Ice Hockey: Perth Thunder rumbles to win over Sydney Bears, but go down to Ice Dogs

Ice Hockey: Perth Thunder rumbles to win over Sydney Bears, but go down to Ice Dogs

MIRRABOOKA-based Perth Thunder had mixed fortunes in the Australian Ice Hockey League this round, with a win over the Sydney Bears and a loss to the Sydney Ice Dogs.

The Thunder went east for the double header, meeting the Bears at Penrith Ice Palace on Saturday evening.

The game was tight after two periods with the visitors holding a 1-0 lead, but three goals in a 90-second burst in the third period saw the lead blow out to 4-0 before resisting a late Bears rally to win 4-2.

Jamie Woodman opened the scoring after seven minutes with his third goal of the season.

The second period went by scoreless and Goransson doubled the Thunder lead after eight minutes of the third period.

Forty-one seconds later the imports combined to take the score to 3-0, with a Ben Breault goal and Michael Dorr and Jessyko Bernard each tallying their second assists of the night.

Barely half-a-minute later the Thunder took a 4-0 lead when Bernard goaled with the help of Breault and Dorr, and the game was effectively over.

On Sunday, the Thunder faced the Sydney Ice Dogs at Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink.

Perth got off to a great start, scoring the opening goal after 11 minutes, with Bernard finding the back of the net with assists from Breault and Dorr.

The Ice Dogs scored three second-period goals to blow the game open.

The Thunder had six power play opportunities in the third period, but was unable to capitalise as the Ice Dogs held on for a 3-1 victory, just their fourth of the season.

The loss leaves Perth sitting in fourth place in the standings, 11 points clear of fifth-placed Melbourne Mustangs, just four points behind third-placed Newcastle North Stars with three games in hand.

The Sunday game was the first of three consecutive fixtures against the Ice Dogs, with the Thunder now returning home to Perth Ice Arena in Mirrabooka to face the Ice Dogs in a series this weekend.