2016 AJIHL playoffs

2016 AJIHL playoffs: Finals

The Sydney Sabres have won the 2016 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League final after defeating the Melbourne Glaciers 6-4, claiming their second finals title.

The Sabres started the finals weekend with a win against the Glaciers in the first semifinal which saw them advance straight the grand final game, while the Glaciers progressed to the qualifying final. In the second semifinal the Perth Sharks defeated the Brisbane Blitz to advance to the qualifying final against the Glaciers.

The Glaciers secured their spot in the grand final after defeating the Sharks 6-2 in qualifier. The Glaciers and Sabres then faced off for the grand final with the Sabres winning 6-4 and claiming their second AJIHL finals title, their first since 2014. The win also sees New South Wales continue their dominance in the AJIHL playoffs with the Sydney teams having won all four editions.

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Semifinals:
– Game 1: Melbourne Glaciers 2 – 5 Sydney Sabres (17:00 27 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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– Game 2: Brisbane Blitz 1 – 2 Perth Sharks (19:15, 27 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Qualifying final:
– Perth Sharks 2 – 6 Melbourne Glaciers (08:00, 28 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Grand final:
– Melbourne Glaciers 4 – 6 Sydney Sabres (17:00, 28 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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2016 AJIHL playoffs: State Finals

The 2016 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League playoffs got underway with the State Finals held from 19 February to 21 February. All three states competed in a two game series over the weekend with the winner from each state advancing the 2016 AJIHL finals in Penrith. Should a final series be tied at one apiece after Game Two, the teams will play in a sudden death 10 minute period followed by a shootout if necessary.

The Melbourne Glaciers, Perth Sharks and Sydney Sabres all advanced to next weekends 2016 AJIHL finals in Penrith following their State Finals series wins. The Melbourne Glaciers will take on the Sydney Sabres in the first semifinal. The winner will head straight to the grand final while the loser will have to take the winner of the second semifinal for a second chance spot in the grand final. The Perth Sharks will face off against wildcard tournament winner, the Brisbane Blitz, in the second semifinal with the winner advancing to the qualifying final against the loser of the first semifinal. The semifinal rankings are determined by the results of the interstate games. As the two Perth teams only travel to one State per season their interstate away games count as double points. See below for the interstate standings.

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New South Wales State Finals
– Game 1: Sydney Sabres 4 – 3 Sydney Wolf Pack (17:00, 20 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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– Game 2: Sydney Wolf Pack 1 – 2 Sydney Sabres (17:00, 21 February 2016, Penrith Ice Palace)
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Sydney Sabres win series 2-0.

Victorian State Finals
– Game 1: Melbourne Whalers 1 – 4 Melbourne Glaciers (15:45, 20 February 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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– Game 2: Melbourne Glaciers 9 – 0 Melbourne Whalers (15:45, 21 February 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
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Melbourne Glaciers win series 2-0.

Western Australian State Finals
– Game 1: Perth Sharks 1 – 2 Perth Pelicans (19:45, 19 February 2016, Cockburn Ice Arena)
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– Game 2: Perth Pelicans 1 – 5 Perth Sharks (18:00, 21 February 2016, Xtreme Ice Arena)
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– Overtime: Perth Pelicans 0 – 1 Perth Sharks (goal scored by Tomek Sak)
Perth Sharks win series following sudden death overtime after games split 1-1.

Interstate standings (to determine semifinal rankings):

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Sydney Sabres 8 6 1 0 1 20
Sydney Wolf Pack 8 6 1 0 1 20
Melbourne Glaciers 8 6 0 1 1 19
Perth Sharks 8 3 0 1 4 10
Perth Pelicans 8 1 0 0 7 3
Melbourne Whalers 8 0 0 0 8 0

AJIHL Wild Card tournament announced

The Australian Junior Ice Hockey League have announced the formation of a Tier 2 tournament that will see three teams from non-member states compete for the Wild Card spot in the upcoming 2016 AJIHL playoffs. The Adelaide Generals, Brisbane Blitz and Canberra Junior Brave will compete in a double round-robin style tournament, followed by a top two final, at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre from 28 January to 30 January with the winner being awarded a spot in the playoffs. The AJIHL playoffs begin on the 27 February with the Wild Card winner taking on the team ranked third of the regular season qualifiers.

Schedule:
– Game 1: Brisbane Blitz – Canberra Junior Brave (08:15, 28 January 2016)
– Game 2: Adelaide Generals – Brisbane Blitz (12:10, 28 January 2016)
– Game 3: Canberra Junior Brave – Adelaide Generals (18:45, 28 January 2016)
– Game 4: Canberra Junior Brave – Adelaide Generals (12:10, 29 January 2016)
– Game 5: Brisbane Blitz – Canberra Junior Brave (18:45, 29 January 2016)
– Game 6: Adelaide Generals – Brisbane Blitz (12:10, 30 January 2016)
– Final: First Place – Second Place (16:00, 30 January 2016)