The Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs will play an exhibition game, dubbed the 2020 Bushfire Battle Appeal, on 21 February at the Macquarie Ice Rink to help raise funds for the Bushfire Appeal. The proceeds will go to both the Red Cross and the Rural Fire Service. The Bears will also be auctioning off a their special edition Bushfire Battle Appeal jerseys on the night.
– Sydney Bears – Sydney Ice Dogs (19:30, 21 February 2020, Macquarie Ice Rink)
A few weeks late on this one but the Melbourne Ice released a new logo back in December. The logo features the existing design surrounded by a blue band with the club name and establishment date. No word as of yet on whether this design will be featured on the jerseys or whether it is just for social media.
The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have released a short promo video for the upcoming 2020 playoffs. The playoffs start on 1 February with the semifinals and finish on 2 February with a third place game and the grand final. The four games are to held at the O’Brien Icehouse.
The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost to Iceland 1-4 in the gold medal game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. As a result Australia finish the tournament in second place for the second year in a row. Forward Yannic Lodge was named best Australian of the game. Sebastian Woodlands was named best goaltender of the tournament after posting the top save percentage of 90.32. In the other games of the day Turkey defeated Mexico 4-2 to finish third, Bulgaria beat New Zealand 6-1 for fifth and Chinese Taipei got an 5-4 overtime win over South Africa to come in seventh. Iceland’s win means they are promoted to Division II Group B for 2021, their first time back to Division II Group B since 2015.
The Melbourne Ice have defeated the Melbourne Mustangs 5-2 in their Victorian Bushfire Appeal exhibition match. The event raised over $30,000, a figure which is yet to include the two teams jersey auctions. For more information see the game summary from the Melbourne Mustangs.
The Australian men’s national under-20 team have defeated Mexico 8-3 in their semifinal of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Captain Kenshin Hayashi scored four goals and was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Iceland defeated Turkey 5-2 in the second semifinal, while in the placement round Bulgaria beat Chinese Taipei 8-1 and New Zealand picked up a 2-1 win over South Africa. Australia and Iceland will now play for gold and promotion to Division II Group B. The last time these two teams met was at the 2019 World Championships where Australia lost 4-5 in overtime. In the other upcoming games Turkey and Mexico will playoff for bronze, Bulgaria and New Zealand compete for fifth and South Africa and Chinese Taipei play for seventh place.
Round 10 of the 2019-20 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Ice and Perth Inferno. Following the results of the weekend the Sydney Sirens claim the regular season title, their first since the 2017-18 season. The Inferno pickup the final spot in the 2020 AWIHL playoffs following their two wins over the Brisbane Goannas. With the regular season over the league now moves onto the playoffs which will be held on 1 and 2 February at the O’Brien Icehouse. In the semifinals the Sirens take on the Inferno and the Ice play will play the Rush.
The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their exhibition game 3-6 to Hebron Academy’s Girls Varsity team. The game was held at Hebron Academy’s Robinson Arena and forms part of the teams training before the start of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division II Group A tournament in Eindhoven, the Netherlands which begins on 25 January.
– Australia U18 Women 3-6 Hebron Academy Girls Varsity (16:00, 16 January 2020, Robinson Arena)
The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have announced that the 12 January game between the Melbourne Ice and Perth Inferno will be treated as a tie instead of an overtime win to the Perth Inferno. The decision comes after the game progressed to a 3-on-3 overtime instead of a shootout which goes against league rules. Perth won the game and was initially awarded two points and the Ice one point. As a result each team will receive one point each, dropping the Inferno’s total points for the season to one.
The Australian men’s national under-20 team have defeated Turkey 3-2 in their third game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Defenceman Arthur Wang was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day South Africa defeated Chinese Taipei 5-3, Iceland beat New Zealand 10-1 and Mexico picked up a 5-2 win over Bulgaria. Australia finish the preliminary round at the top of the Group B standings and Iceland finishes at the top of Group A. Mexico pick up the final playoffs spot following their win against Bulgaria and join Australia, Iceland and Turkey in the semifinals. The remaining four teams move onto the 5th-8th placement round. The teams have a rest day today and return on Saturday where Australia take on Mexico in the semifinals.