Month: May 2019

2019 AIHL season: Round 7

Round 7 of the 2019 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Ice, Sydney Bears, CBR Brave, Melbourne Mustangs and Newcastle Northstars. The Northstars remain on top of the standings, three points clear of the second placed Brave. Next week all eight teams are in action across six games.

Skaters Network Player of the Week: Vadim Virjassov (Melbourne Mustangs)

For more information see the AIHL website.

Results (all times local)
– Melbourne Ice 5-4 SO Melbourne Mustangs (19:30, 31 May 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 3-6 Sydney Bears (17:00, 1 June 2019, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Adelaide Adrenaline 2-4 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 1 June 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Perth Thunder 0-7 CBR Brave (17:30, 1 June 2019, Phillip Ice Skating Centre)
– Adelaide Adrenaline 2-10 Melbourne Mustangs (14:00, 2 June 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Perth Thunder 2-6 CBR Brave (16:30, 2 June 2019, Phillip Ice Skating Centre)
– Newcastle Northstars 3-2 Sydney Bears (17:00, 2 June 2019, Macquarie Ice Rink)

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Newcastle Northstars 11 10 0 0 1 30
CBR Brave 10 9 0 0 1 27
Melbourne Mustangs 10 5 0 3 2 18
Sydney Bears 10 5 1 0 4 17
Sydney Ice Dogs 9 3 1 0 5 11
Perth Thunder 9 2 1 0 6 8
Melbourne Ice 10 2 1 0 7 8
Adelaide Adrenaline 11 0 0 1 10 1

Last updated 4 June 2019

Funes replaces Schlamp as Team North captain

The Australian Ice Hockey League have announced Brian Funes as the new captain of Team North for the 2019 AIHL All-Star Weekend. Funes replaces Michael Schlamp in the role after Schlamp was forced to withdraw due to injury.

For more information:
Brian Funes announcement
Michael Schlamp withdrawal

Northstars sign Phillips and Simpson

The AIHL Podcast have announced two new import signings for the Newcastle Northstars – defenceman Trey Phillips and forward Luke Simpson.

Phillips spent the 2018-19 season playing in the ECHL for the Jacksonville IceMen and Fort Wayne Komets where he recorded eleven points from 42 games. Simpson started his 2018-19 season off with Mount Royal University in the U Sports system before signing with the Lacombe Generals of Allan Cup Hockey West.

Both players are expected to arrive on 6 June. For more information see the Episode 8 of the AIHL Podcast.

Smach leaves the Northstars

Czech forward Ondrej Smach has left the Newcastle Northstars line-up following their game against the Melbourne Ice on 26 May. The departure of Smach and the injury to Dominik Gabaj leaves the club short two imports however they are expected to announce replacements in June. Smach played ten games for the Northstars, recording five goals and ten assists.

Source: Australian Ice Hockey League: Matt Wetini answers call for Newcastle Northstars after season-ending injury to Dominik Gabaj by Josh Callinan, Newcastle Herald

Ice head coach Vigon temporarily stepping away from full time coaching

The Melbourne Ice have announced that head coach Brad Vigon will be stepping away from full time coaching duties for four weeks due to personal reasons. The clubs assistant coaches and director of hockey operations will continue the coaching operations during this period. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Low leaves the Brave

Canadian forward Brayden Low has left the CBR Brave to return to Vancouver. Low played his final game for the club on 25 May against the Sydney Ice Dogs however announced an intention to return for the finals in September. Low played seven games for the Brave, recording eight goals and nine assists. For more information see the article from The Canberra Times.

Northstars recall Wetini

The Newcastle Northstars have announced that they’ve recalled defenceman Matt Wetini from their East Coast Super League (ECSL) club. Wetini comes into the line-up following a season ending injury to Dominik Gabaj.

Wetini has played four games for the North Stars ECSL this season, recording five assists. He has competed in a total of 235 AIHL games from 2010 to 2018, accumulating 63 points. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Herald.

2019 AIHL season: Round 6

Round 6 of the 2019 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Bears, Newcastle Northstars, CBR Brave and Perth Thunder. The Northstars remain on top of the standings, six points clear of the second placed Brave. Next week all eight teams are in action across seven games.

Skaters Network Player of the Week: Kieran Webster (Perth Thunder)

For more information see the AIHL website.

Results (all times local)
– Sydney Bears 4-3 OT Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 25 May 2019, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Newcastle Northstars 4-3 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 25 May 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– CBR Brave 6-4 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 25 May 2019, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Newcastle Northstars 6-4 Melbourne Ice (14:00, 26 May 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Sydney Bears 4-5 Perth Thunder (16:30, 26 May 2019, Perth Ice Arena)

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Newcastle Northstars 10 9 0 0 1 27
CBR Brave 8 7 0 0 1 21
Sydney Bears 8 4 1 0 3 14
Melbourne Mustangs 8 4 0 2 2 14
Sydney Ice Dogs 8 3 1 0 4 11
Perth Thunder 7 2 1 0 4 8
Melbourne Ice 8 1 0 0 7 3
Adelaide Adrenaline 9 0 0 1 8 1

Last updated 3 June 2019

2019 ECSL season: Round 9

Round 9 of the 2019 East Coast Super League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Sting and Penrith Raptors. Following their win the Sting move into first place on the standings, edging out the now second placed Nudo Bombers on win percentage. Next week the Newcastle North Stars host the Reach Rebels in the only game of the round.

Skaters Network Player of the Month: Thomas Moncrieff (Penrith Raptors)

Further information:
ECSL website

Results
– Reach Rebels 2-9 Sydney Sting (19:00, 25 May 2019, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Penrith Raptors 4-3 Nudo Bombers (20:45, 25 May 2019, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)

Standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Sydney Sting 8 6 1 1 13
Nudo Bombers 9 6 1 2 13
Penrith Raptors 9 5 0 4 10
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 8 3 0 5 6
Reach Rebels 8 0 0 8 0

Last updated 25 May 2019