National Teams

Australian women’s U18 roster for 2020 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster for the Australian women’s under-18 team for the upcoming 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 25 January to 28 January 2020 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands with Australia competing against Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands.

Roster
#1 Taylah Pearson (G) (Brisbane Goannas)
#2 Ebony Brunt (A) (Sydney Sirens)
#3 Lindsey Kiliwnik (C)
#4 Imogene Alexander (New South Wales Bombers)
#5 Courtney Mahoney (Brisbane Goannas)
#6 Liana Njirich (Perth Inferno)
#7 Phoebe Roberts
#8 Matilda Pethrick
#10 Kyniska Hoy (Brisbane Goannas)
#11 Nikki Sharp (A) (Perth Inferno)
#12 Imogen MacMahon
#13 Samantha Brophy (Brisbane Goannas)
#14 Nikita Horvath (Canberra Pirates)
#16 Molly Lukowiak (Perth Inferno)
#17 Taylor Robitaille
#19 Chloe Charles (Brisbane Goannas)
#21 Niamh Gallacher (Melbourne Ice)
#22 Shania Chenoweth (Adelaide Rush)
#24 Sienna Nicholson (New South Wales Bombers)
#25 Olivia Last (G) (RoKi)

Staff
– Head coach: Tamra Jones
– Assistant coach: Remi Harvey
– Goaltender coach: Gabe Robledo
– Manager: Candice Mitchell
– Team leader: Mark Stephenson
– Medical office: Olivia Pickard

Australian men’s U20 roster for 2020 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster of the Australian men’s under-20 national team for the upcoming 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. The competition will take place from 13 to 19 January 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria with Australia competing against Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.

For more information see the announcement from Ice Hockey Australia.

Roster
James Barton (Sydney Wolf Pack)
Nathaniel Benson (Carleton Place Jr. Canadians)
Andrew Chen (Adelaide Generals)
Will Clifford (Brisbane Blitz)
Julian Fodor (Sicamous Eagles)
Jeremy Friederich (Adelaide Generals)
Zachery Gumm (Windsor Aces)
Benjamin Handberg
Kenshin Hayashi
Thomas Kiliwnik (Brisbane Blitz)
Connor Lee (Steele County Blades)
Yannic Lodge (Perth Sharks)
Jack Ransome (Sydney Wolf Pack)
Arum Rapchuk (Brisbane Blitz)
Jake Riley (Tranås AIF J20)
Dylan Sables (Sydney Sabres)
James Urweiss (Sydney Sabres)
Arthur Wang (Whitby Fury)
Alexander Wardlaw (Sydney Wolf Pack)
Sebastian Woodlands (Detroit Fighting Irish)

Staff
– Head Coach: Dave Ruck
– Assistant Coach: Jason Kvisle
– Team Manager: Gill McLean
– Team Leader: Paul Kelly
– Team Medical Officer: Tristan Foo
– Equipment Manager: John Lavery

Australia to send six players to the 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Ice Hockey Australia have announced the players who will represent Australia at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games. Australia have been allocated an additional four positions for the Individual Skills Challenge following the two that were awarded to Nikki Sharp and Riley Langille as the highest ranked Australian qualifiers. In the women’s competition Ebony Brunt, Molly Lukowiak and Courtney Mahoney all received a spot after finishing ranked 25th, 44th and 78th respectively in the Individual Skills Challenge qualifications. In the men’s competition Sai Lake received a spot after finishing 84th in qualifications. Andrew Brunt and Sandra Langille have been named as team officials for the Games.

Further information:
Ice Hockey Australia post
YOG Skills Challenge Results on IIHF.com
Global Skills Challenge – Ranking Women on IIHF.com
Global Skills Challenge – Ranking Men on IIHF.com

Related:
Sharp and Langille qualify for 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Australian Women finish fifth in Taiwan Cup

The Australian women’s national team have finished fifth at the 2019 Taiwan Cup Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament, defeating Hong Kong WIHO ELITE in their final placement game. Taiwan U18 won the tournament after defeating Taiwan Select 8-1 in the gold medal match. The tournament was held at the Taipei Arena Ice Land in Taipei City from 6 to 8 November.

Further information:
Full tournament schedule and results

Playoffs
– 5th-8th placement: Hong Kong WIHO ELITE 3-0 Philippines Islanders (17:30, 7 November 2019)
– 5th-8th placement: India 1-6 Australia (19:30, 7 November 2019)
– Semifinal 1: Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club 5-6 SO Taiwan Select (21:30, 7 November 2019)
– Semifinal 2: Singapore 0-8 Taiwan U18 (09:00, 8 November 2019)
– 5th-6th placement: Australia 2-1 Hong Kong WIHO ELITE (10:30, 8 November 2019)
– 7th-8th placement: Philippines Islanders 2-1 SO India (12:30, 8 November 2019)
– Bronze medal: Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club 4-1 Singapore (14:30, 8 November 2019)
– Gold medal: Taiwan U18 8-1 Taiwan Select (18:00, 8 November 2019)

Final standings
1. Taiwan U18
2. Taiwan Select
3. Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club
4. Singapore
5. Australia
6. Hong Kong WIHO ELITE
7. Philippines Islanders
8. India

Australian Women pickup wins on day two of Taiwan Cup

The Australian women’s national team have won their final group stage match and their first game of the playoffs at the 2019 Taiwan Cup Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Australia won their final game of the group stage, defeating Hong Kong WIHO ELITE 3-2, finishing third in Group A. Australia then advanced to the 5th to 8th playoffs where they were drawn against Group B’s India. Australia defeated India 6-1 and advanced to today’s 5th-6th placement game.

Further information:
Full tournament schedule and results

Group stage results
– Philippines Islanders 1-2 SO Singapore (09:00, 7 November 2019)
– India 2-9 Taiwan Select (10:30, 7 November 2019)
– Australia 3-2 Hong Kong WIHO ELITE (12:30, 7 November 2019)
– Taiwan U18 5-0 Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club (14:30, 7 November 2019)

Playoffs
– 5th-8th placement: Hong Kong WIHO ELITE 3-0 Philippines Islanders (17:30, 7 November 2019)
– 5th-8th placement: India 1-6 Australia (19:30, 7 November 2019)
– Semifinal 1: Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club 5-6 SO Taiwan Select (21:30, 7 November 2019)

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Taiwan U18 3 3 0 0 0 9
Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club 3 2 0 0 1 6
Australia 3 1 0 0 2 3
Hong Kong WIHO ELITE 3 0 0 0 3 0

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Taiwan Select 3 3 0 0 0 9
Singapore 3 1 1 0 1 5
Philippines Islanders 3 1 0 1 1 4
India 3 0 0 0 3 0

Australian Women lose opening games at the Taiwan Cup

The Australian women’s national team have lost their first two games at the 2019 Taiwan Cup Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament. The tournament is being held at Taipei Arena Ice Land in Taipei City from 6 to 8 November. Australia went down 0-3 against Taiwan U18 in their opening game and lost their second game 0-8 against Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club. Competition resumes today with Australia taking on Hong Kong WIHO ELITE before the competition moves into playoffs.

Further information:
Full tournament schedule and results

Australia’s group stage results
– Australia 0-3 Taiwan U18 (14:00, 6 November 2019)
– Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club 8-0 Australia (19:30, 6 November 2019)

Other group stage results
– Singapore 0-5 Taiwan Select (09:00, 6 November 2019)
– India 1-9 Philippines Islanders (10:30, 6 November 2019)
– Hong Kong WIHO ELITE 0-3 Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club (12:30, 6 November 2019)
– Singapore 3-0 India (16:00, 6 November 2019)
– Taiwan Select 7-1 Philippines Islanders (17:30, 6 November 2019)
– Taiwan U18 6-0 Hong Kong WIHO ELITE (21:00, 6 November 2019)

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Thailand YGG Ice Hockey Club 2 2 0 0 0 6
Taiwan U18 2 2 0 0 0 6
Hong Kong WIHO ELITE 2 0 0 0 2 0
Australia 2 0 0 0 2 0

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Taiwan Select 2 2 0 0 0 6
Philippines Islanders 2 1 0 0 1 3
Singapore 2 1 0 0 1 3
India 2 0 0 0 2 0

Sharp and Langille qualify for 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Nikki Sharp and Riley Langille have both qualified for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games’ Individual Skills Challenge after posting the highest scores among Australia’s qualifiers. Sharp’s qualifying score was also highest in the world women’s ranking, while Langille ranked 34th in the men’s ranking. Australia currently has two allocated positions at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games but are hoping to be allocated more places based on time. In the women’s ranking Ebony Brunt, Molly Lukowiak and Courtney Mahoney ranked 25th, 44th and 78th respectively. In the men’s ranking Sai Lake came in at 84th.

Further information:
Ice Hockey Australia post
YOG Skills Challenge Results on IIHF.com
Global Skills Challenge – Ranking Women on IIHF.com
Global Skills Challenge – Ranking Men on IIHF.com

Australian officials assigned to the 2020 IIHF World Championships

Seven Australian’s have been assigned to officiate in the 2020 IIHF World Championship program.

Gabrielle Aston: Referee at 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division III (4-10 December 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Bethany Bowshall: Linesman at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Group A (3-9 January 2020, Fussen, Germany)
Ainslie Gardner: Referee at 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division II Group A (29 March-4 April 2020, Jaca, Spain)
Fraser Ohlson: Linesman at 2020 IIHF U18 World Championship Division II Group B (21-27 March 2020, Tianjin, China)
Grainge Phillips: Referee at 2020 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group A (16-22 March 2020, Istanbul, Turkey)
Casper Russelhuber: Linesman at 2020 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group B (29 March-4 April 2020, Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg)
Kent Unwin: Referee at 2020 IIHF U20 World Championship Division III (13-19 January 2020, Sofia, Bulgaria)

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 Trans-Tasman Challenge: New Zealand win Game 2

The New Zealand men’s national team have won the 2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge after defeating Australia 5-3 in game two. New Zealand now hold an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three game series with the final game set for tonight.

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 New Zealand (19:00, 7 September 2019, Queenstown Ice Arena)