Putting their recent home rink controversies behind them, the Gold Coast Blue Tongues started their latest trip to Melbourne in the best of possible ways with a 6-1 victory over the Melbourne Mustangs. Andrew Hewitt with more.
A large crowd packed into the Medibank Icehouse on Saturday evening to take in the clash between the Melbourne Mustangs and Gold Coast Blue Tongues.
In their previous clash at the same venue, the Mustangs held on for a dramatic shootout victory and would be looking to get off to a similar start in this encounter after coming away from Perth with a full bag of points.
This would be the first time that former Mustang James Sanford would suit up against his former side and this fuelled tensions as the game got underway.
Since the departure of Andreas Camenzind, the majority of the goal scoring duty has fallen on the capable shoulders of Mike McRae and it would be he who opened the scoring after receiving assists from line mates Adam Geric and Sanford with under two minutes elapsed in the period.
The trio would again strike before the end of the stanza, this time on the power play as McRae added his second of the game leaving all the work to do for the home side going into the intermission.
The warning bells were well and truly ringing in the ears of those on the Mustangs bench as the visitors scored twice in the second period through Marco Bertossa and Sanford, whose goal celebration was directed to the Mustangs bench. Splitting the to Blue Tongues goals however was a glimmer of hope which came in the form of an effort from Brendan McDowell as scored for the Mustangs.
With their team down 4-1, the Mustangs crowd had not given up hopes of a comeback however after McRae scored his third for the evening just 25 seconds into the final period, the game was all but over.
Adding insult to injury, Jeremy Brucker scored deep into the final period giving the Blue Tongues a 5 goal buffer with just minutes remaining.
Finally the final siren sounded bringing an end to the demolition with the Blue Tongues running out comfortable winners.
by Andrew Hewitt
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