Month: February 2016

Australian Women lose exhibition game against Spain

The Australian women’s national team have lost their exhibition game in Jaca 3-6 against the Spanish women’s national team. The team arrived in Jaca, Spain yesterday ahead of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B tournament which begins on 29 February. Prior to their arrival in Jaca the Australian team had been on a training camp in Prague, Czech Republic. Following the end of the exhibition game the two teams took part in a shootout which Spain won 4-2.

For more information on the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

– Australia Women 3 – 6 Spain Women (27 February 2016)

2016 AJIHL playoffs: Finals

The Sydney Sabres have won the 2016 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League final after defeating the Melbourne Glaciers 6-4, claiming their second finals title.

The Sabres started the finals weekend with a win against the Glaciers in the first semifinal which saw them advance straight the grand final game, while the Glaciers progressed to the qualifying final. In the second semifinal the Perth Sharks defeated the Brisbane Blitz to advance to the qualifying final against the Glaciers.

The Glaciers secured their spot in the grand final after defeating the Sharks 6-2 in qualifier. The Glaciers and Sabres then faced off for the grand final with the Sabres winning 6-4 and claiming their second AJIHL finals title, their first since 2014. The win also sees New South Wales continue their dominance in the AJIHL playoffs with the Sydney teams having won all four editions.

For more information see the leagues Facebook page and esportsdesk.com for League statistics

Semifinals:
– Game 1: Melbourne Glaciers 2 – 5 Sydney Sabres (17:00 27 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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– Game 2: Brisbane Blitz 1 – 2 Perth Sharks (19:15, 27 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Qualifying final:
– Perth Sharks 2 – 6 Melbourne Glaciers (08:00, 28 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Grand final:
– Melbourne Glaciers 4 – 6 Sydney Sabres (17:00, 28 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Women’s Division II Group B tournament to be live streamed

The 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B tournament gets underway on 29 February with Australia taking on Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Turkey. The event will be live streamed by Pasión Media Comunicación for those interested in staying up and watching the games.

– Direct link: Live stream at Pasionmc.com
– IIHF embedded link: Live stream at IIHF.com

For more information on the tournament see the tournament page at IIHF.com

Australia’s game times:
– Australia v Mexico (23:30 AWST 29/02, 02:30 AEDT 01/03)
– Australia v Turkey (20:00 AWST 01/02, 23:00 AEDT 01/03)
– Australia v New Zealand (20:00 AWST 03/03, 23:00 AEDT 03/03)
– Australia v Spain (03:00 AWST 06/03, 06:00 AEDT 06/03)
– Australia v Iceland (23:30 AWST 06/03, 02:30 AEDT 06/03)

ECSL News: 24 February 2016

League news
– The league has completed their 2016 Draft with 16 new players picked up across four teams. The Sting picked up the most with seven new players added to their roster, the Raptors picked up five, and the Bombers and Rebels took two each. For for more information see the article by the league.
– The league have also expressed their interest in expanding to Canberra with 2017 currently slated for the expansion.

Sydney Heat
– The Sydney Heat have folded and will not participate in the upcoming 2016 East Coast Super League season. The move comes after Ice Hockey NSW instructed the ECSL to reduce the league to five teams. The team are said to have plans to return in the future however it is unclear how many seasons they will be inactive.

Blueline Bombers
– The Bombers have signed eight of their Heat’s former players following the teams departure from the league. For a list of names see the post on the Bombers Facebook page.

Australian Women defeat Czech Women’s League Selects

The Australian women’s national team have won their exhibition game 4-3 following a shootout against a select team from the Czech Republic Women’s Ice Hockey League. The game is being held as part of the teams training camp in Prague, Czech Republic before the start of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Jaca, Spain which begins on 29 February. The game winning goal was scored by Kristelle Vanderwolf.

For more information on the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

– Australia Women 4 – 3 SO Czech Women’s League Selects (23 January 2016, Pribram Rink)

Progress for South Australia’s new ice rink

The Northern Messenger is reporting that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Cruachan Investments and Playford Council allowing the developer to move forward with plans to build a new ice rink in Elizabeth, South Australia. Cruachan Investments now have until 30 June to develop its proposal before putting it forward for council approval.

For more information see the article by Elizabeth Henson of the Northern Messenger or visit the Ice Rinks Adelaide website.

AIHL news: 19 February 2016

Adelaide Adrenaline
– The Adrenaline have announced the appointment of Gordon Cochrane and Sami Mantere as assistant coaches for the upcoming 2016 season. Cochrane has previously coached the South Australian state team at the Goodall National Championships, while Mantere previously played three seasons for the Adrenaline from 2009 to 2012. For more information see the announcement from the Adrenaline.

2016 AJIHL playoffs: State Finals

The 2016 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League playoffs got underway with the State Finals held from 19 February to 21 February. All three states competed in a two game series over the weekend with the winner from each state advancing the 2016 AJIHL finals in Penrith. Should a final series be tied at one apiece after Game Two, the teams will play in a sudden death 10 minute period followed by a shootout if necessary.

The Melbourne Glaciers, Perth Sharks and Sydney Sabres all advanced to next weekends 2016 AJIHL finals in Penrith following their State Finals series wins. The Melbourne Glaciers will take on the Sydney Sabres in the first semifinal. The winner will head straight to the grand final while the loser will have to take the winner of the second semifinal for a second chance spot in the grand final. The Perth Sharks will face off against wildcard tournament winner, the Brisbane Blitz, in the second semifinal with the winner advancing to the qualifying final against the loser of the first semifinal. The semifinal rankings are determined by the results of the interstate games. As the two Perth teams only travel to one State per season their interstate away games count as double points. See below for the interstate standings.

For more information see the leagues Facebook page including the full seasons schedule.

New South Wales State Finals
– Game 1: Sydney Sabres 4 – 3 Sydney Wolf Pack (17:00, 20 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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– Game 2: Sydney Wolf Pack 1 – 2 Sydney Sabres (17:00, 21 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Sydney Sabres win series 2-0.

Victorian State Finals
– Game 1: Melbourne Whalers 1 – 4 Melbourne Glaciers (15:45, 20 February 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– Game 2: Melbourne Glaciers 9 – 0 Melbourne Whalers (15:45, 21 February 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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Melbourne Glaciers win series 2-0.

Western Australian State Finals
– Game 1: Perth Sharks 1 – 2 Perth Pelicans (19:45, 19 February 2016, Cockburn Ice Arena)
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– Game 2: Perth Pelicans 1 – 5 Perth Sharks (18:00, 21 February 2016, Xtreme Ice Arena)
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– Overtime: Perth Pelicans 0 – 1 Perth Sharks (goal scored by Tomek Sak)
Perth Sharks win series following sudden death overtime after games split 1-1.

Interstate standings (to determine semifinal rankings):

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Sydney Sabres 8 6 1 0 1 20
Sydney Wolf Pack 8 6 1 0 1 20
Melbourne Glaciers 8 6 0 1 1 19
Perth Sharks 8 3 0 1 4 10
Perth Pelicans 8 1 0 0 7 3
Melbourne Whalers 8 0 0 0 8 0

2016 Winter Youth Olympics Skills Challenge: Day Four

Madison Poole has finished the Grand Final phase of the Women’s Skills Challenge in fifth place. Poole’s best results came from the Fastest Lap skill and the in the Puck Control skill where she finished first and second respectively. The Grand Final phase was won by Sena Takenaka of Japan who recieved a total of 16 points with Poole four points back in fifth place.

Madison Poole’s Grand Final results:
– Fastest Lap: 1st (4 points)
– Shooting Accuracy: 4th (2 points)
– Skating Agility: 5th (1 point)
– Fastest Shot: 8th (1 point)
– Passing Precision: 5th (1 point)
– Puck Control: 2nd (3 points)
– Total points: 12

Final standings:
– 1st: Sena Takenaka (JPN) – 16 points
– 2nd: Anita Muraro (ITA) – 14 points
– 3rd: Theresa Schafzahl (AUT) – 13 points
– 4th:Millie Rose Sirum (NOR) – 12 points
– 5th: Madison Poole (AUS) – 12 points
– 6th: Su Yeon Eom (KOR) – 9 points
– 7th: Martina Federova (SVK) – 7 points
– 8th: Tabea Bottof (GER) – 7 points

For more information see the following links:
Men’s Skills Challenge at IIHF.com
Women’s Skills Challenge at IIHF.com

2016 Winter Youth Olympics Skills Challenge: Day Three

Jake Riley has finished the Qualification phase of the Men’s Skills Challenge in ninth place after completing his remaining four skills. The second day of the Men’s Qualification included Skating Agility, Fastest Shot, Passing Precision and Puck Control. Riley finished with nine points, ten behind the winner Sebastian Cederle of Slovakia. As a result of his ninth place qualification Riley fails to advance to the Grand Final however he is the first reserve should one of the finalists be unable to compete.

Madison Poole will be on the ice today to compete in the Women’s Skills Challenge Grand Final after she finished third in the Qualification phase. The Grand Final will see the top eight competitors tested again in all six skills.

Jake Riley’s Qualification results:
– Fastest Lap: 9th (1 point)
– Shooting Accuracy: 3rd (3 points)
– Skating Agility: 11th (1 point)
– Fastest Shot: 15th (1 point)
– Passing Precision: 6th (2 points)
– Puck Control: 14th (1 point)
– Total points: 9

For more information see the following links:
Men’s Skills Challenge at IIHF.com
Women’s Skills Challenge at IIHF.com