The Mustangs are the 2014 AIHL Champions.

The Mustangs are the 2014 AIHL Champions.

After an exciting Semi-Finals the day before, one thing was certain: Melbourne was going to win the Australian Ice Hockey League’s Goodall Cup. But which team? The Mustangs or the Ice?

Despite just squeaking by the Sydney Ice Dogs in an incredible semi-final match-up, the Mustangs would be crowned champions for the first time in the team’s history. In fact, this was just the first time the team has ever competed in the play-offs, finishing no better than 5th in three previous tries.

Viktor Gibbs Sjödin had a stellar game for the Mustangs. A Swedish import acquired prior to the season, Sjödin scored the only goal of the first just eight minutes into the contest. The player who set him up for the goal, Jamie Bourke, would see his favour repaid as Sjödin set him up for the first of three Mustangs goals during the second period. The same combo would strike once again for the third goal of the game, but this time it was back to the original order on the score sheet.

Finally, the orange and black would see somebody else pot a goal, extending their lead to four. Pat O’Kane, who isn’t actually Patrick Kane from the Chicago Blackhawks, scored after taking a pass from, you guessed it, Bourke, to put any chance of a comeback away. In the third,  Sjödin scored his third of the game and both teams added a goal each as the Melbourne Mustangs skated to their first ever AIHL championship.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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