Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Submitted by Bernard McNamara
The Sydney Sirens have capped off a perfect season by winning the Australian Women's Ice Hockey League (AWIHL) Final on Sunday night at the Canterbury Ice Rink. In front of a vocal home crowd, the Sydney-siders defeated the Brisbane Goannas 4-3 after an epic shootout.
Despite falling behind the Goannas 2-0 in the first period, the Sirens battled their way back into the contest thanks to a pair of goals by forward Sharnita Crompton, including the game-tying goal with under five minutes to play in regulation.
Neither side was able to take advantage of the open ice in the 10 minute 3-on-3 overtime, which meant the 2017 Championship would be decided in a shootout.
Sirens' forward Erin Beaver got the home side on the board with her first shot, with the Sydney goalie Sara Dogramaci proving the critical difference - stopping all three Brisbane shooters.
With the 4-3 shootout win, the Sirens claim their first ever AWIHL championship and the Joan McKowen Memorial Trophy.