The Sydney Ice Dogs capped off a winning weekend with a 7-6 win over the Melbourne Ice on Sunday night. Thanks to a five-goal third period, the Ice Dogs powered past the Melbourne Ice and finished the weekend with 5 competition points.
The regulation win at the Icehouse on Sunday night sees the Ice Dogs cement their spot in the top four on the AIHL ladder. The Ice Dogs are now five points ahead of their cross-town rivals, the Sydney Bears, who travel the Melbourne this weekend for the same Mustangs/Ice double header.
Despite trailing 4-2 heading into the final period, the Ice Dogs stunned the home side early, scoring three unanswered goal in the first two minutes to take the lead. Despite a late from the home side, the Ice Dogs held on to secure the win.
Import forward Tim Crowder did most of the damage for the visitors, scoring four goals on the night. Defenceman Dylan Quaile had a five-point night, scoring a goal and recording four assists.
(Tim Crowder - Photo Tania Chalmers)
Goalie Nicholas Novysedlak was solid in the net for the Ice Dogs, stopping 30 shots and recording back-to-back wins in his first two starts in 2019. Novysedlak joined the Ice Dogs from the Melbourne Mustangs this season and the local net minder is proving a difference maker in big games.
Other key note from game - Forward Aiden Sillato recorded his first ever multi-goal game, equalling his points total from 2018. The young forward is seeing plenty of the ice time this season, including time on the Ice Dogs power unit.
(Aiden Sillato - Photo Tania Chalmers)
The Sydney Ice Dogs are back on the road this weekend, traveling to the Canberra to take on the CBR Brave at the Phillip Ice Rink. The Ice Dogs will be back at home 25 May when they host the CBR Brave and former NHL net minder Matthew Climie.