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”.