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By News Hub

Australia have won the ice hockey Trans-Tasman Challenge by beating New Zealand in a shootout in the deciding game three in Queenstown.

The two sides were locked at 3-3 at full-time before a scoreless overtime period at the NZ Winter Games on Saturday.

Mighty Roos goalkeeper Charlie Smart denied two New Zealand attempts as goals to veterans Brendan McDowell and Thomas Powell proved the difference in the shootout, won by Australia 2-0.

The result continues world No.33 Australia’s dominance over their hosts, winning 16 of 18 games over the past 30 years.

The Mighty Roos were humbled 4-1 in the opener on Thursday before a 2-0 victory in game two

AT A GLANCE:

Game 1: New Zealand 4-1 Australia
Game 2: New Zealand 0-2 Australia
Game 3: New Zealand 3-4 Australia Shootout