21/02/2024

Photo Credit: Mats Bekkevold

Australia will play Iceland in their final game of the tournament at 12:00 am Monday morning AEST. Both teams remain tied at the top of Division II Group B, making it a winner-takes-all match for gold.

Australia will play Iceland in its final game of the tournament at 12:00 am Monday morning AEST. Both teams remain tied at the top of Division II Group B, making it a winner-takes-all match for gold.

Australia comes into the match in scintillating form. It has scored a whopping 37 goals in just three games and is yet to concede a goal.

Iceland has scored 24 goals and conceded four in its three games. Turkey has been the only opponent to truly test Iceland so far in the tournament, with Iceland squeaking out a 3-2 win.

Best Player for Australia against South Africa, Ashlie Aparicio. Photo Credit: Mats Bekkevold

The last time these two teams met was in February 2020 in Akureyri, Iceland. Australia won that game 6-1 but it was a flattering scoreline.

Four of Australia’s goals in that game were off rebound opportunities, and Olivia Last needed to be sharp against the hosts. Australia will face its greatest test of the tournament against Iceland.

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Keys to Victory

Australia’s Head Coach Stuart Philps spoke to The Inner Sanctum about the keys to victory for Australia.

“Championship games are always exciting. With a huge prize on the line, it’s exciting to see who will use the pressure of success to elevate their game and who will crumble underneath it,” Philps told The Inner Sanctum.

Head Coach Stuart Philps looks on during practice.

One of the key features of this team has been the depth available. 13 players on the roster have found the back of the net at least once in the tournament.

“We have proven that in our past three games that we have a lot of depth in our roster to score goals,” Philps added.

“However, the foundation of our success is our speed. If we continue to play with our feet by using our speed, stopping on pucks and reestablishing ourselves above the puck on the forecheck, it will make it very difficult for Iceland to get clean exits out of their defensive zone.

“For any team to be successful, you must first leave your ego at the door. Being able to put the team first and play your role by executing on the small details every shift, is how championships are won.”

You can view Australia’s game against Iceland live at 12:00 am AEST tomorrow morning, Monday, May 23 via YouTube (click here for the link).

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