This weekend’s double-header at Melbourne’s Medibank Icehouse, saw Melbourne ice come away with the points after an exciting two game victory against the Brisbane Goannas. Jessica Cannizzaro reports.
With both teams displaying a sturdy line-up the Melbourne Ice were up against a fresh faced Brisbane team who fought hard right up until Sunday’s final siren.
Game 1 on Saturday saw the final score line read 7-0, as the Melbourne girls proved to be too strong keeping the Brisbane Goannas scoreless throughout the whole game.
The first period, proved to be challenging for both sides as Nicole Tritter scored the first goal for the game with the shorthanded solo break away.
The second and third period saw the Melbourne Ice dominating throughout the forward line with Rylie Padjen, Frances Mcphail and Ice’s Captain Shona Green scoring two goals each. While the Brisbane Goanna’s displayed some great break away shots, the strong defence line and great saves by Goalie Courtney Rea proved to be to good for the away team.
Game 2 on Sunday kicking off at 1.15, proved to be a more tougher match with the skills and strength of both teams at an all time high.
First period action saw Melbourne’s Carson and Green score great goals each and assists made by Tritter and Lucy Parrington who was back in the lineup after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the away trip to Adelaide in Round 1.
The second period saw the score line read 2-1 with Brisbane’s Lisa McMahon finally opening up the weekend account for the Goanna’s and kept their chances in the game alive. The Melbourne Ice missed some easy opportunities to strengthen their lead, however it was the Goanna’s defence that were the stronger.
The third and final period saw McPhail scoring for Melbourne and Natasha Farrier adding the Goanna’s second however it was a hat-trick scored by Green that ensured the Ice came away with a 5-2 win.
Speaking to Melbourne Ice captain Shona Green after the game she joked about her excitement of hat-trick performance as being “glad to be on the score board not in the penalty box” after she finished Saturday’s game with three penalties.
When asked about Melbourne’s Ice great starts to the season, Green describes that while it’s “only the start of the season it’s important to take each day as it comes” ensuring this will be the key in Melbourne obtaining their great form and top position.
By Jessica Cannizzaro
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