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Dogs Defeat Stars

The Sydney Ice Dogs returned to the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on Sunday night, this time for a North Stars home game.

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The North Stars got off to a great start in the first period, with goals to Robert Starke, Jaysen Chalker and Brian Bales and appeared to have sorted out a few issues in the goal scoring area.

The return of Beau Taylor saw him add speed to the line up and the line with Hayden Sheard and Matt Wetini looks like it will bear fruit further into the season.

The Ice Dogs started a fightback that would see the period finish 3-2 after goals to Shane Southwood and Billy Cliff.

The Ice Dogs were served well up the ice by Richard Tesarik and Paul Baranzelli who started to dominate the neutral zone.

The second period saw a goal to Richard Tesarik at 11.39 but the battle raged along the boards with David Dunwoodie checking anything that moved.

The North Stars had plenty of opportunities however it was only the goal tending of Tom Noting that prevented the scoreline from moving further ahead in he scoreline.

The third period began at 3-3 and after goals to Adam Geric for Newcastle and Billy Cliff for Sydney, would see the score finish at 4-4 and head to a shootout.

After attempts by Chris Wilson and Richard Tesarik, which both resulted in saves by Harrison May and Noting, it would be Simon Barg to put the Ice Dogs up 1-0.

A miss by Beau Taylor added pressure to the North Stars however another miss to Brian Bales would give the Ice Dogs a shootout victory.

A highlight for the Ice Dogs and one to watch in the future, was the performance of young gun, Lachlan Allport.

The North Stars showed that the return of Beau Taylor will add another dimension to their attack and that could surely be the last piece of the puzzle the North Stars need.

Who wins the Goodall Cup?

It all comes down to this. Fifty minutes of hockey will determine where in NSW the Goodall Cup will go.

Photo:: Debra Jean Photography

Photo:: Debra Jean Photography

The Sydney Ice Dogs would and should be the favourites to win the Australian Ice Hockey League Grand Final but the Newcastle North Stars stand in their way.

The biggest battle surely has to be between Anthony Kimlin and Olivier Martin, the men who patrol the red pipes.

The Imports battle will see the likes of Jeff Martens, Pier-Olivier Cotnoir, Dominic Osman and JFK line up against Matt Puntereri, Robert Malloy and Simon Barg.

It’s the local battle which could surprise many with Beau Taylor, Adam Geric and David Upton battling against Todd Stephenson, David Dunwoodie and Billy Cliff.

Both teams were dominant in their semi finals dispatching of defending champions the Melbourne Ice and newcomers the Perth Thunder respectively.

Who wins, who takes home the cup? Who will be the game breaker? In a matter of hours we will know the answer.

Newcastle North Stars V Melbourne Mustangs Preview

The Melbourne Mustangs head to Newcastle this weekend as one of the form teams in the competition. To say the season is on the line for the Mustangs is an understatement and a loss to the North Stars could be devastating.

 

With the likes of Pat O’Kane, Jamie Bourke and the man we call Woogie, Jack Wolgemuth the Stangs have a potent attack which can score goals. The Mustangs have the ability to work the puck out of their own zone and Kevin Glanzman has been pivotal in getting the puck to the forwards.

 

The North Stars will be looking to dominate their potential finals opponents and considering they play the Mustangs again next weekend, a win for the North Stars here could show they are finals ready and in doing so shake the confidence of the Mustangs.

Sydney Bears V Sydney Ice Dogs Preview

6.00pm on Saturday 20th July @ Sydney Ice Arena

This weekend sees the battle of the Harbour City between the Bears and the Ice Dogs. The Ice Dogs have been one of the form teams of the competition and the Bears have struggled in recent weeks.

The Bears should have settled on a Goal Tender by the weekend and it was good to see Luke Reed guarding the pipes for the Bears in Melbourne. Reed who comes out of the East Coast Super League is a talented young man more than capable of doing the job.

The Bears have good consistent scorers in Tomas Landa, Michael Schlamp, Vlad Rubes and Branden Stobbs however they have a range of other players who can grab a sneaky goal if you focus on the main players. The likes of Cameron Todd and Slavomir Boris have the ability to control the neutral zone and put points on the board.

The Ice Dogs have been the most impressive team of 2013. The combination of goal scoring ability, low penalty minutes and the addition of Anthony Kimlin have seen them solid all over the ice.

Matt Puntereri and Simon Barg are scoring plenty of goals but one player who has impressed in 2013 is Robert Malloy. The Ice Dogs have right mix of imports, experience and local youth and it would be a game man to bet against them being in Melbourne in September.

We Think

A wounded Bear is a dangerous commodity and as we saw last week in Melbourne the Bears will be out to play aggressive hockey and aim to get under the skin of the Ice Dogs. The Ice Dogs should get away with a win but not as much as some people think.

By Craig Tonks