Bears and Ice Dogs announce exhibition game

The Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs will play an exhibition game, dubbed the 2020 Bushfire Battle Appeal, on 21 February at the Macquarie Ice Rink to help raise funds for the Bushfire Appeal. The proceeds will go to both the Red Cross and the Rural Fire Service. The Bears will also be auctioning off a their special edition Bushfire Battle Appeal jerseys on the night.

– Sydney Bears – Sydney Ice Dogs (19:30, 21 February 2020, Macquarie Ice Rink)

Further information:
Ticket sales at Trybooking.com
Sydney Bears announcement
Sydney Ice Dogs announcement

AWIHL releases promo video ahead of 2020 playoffs

The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have released a short promo video for the upcoming 2020 playoffs. The playoffs start on 1 February with the semifinals and finish on 2 February with a third place game and the grand final. The four games are to held at the O’Brien Icehouse.

Further information:
AWIHL website, Facebook page, eSportsdesk statistics
YouTube livestream account
Tickets at Trybooking.com

Schedule
– Perth Inferno – Sydney Sirens (15:00, 1 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Melbourne Ice – Adelaide Rush (17:30, 1 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Third place: Loser SF2 – Loser SF1 (15:00, 2 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Grand final: Winner SF2 – Winner SF2 (17:30, 2 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia finish second

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost to Iceland 1-4 in the gold medal game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. As a result Australia finish the tournament in second place for the second year in a row. Forward Yannic Lodge was named best Australian of the game. Sebastian Woodlands was named best goaltender of the tournament after posting the top save percentage of 90.32. In the other games of the day Turkey defeated Mexico 4-2 to finish third, Bulgaria beat New Zealand 6-1 for fifth and Chinese Taipei got an 5-4 overtime win over South Africa to come in seventh. Iceland’s win means they are promoted to Division II Group B for 2021, their first time back to Division II Group B since 2015.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Playoffs
Bronze: Turkey 4-2 Mexico (17:00, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
Gold: Iceland 4-1 Australia (20:30, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Placement round
7th place: South Africa 4-5 OT Chinese Taipei (10:00, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
5th place: Bulgaria 6-1 New Zealand (13:30, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Final standings
1. Iceland – promoted to Division II Group B
2. Australia
3. Turkey
4. Mexico
5. Bulgaria
6. New Zealand
7. Chinese Taipei
8. South Africa

Ice defeat Mustangs in Bushfire Appeal match

The Melbourne Ice have defeated the Melbourne Mustangs 5-2 in their Victorian Bushfire Appeal exhibition match. The event raised over $30,000, a figure which is yet to include the two teams jersey auctions. For more information see the game summary from the Melbourne Mustangs.

– Melbourne Ice 5-2 Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 19 January 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)

Update: After final contributions the managed to raise over $50,000.

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia win semifinal

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have defeated Mexico 8-3 in their semifinal of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Captain Kenshin Hayashi scored four goals and was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Iceland defeated Turkey 5-2 in the second semifinal, while in the placement round Bulgaria beat Chinese Taipei 8-1 and New Zealand picked up a 2-1 win over South Africa. Australia and Iceland will now play for gold and promotion to Division II Group B. The last time these two teams met was at the 2019 World Championships where Australia lost 4-5 in overtime. In the other upcoming games Turkey and Mexico will playoff for bronze, Bulgaria and New Zealand compete for fifth and South Africa and Chinese Taipei play for seventh place.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Semifinals
– Australia 8-3 Mexico (17:00, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Iceland 5-2 Turkey (20:30, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

5th to 8th placement
– Bulgaria 8-1 Chinese Taipei (10:00, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– South Africa 1-2 New Zealand (13:30, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

2019-20 AWIHL season: Round 10

Round 10 of the 2019-20 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Ice and Perth Inferno. Following the results of the weekend the Sydney Sirens claim the regular season title, their first since the 2017-18 season. The Inferno pickup the final spot in the 2020 AWIHL playoffs following their two wins over the Brisbane Goannas. With the regular season over the league now moves onto the playoffs which will be held on 1 and 2 February at the O’Brien Icehouse. In the semifinals the Sirens take on the Inferno and the Ice play will play the Rush.

Further information:
AWIHL website, Facebook page, eSportsdesk statistics
YouTube livestream account

Results (all times local)
– Adelaide Rush 2–4 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 18 January 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Brisbane Goannas 1–4 Perth Inferno (18:00, 18 January 2020, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Brisbane Goannas 1–9 Perth Inferno (12:30, 19 January 2020, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Adelaide Rush 2–3 Melbourne Ice (13:15, 19 January 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)

Standings

Team GP W SOW SOL T L PTS
Sydney Sirens 12 8 2 1 0 1 29
Adelaide Rush 12 8 1 1 0 2 27
Melbourne Ice 12 7 0 1 1 3 23
Perth Inferno 12 2 0 0 1 9 7
Brisbane Goannas 12 1 0 0 0 11 3

Last updated 19 January 2020

Hebron Academy defeat Australia U18 Women

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their exhibition game 3-6 to Hebron Academy’s Girls Varsity team. The game was held at Hebron Academy’s Robinson Arena and forms part of the teams training before the start of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division II Group A tournament in Eindhoven, the Netherlands which begins on 25 January.

– Australia U18 Women 3-6 Hebron Academy Girls Varsity (16:00, 16 January 2020, Robinson Arena)

Further information:
Game summary from the Australian U18 women’s team
World Championship page on IIHF.com

Ice v Inferno game ruled a tie

The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have announced that the 12 January game between the Melbourne Ice and Perth Inferno will be treated as a tie instead of an overtime win to the Perth Inferno. The decision comes after the game progressed to a 3-on-3 overtime instead of a shootout which goes against league rules. Perth won the game and was initially awarded two points and the Ice one point. As a result each team will receive one point each, dropping the Inferno’s total points for the season to one.

Updated standings

Team GP W SOW SOL T L PTS
Sydney Sirens 12 8 2 1 0 1 29
Adelaide Rush 10 8 1 1 0 0 27
Melbourne Ice 10 5 0 1 1 3 17
Brisbane Goannas 10 1 0 0 0 9 3
Perth Inferno 10 0 0 0 1 9 1

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia defeat Turkey

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have defeated Turkey 3-2 in their third game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Defenceman Arthur Wang was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day South Africa defeated Chinese Taipei 5-3, Iceland beat New Zealand 10-1 and Mexico picked up a 5-2 win over Bulgaria. Australia finish the preliminary round at the top of the Group B standings and Iceland finishes at the top of Group A. Mexico pick up the final playoffs spot following their win against Bulgaria and join Australia, Iceland and Turkey in the semifinals. The remaining four teams move onto the 5th-8th placement round. The teams have a rest day today and return on Saturday where Australia take on Mexico in the semifinals.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Results
– South Africa 5-3 Chinese Taipei (10:00, 16 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– New Zealand 1-10 Iceland (13:30, 16 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Australia 3-2 Turkey (17:00, 16 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Mexico 5-2 Bulgaria (20:30, 14 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Iceland 3 3 0 0 0 9
Mexico 3 2 0 0 1 6
Bulgaria 3 1 0 0 2 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 0 3 0

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 3 3 0 0 0 9
Turkey 3 2 0 0 1 6
South Africa 3 1 0 0 2 3
Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 0 3 0