Week 3 of the 2017 AIHL season is now behind us, and it left me with the question: Are the Mustangs still in the league? This is their second week off in a row, and they could very well be a different team when they play the Ice next week. But rather than dwelling on the teams that didn’t play, let’s see how things turned out for those that did in this week’s AIHL Review.
Ice 4 (SO) @ Northstars 3, Saturday
Melbourne traveled to Newcastle to take on the reigning premiers, and came away with a shootout win. However, they gave up a 3-1 lead in the last ten minutes of the third period, so this feels more like a win to the Northstars (well, without all the points). Gibbs-Sjodin with two goals and Dahlberg with one – the Swedish imports getting the job done for the Ice so far this season.
Brave 1 @ Bears 3, Saturday
The Bears went into the third period trailing 1-0, but goals from Landa, Schlamp and Brucker gave the Sydney-siders a surprising 3-1 win – and it’s not just me who thinks it is a surprise. Anthony Kimlin turned away 34 of the 35 shots he faced, for a .971 save percentage for the win. Stephen Blunden with the lone goal for the Brave, who had their first regulation loss for the season.
Ice Dogs 4 @ Adrenaline 2, Saturday
The Ice Dogs traveled to Adelaide and came away with a 4-2 win.. Stephen Johnston scored two goals and an assist, with a goal each to Toulmin (the game winner) and Carini. Cam Critchlow continued his fine scoring form, with a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Ketlo got the win in net for the Dogs, stopping 38 of 40 shots. Peter King took the loss for the Adrenaline, allowing three goals on 38 shots.
Northstars 6 (SO) @ Brave 5, Sunday
In a second shootout ending, Newcastle win a hard-fought game in Canberra. Zane Jones scored a third-period hat trick and Matt Marantz potted two goals to account for the Northstars scoreline. Stephen Blunden got two of the Brave’s five goals.
Ice @ Bears, Sunday
With the Bears leading 1-0 at the end of the first, the game was called off due to a fire in a speaker overhanging the ice.
I’m not joking. Luke Worthington was at the game and captured this video:
— Luke Worthington (@LD_Worthington) May 7, 2017
All players, staff and fans were safely evacuated from Macquarie. The AIHL are looking into rescheduling the game later in the season.
Ice Dogs 2 @ Adrenaline 5, Sunday
Adelaide earn the win in this second game to split the points with the Ice Dogs in Adelaide. Cam Critchlow continues his fine scoring touch with a couple, and Casey Babineau scored a goal and two assists. Josef Rezek and David Huxley chipped in with a goal apiece. The Ice Dogs’ goals scored by Rory Rawlyk and Stephen Johnston – four points over the weekend for Johnston.