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The Sydney Sirens dominated the weekend against Melbourne Ice 7-1 on Saturday afternoon and 8-3 on Sunday morning at the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink.
Saturday saw Sirens’ import #25 Erin Beaver open the scoring in the first period with great assists from Kath McOnie and captain Amelia Matheson. Two penalties were handed out giving the period an intense finish from both teams.
The second period saw each team have three chances on the powerplay which the Sirens took advantage of giving themselves a 3-0 lead courtesy of assistant captain Stephenie Cochrane and Kaylee White. Melbourne Ice ended Sirens goalie Sera Dogramaci’s shutout during the third but her team was able to score 4 more goals ending the game with a 7-1 score.
“We have all been working pretty hard on our speed, intensity, structure and even the mental side of the game this season,” #8 Remi Harvey of the Sydney Sirens said when asked about what they had to work on knowing that they will be going against last season’s champions.
Melbourne Ice came back stronger for their second game on Sunday opening up the first period scoring with a goal from #50 Emma Poynton. They didn’t take the lead for long as Sirens leaders Matheson and Cochrane got themselves a goal each making it 2-1. The second period showed great hustle from the Ice but unfortunately ended with a 7-1 score as the Sirens gave out a parade of goals. Matheson and Cochrane got their second goal of the game, while Sharna Godfrey, Hollie McFadden and Krista Murphy got their first.
Another great goal from the Sydney team greeted the third period. Melbourne skated harder giving them two more goals from #74 Tytti Kyrola and #91 Christina Julien but time ran out and it wasn’t enough for Ice the to get more in the net. Ending in a 8-3 win once again for the Sirens.
“We were told to focus on this game and not the day before and play even harder than we did Saturday,” Remi says. “As that game was a big score they were obviously going to come out harder so we had to come out even stronger right from the puck drop.”
Remi adds, “I think we just had to keep up the intensity and have each others backs as a team. When we all have fun, we come out on top!”
The Sydney Sirens stay on top of the table while Melbourne Ice comes in second. Round 5 of the AWIHL happens on the 10th and 11th of December as Brisbane Goannas host Adelaide Rush at the Iceworld Boondall. You can follow the teams on their individual Facebook pages or catch all the news and stats here