AWIHL RD 3: SIRENS SHOOTOUT GOANNA’S

It was a tight weekend in Brisbane as both games between the Sirens and Goanna’s were forced to be decided in a shootout. The Sirens coming away with narrow 2-1 and 5-4 victories.

Alexandra MacDonald drew first blood for the home side which seemed to fire up the Sirens who were outshooting the Goanna’s 2-1. No matter how hard they tried netminder Ashleigh Brown turned the shots away.  Erin Beaver finally managed to crack Brown at the start of the Third period, which tied the game and ultimately forced the game into a shootout. Beaver followed up the third period effort with the lone goal of the shootout rewarding the Sirens for a hard effort 2-1.

On Sunday, it would be the Sirens who opened the scoring thanks to the stick of Sharna Godfrey, who potted home a play set up by Remi Harvey and Sharnita Crompton. Emma Gray found the back of the net for the Goanna’s at the start of the second.  Godfrey matched Gray’s efforts a few minutes later for her second of the game. Sirens Amelia Matheson extended the lead to 3-1 heading into the third.

  They say 3-1 is the most dangerous lead in hockey and they were right.  A second intermission fire up seemed to spark the Goannas as Kelly Costa and Brittany Parkyn evened the ledger twenty seconds apart at the beginning of the third. The Sirens managed to regroup and settle the ship before Crompton put them ahead 4-3 with ten minutes to go.  But the Goannas refused to go quietly as Christina Bagley tied it up again 4-4.  Both teams trading chances in the third as the goalies forced the game into a second shootout for the weekend.

Erin Beaver started the shootout again and scored on her chance. Routledge and MacDonald failed to convert before Sirens Godfrey put the final nail in the coffin for the second shootout goal on three sirens attempts.  The Sirens leaving Brisbane with a 5-4 shootout victory and a four game winning streak.