Sunday, June 12, 2016 - Submitted by Alex Aloschi & Andrew McMurtry
The Melbourne Mustangs’ import defenceman James Isaacs has fired a 153km/hr thunderbolt to claim the Skaters Network Hardest Shot Challenge at AIHL All-Star Skills Competition at the Penrith Ice Palace on Saturday night.
Isaacs was the most consistent shooter with all four of his shots finishing above 140km/hr.
Technically, the CBR Brave’s Jan Safar claimed the final defeating Isaacs 144km/hr to 143km/hr but Isaac’s had the hardest shot by 4km/hr and was the only player to clear 150km/hr mark.
We asked Isaacs how it felt winning the title.
“I don’t know if I was the winner technically, but it felt pretty good,” Isaacs laughed.
Isaacs’ attempt equalled the record set his team captain Matt Armstrong from the 2015 All-Star Competition.
Much of his competition was from his own Team Armstrong teammates, shooting against teammate Safar in the final.
But Isaacs was impressed by the competition.
“Most guys I think were pretty close,” Isaacs said. “That one of mine there kind of was a fluky harder shot than everyone else.”
The sweep of the Hardest Shot Competition saw Team Armstrong retake the lead in the Skills Competition 12-9.
Results James Isaacs (Team Armstrong) – 153km/hr - defeated Matt Lindsay (Team Schlamp) – 125km/hr John Kennedy Jr (Team Armstrong) – 147km/hr – defeated Lliam Webster (Team Schlamp) – 140km/hr Jan Safar (Team Armstrong) – 149km/hr – defeated Michael Schlamp (Team Schlamp) – 134km/hr Matt Armstrong (Team Armstrong) - 144km/hr – defeated Brandon Greenside (Team Schlamp) – 138km/hr Final – Jan Safar (Team Armstrong) – 144km/hr – defeated James Isaacs (Team Armstrong) 143km/hr