The Newcastle North Stars kept their slim finals hopes alive with a thrilling 4-2 win over the Melbourne Ice on Saturday night at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium.
The previous weekend saw a hard fought match in Melbourne where the penalties proved costly to the North Stars yet it still proved to be a close match.
The North Stars got off to the start they were looking for when an early power play saw Adam Geric grab an early lead for Newcastle.
The Ice hit back at 5.07 when Tommy Powell leveled the scores at 1-1, yet with only 2.00 remaining in the first period Cody Danberg sent the North Stars to the break with a 2-1 lead.
The second period became a grinding battle yet neither team could exert the dominance required, mainly due to the men in the red pipes, Harrison May and Gustaf Huth.
A delay of game with only 3.40 remaining in the second period against Rob Starke, proved the opening Matt Armstrong needed to level it up at 2-2.
As the clock ticked down history repeated from the first period when with a mere 0.16 left in the period, a Beau Taylor goal gave the North Stars a 3-2 lead.
Season 2014 of the AIHL has shown anything can happen in the 20 minute third period.
Again it was the goal tenders who dictated that the score would remain close with only one goal to be scored.
At 13.16 Cody Danberg grabbed his second goal of the night to give the North Stars a 4-2 lead.
One of the understated factors for the North Stars was the Newcastle defence with the John Kennedy Jr factor, who had a hand in three of the Newcastle’s four goals.
While a loss to the Ice still keeps them at the pointy end of the table, the win was crucial to keeping the hopes of the North Stars alive.