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Ice Dogs win Sydney derby against Bears

Roar Guru
7th July, 2014
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Although sitting in fourth position on the ladder, with only ten games left the Sydney Ice Dogs look serious contenders for the Goodall Cup.

Over the weekend, the Ice Dogs beat the Sydney Bears for the third time this season, 4-2.

Simon Bard lead by example with some crushing contact, at one point knocking Bears forward Adrian Esposito’s helmet clear off his head, causing a game stoppage and inspection by the doctors.

True to their reputation, the Ice Dogs continue to lead the league in short-handed goals, scoring three of their four goals while a player down. Considering the Ice Dogs were on the penalty kill almost every two minutes, it was more impressive that any goals were scored when all men were on the ice at all.

Although the crowd wasn’t a record number, a solid 200 people were in attendance. The Kennel were vocal all game, with a highly entertaining and coordinated series of chants that really drowned out any Bears supporters.

The Kennel have taken it upon themselves all season to make sure Bear Jarrod Smith knew what they thought of him. In his rookie year, the Sydney junior has quickly made a reputation for himself as a hard-man outshining his (local and imported) teammates. Smith was the only person on the ice who looked to know what the Ice Dogs were going to do better than the actual Ice Dogs, with only one goal being scored while he was on the ice.

Although Smith is the target of a lot of the Kennel’s assaults, it’s no secret that the Ice Dogs fans would love to see the enforcer pull on the teal blue. There is no doubt that if the opportunity ever did arise, Smith’s sins – playing for the Bears – would be forgiven by the Kennel, much like the sins of Raffi Torres were forgiven by San Jose Sharks fans last year.