Aus­tralia takes the tro­phy

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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