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.

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