Auckland U17s Defeat Canterbury

By July 4, 2017 November 28th, 2018 No Comments

The Auckland Under 17 Representative Team travelled to Christchurch over the weekend for their third away game in a row, for what promised to be a tough weekend.

Saturday’s game one against Canterbury was hard fought, with both teams finishing period one 0-0. Within the first 90 seconds of the second period, Auckland scored to take the lead 1-0, however this was quickly equalised by Canterbury, who then went on to score a further two goals in the period, bringing the game to 3-1. Auckland managed to score a great goal on power play to bring it back to a one goal game just as the teams hit the locker room for the final period, bringing the score 3-2 to Canterbury.

The third period was just as intense with Canterbury holding a 5-4 lead with 3 minutes to the final buzzer, until an interference call against Canterbury gave Auckland a penalty shot. Auckland converted this penalty to a goal, taking the game to overtime, where just 3 minutes in, Auckland scored the game winning goal.

Sunday’s game two was also a tough one, although the score line suggested otherwise with Auckland finishing the second period up 7-0. Canterbury attempted somewhat of a comeback in period 3, scoring 4 unanswered goals to bring the game to 7-4 in Auckland’s favour. However, Auckland’s dominance in periods one and two were too much, with the final buzzer sounding and awarding Auckland the 7-4 win.

Full game statistics including player data can be found on the New Zealand Midget U17 Ice Hockey League website – http://stats.iihf.com/NZIHF/68/index.html

The team now has a bit of a break until the next games held in Auckland on September 2nd and 3rd against Canterbury.