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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Northstars bounce back from Brave loss

Newcastle split its home double header at the weekend to move to a record of 12-2 in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).

The Northstars dropped to second on the ladder after going down 6-2 to leaders Canberra Brave and picked up a 6-1 win against Perth Thunder.
Defending champions Canberra raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on Saturday, before Sammy Banga responded for the Northstars.

A tight second stanza saw Jesse Gabrielle snatch the only goal. He then grabbed a double to make it 4-1 and.

Tomas Landa reduced the deficit for Newcastle, but the Brave closed out the match through goals to Alex Tetreault and Wehebe Darge.

It was the Northstars’ second defeat of the season – the other coming at the hands of Melbourne Mustangs back in May.

Despite the loss, Newcastle responded strongly on Sunday.

Pat Nadin opened the scoring, before Bert Malloy, Luke Simpson and Banga all slotted goals in the second period to build a 4-0 lead.

Perth’s Keven Veilleux nabbed one back, only for Banga to grab his brace.

Northstars’ Jaden Ryan made it six in the third period.

Newcastle will play a Canada Day clash with Sydney Ice Dogs at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium this Saturday 29 June.

The game is set to celebrate the Northstars’ Canadian roots, with general manager Garry Dore, as well as all four imports – Banga, Simpson, Francis Drolet and Trey Phillips – all hailing from the country.

The clash will start at 5pm.

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