Sydney Sirens faced off against Melbourne Ice at home this weekend, and came away with all 6 points.
Winning 7-1 on Saturday and 8-3 on Sunday, the Sirens stand on the number 1 spot on the ladder where they aim to stay.
“The girls were very confident after coming out of the mindset program, they all know where they’re at and where they want to be in the future, and I really think they have put the Melbourne Ice hurdle at the back of their minds now, its gone.” Shared Sydney Sirens Head Coach Troy Morgan.
Captain Amelia Matheson reached a milestone 100 games with the AWIHL this weekend, and celebrated with 3 goals and 2 assists.
The Sirens made their presence known early with Import Erin Beaver (#25) scoring off the opening faceoff in the first 15 seconds of game 1.
Across both games the Sirens stood strong with tape to tape passing, fast skating and strong defence. Every pass, and every move fell into place where they needed it and it showed on the score board.
Morgan reflected, “I think we saw the true Sirens play this weekend where they are very relaxed, they are playing a good brand of hockey and they’re having a lot of fun. Our next round is against Melbourne again and it will be a good challenge for us after Christmas, but we are looking forward to it.”
Every shift, everyone worked hard, and this showed when the bench erupted with screams of support when defence woman Kaylee White (#5) landed the Sirens their 3rd goal of game 1.
Sunday’s pace was just as fast, but Melbourne brought out their physical game. Once again the passing was on point but it was Melbourne who put the first points on the board for this second game, but it was quickly answered by Amelia Matheson (#16) to level the game 1-1.
With Sirens making the most of every opportunity they dominated in second period bringing their lead out to 7-1 with the most notable goal coming from defense woman Hollie McFadden, scoring her first AWIHL goal.
“We are a close group now. “ Morgan stated. “The new members of the team have settled in really well and they’re part of the family and they’re playing their role and then some. I am going to have to re-set some of their goals for the next round of hockey, but our brand of hockey is going to improve every round and I am really happy with how we are playing”
The Sirens held on strong throughout period 3, only succumbing to 2 goals to give them their 8-3 victory and all 6 points for the weekend.
Jeremy Muir, head coach for the Melbourne Ice reflected positively on his team for the weekend; “They (the Melbourne Ice Women) worked very hard, they did a good job generating some scoring chances, unfortunately didn’t quite come off, and didn’t play well enough defensively around our net. “
Going home and into training, Muir shared “We will be working on our defensive play, it only takes 1 or 2 goals to win a game, so when you let in 8 goals we need to work on it.”
“Other than the results its been a decent weekend, I thought the referee was good, Sydney plays hard but they play clean, so its been a good weekend just not the results we wanted.”