BLUE TONGUES WIN HOME OPENER!!
Blue Tongues win thrilling home opener in front of a capacity crowd at Iceland, Bundall
Adam Geric (left) and Ray Sheffield (right) Face Off
The Gold Coast Blue Tongues won a thrilling matchup Saturday defeating the Newcastle North Stars 3-2. The Blue Tongues rallied late tallying three times late in the third to improve to 2-1-0 and are now sitting in 2nd place in Easton Conference, behind Melbourne Ice by 1 point, with 1 game in hand.
After an even first period which saw both teams get their chances, Newcastle stuck first midway through the second. The faceoff was won cleanly back to Newcastle forward Brian Bales who ripped a shot past Blue Tongue goalie Anthony Kimlin.
Due to some good goaltending and some lucky breaks with pucks hitting the post, the Blue Tongues went into the third down a goal. But, early in the third the North Stars would add to their lead when Beau Taylor was on the receiving end of nice cross ice pass.
The Blue Tongues would finally get on the board when import Andreas Camenzind made several nice moves culminating in slap shot that rocketed top shelf. They wouldn’t wait long to get the equalizer. Less than a minute later Jack Conner would bat a rebound out of midair and past the Northstar’s netminder to tie things up.
The game-winner was scored late in the third when Camenzind did the dirty work in the corner, eventually throwing the puck on net, where Mike McCrae was there to put if 5thgoal of the season in the back of the net.
This win avenged last weekend’s 4-3 loss where the Blue Tongues fell just short in their comeback bid. The confidence that was gained from that comeback, rolled over into Saturday’s game.
“We knew that there was a lot of hockey left to play,” said Camenzind. “We were getting a lot of chances that weren’t going in. We knew if we kept working they would eventually start to go in.”
The Blue Tongues will look to keep the momentum going into next weekend’s doubleheader where they will host conference rival the Adelaide Adrenaline. Both games start at 4 p.m. at Iceland.
When: Saturday May 12thand Sunday May 13that 4 p.m.
Where: Iceland, 15 Straithard Road, Bundall (Near the Gold Coast Turf Club)
Tickets: $5 for children, $10 for adults, $20 for a Family Pack