Sunday, September 13, 2015 - Submitted by Ryan Darnley
For Matt Wetini, he’s done it all this year. Playing in the league and Goodall Cup winning side with the Newcastle North Stars and selected in the All Star team; he can now add winning the first ever Ryzer Elimination Shootout to his list of achievements.
Rezek arguably had the best shot of the first round, superbly deking around regular teammate Josh Broekman in the net before slotting the puck into an empty net. Likewise, Kamil Jarina possibly had the save of the afternoon, surging out from the net to shut down all angles against one of the opposing players.
Dominant performances from the trio of goalies in Broekman, Davis and Jarina ensured that only six players advanced beyond the first round, combining for eleven saves in the first round.
It almost seemed inevitable moving into the final round that Team Schlamp would tie up the contest with Adrian Esposito (Sydney Bears), Daniel Pataky (Sydney Ice Dogs), Matt Wetini (Newcastle North Stars) and James Byers (CBR Brave) all making it through. That isn’t to say Josef Rezek (Adelaide Adrenaline) and Luc Daigneault (Perth Thunder) didn’t try to ensure a Team Bales win, but the odds weren’t in their favour.
Matt Wetini won the shoot-out with a skilful display, slotting his first round shot home through the five-hole of Sydney Bears’ goalie, Kamil Jarina before handling the pressure of a winner-takes-all final shot past his Newcastle North Stars’ teammate Josh Broekman.
This wasn’t before a little controversy, as Adelaide Adrenaline’s Josef Rezek has his goal in the final round ruled out; officials pointing to him having one too many shots of the puck. Rebounds may count in gameplay, but in the shootout they don’t!
A shootout ultimately seemed the right way to tie up the skills competition portion of the weekend, especially given the importance of penalty shots this season.
The result also saw Team Schlamp take the win in the skills competition 16-13.