The Southern Alpiners have secured their spot in tomorrow’s final of the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League with a 3-2 victory over the Central Falcons in Hamilton this afternoon.
In the match-up that will be repeated in tomorrow’s final, the Alpiners continued on their winning ways with three from three in the second week of the competition.
Falcons skipper Stephen Jenness opened the scoring with a brilliant shot at pace after a fast break from the competition leaders.
The Southern Alpiners responded immediately with a classy goal from Hugo Inglis that went in off the keeper. The two sides went into the break level at 1-1.
With five minutes left in the second spell, Sam Lane put the Alpiners ahead with a drag flick penalty corner goal and just before the break Finn Ward made it 3-1 as he got a perfect touch on a cross.
After a stern halftime talk, the Falcons clawed one back with a well-taken Dane Lett penalty corner but couldn’t grab the equaliser despite taking their goalkeeper off in the final quarter.
The Alpiners secured a penalty stroke late in the match but Kane Russell wasn’t able to convert, leaving the Falcons to scramble for an equaliser late in the game.
Southern Alpiners 3 (Hugo Inglis 8 min, Sam Lane 25 min, Finn Ward 28 min)
Central Falcons 2 (Stephen Jenness 6 min, Dane Lett 33 min)
The Hauraki Mavericks have beaten the Northern Tridents with a come from behind 3-2 victory in the Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League in Hamilton this afternoon.
After the Alpiners’ win in the early game of the day, this match was virtually a dead rubber with the Mavericks needing to win by 10 goals to overtake the Alpiners and sneak into the final.
Tridents defender Cory Bennett made that task even tougher with two first half goals, both through drag flicks at penalty corner time.
The Mavericks finally opened their account in the third quarter with a classy upright reverse shot from Jonty Keaney, who cleverly pulled down an overhead and fired it into the goal.
Late goals from the league’s top goalscorer Nic Woods from a penalty corner drag flick and from Aidan Sarikaya with a cracking reverse shot goal from the narrowest of angles gave the home side the 3-2 victory.
Hauraki Mavericks 3 (Jonty Keaney 39 min, Nic Woods 52 min, Aidan Sarikaya 58 min)
Northern Tridents 2 (Cory Bennett 8 min and 29 min)