Melbourne Ice

Ice sign Kulczycki

The Melbourne Ice have announced the signing of Canadian forward Kasey Kulczycki for the 2019 season. Kulczycki spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Birmingham Bulls of the Southern Professional Hockey League where he recorded 18 points in 63 games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Correction to an earlier post

On 25 April we posted that Tom Lash had made his debut as a backup goaltender for the Melbourne Ice in their 21 April game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. This is now known to be incorrect and the game card has been updated to list Thomas Munro as the backup.

We apologise for the mistake and now know that four days is probably not enough time for the game cards to be accurate.

Ice sign Andersson

The Melbourne Ice have announced the signing of Swedish goaltender Sebastian Andersson for the 2019 season. Andersson returns for his second season in the league after spending 2018 with the Adelaide Adrenaline. During the 2018-19 season Andersson returned to play for Hammarby IF in the Hockeyettan before moving across to the Southern Professional Hockey League to play for the Birmingham Bulls. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Ice add Hu and Lash

Bit of a delayed announcement but Jeff Hu and Tom Lash both debuted for the Melbourne Ice in their 21 April game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. Defenceman Hu played 18 games for the Melbourne Glaciers in the 2018-19 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season, scoring six points. Goaltender Lash played backup to James Downie in the Adelaide game.

Update (2019-04-29): Late changes to the game card have removed Tom Lash as the backup goaltender and added Thomas Munro. Bit annoying and shows that the game cards are constantly changing, even a week after publication, but what can you do.

Mustangs defeat Ice in exhibition match

The Melbourne Mustangs have defeated the Melbourne Ice 4-2 in an exhibition match at the O’Brien Icehouse. The win for the Mustangs breaks the Ice’s three year winning steak of their annual exhibition game.

– Melbourne Mustangs 4-2 Melbourne Ice (13 April 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)

Ice sign Lundgren

The Melbourne Ice have announced the signing of Swedish defenceman Jacob Lundgren for the 2019 season. Lundgren has spent the 2018-19 season playing for Halmstad Hammers HC J20 in the J20 Elit and Halmstad Hammers HC J18 in the J18 Division 1. In the J20 Elit Lundgren has currently recorded three points from 26 games. In the J18 Division 1 he picked up one point from seven games. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Ice sign Schwartz

The Melbourne Ice have announced the signing of Canadian forward Jesse Schwartz for the 2019 season. Schwartz has spent the majority of his 2018-19 season playing for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League where he currently has 19 points from 31 games. He also had a brief two game stint on loan to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL during the season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Melbourne Ice 2019 roster

The Melbourne Ice have release their roster for the 2019 season. The club is yet to announce their four imports but based on the information available so far we can list the ins and outs.

New players to the team include Jonathon Bremner (Perth Thunder), Darcy Flanagan (CBR Brave), Jermaine Joyce (Melbourne Mustangs), Paul Lazzarotto (Melbourne Mustangs), Austin McKenzie and Thomas Munro (Perth Thunder).

While dropped from the roster are Dylan Anderson (Manchester Storm), Mitchell Bonollo (Niagara Whalers), Michael Breedveld, Scott Corbett (retired), Cass Delsar (retired), Nate Fleming, Jacob Haley (Melbourne Glaciers), Michael James, Devon Krogh, Dillon Lawrence (Coventry Blaze), Jesse Moore, Joseph Nyamuka, Jaden Pine-Murphy (Melbourne Mustangs), Maxim Shneider, Josh Velez and Marcus Wong (year off from hockey).

Roster
Matt Armstrong
Jason Baclig
Jonathon Bremner
Declan Bronte
Nathan Cachia
Jack Carpenter
Mac Caruana
Jeremy Chai
Rob Clark
James Downie
Darcy Flanagan
Todd Graham
Sam Hodic
Jermaine Joyce
Paul Lazzarotto
Austin McKenzie
Thomas Munro
Christian Pansino
Tommy Powell
Lliam Webster
Chris Wong

Hockey X 2019

The Melbourne Mustangs have won Hockey X 2019’s Warrior Cup, defeating the Melbourne Ice 3-1. Hockey X 2019 was an invitational tournament hosted by the Melbourne Ice at the O’Brien Icehouse. The tournament was first held in 2018 under the name of Hockey Festival: Melbourne and features eight short form games over two days. The CBR Brave, Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs all returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland All-Stars make their first appearance at the tournament while the Adelaide Adrenaline didn’t receive an invite after appearing in 2018.

Brendan McDowell of the Melbourne Mustangs was named best player of the tournament and Logan Gallacher, also from the Mustangs, was named best junior player.

Further information:
Hockey X website

Round-robin
– Melbourne Ice 2-4 Melbourne Mustangs (13:15, 30 March 2019)
– Queensland All-Stars 1-2 Melbourne Ice (14:15, 30 March 2019)
– Queensland All-Stars 2-3 SO CBR Brave (15:15, 30 March 2019)
– Melbourne Mustangs 4-1 CBR Brave (18:00, 30 March)
– Melbourne Mustangs 8-0 Queensland All-Stars (19:00, 30 March 2019)
– Melbourne Ice 6-0 CBR Brave (20:00, 30 March 2019)

Playoffs
– Third place game: CBR Brave 3-0 Queensland All-Stars (13:00, 31 March 2019)
– Grand final: Melbourne Mustangs 3-1 Melbourne Ice (14:30, 31 March 2019)

Round-robin standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Melbourne Mustangs 3 3 0 0 9
Melbourne Ice 3 2 0 1 6
CBR Brave 3 0 1 2 2
Queensland All-Stars 3 0 1 2 1

Last updated 31 March 2019