2016 AIHL playoffs

The 2016 AIHL playoffs have finished with the Newcastle North Stars defeating CBR Brave 2-1. The win gives the North Stars their sixth Goodall Cup, successfully defending their title from last year. The North Stars progressed to the final after defeating the Perth Thunder 3-2 in the semifinals while the Brave defeated the Melbourne Ice 4-3 in their semifinal. For the fourth year running the finals were sponsored by Air Canada.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

– SF1: CBR Brave 4 – 3 Melbourne Ice (15:00, 27 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– SF2: Newcastle North Stars 3 – 2 Perth Thunder (18:00, 27 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– GF: Newcastle North Stars 2 – 1 CBR Brave (15:00, 28 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)

2016 ECSL season: Round 24

Round 24 of the 2016 East Coast Super League season has finished with a win for the Newcastle North Stars while the Sydney Sting and Blueline Bombers played out a three all draw. The Rebels remain on top of the standings, one point clear of the second placed North Stars. Next week the North Stars host the Bombers in Newcastle and the Sting take on the Raptors in Canterbury.

For more information see the ECSL website.

Round 24 results:
– Blueline Bombers 3 – 3 Sydney Sting (17:15, 27 August 2016, Sydney Ice Arena).
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– Newcastle North Stars ECSL 4 – 1 Reach Rebels (18:30, 27 August 2016, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink).
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Standings at the end of Round 24:

Team GP W T L PTS
Reach Rebels 19 11 3 5 25
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 19 10 4 5 24
Sydney Sting 18 5 7 6 17
Blueline Bombers 18 6 4 8 16
Penrith Raptors 18 4 2 12 10

2016 AIHL season: Round 17

Round 17 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Perth Thunder, Sydney Bears, Newcastle North Stars, Sydney Ice Dogs, Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs and Adelaide Adrenaline. The Ice finish the regular season off in first place, nine points clear of the second placed Thunder. Next week the 2016 Goodall Cup playoffs will be held at the O’Brien Group Arena with the two semifinals on Saturday and the final on the Sunday.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 17 results:
– Perth Thunder 4 – 2 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 20 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– Melbourne Mustangs 1 – 2 Sydney Bears (17:00, 20 August 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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– Adelaide Adrenaline 0 – 7 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 20 August 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
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– CBR Brave 4 – 6 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 20 August 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
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– Perth Thunder 2 – 5 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 21 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 4 SO Newcastle North Stars (16:00, 21 August 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
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– Adelaide Adrenaline 3 – 2 Sydney Bears (17:00, 21 August 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Standings at the end of Round 17:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 28 19 3 3 3 66
Perth Thunder 28 16 4 1 7 57
Newcastle North Stars 28 15 1 5 7 52
CBR Brave 28 15 2 2 9 51
Melbourne Mustangs 28 11 2 0 15 37
Sydney Bears 28 5 5 3 15 28
Sydney Ice Dogs 28 7 1 1 19 24
Adelaide Adrenaline 28 5 1 4 18 21

2016 ECSL season: Round 23

Round 23 of the 2016 East Coast Super League season has finished with wins for the Reach Rebels and Penrith Raptors. The Rebels remain on top of the standings, three points clear of the second placed Newcastle North Stars. Next week the Sting host the Bombers at the Sydney Ice Arena and the North Stars take on the Rebels in Canterbury.

For more information see the ECSL website.

Round 23 results:
– Reach Rebels 4 – 3 Sydney Sting (16:45, 21 August 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink).
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– Penrith Raptors 3 – 2 Blueline Bombers (20:30, 21 August 2016, Penrith Ice Palace).
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Standings at the end of Round 23:

Team GP W T L PTS
Reach Rebels 18 11 3 4 25
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 18 9 4 5 22
Sydney Sting 17 5 6 6 16
Blueline Bombers 17 6 3 8 15
Penrith Raptors 18 4 2 12 10

Newcastle North Stars 2016 Player Awards

The Newcastle North Stars also held their awards night on 17 August. For more information see the article by Ellie-Marie Watts

– Most Valuable Player: Connor McLaughlin
– Tony Huntley Award for Best Australian Player: Mathew Lindsay
– Best Defensive Player Award: John Kennedy
– Most Improved Player: Patrick Nadin
– Most Dedicated Player Award: Robert Malloy and Dayne Davis
– Coaches’ Award: Matt Wetini

CBR Brave 2016 Player Awards

The Brave held their 2016 players awards on 17 August.

– Bravest of the Brave: Jan Safar and Mathieu Guertin
– Best Forward: Mathieu Guertin
– Best Defender: Jan Safar
– Emerging Brave: Casey Kubara
– Player’s Player: Kai Miettinen
– Highest Points Scorer: Mathieu Guertin
– John Lewis Memorial Award: Andrew & Judy Deans
– Fans Choice: James Byers

Unice resigns as Brave head coach

The CBR Brave have announced that Josh Unice has resigned from the position of head coach position effective immediately. The decision comes after discussions between Unice, the playing group and the club on Unice’s number of personal issues outside of hockey. The clubs assistant coaches will take on the head coach responsibilities for the remainder of the season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

2016-17 AWIHL scheduled released

The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have released the schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Competition will kick off on 29 October with the Sydney Sirens hosting the Adelaide Rush in Canterbury and the Melbourne Ice taking on the Brisbane Goannas in Melbourne. The only team change for the season is the re-branding of the Adelaide Adrenaline to the Adelaide Rush. The format for the playoffs has been changed for the upcoming season with the qualifying and preliminary games dropped. All four teams will now qualify for the semifinals, with the two winning teams advancing to the grand final. The 2017 playoffs will be held in Canterbury on 11 March and 12 March.

Regular season schedule:
– Game 1: Sydney Sirens – Adelaide Rush (17:00, 29 October 2016, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Game 2: Melbourne Ice – Brisbane Goannas (17:00, 29 October 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 3: Sydney Sirens – Adelaide Rush (10:15, 30 October 2016, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Game 4: Melbourne Ice – Brisbane Goannas (13:15, 30 October 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 5: Adelaide Rush – Melbourne Ice (16:30, 12 November 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Game 6: Adelaide Rush – Melbourne Ice (10:00, 13 November 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Game 7: Brisbane Goannas – Sydney Sirens (16:00, 26 November 2016, Iceworld Boondall)
– Game 8: Brisbane Goannas – Sydney Sirens (07:30, 27 November 2016, Iceworld Boondall)
– Game 9: Sydney Sirens – Melbourne Ice (17:00, 3 December 2016, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Game 10: Sydney Sirens – Melbourne Ice (10:15, 4 December 2016, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Game 11: Brisbane Goannas – Adelaide Rush (16:00, 10 December 2016, Iceworld Boondall)
– Game 12: Brisbane Goannas – Adelaide Rush (07:30, 11 December 2016, Iceworld Boondall)
– Game 13: Adelaide Rush – Brisbane Goannas (16:30, 14 January 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Game 14: Melbourne Ice – Sydney Sirens (17:00, 14 January 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 15: Adelaide Rush – Brisbane Goannas (10:00, 15 January 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Game 16: Melbourne Ice – Sydney Sirens (14:15, 15 January 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 17: Sydney Sirens – Brisbane Goannas (17:00, 4 February 2017, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Game 18: Melbourne Ice – Adelaide Rush (17:00, 4 February 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 19: Sydney Sirens – Brisbane Goannas (10:15, 5 February 2017, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Game 20: Melbourne Ice – Adelaide Rush (13:15, 5 February 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 21: Brisbane Goannas – Melbourne Ice (16:00, 18 February 2017, Iceworld Boondall)
– Game 22: Brisbane Goannas – Melbourne Ice (07:30, 19 February 2017, Iceworld Boondall)
– Game 23: Adelaide Rush – Sydney Sirens (16:30, 25 February 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Game 24: Adelaide Rush – Sydney Sirens (10:00, 26 February 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)

Playoffs schedule:
– Semifinal 1: 1st – 4th (11 March 2017, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Semifinal 2: 2nd – 3rd (11 March 2017, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Bronze: Loser SF1 – Loser SF2 (12 March 2017, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Gold: Winner SF1 – Winner SF2 (12 March 2017, Cantebury Olympic Ice Rink)

2016 Phillip Ginsberg National Championship

The 2016 Phillip Ginsberg National Championship has finished with Western Australia defeating Victoria 4-1 in the gold medal game. The tournament is open to players 13 and under and is held between the State Associations. This years tournament consists of teams from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. All games were held at the O’Brien Group Arena in Melbourne and the tournament ran from 11 August to 14 August.

For more information see the tournament website

Preliminary round:
– Game 1: Western Australia 2 – 3 Victoria (07:00, 11 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 2: South Australia 1 – 7 Queensland (08:30, 11 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 3: New South Wales 10 – 2 Australian Capital Territory (10:00, 11 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 4: Victoria 9 – 5 South Australia (13:45, 11 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 5: Australian Capital Territory 0 – 14 Western Australia (15:15, 11 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 6: Queensland 3 – 4 New South Wales (16:45, 11 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 7: Western Australia 4 – 0 South Australia (07:00, 12 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 8: Queensland 11 – 0 Australian Capital Territory (08:30, 12 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 9: Victoria 6 – 2 New South Wales (10:00, 12 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 10: Australian Capital Territory 4 – 8 South Australia (14:15, 12 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 11: New South Wales 3 – 4 SO Western Australia (15:45, 12 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 12: Victoria 3 – 2 Queensland (17:15, 12 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 13: South Australia 0 – 2 New South Wales (12:00, 13 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 14: Queensland 1 – 5 Western Australia (13:30, 13 August 2016). Game Card
– Game 15: Australian Capital Territory 1 – 14 Victoria (15:00, 13 August 2016). Game Card

Preliminary round standings:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Victoria 5 5 0 0 0 15
Western Australia 5 3 1 0 1 11
New South Wales 5 3 0 1 1 10
Queensland 5 2 0 0 3 6
South Australia 5 1 0 0 4 3
Australian Capital Territory 5 0 0 0 5 0

Playoff round:
– Semifinal 1: Queensland 2 – 4 Victoria (19:15, 13 August 2016). Game Card
– Semifinal 2: New South Wales 2 – 3 SO Western Australia (20:45, 13 August 2016). Game Card
– Bronze Medal: Queensland 2 – 1 New South Wales (12:00, 14 August 2016)
– Gold Medal: Western Australia 4 – 1 Victoria (13:40, 14 August 2016)

2016 AIHL season: Round 16

Round 16 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs, CBR Brave and Perth Thunder. Following their two wins of the round the Melbourne Ice claim the 2016 H Newman Reid Trophy after securing first place in the standings. It is the Ice’s third regular season title having last won in 2012. Next week is the final round of the regular season with all eight teams in action across seven games.

The match between the Adelaide Adrenaline and CBR Brave on 13 August also served as the second annual beyondblue Cup. The Brave won the Cup for the second year in a row defeating the Adrenaline 5-4 following a shootout. The regular season match between the two teams has been branded to help raise awareness for the beyondblue charity. Last years edition, which was held in Canberra, was won by the Brave who defeated the Adrenaline 8-2.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 16 results:
– Melbourne Ice 4 – 1 Melbourne Mustangs (20:00, 11 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– Sydney Ice Dogs 7 – 10 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 13 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– CBR Brave 5 – 4 SO Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 13 August 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
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– Sydney Bears 0 – 2 Perth Thunder (16:30, 13 August 2016, Perth Ice Arena)
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– Sydney Ice Dogs 1 – 4 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 14 August 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– CBR Brave 6 – 5 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:00, 14 August 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
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– Sydney Bears 1 – 2 Perth Thunder (16:30, 14 August 2016, Perth Ice Arena)
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Standings at the end of Round 16:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 26 18 3 3 2 63
Perth Thunder 26 15 4 1 6 54
CBR Brave 27 15 2 2 8 51
Newcastle North Stars 26 14 1 4 7 48
Melbourne Mustangs 26 11 1 0 14 35
Sydney Bears 26 4 5 3 14 25
Sydney Ice Dogs 27 6 1 1 19 21
Adelaide Adrenaline 26 4 1 4 17 18