THE Newcastle North Stars have moved up to fourth in the Australian Ice Hockey League standings following an unpredictable, topsy-turvy weekend of results.
On Saturday, against the Perth Thunder, the North Stars were dealt a 5-0 defeat in front of a home crowd at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium.
It was a tough blow to the North Stars, who looked to ride the wave of victory from the weekend before, when they defeated premier league side the Melbourne Ice.
The North Stars were quick to learn from Saturday's mistakes, playing smart, defensive ice hockey to deliver a 4-1 win against the Sydney Ice Dogs the following day.
Even missing key playmakers including Brian Bales and Adam Geric, the North Stars got off on the right foot and kept the Ice Dogs at bay until the final period.
The North Stars lead 2-0 by the end of the first period thanks to goals from import Chris Wilson and North Stars veteran Ray Sheffield.
Newcastle import Cody Danberg extended the North Stars' lead before Sydney was able to get one back.
But one more Newcastle goal, delivered by Matt Wetini, sealed the deal for the North Stars.
Following a loss by the Thunder on Sunday against the Sydney Bears, plus the losses of the Ice Dogs, Ice and Adelaide Adrenaline, the North Stars have jumped from sixth to fourth position in the league's standings.
This Saturday the North Stars face the Adrenaline at home.