AWIHL RD 6: SIRENS AND GOANNAS SCREAM AHEAD

Round 6 was a weekend of rematches, as Melbourne hosted the Sydney Sirens looking for redemption on home ice whilst the Rush were searching for their first win of the season on home ice against Brisbane.

On Saturday in Melbourne, Sharna Godfrey stole the show early on for the Sirens as she popped home two goals less than 30 seconds apart with 5 minutes to go in the first period. He teammate Erin Beaver teamed up with Kaylee White to push ahead 3-0 halfway through the second period. Kristelle Marix Van Der Wolf, stopped the bleeding for the Ice with an individual effort responding with a goal just 20 seconds later.  The comeback would be shortlived as Stephenie Cochrane restored the 3 goal lead a minute later on the powerplay.  The Sirens continued to dominate peppering the Ice net with 25 shots in the second, but Licari managed to keep her team chances alive, enough for Christina Julien to bring the Ice within two heading into the third period.

A tight third period saw the shot count equal as the Ice were determined to make a comeback.  It would not be their night however as Sandra Guistiniani buried the insurance marker with minutes to spare finishing the game 5-2.

Sunday night however would be a different story.  Christina Julien picked up where she left off scoring first for the Ice with less than five minutes to go.  Sirens Erin Beaver equalised with just 21 seconds to go in the first. The tit for tat didn’t stop there as Emma Poynton put the Ice ahead again, the Sirens responded yet again in the dying minutes of the period with  a clutch goal from Sharnita Crompton.

Crompton’s seemed to change the momentum of the game as Cochrane followed suit with a goal early in third putting the Sirens ahead 3-2. The Sirens looked to have the game in hand, however the Ice fought through to the final minutes Tytti Kyrola tied it up with two minutes to go forcing a shootout.

The trading of goal for goal however would stop there as the Sirens buried both their first two penalty shots thanks to Beaver and Cochrane cementing their first place in the standings and continuing their undefeated Streak.

The Goannas were also on a roll in Round 6 as they defeated the Adelaide Rush 8-1 and 7-2 respectively.  Emma Gray and Rosanna Routledge were on fire on Saturday netting a hat trick and two goals respectively, whilst Imogen Perry continued to impress between the pipes as the Rush hammered the net with 61 shots but couldn’t seem to crack her. 

On Sunday Brittany Parkyn got her Goanna’s rolling, tallying two goals on the night.  Natalie Ayris put in a massive effort for her Adelaide Rush with two goals on the game but it wouldn’t be enough as Brisbane finished the game with a 7-2 victory.

The two wins push the Goanna’s into second place on the standings as they try to chase down the hot Sydney Sirens.