The Newcastle North Stars take on the Perth Thunder on Saturday 13th July 2013 @ Hunter Ice Skating Stadium.
The last time these two teams met it was a win to Newcastle when they defeated Perth 13-2.
Dan Mohle and Brian Burger hit the ground running last week for the Thunder against the Mustangs and have their names on the 2013 AIHL Scorers List. There may have been some recent upheaval in the west but the core group of locals remain in tact. If anything situations like this create opportunities for the Perth locals to step up and stake a claim for a top line spot.
The North Stars who had a week off due to the cancellation of the Trans Tasman Champions League are well rested and should be ready to go. The home stretch will be important for the North Stars and that run home starts on Saturday night. Expect to see Jeff Martens, Domonic Osman and Pier-Olivier Cotnoir looking for goals.
We won’t see a repeat of the last scoreline between these two teams in Newcastle and the new Perth Imports are an unknown factor. The North Stars are settled and look comfortable even though the two Adelaide games went to shootout. At times the North Stars do what they need to do to win, this should be one of those games.