MELBOURNE – Goals to Sammy Banga, Robert Haselhurst and Sam Lawson saw the Newcastle Northstars beat the Melbourne Ice 4-3 in a shootout at the O’Brien Group Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Banga opened the scoring for the Northstars at 14:14 of the second period, assisted by Joseph Harcharik and Richard Tesarik. Haselhurst added another goal at 3:25 of the second period, assisted by Nick Rivait and Patrick Nadin. At 1:02 of the second period, Lawson scored, from Tesarik and Robert Malloy.
Richard Tesarik got two assists for two points.
Tommy Powell’s first goal for the Ice came at 9:35 of the third period unassisted. Powell scored his second goal at 0:40 of the third period, with Dillon Lawrence and Devon Krogh picking up the assists.
Dillon Lawrence got two assists for two points.
Dayne Davis was the winning goalie for Newcastle Northstars, making 16 saves on 17 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.941. Jaden Pine-Murphy was the losing goalie for Melbourne Ice, making 30 saves on 33 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.909. Pine-Murphy left the game at 19:00 of the third period for an extra attacker. It worked, as Thomas Powell scored at 0:40 of the 3rd period, assisted by Dillon Lawrence and Devon Krogh.