2016-17 AWIHL season: Round 9

The final round of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League regular season has finished with the Sydney Sirens defeating the Adelaide Rush in both games at the Ice Arena. The Sirens finish the regular season in first place, twelve points ahead of the second placed Brisbane Goannas, and claim the regular season title. The teams now move onto the playoffs which will be held on 11 and 12 March at the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink.

For more information see the esportsdesk.com website.

Round 9 results:
– Sydney Sirens 12 – 0 Adelaide Rush (16:30, 25 February 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Sydney Sirens 11 – 1 Adelaide Rush (10:00, 26 February 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)

Standings at the end of Round 9:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Sydney Sirens 12 9 3 0 0 33
Brisbane Goannas 12 6 0 3 3 21
Melbourne Ice 12 5 1 1 5 18
Adelaide Rush 12 0 0 0 12 0

Results of 2017 ECSL Draft announced

The league has completed their 2017 Draft with 31 players picked up across four teams. The Penrith Raptors and Sydney Sting picked up the most with ten players each, while the Blueline Bombers picked up six and the Reach Rebels five. For the results of the draft see the announcement by the league.

In other news the ECSL announced that they are still pushing to expand into Canberra however it is unclear when this will happen.

2016-17 AWIHL season: Round 8

Round 8 of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Brisbane Goannas and Melbourne Ice both coming away with a win in their double-header. The standings remain unchanged at the end of the round with the Goannas locking in second place and the Ice third to the end of the regular season. Next week the Adelaide Rush host the Sydney Sirens in the final round of the 2016-17 regular season.

For more information see the esportsdesk.com website.

Round 8 results:
– Melbourne Ice 5 – 4 SO Brisbane Goannas (16:00, 18 February 2017, Iceworld Boondall)
– Melbourne Ice 2 – 3 Brisbane Goannas (07:30, 19 February 2017, Iceworld Boondall)

Standings at the end of Round 8:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Sydney Sirens 10 7 3 0 0 27
Brisbane Goannas 12 6 0 3 3 21
Melbourne Ice 12 5 1 1 5 18
Adelaide Rush 10 0 0 0 10 0

Australian Women’s roster released for 2017 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the Australian women’s national team roster for the upcoming 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 2 to 8 April in Gangneung, South Korea with Australia competing against Great Britain, the Netherlands, North Korea, Slovenia and South Korea. For more information see the announcement by Kayla Franchesca. Prior to the start of the tournament the team will take part in a five day training camp in Sapporo, Japan.

Goaltenders:
Ashleigh Brown (Brisbane Goannas)
Michelle Coonan (Lindenwood-Belleville)

Forwards:
Natalie Ayris (Adelaide Rush)
Sharnita Crompton (Sydney Sirens)
Emily Davis-Tope (Melbourne Ice)
Sharna Godfrey (Sydney Sirens)
Kath McOnie (Sydney Sirens)
Madison Poole (Western Australia)
Shona Powell (Melbourne Ice)
Kate Tihema (Lindenwood-Belleville)
Kristelle Van Der Wolf (Melbourne Ice)

Defenceman:
Georgia Carson (Melbourne Ice)
Kelly Costa (Brisbane Goannas)
Remi Harvey (Sydney Sirens)
Sari Lehmann (Adelaide Rush)
Amelia Matheson (Sydney Sirens)
Stephanie Newmark (Wilkes University)
Rylie Padjen (Melbourne Ice)
Courtney Poole (Western Australia)

Ice to also host New Zealand

Following on from the Mustangs announcement the Melbourne Ice have announced that they will also compete in two exhibition games against the New Zealand men’s national team. The games will be held on 25 and 30 March at the O’Brien Group Arena, serving as New Zealand’s warm up for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament.

Mustangs to host New Zealand in two game series

The Melbourne Mustangs will host the New Zealand men’s national team in a two game exhibition series at the O’Brien Group Arena on 24 and 28 March. The games will be held as a warm up for New Zealand who host the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Auckland from 4 to 10 April. New Zealand last visited Australia in April 2015 where they played a three game series against the Perth Thunder, losing one game to two.

2016-17 AJIHL season: Round 4

Round 4 of the 2016-17 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Sydney Wolf Pack defeating the Sydney Sabres in both games of their double header at the Penrith Ice Palace. Following their wins the Wolf Pack return back to second place in the Brisbane/Sydney Conference standings, trailing the Blitz on win percentage.

The next known games are set to be held in Adelaide from 31 March to 2 April with a round-robin format followed by semifinals and a grand final. The Adelaide Generals and Sydney Wolf Pack are currently confirmed with other states yet to be announced. The upcoming games may also see the conference system abandoned for a single league standings. We have opted to leave it as is pending the announcement of the remaining league schedule or confirmation from the league.

Round 4 results
– Sydney Wolf Pack 4 – 3 SO Sydney Sabres (17:00, 11 February 2017, Penrith Ice Palace)
– Sydney Sabres 1 – 2 Sydney Wolf Pack (17:00, 12 February 2017, Penrith Ice Palace)

Brisbane/Sydney Conference:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Brisbane Blitz 4 3 0 1 0 10
Sydney Wolf Pack 7 2 2 0 3 10
Sydney Sabres 7 2 0 1 4 7

Adelaide/Melbourne/Perth Conference:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Adelaide Generals 4 4 0 0 0 12
Perth Sharks 4 1 0 0 3 3
Melbourne Glaciers 4 1 0 0 3 3

North Stars sign Smart, drop Davis

The Newcastle North Stars have announced the signing of goaltender Charlie Smart for the upcoming 2017 season. Smart spent last season playing for the Sydney Ice Dogs and has been playing for the Bozeman Icedogs of the North American 3 Hockey League in the offseason. The signing of Smart comes after last seasons starting goaltender Dayne Davis declined to re-sign citing interest from other clubs. Smart joins Nicholas Mizen on the roster. Mizen played five games last season for the North Stars and has been playing for the Steele County Blades of the United States Premier Hockey League’s Elite Division during the offseason. For more information see the announcement from the club.

2016-17 AJIHL season: Round 3

Round 3 of the 2016-17 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Sydney Sabres defeating the Sydney Wolf Pack at the Penrith Ice Palace. Following their win the Sabres move up to second place in the Brisbane/Sydney Conference standings, four points behind the Brisbane Blitz. The two Sydney teams will battle it out again in a double header at the Penrith Ice Palace on 11 and 12 February.

Round 3 results
– Sydney Wolf Pack 0 – 2 Sydney Sabres (17:00, 5 February 2017, Penrith Ice Palace)

Brisbane/Sydney Conference:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Brisbane Blitz 4 3 0 1 0 10
Sydney Sabres 5 2 0 0 3 6
Sydney Wolf Pack 5 1 1 0 3 5

Adelaide/Melbourne/Perth Conference:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Adelaide Generals 4 4 0 0 0 12
Perth Sharks 4 1 0 0 3 3
Melbourne Glaciers 4 1 0 0 3 3