Captain Michael Schlamp has hit superb form over that last week and bagged himself a hat-trick in the Bears 3-1 win over Canberra. Zach Workman-Brown was there
The struggling Canberra Knights travelled to the Bears den on Saturday night looking for their first AIHL win since May. The latest result between these two teams was the weekend prior, where the Bears won 3-2 after trailing 2-0 for most of the match.
The first period was a tightly contested affair with both teams having their share of chances, though the Bears started to gain some early momentum through a powerplay but were unable to capitalise. As the Bears were granted a second powerplay midway through the period Schlamp scored from a very difficult angle, with a powerful shot from the right wing that made its way into the net.
Canberra weren’t creating many chances in the period and were at their best when Mikko Jortikka was in control of the puck, coming very close to tying the match at 1-1. The first period ended with the Knights on the powerplay but the Bears were in definitely in control of the match and outshot Canberra 11-6.
A scoreless second period held the Bears 1-0 lead over the Knights and despite Branden Stobbs and Mark Rummukainen heading to the bin for “roughing”, it was a relatively quiet period with plenty of penalties. A total of 15 players spent time off the ice in the second period for misconduct, checking, tripping, roughing and everything in between. James Byers left the ice injured after a heavy collision with Bears defenceman Slavomir Boris, but was able to return in the third period.
The third and most entertaining period of the match almost started badly for the Bears as Jortikka was denied another chance on goal.
Amongst a cluster of bodies the Bears managed to get the puck in the back of the net, the goal looking to be awarded to Tomas Landa but later being reported as Schlamp’s goal, assisted by Landa.
The Knights had the opportunity to tie the match with a later powerplay falling in their favour but even after sacrificing goalkeeper Stuart Woodall they were unable to equalise, as Schlamp capitalised on the empty net and secured his hat-trick and the Bears 3-1 victory.
By Zach Workman-Brown
3) Schlamp (SYD) – Michael Schlamp has found scoring form late in the season and by bagging a hat-trick in the match, a commendable effort and a stellar performance.
2) Landa (SYD) – Tomas Landa is always good to watch, making strong attacking runs and assisting in every goal earns him the 2 stars.
1) Jortikka (CAN) – Jortikka was the Knights best hope of scoring some goals and that’s not to say the effort wasn’t there, a dangerous runner of the puck and unlucky not to score.