Australia takes the trophy
Australia won the Trans-Tasman Challenge ice hockey trophy after a shootout finish in Queenstown.
However, the Ice Blacks also made history by winning one of the three games at the Queenstown Ice Arena last week.
It was only the second time in 30 years of games between the two countries that New Zealand had prevailed.
The Australians have now won 16 times and New Zealand twice.
The final and deciding game of the Winter Games NZ TransTasman Challenge was tied 3-3 at fulltime.
That forced the match into five minutes of three-on-three overtime.
With no score in overtime it came down to a penalty shootout that Australia won 2-0, giving them the game and the trophy.
The game had been intense from start to finish, with the teams evenly matched across three periods.
Matching each other with power plays, penalties, goals, speed and intensity, it all came down to a single player versus the goal tender in a best of three shootout.
Ice Hockey Australia’s vice president Andy McDowell said Saturday’s win was ‘‘fantastic’’.
‘‘I have to take my hat off to the Ice Blacks,’’ he said.
‘‘To go to a shootout in the final game really sums up how hard and fierce this battle was,’’ McDowell said.
Alexsandr Polozov, of the Ice Blacks, and Jordan Kyros from Australia in action.