Month: April 2014

2014 ECSL: Round 5

Round 5 of the 2014 ECSL season has conclued with wins for the Reach Rebels and the Sting. The win sees the Sting retain top position on seven points, while the Bombers are currently in last place with two points. Next week consists of two games with the Sting taking on the Sydney Heat and the Penrith Raptors coming up against the Rebels.

For more information on the ECSL see their website.

Round 5 results:

  • Reach Rebels 9 – 1 Blueline Bombers (18:30, 26 April 2014, Canterbury Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Newcastle North Stars 3 – 5 Sting (18:15, 27 April 2014, Penrith Ice Palace). Game Card

Standings after Round 5:

Team GP W T L PTS
Sting 4 3 1 0 7
Reach Rebels 4 2 1 1 5
Penrith Raptors 4 2 0 2 4
Sydney Heat 4 2 0 2 4
Newcastle North Stars 5 2 0 3 4
Blueline Bombers 5 1 0 3 2

2014 AIHL season: Round 3

Round 3 of the 2014 AIHL season saw wins for the Adelaide Adrenaline, CBR Brave and Melbourne Ice. Next week sees the Perth Thunder travel to Adelaide for a double header against the Adrenaline, the Sydney Ice Dogs return to Melbourne for their second round against the two Melbourne clubs and the Newcastle North Stars face the Sydney Bears in Baulkham Hills.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 3 results:

  • Melbourne Ice 3 – 0 Perth Thunder (16:30, 26 April 2014, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Adelaide Adrenaline 4 – 0 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 26 April 2014, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium). Game Card
  • Sydney Ice Dogs 2 – 6 CBR Brave (17:30, 26 April 2014, Phillip Ice Skating Centre). Game Card
  • Adelaide Adrenaline 6 – 5 SO Sydney Bears (15:30, 27 April 2014, Sydney Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Melbourne Ice 3 – 0 Perth Thunder (16:30, 27 April 2014, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card

Standings after Round 3:

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 4 2 1 0 1 8
Adelaide Adrenaline 2 1 1 0 0 5
Sydney Bears 2 1 0 1 0 4
Melbourne Mustangs 2 1 0 1 0 4
CBR Brave 2 1 0 0 1 3
Sydney Ice Dogs 3 1 0 0 2 3
Newcastle North Stars 3 1 0 0 2 3
Perth Thunder 2 0 0 0 2 0

Thunder Reveal Captains for 2014

Despite not announcing their team leaders for the the 2014 AIHL season the Perth Thunder have revealed one change to the lineup after this weeks double header against the Melbourne Ice. The change saw Corey Toy take over one of the two alternate captain roles from David Ruck. However due to Toy’s injuring early in the first game Jonathon Bremner has now taken on the position.

Meanwhile Samuel Wilson has retained his captaincy for the third year running and Andrew Cox continues on in his role as second of the teams alternate captains.

Toy with Suspected Broken Cheek Bone

Perth Thunder’s Corey Toy was sent to hospital early in the game tonight against the Melbourne Ice with a suspected broken cheekbone. The injury could spell the end of the American imports AIHL season after one game and force the Thunder to start looking for a replacement defendeder.

Update: The Thunder have revealed that Toy has fractured his orbital bone in three places after taking a deflected puck to the face. He is due to see specialists on Thursday in order to determine a time frame for the injury.

Brave Sign Kokkonen

The CBR Brave have announced the signing of Finnish forward Anton Kokkonen for the 2014 AIHL season. Kokkonen has spent the last five seasons playing in the Mestis league for TuTo, Peliitat Heinola and HeKi and is expected to join the team for Saturdays game against the Sydney Ice Dogs.

For more information see the Hewitt Sports Network article by Julian Hall.

Kuprowsky Resigns

It has been announced that Sydney Ice Dogs head coach Ron Kuprowsky and his assistants Colin Downie and Brad Andrlon have resigned effective immediately. The three coaches had tendered their resignations earlier this week, only two games into the Ice Dogs 2014 season. Dion Dunwoodie, Anthony Wilson and Mark Page have been appointed to an interim coaching panel until replacements can be found.

For more information see Andrew McMurty’s report at AIHL.com

News round-up

Not much happening this week but here are some highlights:

Have any other news of note? Please post in the comments below.

Thunder Sign Dugas

The Perth Thunder have announced Canadian goaltender Mathieu Dugas as their final import for the 2014 season. Dugas has spent his last season playing for the Mississippi Surge in the Southern Professional Hockey League and will join the Thunder in time for their first game of the season on the 26th against the Melbourne Ice.

2014 AIHL season: Round 2

Round 2 of the 2014 AIHL season consisted of only one game with the Melbourne Ice defeating the Melbourne Mustangs 3-2 in a shootout, Matt Armstrong scoring the winning goal in front of a 1500 strong crowd. The number of games steps back up for Round 3 with five games being held next weekend. The Ice travel to Perth to play a double against the Thunder, the Adelaide Adrenaline head to New South Wales to take on the Newcastle North Stars and the Sydney Bears, and the Sydney Ice Dogs take on the CBR Brave in Canberra.

Round 2 results:

  • Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 3 SO Melbourne Ice (17:00, 19 April 2014, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card

Standings after Round 2:

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Melbourne Mustangs 2 1 0 1 0 4
Sydney Bears 1 1 0 0 0 3
Sydney Ice Dogs 2 1 0 0 1 3
Newcastle North Stars 2 1 0 0 1 3
Melbourne Ice 2 0 1 0 1 2
CBR Brave 1 0 0 0 1 0
Adelaide Adrenaline 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perth Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0

Adrenaline Sign Will

The Adelaide Adrenaline have announced the signing of English goaltender Michael Will for the 2014 season. Will has spent the last four seasons playing for the Braehead Clan in the Elite Ice Hockey League. He is also one of four goaltenders on the entry list to represent Great Britain’s national team at the 2014 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B tournament in Vilnius, Lithuania from 20th April to the 26th, which may affect Adelaide’s opening game.