NEWCASTLE – Two goals to Zane Jones and four points to Joseph Harcharik helped the Newcastle Northstars win over the Melbourne Mustangs 5-2 at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on Saturday evening.
Jones’ first goal came at 9:47 of the first period, with Patrick Nadin and Sam Lawson picking up the assists. Jones scored his second goal at 14:42 of the second period, with Joseph Harcharik and Robert Malloy picking up the assists.
Joseph Harcharik scored one goal and three assists for four points, and Tomas Landa got two assists for two points. Nick Rivait scored the game winning goal, which was scored while short-handed, at 4:03 of the 2nd, assisted by Harcharik and Landa.
Matt Stringer and Benjamin Davies were the goal scorers for the Mustangs.
Dayne Davis was the winning goalie for Newcastle Northstars, making 34 saves on 36 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.944. Petri Pitkänen was the losing goalie for Melbourne Mustangs, making 9 saves on 12 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.750. Pitkänen left the game at 10:57 of the second period. Aleksi Toivonen was the backup goalie for Melbourne Mustangs, making 12 saves on 14 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.857. Toivonen joined the game at 10:57 of the 2nd period.