SYDNEY, Australia – Surprise results and whopping defeats featured in the weekend’s fixtures of Australian ice hockey where seven of the eight AIHL teams hit the ice.
The first surprise defeat on Saturday saw the Melbourne Mustangs over the Sydney Ice Dogs. The Mustangs were down 3-0 but didn’t give up scoring 3 goals and forcing the game into a shootout where the young team managed to hold on to take it out 4-3.
On Saturday the determined Ice Dogs came out against the Melbourne Ice in one of the best matchups in AIHL history. All accounts of the game ultimately concluded it was a tough one, full of excellent play. The game ended 3-all forcing it to a shootout. The Ice Dogs weren’t about to repeat their Saturday result and after five rounds, Sydney goaltender Anthony Kimlin proved too good and the Ice Dogs took the game 4-3. The Ice Dog certainly gave the defending champs something to think about heading into a doubleheader clash with the Adelaide Adrenaline next weekend.
In Newcastle, the North Stars hosted the Perth Thunder, delivering a shocking 13-2 defeat over the western side, overshadowing the arrival of gun import Michael Forney. Seven Newcastle players delivered the 13 goals with David Upton and Jeff Martens scoring hat tricks. Perth’s heartbreaking defeat followed their 9-3 loss to Melbourne Ice the previous week. The Thunder are still awaiting the arrival of two imports who will arrive by the time the Thunder meet the Ice Dogs in two weeks time.
The Sydney Bears lead a fierce campaign against the Canberra Knights on Saturday, winning 6-1. On Sunday however the Bears met the determined Perth Thunder who had something to prove and fell 5-2. Bears player/coach Vlad Rubes scored 4 goals this weekend- leaving 6 to go before he is allowed to shave his newly acquired moustache resulting form a bet made with the Australian Men’s National Team players last month.
The North Stars remain the only undefeated team so far this season.
Results at a glance
Newcastle North Stars 13 @ Perth Thunder 2
Melbourne Mustangs 4 @ Sydney Ice Dogs 3 (SO)
Sydney Bears 6 @ Canberra Knights 1
Sydney Ice Dogs 4 @ Melbourne Ice 3 (SO)
Perth Thunder 5 @ Sydney Bears 2