Monthly Archives: June 2014

North Stars V Ice Dogs

The Sydney Ice Dogs travelled to the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on Sunday 22nd of June for their home game against the Newcastle North Stars, a rescheduled match played in Newcastle due to availability of ice in Liverpool, the home of the Dogs.

 

The match would see the North Stars minus Adam Geric and Brian Bales yet saw the return of Hayden Sheard who has improved with each minute on the ice.

 

After a 5-0 loss for the North Stars against Perth Thunder the previous night, Newcastle got off to a shaky start when John Kennedy Jr was given a 10 minute misconduct for a check behind.

 

The North Stars fought back and at 13.59, Cody Danberg combined with Chris Wilson for the first goal of the night and a 1-0 North Stars lead.

 

Penalties to Paddy Ward and Shannon McGreggor at 4.49 and 4.17 respectively gave the North Stars a good chance to press the point however the Ice Dogs penalty kill got the job done.

 

With 1.26 remaining in the match, Dave Ferrari combined with Newcastle Captain, Ray Sheffield another goal to add to his career tally and a 2-0 lead going to the first intermission.

 

The second period became an arm wrestle, good clean body checks and as Andrew Petrie kept telling his Ice Dogs, “We’re still in this boys”.

 

Going into the third period the match was anyone’s for the taking with fatigue the major factor with both teams playing their second game in two days.

 

The North Stars grabbed the first goal in the first period at 15.07, when Chris Wilson linked with Cody Danberg for a 3-0 lead.

 

The Ice Dogs kept hitting the Newcastle blue line looking for a way to the net and only scrambling defence kept them out.

 

At 8.36 in the third the Ice Dogs clawed one back when the hard working David Dunwoodie provided the assist for a Tyler Kubara goal and a 3-1 score.

 

With the clock running out the North Stars struck again with a Matt Wetini goal at 1.07 to close out the match at 4-1.

 

Newcastle coach Gary Dore was upbeat about the match, “Everyone bought into the plan and played the systems. We were missing key personnel and everybody had to put in”.

 

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CBR Brave defeat North Stars

The CBR Brave or Canberra Brave, as most people refer to them, are on a mission in Season 2014 and not one from god. They are on a mission to come to your town and take Goodall Cup points.

The North Stars, fresh off a win against 2013 premiers, the Sydney Ice Dogs would hit the ice at the Hunter Ice Stadium with confidence.

When the puck dropped the North Stars hit he ground running but everyone could see that the Brave meant business.

The North Stars opened the scoring with 11.09 remaining in the first when John Kennedy Jr continued his goal scoring spree when he slotted away a Matt Wetini pass for a 1-0 lead.

The second period saw a settled Brave take the game to the North Stars with physical checks and smart play.

One of the highlights of the Brave roster is the positional play brought in by Mathieu Ouellette, who proved a handful for the North Stars defence.

With 12.40 remaining in the second period, Stephen Blunden got a pass to a perfectly positioned Ouellette who levelled the scores.

A huge blow was to come for the North Stars when Cody Danberg was given a Game Misconduct for spearing.

This appeared to leave a gap in the North Stars and allowed the Brave defence to slow down the Newcastle attack.

It was unfortunate that no one told the North Stars they would struggle as Jayson Chalker combined with Matt Taylor at 4.56 to take the score back to 2-1 in Newcastle’s favour.

It was another Matt in Matt Harvey who was proving problematic for the North Stars and is quickly becoming a big asset for Canberra.

With 3.36 remaining in the second, Ouellette again levelled the scores when he combined with the man who saved ice hockey in Canberra, Mark Rummakainen.

The Brave struck again soon after with a mere 0.34 left on the clock when Stephen Blunden scored the goal which would put Canberra ahead for the first time.

The third period saw the Brave hit the ice with confidence.

With 14.53 remaining in the match Anton Kokkonen provided the assist for a Matt Harvey winning goal and a 4-2 scoreline.

The North Stars walk away knowing that the systems in place were effective till the loss of Danberg.

The Brave look forward to many more wins in season 2014 and after a win in Newcastle, show that the mission is possible.

The Big Interview – Siri

When you want to ask the big questions about the Australian Ice Hockey League, you ask the woman who pretty much knows everything there is to know. She has access to a knowledge database that most of us would be envious of. I sat down with Siri to ask the big questions.

Siri

 

Q. Hi Siri

A. Hi Tonksy

 

Q. Well Siri are you ready to answer the big questions?

A. Let me think about that.

 

Q. What does Siri think of the Australian Ice Hockey League?

A. Sorry Tonksy I don’t have schedules for the winter Olympics but I have news articles for you.

 

Ahh ok, I really thought you’d know about it. It trends on Twitter.

 

Q. Surely you’re a big fan though Siri?

A. Well if you insist.

 

Q. Siri do you think the Sydney Ice Dogs can mount a comeback for season 2014?

A. I think different.

 

Q. What do you think of the CBR Brave in their debut season?

A. I really couldn’t say.

 

Q. I’m sure you would have seen the effort put into getting CBR on the ice?

A. If you say so.

 

I’m getting the feeling Siri doesn’t like me very much

 

Q. Have you seen any AIHL games on Fox yet?

A. No but I know the scores for todays NHL.

 

Q. Who do you think will be the AIHL Most Valuable Player for 2014?

A. The MVP, I’m not quite sure about that one

 

Q. Lastly who is our big tip to win the AIHL?

A. I forget.

 

I think you know but your holding out on me.

 

Q. Well Siri thanks for spending some time answering my questions.

A. No worries.

 

Well there you have it folks, Siri is dodging the big questions and being very diplomatic. I’m sure she is holding out on us.

 

Craig Tonks