Month: February 2015

2014-15 AJIHL Season: Finals

The Sydney Wolf Pack have won the 2015 AJIHL Finals after defeating the Perth Pelicans 7-6 in overtime. The Wolf Pack advanced to the grand final against the Pelicans after they defeated the Melbourne Glaciers 1-0 in the preliminary final. The win gives the Wolf Pack their second title after the team won the inaugural AJIHL Playoffs in 2013, known then as the Sydney Maple Leafs.

For a write up on the finals see the article by Stephen White over at theAIHL.com.

For more information see the AJIHL’s Pointstreak page and click here for the entire season schedule.

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Preliminary Final:

  • Melbourne Glaciers 0 – 1 Sydney Wolf Pack (17:00, 28 February 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card

Grand Final:

  • Perth Pelicans 6 – 7 OT Sydney Wolf Pack (15:45, 1 March 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card

Smoque partners with the Brave

The CBR Brave continue to name new sponsors with restuarant Smoque being named as the teams Official Post Match Partner. The partnership includes the Smoque hosting the teams players after the home games and the restuarant will also be streaming the Brave’s away games during the season where a live stream is available. Smoque is the Brave’s third sponsor announcement for the 2015 season following Anytime Fitness and the Canberra Institute of Technology.

2014-15 AWIHL Season: Finals

The Melbourne Ice have won the 2015 Joan McKowen Trophy after defeating the Sydney Sirens 6-0 in the AWIHL grand final. The Ice started the finals weekend off with a win in the qualifiers against the Adelaide Adrenaline, advancing straight to the grand final. They then shutout the Sirens who were playing their second game of the day after defeating the Adrenaline 2-1 in the preliminary final in order to qualify for the grand final. In the third place game the Adrenaline defeated the Brisbane Goannas 5-1, salvaging something from the weekend after their preliminary final loss to the Sirens.

The season awards were also presented at the finals. The Goannas Courtney Poole received the Nellie Gee Rookie of the Year award. The others don’t seem to have been announced but we will update if they become known.

Opinion wise, the structure of the AWIHL’s finals really needs to be changed for future seasons. Making the Sirens play two games in one day surely gives the Ice a huge advantage in the final and makes it less competitive. A three team finals series, like the one currently used in the AJIHL, would suit the league a lot better with the preliminary final held on the Saturday and the grand final on the Sunday.

For more information see the the official league site or visit the AWIHL’s Pointstreak page.

Qualifying:

  • Game 1: Melbourne Ice 5 – 1 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:00, 21 February 2015, Adelaide Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Game 2: Sydney Sirens 2 – 1 Brisbane Goannas (17:45, 21 February 2015, Adelaide Ice Arena). Game Card

Preliminary Final:

  • Adelaide Adrenaline 1 – 2 Sydney Sirens (10:00, 22 February 2015, Adelaide Ice Arena). Game Card

Third Place Game:

  • Adelaide Adrenaline 5 – 1 Brisbane Goannas (15:45, 22 February 2015, Adelaide Ice Arena). Game Card

Grand Final:

  • Melbourne Ice 6 – 0 Sydney Sirens (17:45, 22 February 2015, Adelaide Ice Arena). Game Card

2014-15 AJIHL Season: VIC and WA Finals

The State finals have finished with the Perth Pelicans and Melbourne Glaciers advancing to next weeks 2015 AJIHL finals. The Pelicans defeated top of the ladder Sharks 6-4 to advance to the finals while the Glaciers beat the Whalers 5-2. The New South Wales final was held last week with the Sydney Wolf Pack claiming their spot in the finals with a 3-0 win over the Sabres. As the highest placed qualifier from the regular season the Glaciers advance straight to the grand final on 1 March while the Pelicans and Wolf Pack will playoff in the preliminary final for their chance in the grand final.

Edit: Appears that the predictions we made on who was versing who in the finals were incorrect. The Pelicans advance straight to the grand final while the Wolf Pack take on the Glaciers in the preliminary final. This is due to the AJIHL basing the rankings for the playoffs on interstate games, rather then the entire regular season standings. See below for the interstate standings.

For more information see the AJIHL’s Pointstreak page and click here for the entire season schedule.

Playoff results:

  • Vic Final: Melbourne Glaciers 5 – 2 Melbourne Whalers (17:00, 21 February 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
  • WA Final: Perth Sharks 4 – 6 Perth Pelicans (17:00, 21 February 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card

Interstate standings:*

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Perth Sharks 6 4 1 0 1 14
Sydney Sabres 7 4 0 1 2 13
Perth Pelicans 6 4 0 0 2 12
Sydney Wolf Pack 7 3 1 0 3 11
Melbourne Glaciers 7 2 0 1 4 7
Melbourne Whalers 7 1 0 0 6 3

*Used to determine the rankings of the AJIHL playoffs or simple put which of the qualifiers advance straight to the grand final and which teams have to play the preliminary.

2014-15 AJIHL Season: Round 13 & NSW Final

The final round of the 2014-15 AJIHL season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Glaciers, Perth Pelicans and Perth Sharks. Following their wins the Sharks moved into first place in the standings and claimed the regular season title. The two Perth teams finish the season with only 13 games played after their 15 November game had to be cancelled and plans to reschedule the game never materialised. Next week the two Perth teams take on each other in the Western Australian final and the Melbourne teams face-off in the Victorian final.

In the playoffs the Sydney Wolf Pack defeated the Sydney Sabres 3-0 in the New South Wales final. The Wolf Pack now advance to the AJIHL finals which are to be held on 28 February and 1 March at the Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne.

For more information see the AJIHL’s Pointstreak page and click here for the entire season schedule.

Round 13 results:

  • Perth Pelicans 7 – 0 Melbourne Whalers (16:30, 14 February 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Perth Sharks 5 – 4 Melbourne Glaciers (18:15, 14 February 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Perth Sharks 8 – 3 Melbourne Whalers (07:00, 15 February 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Perth Pelicans 4 – 5 Melbourne Glaciers (08:45, 15 February 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card

Playoff results:

  • NSW Final: Sydney Sabres 0 – 3 Sydney Wolf Pack (17:00, 15 February 2015, Penrith Ice Palace). Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 13:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Perth Sharks 13 9 1 2 1 31
Sydney Sabres 14 9 0 2 3 29
Melbourne Glaciers 14 7 0 3 4 24
Perth Pelicans 13 4 2 0 7 16
Sydney Wolf Pack 14 4 2 0 8 16
Melbourne Whalers 14 1 2 0 11 7

2014-15 AWIHL Season: Round 10

The final round of the 2014-15 AWIHL season has finished with the Adelaide Adrenaline winning both games against the Brisbane Goannas. Following their two wins the Adrenaline move into second place in the standings, finishing the season 13 points behind the Melbourne Ice. Next week the AWIHL finals are being held in Adelaide with all four teams in action. For the finals schedule see the link the AWIHL website below otherwise the schedule will be posted here on Friday.

For more information see the the official league site or visit the AWIHL’s Pointstreak page.

Round 10 results:

  • Brisbane Goannas 3 – 4 Adelaide Adrenaline (17:00, 14 February 2015, Iceworld Boondall). Game Card
  • Brisbane Goannas 0 – 5 Adelaide Adrenaline (08:30, 15 February 2015, Iceworld Boondall). Game Card

Standings at the end of Round 10:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 12 10 1 1 0 33
Adelaide Adrenaline 12 6 1 0 5 20
Sydney Sirens 12 4 1 1 6 15
Brisbane Goannas 12 1 0 1 10 4

Brave sign Mariani

The CBR Brave have announced the signing of Kyle Mariani for the upcoming 2015 season. Mariani is currently playing for the Laval Prédateurs of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey and previously played in the CHL, the Swedish Division 1, EIHL and the Polska Liga Hokejowa

For more information see the article by Lee Gaskin at The Canberra Times

Schedule changes for the Bears and Ice Dogs

It has been announced the the Sydney Bears and the Sydney Ice Dogs will move some of their home games to Canberra for the upcoming 2015 season. The Bears will play their 20 June home game against CBR Brave at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre, while the Ice Dogs will move both of their home games against the Brave, 1 August and 22 August, to Canberra.

The Bears have cited that the change to the schedule was due to the Penrith Ice Palace being unavailable while the Ice Dogs have not yet disclosed any reasons for their changes.