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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