|Ice Dogs Win Goodall Cup
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - Submitted by Ellie-Marie Watts, AIHL website
The Sydney Ice Dogs are the 2013 AIHL Champions after a convincing 6-3 win over the Newcastle North Stars tonight.
The two NSW sides who opened the season with the very first 2013 game in April went head-to-head in the grand-final at Medibank Icehouse after producing some dominating form in their respective semi-final matches on Saturday.
The grand-final game opened in typical fashion: tough and tight.
The tight competition was soon blown out of the water with Sydney’s Billy Cliff gaining the first goal of the night, one of six, with five minutes remaining in the period.
Todd Stephenson backed it up to see the Ice Dogs lead 2-0 headed into the second period.
A lone goal from Newcastle’s Dominic Osman in the second saw the period close 2-1.
Osman scored all three Newcastle goals.
Newcastle was hopeful of a comeback, however too much time spent in the penalty box and wayward passes and plays saw the team come undone.
Anthony Kimlin, Sydney goaltender and Australia’s national man-between-the-pipes, also did not make it easy on the North Stars, living up to the “great wall of Kimlin” slogan he has gained this season.
At the opposite end Olivier Martin, Australia’s backup goaltender, while also tough, saw six goals slip his grasp.
Both the Ice Dogs and North Stars picked up their form in the final period, however it would count more for the Sydney side.
Two Simon Barg goals delivered seconds apart and one from Paul Baranzelli saw the Ice Dogs lead 6-1 with five minutes remaining in the game.
Osman closed the gap 6-3 but it was not enough to take the win away from the Ice Dogs, who have been searching for a championship for nine years.
The Ice Dogs last won an AIHL championship in 2004, winning 3-1 over the North Stars.