Melbourne Mustangs

Melbourne Mustangs 2019 roster

The Melbourne Mustangs have released their roster for the 2019 season.

New players to the team include Michael Breedveld (Melbourne Ice), Lachlan Cincotta, Tristian Darling (Dunedin Thunder), Justin Dixon, Thomas Flack (St. Michael’s College), Travis Fullerton (Guildford Flames), Logan Gallacher, Christian Isackson (Wheeling Nailers), Lee Lambert (Blackhawks IHC), Jaxson Lane (Canterbury Red Devils), Maxime Langelier-Parent, Cooper Metcalf, Jaden Pine-Murphy (Melbourne Ice), Parker Thomas (University of Saskatchewan) and Josh Van Douwen.

While dropped from the roster are Ben Davies (Guildford Flames), Brett Ferguson (Guildford Flames), Luke Fisher, Jermaine Joyce (Melbourne Ice), Nikita Kolesnikovs (Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs), Paul Lazzarotto (Melbourne Ice), Nicholas Novysedlak (Sydney Ice Dogs), Petri Pitkänen (Liikunnan Riemu) and Aleksi Toivonen.

Roster
#2 Michael McDowell
#7 Christian Isackson
#8 Andrew Erzen
#9 Jaxson Lane
#10 Gavin Birchler
#11 Matt Stringer
#13 Vadim Virjassov
#14 Michael Breedveld
#15 Jackson McCoy
#16 Troy Robertson
#19 Damien Bright
#20 Thomas Flack
#21 Bradley Apps
#23 Jamie Bourke
#24 Mitch Humphries
#25 Michael McMahon
#26 Tristian Darling
#29 Brendan McDowell
#37 Parker Thomas
#40 Travis Fullerton
#49 Matt Anderson
#51 Sean Jones
#85 Stephen Belic
#86 Jaden Pine-Murphy
#89 Patrick O’Kane
#91 Maxime Langelier-Parent
#97 Lee Lambert
Lachlan Cincotta
Justin Dixon
Logan Gallacher
Josh Van Douwen
Cooper Metcalf

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)

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

Mustangs sign Fullerton and Isackson

The Melbourne Mustangs have announced the signing of goaltender Travis Fullerton and forward Christian Isackson for the upcoming 2019 season. Fullerton has spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Guildford Flames in the Elite Ice Hockey League where he currently has a 0.908 save percentage from 22 games. Isackson started the 2018-19 season playing for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL before being released after one game.

In other news the Mustangs have signed on Isuzu Australia as a sponsor for the 2019 season.

AIHL news: 14 January 2019

Melbourne Ice/Melbourne Mustangs
– The Ice have announced that goaltender Jaden Pine-Murphy has left the club to join the Melbourne Mustangs in order to push for their starting goaltender position. Pine-Murphy played 72 games for the Ice from 2013 to 2018, averaging a save percentage of 0.890. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Melbourne Mustangs 2018 awards night

The Melbourne Mustangs held their 2018 awards night on 15 September.

– Most Valuable Player: Brett Ferguson
– Most Valuable Australian: Patrick O’Kane
– Highest Points Scorer: Ben Davies
– Best Defenceman: Michael McMahon
– Rookie of the Year: Bradley Apps
– Players’ Player: Troy Robertson
– Coaches Award: Aleksi Toivonen
– Most Improved: Matt Stringer
– Most Inspirational: Andrew Erzen
– Fan Favourite: Aleksi Toivonen
– Fan of the Year: Lucan Shortis & Melanie Shortis
– Rick Dwyer Outstanding Service Award: Hamish Jones & Amy Fulton

AIHL news: 11 September 2017

Melbourne Ice
– A few days late reporting this but the Ice announced two of their player awards on 8 September. Declan Bronte won the 2018 best new talent award and Tommy Powell was named player of the year for the 2018 season.

Melbourne Mustangs
– The Mustangs held their annual Players v Sponsors match today at the O’Brien Group Arena with the Sponsors winning 14-11.