Northstars win shootout to climb ladder The Northstars celebrate a goal.
Steve Kuhn scores in the shootout.
TweetFacebook Newcastle v AdelaidePictures: PowerPlay PhotographicsThe Newcastle Northstars hauled themselves off the bottom of the Australian Ice Hockey League ladder with a shootout win over Adelaide at Warners Bay on Saturday.
The two-time defending champions beat second-last Adelaide 5-4 after the scores were locked at 4-4 at full-time. Newcastle goaltender Charlie Smart blocked all three Adrenaline attempts to win the shootout.
The two points were enough to lift Newcastle (17) from eighth to sixth, one ahead of Adelaide and Sydney Bears, who lost 7-1 to leaders CBR Brave.
“From a team perspective it was excellent tonight, and I’m not talking about the result,” Northstars coach Andrew Petrie said.
“Obviously I would have rather won in regulation time.That’s always the goal.
“We had a team meeting and I made a bit of a speech about what I thought it would take for us to turn our season around and took some ownership for the position we’re in, which I think is fair.
“They played as a team, they were in a good frame of mind and confident regardless of the score, regardless of how the bounces were going, regardless how the calls were going.”
Captain Bert Malloy and import Steve Kuhn, who had missed the past three weeks stranded in Bali after his passport was stolen, scored in the first period to put the home side up 2-1.
Adelaide scored twice before Felix Poulin levelled the scores at 3-3 entering the final term.
Joe Harcharik netted for Newcastle but Josef Rezek equalised with five minutes to go.
In 16 games, the 2015 and 2016 AIHL champions have won three times and had three shootout wins.
The Northstars next host second-placed Perth Thunder on Sunday, July 3.