Team USA and the Melbourne Mustangs have defeated Team Canada and the Melbourne Ice 8-5 last night at the O’Brien Group Arena. The match, known as the 2017 Ice Hockey Night in Melbourne, saw the Melbourne Mustangs team up with Team USA and the Melbourne Ice join Team Canada for a 4 on 4 exhibition game as part of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic series. The series will hold its final game on 24 June at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.
Sydney Bears & Melbourne Ice
– The match between the Sydney Bears and Melbourne Ice that was originally cancelled due to a fire at the Macquarie Ice Rink has been rescheduled. The game will be held on 16 July 2017 at the Macquarie Ice Rink with the puck dropping at 14:30.
– The Adrenaline have announced the signing of James Keane for the remainder of the 2017 season. Keane last played for the club during the 2014 season and has played in a total of 212 games in the AIHL for both the Adrenaline and the Avalanche. He is expected to be in the lineup for this weekends games against the Melbourne Mustangs. For more information see the article from the club
– The Ice have announced that they have released Mitchell Humphries from his contract. Humphries first joined the Ice in 2012 and has recorded total of 76 points in his 103 games for the club. For more information see the post from the club
– ‘Life. Be In It’ and Kidney Health Australia have joined the club as sponsors. ‘Life. Be In It’ have signed on as the Ice’s naming rights sponsor while Kidney Health Australia will serve as the club’s charity partner and volunteer sponsor.
– The Mustangs announced the signing of Mitchell Humphries following his release from the Ice.
– The league have made two changes to the June fixture in order to avoid a conflict with the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. The match between the Sydney Ice Dogs and Newcastle Northstars, originally set for 17 June, has been moved to 16 June. The following weekend the match between the Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs has been moved from 24 June to 25 June. Fore more information see the schedule on the league website.
– The Mustangs have announced the signing of American goaltender James Kruger for the remainder of the 2017 season. Kruger spent the 2016-17 season playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League, lining up for the Fayetteville FireAntz, Pensacola Ice Flyers and Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Kruger comes into the team as a replacement for Fraser Carson who is still out due to injury. For more information see the club announcement.
Melbourne Ice & Melbourne Mustangs
– The Ice and Mustangs will compete in a Showcase Charity Event alongside Team Canada and Team USA as part of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. The Showcase Event, known as the 2017 Ice Hockey Night in Melbourne, will take place on 22 June 2017 at the O’Brien Group Arena. The Ice will play alongside Team Canada and the Mustangs alongside Team USA in a 4 on 4 exhibition game. For more details see the Melbourne Ice announcement.
– The Ice added forward Ethan Cornford to their roster in yesterdays game against the Melbourne Mustangs. Cornford has spent the last two seasons playing in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League, most recently for the New Tecumseth Civics where he recorded 23 points in 41 games. Cornford last played in the AIHL for the Melbourne Mustangs during the 2015 season.
– The Bears signed goaltender Justin Harrison as a backup in yesterdays game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. The Bears have now dressed four different backup goaltenders this season however none have yet to play with starting goaltender Anthony Kimlin playing all of the teams minutes.
– The Ice revealed their 15 year commemorative jerseys yesterday in their game against the Adelaide Adrenaline. The jersey features and red and off-white stripe on navy blue. For more information and pictures see the clubs Facebook page.
The Melbourne Ice have defeated the Melbourne Mustangs 8-1 in yesterdays exhibition match at the O’Brien Group Arena. It is the second year in a row that the Ice have won the exhibition game having defeated the Mustangs 5-1 in 2016.
The Ice have announced their roster for the upcoming 2017 season. New additions to the team are Kristoffer Backman, Jeremy Brown, Niklas Dahlberg, Dayne Davis, Kevin Dow, Darcy Flanagan, Viktor Gibbs Sjodin, Michael James and Sebastian Ottosson. While players dropped from the team are Troy Davenport, Andrew Erzen, Sam Hodic, Lasse Lassen, Nicholas Novysedlak, Brendan Oakes, Greg Sturrock and Chris Yule
Staff changes see Charles Franzen take over the role of head coach from Brent Laver who has moved into the position of junior development coach. Assistant coaches Steve Laforet and Glen Mayer have been dropped with former head coach Sandy Gardner coming in as their replacement.
#11 Cass Delsar
#12 Tommy Powell
#16 Matt Armstrong
#18 Viktor Gibbs Sjodin (I)
#19 Chris Wong
#21 Joey Hughes
#23 Sebastian Ottosson (I)
#25 Mitchell Humphries
#28 Kristoffer Backman (I)
#57 Jason Baclig
#72 Jeremy Brown
#81 Austin McKenzie
#90 Robert Clark
– Head Coach: Charles Franzen
– Assistant Coach: Sandy Gardner
– Goaltending Coach: Johan Steenberg
– Junior Development Coach: Brent Laver
– Team Manager: Tom Harward
– Equipment Manager: Cameron Charter
– On Ice Assistant: Nick Trusewicz
– Team Doctor: Peter Moore
– Head Trainer: James Meredith
– Athlete Performance Manager: James McConnell
– Massage Therapist: Laurie Jaques
The Melbourne Ice have lost to the New Zealand national team 0-9 yesterday at the O’Brien Group Arena. The game was the final of four exhibition games that New Zealand are competing in as part of their training camp for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament which is set to begin in Auckland on 4 April.
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-4 SO New Zealand (19:00, 24 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 3 – 1 New Zealand (19:00, 25 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 4 New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 0 – 9 New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)