Ice Blacks enjoy feast of roo stew

Members of the  Ice Blacks celebrate their win over  Australia last night secured a convincing...
Members of the Ice Blacks celebrate their win over Australia last night secured a convincing series win against their transtasman foes. Photo: Jay French
A ruthless display by the Ice Blacks against the Australian Mighty Roos  last night  clinched the transtasman series for the Kiwi team,  a 6-1 victor in Queenstown.

Fresh from a strong performance in game one of the three-match series on Thursday night, the Kiwis came out firing on all cylinders and took  the lead as a superb pass across goal from  Alex Polozov allowed Matthew Schneider to tap it in inside the opening two minutes.

The home team doubled its lead halfway through the first period, after a long-range effort from Ice Black Callum Burns was parried  into the path of Polozov, who gleefully slotted it into the back of the net.

Both sides squandered opportunities to take advantage of power plays and while the Roos pushed hard, they went into the first break having failed to trouble the scorers.

It was more of the same in the second period as things went from bad to worse for the Roos.

Schneider and Polozov combined again not long after the break to increase the lead to three.

Goals four and five followed soon after thanks to a wonderful solo effort from Dale Harrop and an easy tap-in for Jordan Challis.

The Roos then had a goal disallowed due to an intentional deflection  late in the period to further rub salt into the already gaping wounds.

Aussie skipper Lliam Webster got one back at the beginning of the final period, but it was a case of too little too late for the Roos.

A final late goal from Chris Eaden restored the Ice Blacks’ five-goal advantage and wrapped up a stunning series victory that was greatly appreciated by the  crowd.

Tonight’s third and final game will be a dead rubber,  although the Kiwis will be looking for a clean sweep against their biggest rival  to gain significant transtasman bragging rights. 

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