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Australian men’s roster released for 2018 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster for the Australian men’s national team for the upcoming 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 23 April to 29 April in Tilburg, The Netherlands with Australia competing against Belgium, China, Iceland, the Netherlands and Serbia.

Goaltenders
Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
Charlie Smart (Newcastle Northstars)

Defencemen
Jack Carpenter (Melbourne Ice)
Brian Funes (HC Lidköping)
Per Daniel Goransson (CBR Brave)
Rob Haselhurst (Perth Thunder)
Mat Lindsay (Newcastle Northstars)
Robert Malloy (Newcastle Northstars)
Michael McMahon (Melbourne Mustangs)
Lliam Webster (Melbourne Ice)

Forwards
Matt Armstrong (Melbourne Ice)
Billy Cliff (Sydney Ice Dogs)
Wehebe Darge (Drakkars de Caen)
Kai Miettinen (CBR Brave)
Thomas Powell (Melbourne Ice)
Josef Rezek (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Beau Taylor (Daysland Northstars)
Richard Tesarik (Sydney Bears)
Cameron Todd (University of Jamestown)
Kieren Webster (EHC Arosa)
Chris Wong (Boro/Vetlanda)
Jamie Woodman (Perth Thunder)

Staff
– Head Coach: Brad Vigon
– Assistant Coach: Matti Luoma
– Team Leader: Steve Ransome
– Team Manager: Ian Webster
– Equipment Manager: Petr Cirkl
– Doctor: Daniel George
– Physiotherapist: Ashleigh Trupiani
– Chiropractor: Rod Weiland

AWIHL news: 10 February 2018

The AWIHL have announced that they will stream the 17 February exhibition game between the Sydney Sirens and Perth Inferno. The streaming will be provided by Thought Fox Media Group with commentary by Eric Brookes. The Sydney Sirens will host the Inferno in a two game exhibition series on 17 and 18 February at the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink and Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink. The exhibition games are part of the Inferno’s bid to enter the AWIHL for the 2018-19 season.

Further details:
Live stream link on YouTube
League website
Perth Inferno’s Facebook page

Game details:
– Perth Inferno – Sydney Sirens (17:00, 17 February 2018, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink)
– Perth Inferno – Sydney Sirens (10:00, 18 February 2018, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink)

USA defeat Canada at Hisense Arena

Team USA have defeated Team Canada 10-6 at Hisense Arena in the final game of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. Team USA’s win tied the series at two games each following Canada’s wins in Newcastle and Sydney and the USA’s at the O’Brien Group Arena. The two teams then went into an overtime period to break the series tie with Canada scoring and claiming the series 3-2. Team Canada have now won all three editions of the Ice Hockey Classics, previously winning 3-1 in 2015 and 3-2 in 2016.

Schedule
– Game 1: Team Canada 7-5 Team USA (14 June 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Game 2: Team Canada 8-5 Team USA (17 June 2017, Qudos Bank Arena)
– Game 3: Team Canada 5-8 Team USA (22 June 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 4: Team Canada 6-10 Team USA (24 June 2017, Hisense Arena)
Team Canada defeat Team USA 1-0 in overtime following Game 4 to claim series 3-2

Australian U18 lose to IK Oskarshamn J18

The Australian men’s under-18 team have lost to IK Oskarshamn J18 3-4 following a shootout in an exhibition game yesterday in Sweden. The team is currently in Sweden on a training camp before the start of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Novi Sad, Serbia which begins on 13 March.

2016 AIHL season: Round 5

Round 5 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Ice, Newcastle North Stars, Perth Thunder and the Sydney Ice Dogs. The Ice remain on top of the standings, five points clear of the second placed Thunder. Next week all eight teams are in action across eight games.

For more information on the AIHL see their website.

Round 5 results:
– Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 7 Melbourne Ice (18:00, 19 May 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– Sydney Ice Dogs 1 – 3 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 21 May 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– Newcastle North Stars 6 – 4 Sydney Bears (17:00, 21 May 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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– Perth Thunder 3 – 2 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 21 May 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
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– Sydney Ice Dogs 6 – 4 Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 22 May 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– CBR Brave 2 – 7 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 22 May 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
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– Perth Thunder 4 – 3 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:00, 22 May 2016, Adelaide Ice Arena)
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Standings at the end of Round 5:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 9 6 3 0 0 24
Perth Thunder 8 6 0 1 1 19
Newcastle North Stars 9 5 1 2 1 19
CBR Brave 9 3 1 1 4 12
Sydney Ice Dogs 9 2 1 0 6 8
Adelaide Adrenaline 6 2 0 1 3 7
Melbourne Mustangs 9 2 0 0 7 6
Sydney Bears 7 0 1 2 4 4

AIHL news: 19 May 2016

2016 All-Star Weekend
– The AIHL have released the preliminary rosters for the upcoming 2016 AIHL All-Star Weekend. The event is scheduled to take place at the Penrith Ice Palace on 11 June and 12 June with the two teams captained by Michael Schlamp and Matt Armstrong. For more information including the list of players see the announcement from the league.

Newcastle North Stars
– The North Stars have announced that defender David Ferrari has signed with Dunedin Thunder of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League for the 2016 season. Ferrari will continue with the North Stars until the end of May before departing for the start of the New Zealand season in June. He is however expected to return to the North Stars lineup for the 2017 AIHL season. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Perth Thunder
– The Thunder have announced that captain Sam Wilson is expected to miss six weeks after suffering a break in his arm in last weekends double header against the CBR Brave. Andrew Cox will take over the captaincy in his absence while Anthony Nottle will fill his place in the lineup. The injury will mean that Wilson will miss his first AIHL game since the Thunder joined the league in 2012. For more information see the club announcement.
– Fellow defender Per Daniel Goransson has also been placed on the injury list due to a slight muscle tear. He is expected to return to the lineup for the double header in Perth against the Melbourne Ice.

2016 ECSL season: Round 6

Round 6 of the 2016 East Coast Super League season has finished with wins for the Penrith Raptors and Reach Rebels. Following their two wins the Rebels move to the top of the standings, one point clear of the second placed Raptors. Next week the North Stars host the Sting in Newcastle and the Rebels take on the Blueline Bombers in Penrith.

For more information see the ECSL website.

Round 6 results:
– Blueline Bombers 4 – 6 Penrith Raptors (18:00, 23 April 2016, Penrith Ice Palace).
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– Newcastle North Stars ECSL 3 – 9 Reach Rebels (18:30, 23 April 2016, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink).
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– Reach Rebels 5 – 3 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (16:00, 24 April 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium).
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Standings at the end of Round 6:

Team GP W T L PTS
Reach Rebels 5 3 1 1 7
Penrith Raptors 5 3 0 2 6
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 5 2 1 2 5
Sydney Sting 4 1 2 1 4
Blueline Bombers 5 1 0 4 2

Bears release 2016 roster

The Sydney Bears have announced their 2016 roster.

Into the team are Ryan Annesley, William Cliff, Brian Funes (from Sydney Ice Dogs), Geoff Irwin, Anthony Kimlin (from Whitby Dunlops), Cameron Smith and Brent Vandenberg (from Dundas Real McCoys)

While dropped from the team are Alan Becken, Jan Bejcek, Paul Bond, Dale Burgess, Ellesse Carini (to Sydney Ice Dogs), Adrian Esposito (to Kagawa Icefellows), Joseph Harcharik (to Sollentuna HC), Kamil Jarina, Ales Padelek (to Peterborough Phantoms), Mario Passarelli and Luke Read

Forwards:
Saxon Air
William Cliff
Geoff Irwin (import)
Tomas Landa (import)
Lachlan McKenzie
Michael Schlamp (Captain)
– Cameron Smith
Richard Tesarik
Cameron Todd
Lee Turner
Brent Vandenberg (import)
Luke Zvonicek

Defencemen:
Steven Adams
Ryan Annesley (import)
Spencer Austin
Thomas Cooney
Tyrell Clare
Charlie Frazer
Brian Funes
Patrick Ward

Goaltenders:
James Downie
Anthony Kimlin

Coaches:
Ron Kuprowsky (Head Coach)
– Brad Andrlon (Assistant Coach)
– Steve Austin (Assistant Coach)
Colin Downie (Assistant Coach)