This weekend’s games delivered a varied range of outcomes across the country, from shootout wins to goalfests. How did your team go? Let’s have a look at what happened with this week’s AIHL Review of Week 4.
Bears 5 (SO) @ Thunder 4, Saturday
This was a close game, with the Bears coming out on top in a shootout. Schlamp scored a power play goal at 1:15 of the third, and Nick Rivait scored to tie it with 33 seconds to go after the Thunder were up 4-2 with 12 minutes to go. Cameron Todd scored two goals for the Bears, while Rob Haselhurst had a goal and an assist for the Thunder. Anthony Kimlin made 22 saves on 26 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.846 to earn the shootout win, while Peter Di Salvo made 40 saves on 44 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.909.
Ice 2 @ Mustangs 1, Saturday
The Ice take the first Derby of the year in a game that could be summed up as a goalie battle – Dayne Davis and Nic Novysedlak played amazing games. Dayne Davis got the win for the Ice, making 22 saves on 23 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.957 and making some amazing saves. Nic Novysedlak made 34 saves on 36 shots, for a 0.944 Save Percentage and worked his heart out the whole game. Jeremy Brown scored both of the Ice goals, and Bourke scored his 100th AIHL goal for the only Mustangs goal.
Northstars 3 @ Brave 4, Saturday
Well, the Brave tried their best to lose this one, as they gave up a 3-1 lead in the third period to the Northstars. But with 45 seconds to go, Wudrick puts the Brave ahead and seal the win. Brian Bales for the Brave scored 4 points (1 G, 3 A), and Felix Poulin scored 2 goals for Newcastle. At the end of the first, both Matthew Harvey and Hamish Powell were ejected for fighting, but the rest of the game only had 16 penalty minutes so it wasn’t the angry game fighting ejections usually indicate.
Adrenaline 1 @ Ice Dogs 5, Saturday
The Ice Dogs got the jump on the Adrenaline as they got out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the second, and eventually ran out winners 5-1. Grant Toulmin and Dave Upton both had a goal and an assist each. Ellisse Carini finished the scoring with the empty netter right at the end. A positive for Adelaide was Cam Critchlow, continuing his scoring streak and going bar down for the lone Adrenaline goal. Damien Ketlo was the winning goalie for Sydney, making 31 saves on 32 shots, for a 0.969 Save Percentage. Peter King was the losing goalie for the Adrenaline, making 28 saves on 32 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.875.
Adrenaline 5 @ Mustangs 9, Sunday
Well this was a crazy game. Fourteen goals scored, two power play goals, two Mustangs short-handed goals, no hat tricks, Damien Bright’s 100th AIHL game, and Nic Novysedlak wins his first AIHL game in just over two years (his last win was on the 10th of May, 2015). Jamie Bourke and Brendan McDowell scored a pair of goals each for the Mustangs, and Cam Critchlow continued his good scoring form with a goal and an assist. Probably the strangest thing about this game is, if you took out the first period (which ended 4-1), this was a one-goal game. With this win, all teams have now won a game this season.
Bears 2 @ Thunder 3 (SO), Sunday
The Bears and Thunder play their third shootout result in a row, with Perth taking the result in this one. Simon Kudla scored first for the Thunder, followed by a terrific end-to-end run by Rob Haselhurst to make it 2-0 (with goalie Peter Di Salvo getting an assist on the goal). Tomas Landa picked up a loose puck to bring the Bears to within a goal, and Jackson Brewer was left unmarked on the back post for the Bears for the equaliser. Di Salvo stopped all three shootout attempts, and Ben Breault was the lone shootout scorer to win it.
Northstars 4 @ Ice Dogs 3, Sunday
Newcastle managed to hold off a fast-finishing Ice Dogs, winning 4-3 in Macquarie. Matt Marantz scored two goals and Stephen Kuhn chipped in with three assists. For the Ice Dogs, Strat Allen picked up two goals and an assist, Grant Toulmin with a goal and an assist, and David Upton with three assists. Odd statistic – the Northstars have five players in the top eight scorers in the League, but have only two regulation wins.