2016 A2WIHL: Series 1

The New South Wales Bombers have won Series 1 of the Australian Tier 2 Women’s Ice Hockey League (A2WIHL) after finishing on top of the standings. The Canberra Pirates finished in second place, four points behind the Bombers and the Melbourne White Dragons finished in third with nine points. Series 1 of the A2WIHL was held at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre and is designed to act as a feeder league to the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League.

Of note the two Melbourne teams revived the old logo of the former Melbourne Dragons of the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League, which is now playing as the Melbourne Ice. The Dragons logo itself being a copy of the Mobile Mysticks who competed in the ECHL from 1995 to 2002.

Series 2 of the A2WIHL is scheduled for 9 July and 10 July 2016 at the O’Brien Group Arena with a South Australian team expected to join. A third series is also planned for Newcastle from 1 October to 3 October 2016 with confirmation likely to come this week. Points from Series 1 will carry over to Series 2 and then to Series 3.

For more information on the A2WIHL see the official announcement from Ice Hockey Australia.

Series 1 schedule:
– Game 1: White Dragons 0 – 6 Bombers (12:25, 19 March 2016)
– Game 2: Black Dragons 1 – 2 Pirates (15:45, 19 March 2016)
– Game 3: White Dragons 0 – 0 Pirates (17:00, 19 March 2016)
– Game 4: Black Dragons 2 – 9 Bombers (18:15, 19 March 2016)
– Game 5: White Dragons 0 – 2 Pirates (06:30, 20 March 2016)
– Game 6: White Dragons 4 – 3 Black Dragons (07:45, 20 March 2016)
– Game 7: Bombers 2 – 0 Pirates (09:00, 20 March 2016)
– Game 8: White Dragons 1 – 1 Black Dragons (12:15, 20 March 2016)
– Game 9: Bombers 5 – 0 Black Dragons (15:45, 20 March 2016)
– Game 10: Bombers 4 – 0 Pirates (17:00, 20 March 2016)

Standings at the end of Series 1:

Team GP W T L PTS
New South Wales Bombers 5 5 0 0 15
Canberra Pirates 5 2 1 2 10
Melbourne White Dragons 5 1 2 2 9
Melbourne Black Dragons 5 0 1 4 6

Note: 3 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 1 point for a loss.

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