The Brisbane Goannas played host to the Melbourne Ice this weekend as Round 4 of the AWIHL season got underway. In a two day double header at Iceworld Boondall it was the Melbourne Ice who proved to be too strong as they came away with this weekends points. Jessica Cannizzaro with more.
Game one on Saturday night, started of slow with both sides easing themselves back into the action. The defence pressure was high at both ends with the Ice having the majority of shots on goal. It wasn’t until the second period we’re the first goal of the game was scored by Ice’s captain Shona Green. The period finished with a late goal to Emily Teed off a Lucy Parrington assist extending Melbourne’s lead to 2.
Finding some much needed motivation and with the home crowd behind them, Goanna’s came back into the third period fighting harder then ever which showed on the shot count.
With a power play goal scored by Brisbane forward Tracy Hocutt, the Goannas had a sniff and continued their forward pressure. The Ice weren’t going to give up that easily and Green scored her second goal of the game just after the 11 minute mark.
A goal from Goanna’s in form forward Michelle Clark-Crumption kept their chances alive as she slotted one past Courtney Rae cutting the lead in half.
Melbourne defender Georgia Carson added her second goal of the season to again give the Ice a handy 2 goal buffer, which was enough for the visiting team to come away with the 4-2 win.
It was great to see defensive player Georgie Carson awarded the Melbourne Ice’s Hard-hat for the Hardest worker of the game, while the Goanna’s Megan Herlihey put on an notable performance for Brisbane.
Game two was played with more aggression and smarter tactics as Melbourne Ice put up an amazing 41 shots on goal compared to the Brisbane Goanna’s 24.
With first period goals to Parrington and Carson the Ice ensured they were in prime position for a sweep against their Queensland rivals.
Once again, the Melbourne Ice demonstrated why they are one of the top contenders for this year’s AWIHL crown as they kept the Goanna’s scoreless throughout the second period. Adding to their own tally, the Ice went on that rampage with goals to McPhail, Teed and Carson, leaving the scoreboard reading 5-0 at the end of the period.
Needing to find momentum once again, the Goanna’s never looked like giving up, instead kept their forward and defensive pressure sturdy. The third period started with goal’s to Melbourne’s Carson and Cockerell and it wasn’t until 12 minutes left the final period that the Goanna’s got there first score for the game, an amazing shot from Tamra Jones assisted by Clark-Crumpton and White.
The match ended 12-4 with the Goanna’s scoring through Clark-Crumption and Wallace and for Melbourne McPhail, Carson, Padjen and Parrington added to the demolition.
While the Goanna’s really had to push in the final period to keep in touch with Melbourne, their performances this weekend has shown that they are much closer to breaking through then many may suggest.
One reason that Goannas weren’t able to breakthrough this weekend has to be Ice Goalie Coutney Rea as she was once again in top form.
Thank you to the Melbourne Ice Women’s Team Facebook page for updates from the weekend.
By Jessica Cannizzaro
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