Month: September 2019

2019-20 AWIHL season schedule

The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have released the schedule for the 2019-20 season. The season kicks off on 26 October in Adelaide and concludes with the finals on 1 and 2 February in Melbourne. The season structure remains unchanged from 2018-19 with each team playing two of the four opponents in a four game series with the other two teams being played twice during the season.

Regular season (all times local)
– Perth Inferno – Adelaide Rush (16:00, 26 October 2019, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Perth Inferno – Adelaide Rush (09:30, 27 October 2019, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Perth Inferno – Sydney Sirens (15:00, 2 November 2019, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
– Melbourne Ice – Brisbane Goannas (16:00, 2 November 2019, Iceworld Boondall)
– Perth Inferno – Sydney Sirens (09:00, 3 November 2019, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
– Melbourne Ice – Brisbane Goannas (15:15, 3 November 2019, Iceworld Boondall)
– Adelaide Rush – Perth Inferno (17:30, 9 November 2019, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Adelaide Rush – Perth Inferno (08:15, 10 November 2019, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Brisbane Goannas – Sydney Sirens (15:00, 16 November 2019, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
– Brisbane Goannas – Sydney Sirens (09:00, 17 November 2019, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
– Brisbane Goannas – Adelaide Rush (16:00, 23 November 2019, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Sydney Sirens – Melbourne Ice (16:00, 23 November 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Brisbane Goannas – Adelaide Rush (09:30, 24 November 2019, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Sydney Sirens – Melbourne Ice (13:15, 24 November 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Adelaide Rush – Brisbane Goannas (16:00, 30 November 2019, Iceworld Boondall)
– Adelaide Rush – Brisbane Goannas (15:15, 1 December 2019, Iceworld Boondall)
– Sydney Sirens – Adelaide Rush (16:00, 7 December 2019, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Perth Inferno – Melbourne Ice (16:00, 7 December 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Sydney Sirens – Adelaide Rush (09:30, 8 December 2019, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Perth Inferno – Melbourne Ice (13:15, 8 December 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Melbourne Ice – Sydney Sirens (20:15, 14 December 2019, Penrith Ice Palace)
– Melbourne Ice – Sydney Sirens (09:30, 15 December 2019, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)
– Sydney Sirens – Brisbane Goannas (16:00, 11 January 2020, Iceworld Boondall)
– Melbourne Ice – Perth Inferno (18:00, 11 January 2020, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Melbourne Ice – Perth Inferno (12:30, 12 January 2020, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Sydney Sirens – Brisbane Goannas (15:15, 12 January 2020, Iceworld Boondall)
– Adelaide Rush – Melbourne Ice (16:00, 18 January 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Brisbane Goannas – Perth Inferno (18:00, 18 January 2020, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Brisbane Goannas – Perth Inferno (12:30, 19 January 2020, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– Adelaide Rush – Melbourne Ice (13:15, 19 January 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)

Playoffs (all times local)
– SF1: 4th – 1st (15:00, 1 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– SF1: 3rd – 2nd (17:30, 1 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Third place: Loser SF2 – Loser SF1 (15:00, 2 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Grand final: Winner SF2 – Winner SF1 (17:30, 2 February 2020, O’Brien Icehouse)

Rush sign Lutz

The Adelaide Rush have announced the signing of Canadian forward Sasha Lutz for the 2019-20 AWIHL season. Lutz has played two seasons from 2012 to 2014 for Grant MacEwan University in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference and three seasons from 2014 to 2017 for the University of Alberta in the U Sports system. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Melbourne Mustangs 2019 Club Awards

The Melbourne Mustangs held their 2019 Club Awards last weekend.

– Most Valuable Player: Christian Isackson
– Most Valuable Australian Player: Matt Anderson
– Highest Point Scorer: Christian Isackson
– Best Defence: Michael McMahon
– Most Improved: Matt Anderson
– Rookie of the Year: Thomas Flack
– Coach’s Award: Vadim Virjassov
– Player’s Player: Jayden Pine-Murphy
– Most Inspirational: Jordan Owens
– Fan Favourite: Gavin Birchler
– Fan of the Year: Nathan Tanner
– Rick Dwyer Outstanding Service Award: Wes Holmes

2019 Jim Brown National Championship

The 2019 Jim Brown National Championship has finished with Queensland defeating Victoria 2-0 in the grand final to claim the gold medal. The win gives Queensland their third title in three years, having last won in 2017. The tournament is open to players 17 years and over, however players over the age of 23 must have played less then six AIHL games in the current season. This years tournament consists of teams from the New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. All games were held at Iceworld Boondall, Queensland and the tournament ran from 18 to 21 September 2019.

Further information:
Tournament website
Livestream on the Ice Hockey Queensland Facebook page

Preliminary round (all times AEST)
– Queensland 10-4 New South Wales (13:15, 18 September 2019)
– Western Australia 3-2 Victoria (18:15, 18 September 2019)
– Queensland 5-2 South Australia (20:00, 18 September 2019)
– New South Wales 3-4 Victoria (07:45, 19 September 2019)
– South Australia 0-3 Western Australia (09:30, 19 September 2019)
– Victoria 3-1 Queensland (18:15, 19 September 2019)
– New South Wales 4-1 Western Australia (20:00, 19 September 2019)
– Victoria 5-0 South Australia (09:45, 20 September 2019)
– Western Australia 2-3 SO Queensland (11:30, 20 September 2019)
– South Australia 0-13 New South Wales (17:45, 20 September 2019)

Preliminary round standings

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Victoria 4 3 0 0 1 9
Queensland 4 2 1 0 1 8
Western Australia 4 2 0 1 1 7
New South Wales 4 2 0 0 2 6
South Australia 4 0 0 0 4 0

Playoffs (all times AEST)
– SF1: New South Wales 1-4 Victoria (08:00, 21 September 2019)
– SF1: Western Australia 1-2 Queensland (09:45, 21 September 2019)
– Third place: New South Wales 5-3 Western Australia (15:45, 21 September 2019)
– Grand final: Queensland 2-0 Victoria (17:30, 21 September 2019)

Last updated 21 September 2019

New Zealand Women cancel Australian tour

The website National Teams of Ice Hockey has reported that the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation has cancelled their Women’s national team tour to Australia due to a lack of player interest. The New Zealand Women’s national team were scheduled to play a two game series against the Melbourne Ice Women and Sydney Sirens in October. For more information see the post from National Teams of Ice Hockey.

2019 ECSL playoffs: Grand Final Series

The Penrith Raptors have won the 2019 East Coast Super League playoffs, defeating the Nudo Bombers in two games to one. The win gives the Raptors their second ECSL Championship title, having last won in 2010.

For more information see the ECSL website.

Results:
– Penrith Raptors 6-2 Nudo Bombers (19:00, 14 September 2019, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Nudo Bombers 4-3 Penrith Raptors (18:15, 15 September 2019, Penrith Ice Palace)
– Penrith Raptors 4-0 Nudo Bombers (17:45, 29 September 2019, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)

Last updated 29 September 2019

2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge: Australia win Game 3

The Australian men’s national team have won the third and final game of the 2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge, defeating New Zealand 9-2. TheTrans-Tasman Challenge finishes with New Zealand winning the series the two games to one.

Further information:
– Livestreaming: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3

Schedule
– Australia 4-6 New Zealand (19:00, 5 September 2019, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 3-5 New Zealand (19:00, 6 September 2019, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 9-2 New Zealand (19:00, 7 September 2019, Queenstown Ice Arena)

2019 ECSL playoffs: Semifinals

The semifinals of the 2019 East Coast Super League playoffs have finished with the Nudo Bombers and Penrith Raptors advancing to the grand final series which kick of next weekend. The semifinals are a two game series with the winner being determined on a cumulative aggregate format. If tied at the end of game two continuous overtime is held until a winner is determined. In Semifinal A the Nudo Bombers won both of their games to defeat the Newcastle North Stars 12-4 on aggregate. In Semifinal B the third ranked Penrith Raptors upset the second ranked Sydney Sting 6-3 on aggregate to advance.

For more information see the ECSL website.

Semifinal A
– Nudo Bombers 7-3 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (16:15, 7 September 2019, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Newcastle North Stars ECSL 1-5 Nudo Bombers (18:15, 8 September 2019, Penrith Ice Palace)
Nudo Bombers win 12-4 on aggregate

Semifinal B
– Penrith Raptors 4-2 Sydney Sting (19:00, 7 September 2019, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Sydney Sting 1–2 Penrith Raptors (20:00, 8 September 2019, Penrith Ice Palace)
Penrith Raptors win 6-3 on aggregate