Recap of week 9 in the AIHL

MELBOURNE, Australia – Another weekend of nail biting action has just passed by. The tight score-lines set the scene for the AIHL results over the weekend with exciting finishes and tospy turvy results being the norm. With one exception…. the Melbourne Ice racked up a long awaited high score on the road defeating the Knights 12-1 in Canberra in what can only be described as total dominance. Ice’s Matt Armstrong was sensational with four goals and one assist. The Knights could not score a goal after the first period and, having scored only one goal in each of their last three games, have a tough weekend ahead in Melbourne against home sides the Ice and Mustangs.AIHL

In a double-header weekend between the Mustangs and Adrenaline in Adelaide, the Adrenaline started strong defeating the Mustangs 4-2 in an exciting shoot-out finish. Darren Corstens and Britt Ouellette scored in the shoot-out for Adrenaline and thrilled the home crowd. On Sunday, despite the urging of vocal supporters, Adrenaline could not deliver again and went down 6-5 in an overtime shootout to a determined and feisty Mustangs squad. The Adrenaline fans went home satisfied that one shootout win apiece showed their team has some spunk despite their lowly position on the ladder.

The anticipated top of the ladder clash between the North Stars and Ice Dogs delivered just what the doctor ordered. On Saturday afternoon the Ice Dogs at home defeated the North Stars 4 goals to 3 in a close game and halted North stars seven game winning streak. Matt Puntereri and Simon Barg were both influential for the Ice Dogs with a goal and assist apiece. In the final game of the round the results were reversed and the North Stars at home hung on through an intense finish to defeat the Ice Dogs 1-0 to tighten their grip on the battle for top place. Dominic Osma’s skill delivered the only goal with just 63 seconds remaining until full-time and broke the deadlock that lasted most of the match. The Ice Dogs remain at the top of the ladder.

Baulkham Hills on Sunday was the scene for not only a close score-line but also an Australian sporting first: players and representatives of the Australian Baseball League’s Sydney Blue Sox put on their skates and put on a show during the first and second period break of the Sydney Bears vs Melbourne Ice game. Many Bears fans were present to witness the fun but were not so happy about the result going down in a close game 4 goals to 3.

In other ice hockey news, Melbourne and the AIHL fans got a taste of some amazing hockey talent with Hisense Arena hosting the USA vs Canada exhibition games on Friday and Saturday evenings. The sold-out games, featuring NHL, AHL, OHA and ECHL players were a thrill for the fans. On Friday an empty net goal with 28 seconds left to play sealed the win for Canada defeating USA 11 goals to 9. Saturday’s replay gave fans bang for their buck with a high scoring game ending in a shoot-out and USA pipped Canada for a 10-9 win. Canada has the chance to make amends on 22nd June in Sydney in the decider that will no doubt bring the Allphones Arena crowd to their feet.

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Results at a glance

Saturday 15th June

Adelaide Adrenaline 4 @Melbourne Mustangs 2

Sydney Ice Dogs 4 @ Newcastle North Stars 3

Melbourne Ice 12 @ Canberra Knights 1

Sunday 16th June

Melbourne Mustangs 6 @ Adelaide Adrenaline 5

Melbourne Ice 4 @ Sydney Bears 3

Newcastle North Stars 1 @ Sydney Ice Dogs 0

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