Adrenaline completes weekend sweep of Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Victoria – With a late winner the night before, the Adelaide Adrenaline looked to make it a clean sweep against the Melbourne Mustangs on Sunday. 
It looked like it would be a comfortable victory for the visiting team until some last period heroics presented a classic finish with Adelaide running out 6-4 winners, but not without a scare.
The game began in similar fashion to the previous day; big hits & fast paced hockey was on show once again. Adelaide started to get on top in the game with their hustle and work rate prominent. Adrian Nash was called for slashing early and the Adrenaline had the chance to apply some early scoreboard pressure.
Oliver Wren, standing in net for the Mustangs once again, was having none of it, coming up with some terrific saves and ensuring the Mustangs’ defense the power play was successful.
As the period went on, both teams traded penalties and it wasn’t until midway through that the deadlock was broken with Sean Greer putting the Adrenaline ahead and silencing the home crowd. It was a deserved goal for the away team who came out firing and looked like a team fighting for a playoff spot.
With just over a minute remaining in the first, Adelaide would double their lead through none other than Greg Oddy, the every reliable forward getting his first of the afternoon.
Adelaide started the second with four consecutive penalties, but despite this, once again hit the back of the net through Greg Oddy to take a 3-0 lead. Slow reaction from Mustangs defender Troy Robertson to keep the puck in the Mustangs offensive zone and some terrific puck handling by Liscomb and Darge   was enough to allow Oddy to get room and place the puck past Oliver Wren.
It only took 18 seconds for Adelaide to tally another as Wehebe Darge score the second of the period and Adelaide’s fourth of the match. Adelaide was on top and appeared to be running away with a comfortable lead.
With six minutes remaining, the Mustangs were finally able to find a free man to get the scoreboard ticking over. Sean Jones was left unattended on Aaron Barton’s blind side was able to slot home a lovely finish. It was reward for terrific play by the home side, which outshot the Adrenaline 16-5 in the period.
The celebration of Jones’ goal would be short lived however, as Greg Oddy once again struck to give Adelaide a commanding 5-1 lead late in the period.
As Mustangs fans looked around wondering what had happened to the team which was so dominant the night before, they wondered if the team had enough to pull back some respectability on the scoreboard. They were getting enough chances on goal and surely Barton would eventually have to crack.
It only took a minute into the third for the Mustangs to score a power play goal to Jake Ebner and the team’s second of the night. Just two minutes later, the Mustangs would score on another power play opportunity this time through Matt Anderson. A missed Scott Levitt shot was picked up by Anderson who looked for a wrap around goal, the play was thwarted by Barton but a determined Anderson kept prodding and poking to eventually squeeze the puck behind the Adelaide goalie.
With the game now at 5-3, a grandstand finish was in the making.
Chances were coming in thick and fast for the Mustangs. Vadim Virjassov dazzled the Adrenaline defenders and put a deke on goalie Aaron Barton only to have his shot ring off the post.
The Mustangs would soon draw within one goal as a long range Scott Levitt shot bounced of goalie Aaron Barton, only to find a waiting Jack McCoy who would score from the angle. With the score at 5-4, the Ice House was now rocking and Mustang’s fans could sense the possibility of a miracle win.
As Andrew Belic headed to the box for slashing, it gave the Adrenaline a chance at a go ahead goal, one which would come thanks to some terrific redirection work in front of the net. Josh Harding awarded the goal and it gave the Adelaide Adrenaline a buffer they would hold for a 6-4 victory.
Melbourne pushed forward late in the game getting plenty of shots on goal, but it was the Adelaide Adrenaline who stood tall and walked away with a weekend sweep.
This result also giving Adelaide an overall 3-1 series win against the Mustangs.
Both teams played some terrific hockey throughout the weekend, and it ended in typical Melbourne Mustangs fashion, nail biting right until the end.
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