the Dogs however they look bounce back from the loss next weekend when they play the Adrenaline again on Saturday and then defending champions, the Newcastle North Stars on Sunday.