Admirals Thwart DevilsSunday 19, June 2016 - NZIHL
The West Auckland Admirals played their second game in a back-to-back home stand against the Red Devils Sunday night and the results were significantly better than Saturday. When all was said and done, the Admirals posted a 7-2 win to even up the series this weekend.
The first period was a spirited affair with lots of hitting and a very fast pace. The Admirals controlled the majority of the play for the first half of the period. Mario Mjelleli put the Admirals on the board first at 9:15, assisted by Blake Jackson and Justin Daigle. The Admirals continued to pressure but the Red Devils goalie thwarted their efforts on a number of occasions. At the end of the first period, the Admirals were up 1-0.
The second period started out much like the first with lots of spirited play back and forth. Mario Mjelleli picked up a penalty early in the period and the Devils put on the pressure but Csaba Kercso-Magos closed the door. Robbie Chamberlain put the Admirals up 2-0 on a scramble in front of the net at 15:51. Less than a minute later Nick Henderson added another goal unassisted, bringing the score to 3-0 for the Admirals. Andy Hart scored by deflecting a Justin Daigle shot from the point at 8:15, bringing the score to 4-0 for the Admirals. Nick Henderson picked up a penalty at 3:22 and on the ensuing power play Chris Eaden put the Red Devils on the board. At the end of the second period, the score stood at 4-1 for the Admirals.
The Red Devils pushed the play early in the 3rd period and came close to scoring but the play was waved off due to goalie interference. The Admirals came close at about the 15 minute mark when Nick Henderson beat the goalie but not the goal post. Taylor Rooney made it 5-1 at 13:16 on an excellent feed from Dylan Dickson with the other assist coming from Steven Huish. Chris Eaden added another tally for the Red Devils at 9:07 bringing the score to 5-2. Blake Jackson rang one off the post at 7:49 – close but no cigar. Stevie Huish made it 6-2 at 7:05 assisted by Dylan Dickson and Taylor Rooney. Tom Tracy added a power play goal at 3:05 to make the score 7-2, assisted by AJ Spillar and Mario Mjelleli. The Red Devils pushed to try to add to their score but time was not their friend and when the dust settled, the final score ended up 7-2 for the Admirals.
The boys will be on the road next weekend – off to Queenstown for a double header against the Stampede!
The archived stream of the game is available on nzihl.tv.
By SHAWN HENRY
Photo: Rachel van Luyt