Wilson Cup – Newcastle Northstars V Sydney Bears
The Sydney Bears defeated the Newcastle Northstars 5-3, in its Wilson Cup match at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on Saturday 9th April.
Preseason hockey can be a bit hit and miss due to the unavailability of players due to Worlds and the yet to arrive Imports but the game was played at a good pace and in good spirit.
What’s exciting is the depth of East Coast Super League and AIHJL players on the ice.
Let’s look at what impressed me in this game.
The Newcastle Northstars line up contained a good number of it’s AIHL players but the stand outs were Hamish Powell, Pat Nadin and Jaysen Chalker.
Powell is skating with good speed and has fine tuned his body checking, driving opponents into the boards with vigor with the crowd holding it’s breath when they see him lining up his prey.
For the Sydney Bears it was hard to go past Tyrell Clare, Geoff Irwin and William Dores.
Clare will be one to watch in the AIHL in 2016, as he has returned form his season playing for the Vancouver Rangers, a stronger and more physical player.
There was a lot to like about the game and for me it was the sheer amount of young talent that made you stand up and take notice.