AWIHL news: 11 August 2017

Melbourne Ice
– The Melbourne Ice have announced the retirement of head coach Jeremy Muir after two years in the position. Muir will be replaced by a panel of coaches lead by former assistant coach Marcus Wong. Brent Laver, Mark Smith and Laurie Piggot form the remaining panel members.

2017 Phillip Ginsberg National Championship

The 2017 Phillip Ginsberg National Championship has finished with New South Wales defeating Victoria 4-2 in the gold medal game. The tournament was open to players 13 and under and was held between the State Associations. This years tournament consisted of teams from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. All games were held at the Perth Ice Arena and the tournament ran from 9 August to 12 August 2017.

For more information see the tournament website

Preliminary round:
– Queensland 3-2 SO South Australia (14:30, 9 August 2017)
– Victoria 1-3 New South Wales (16:15, 9 August 2017)
– Western Australia 11-0 Australian Capital Territory (18:30, 9 August 2017)
– South Australia 0-11 Victoria (08:00, 10 August 2017)
– Australian Capital Territory 2-7 Queensland (09:45, 10 August 2017)
– New South Wales 6-1 Western Australia (11:30, 10 August 2017)
– Queensland 1-6 Victoria (14:00, 10 August 2017)
– New South Wales 14-2 Australian Capital Territory (15:45, 10 August 2017)
– South Australia 2-6 Western Australia (17:30, 10 August 2017)
– Australian Capital Territory 0-20 Victoria (08:00, 11 August 2017)
– Western Australia 4-5 SO Queensland (09:45, 11 August 2017)
– South Australia 0-6 New South Wales (11:30, 11 August 2017)
– Victoria 11-1 Western Australia (14:15, 11 August 2017)
– New South Wales 1-2 Queensland (16:00, 11 August 2017)
– Australian Capital Territory 2-3 SO South Australia (17:45, 11 August 2017)

Preliminary round standings:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
New South Wales 5 4 0 0 1 12
Victoria 5 4 0 0 1 12
Queensland 5 2 2 0 1 10
Western Australia 5 2 0 1 2 7
South Australia 5 0 1 1 3 1
Australian Capital Territory 5 0 0 1 4 1

Playoff round:
– Semifinal 1: Western Australia 0-10 New South Wales (07:30, 12 August 2017)
– Semifinal 2: Queensland 0-3 Victoria (09:15, 12 August 2017)
– 5th/6th placement: Australian Capital Territory 2-3 South Australia (11:00, 12 August 2017)
– Bronze medal: Western Australia 3-1 Queensland (15:30, 12 August 2017)
– Gold medal: Victoria 2-4 New South Wales (17:15, 12 August 2017)

Last updated 12 August 2017

Sydney Bears retain Wilson Cup

The Sydney Bears have retained the Wilson Cup following their 5-3 defeat of the Sydney Ice Dogs on 4 August. The Wilson Cup is usually awarded to the winner of a pre-season tournament held between the three New South Wales based AIHL clubs. This year however the normal pre-season tournament was cancelled due to the number of players competing overseas and the relocation of the Bears and Ice Dogs to the Macquarie Ice Rink. As a result the Wilson Cup was re-purposed to be awarded to the winner of the four game regular season series between the Bears and Ice Dogs, leaving out the Northstars.

The series finished with two wins for each team and both with an equal goal difference of zero. The Wilson Cup was therefor retained by the Bears, having won the 2016 cup.

Results
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1-0 Sydney Bears (22 April 2017)
– Sydney Bears 0-3 Sydney Ice Dogs (10 June 2017)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 2-4 Sydney Bears (15 July 2017)
– Sydney Bears 5-3 Sydney Ice Dogs (4 August 2017)

X-Wing Pilots defeat Storm Troopers in ECSL All Star Charity Game

The East Coast Super League held their 2017 All Star Charity Game yesterday at the Penrith Ice Palace. This years theme was Star Wars and Cure Cancer Australia was the chosen charity. The X-Wing Pilot All Stars went on to win the match, defeating the Storm Trooper All Stars 6-2.

For more information see the post game release by the league.

AIHL news: 6 August 2017

Newcastle Northstars
Kale Kerbashian has left the Northstars before the end of the season to return to his pro-career for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Kerbashian competed in ten games for the Northstars, recording seven goals and 18 assists. He is the second import to have departed before the end of the season with the Northstars having already lost FĂ©lix-Antoine Poulin. For more information see the article from the Newcastle Herald.

2017 AIHL season: Round 15

Round 15 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League has finished with wins for the Sydney Bears, Adelaide Adrenaline, Melbourne Ice, Sydney Ice Dogs and Perth Thunder. The Ice remain on top of the standings, eleven points clear of the second placed Thunder. The Thunder are the second team to qualify for the 2017 Goodall Cup playoffs while the Adrenaline are now officially out of finals contention. Next week five teams are in action across four games while the Thunder, Adrenaline and Bears sit the round out on a bye.

The round also saw the Adelaide Adrenaline wearing an Adelaide Avalanche themed jersey as part of their heritage round. For more information see club’s weekend rundown article and the Adrenaline’s Facebook page on how to bid for one of the jerseys.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 15 results:
– Sydney Bears 5-3 Sydney Ice Dogs (20:00, 4 August 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Perth Thunder 3-4 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 5 August 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Newcastle Northstars 4-7 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 5 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 4-2 CBR Brave (17:30, 5 August 2017, Phillip Ice Skating Centre)
– Newcastle Northstars 1-4 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 6 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Perth Thunder 4-2 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 6 August 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)

Standings at the end of Round 15:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 22 17 2 1 2 56
Perth Thunder 24 12 3 3 6 45
CBR Brave 22 10 3 1 8 37
Melbourne Mustangs 22 9 2 3 8 34
Sydney Ice Dogs 23 10 0 0 13 30
Newcastle Northstars 24 7 3 3 11 30
Sydney Bears 25 6 2 3 14 25
Adelaide Adrenaline 24 6 1 2 15 22

Last updated 6 August 2017

AWIHL news: 2 August 2017

Melbourne Ice
– The Melbourne Ice have announced the signing of Canadian Jessica Pinkerton for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Pinkerton has previously played for the University of Guelph in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport system and the Whitby Wolves of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.
– The club also announced the re-signing of Canadian forward Christina Julien for the upcoming season. Julien joined the Ice last season where she finished as the league leading scorer with 40 points in 14 games.

2017 AIHL season: Round 14

Round 14 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Perth Thunder, Melbourne Ice, CBR Brave, Melbourne Mustangs and Newcastle Northstars. The Ice remain on top of the standings, eight points clear of the second placed Thunder. The Ice are also the first team to qualify for the 2017 Goodall Cup playoffs after their second win of the weekend. Next week seven teams are in action across six games while the Mustangs sit the round out on a bye.

The round also saw the Melbourne Ice hold a Swedish themed day on 30 July. The Swedish theme included the Ice wearing a blue and gold coloured variant of their jersey.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 14 results:
– Melbourne Mustangs 2-3 SO Perth Thunder (16:30, 29 July 2017, Perth Ice Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1-4 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 29 July 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– CBR Brave 7-4 Sydney Bears (17:00, 29 July 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 2-4 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 30 July 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 4-1 Perth Thunder (16:30, 30 July 2017, Perth Ice Arena)
– Sydney Bears 4-7 Newcastle Northstars (17:00, 30 July 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)

Standings at the end of Round 14:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 20 15 2 1 2 50
Perth Thunder 22 11 3 3 5 42
CBR Brave 21 10 3 1 7 37
Melbourne Mustangs 22 9 2 3 8 34
Newcastle Northstars 22 7 3 3 9 30
Sydney Ice Dogs 21 9 0 0 12 27
Sydney Bears 24 5 2 3 14 22
Adelaide Adrenaline 22 5 1 2 14 19

Last updated 30 July 2017

2017 ECSL season: Round 19

Round 19 of the 2017 East Coast Super League has finished with wins for the Penrith Raptors and Newcastle North Stars. The Sting remain on top of the standings, eight points ahead of the second placed Raptors. Next week the ECSL are holding their 2017 All Star Charity Game at the Penrith Ice Palace. Regular season competition resumes on 12 August.

For more information see the ECSL website.

Round 19 results:
– Penrith Raptors 9-3 Blueline Bombers (17:00, 29 July 2017, Penrith Ice Palace)
– Sydney Sting 2-9 Newcastle North Stars ECSL (18:30, 29 July 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)

Standings at the end of Round 19:

Team GP W T L PTS
Sydney Sting 14 10 2 2 22
Penrith Raptors 13 6 2 5 14
Reach Rebels 12 5 2 5 12
Newcastle North Stars ECSL 15 4 3 8 11
Blueline Bombers 14 1 7 6 9