With a double-header in Brisbane against the Blue Tongues, the points were split between both teams. On Friday night the Blue Tongues took the honours 5-3 but the Mustangs bounced back on Sunday with a 3 – 1 result.
On Friday night, the Mustangs started well. The first period was a tight affair with neither team scoring. The second period was a complete contrast to the first. 6 goals were scored for the period. Unfortunately 4 of them were for the Blue Tongues. The highlights for the Mustangs were Matt Anderson’s goal with 7:57 to go, assisted by Brendan McDowell and Andrew Fitzgerald, and Matt Stringer’s goal with 42 seconds left assisted by Sean Jones and Andrew Belic. In the 3rd period Scott Levitt continued his goal scoring ways, finding the back of the net with 10:55 to go. There were some positives to come out of the game on Friday night but obviously we didn’t get the points on the board.
Saturday night’s game was a completely different affair.
The Mustangs started more strongly on Saturday night, with Brendan McDowell opening the ledger in the first period and by maintaining their composure retained a 1-0 lead when the period ended. The second period was quieter, with neither team scoring early despite former Mustang James Sanford earning a penalty for the home side. Goaltender Oliver Wren saved the day and the scores were 2-0 at the end of the second period after the Mustangs’ Captain Shane Hardy capitalised on a Power Play.
The third period saw the Blue Tongues score their first goal. Pushing hard for an equaliser at the end of the third period the Blue Tongues pulled their goalie. Tenacious forechecking by Vadim Virjassov enabled the Mustangs to pounce on a loose puck with Shane Hardy scoring an empty net goal with 14 seconds left to seal a hard fought 3-1 victory.
There are still some tickets left for Thursday night’s Melbourne derby at the Icehouse. Head to icehouse.com.au now as this game will be a sell out.