The third and final game of the Trans-Tasman Clash took place to yet another sold out crowd at Paradice Botany on Sunday night.
Much like the second game the night before, the Australian Mighty Roos came out strong, with 5 goals to New Zealand’s 2, including a shorthanded and a powerplay goal, in the first period.
The second period would unfortunately be no kinder to the Kiwis, with Australia scoring another 3 goals to New Zealand’s 1, ending the second period 8-3.
The third and final period was a more even contest, with both teams scoring just one goal, final score 9-4 to the Australians.
The Mighty Roos secured the clean sweep, making it a back to back after the 3-game series held in Melbourne in November 2022.
Both teams now begin their preperations to their respective IIHF World Championship events, with the Ice Blacks playing in Division II B, in Turkey, in April.
With more than 3,000 fans supporting both teams over the 3-game series, it was the biggest held in the country since the USA vs. Canada series in 2018.
Both the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation and Ice Hockey Australia intend to make the home and away series an annual event, so fans can be sure to see more of these two nations battle it out on the ice again soon.
Images supplied by Mike Kingdon: @taking_the_mike and Jackie Kobin: @jazzmie08