2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A

2018 World Championships: Australia finish second

The Australian men’s national team have lost to the Netherlands 2-9 in their final game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Goaltender Anthony Kimlin faced 66 shots, saving 57, and was named best Australian player of the game. He was also named the best Australian player of the tournament and selected as the tournaments best goaltender. In other games of the day China defeated Belgium 5-2 and Serbia beat Iceland 5-2. Australia finish the tournament in second place while the Netherlands finish at the top of the standings and are promoted back to Division I Group B for 2019. Iceland finish in last place and are relegated to Division II Group B.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 2-9 Netherlands (16:30, 29 April 2018, IJssportcentrum). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Netherlands 5 5 0 0 0 15
Australia 5 3 1 0 1 11
Serbia 5 3 0 1 1 10
China 5 2 0 0 3 6
Belgium 5 1 0 0 4 3
Iceland 5 0 0 0 5 0

2018 World Championships: Australia beat China

The Australian men’s national team have beat Serbia 5-4 in a shootout in their fourth game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Forward Tommy Powell was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day China defeated Iceland 3-1 and the Netherlands beat Belgium 10-2. Australia remains second in the standings while the Netherlands lead with twelve points. Australia take on the Netherlands today for their final game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2012 World Championship Division I Group B tournament where Australia lost 2-6.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 5-4 SO Serbia (20:00, 28 April 2018, IJssportcentrum). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Netherlands 4 4 0 0 0 12
Australia 4 3 1 0 0 11
Serbia 4 2 0 1 1 7
China 4 1 0 0 3 3
Belgium 4 1 0 0 3 3
Iceland 4 0 0 0 4 0

2018 World Championships: Australia beat China

The Australian men’s national team have beat China 3-1 in their third game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Defenceman Rob Haselhurst scored a goal and an assist and was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Belgium defeated Iceland 6-3 and the Netherlands beat Serbia 5-0. Australia remains second in the standings while the Netherlands lead with the best goal difference. The teams have a rest day today and return on Saturday where Australia take on Serbia for their fourth game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2017 World Championship Division II Group A tournament where Australia won 4-3 in overtime.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 3-1 China (13:00, 26 April 2018, IJssportcentrum). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 0 9
Australia 3 3 0 0 0 9
Serbia 3 2 0 0 1 6
Belgium 3 1 0 0 2 3
China 3 0 0 0 3 0
Iceland 3 0 0 0 3 0

2018 World Championships: Australia beat Belgium

The Australian men’s national team have beat Belgium 6-0 in their second game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Goaltender Anthony Kimlin stopped all 24 shots to earn the shutout and was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Serbia defeated China 3-1 and the Netherlands beat Iceland 11-1. Australia move up to second in the standings while the Netherlands lead with the best goal difference. The teams have a rest day today and return on Thursday where Australia take on China for their third game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2011 New Zealand Winter Games where Australia won 15-2.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 6-0 Belgium (13:00, 24 April 2018, IJssportcentrum). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Netherlands 2 2 0 0 0 6
Australia 2 2 0 0 0 6
Serbia 2 2 0 0 0 6
Belgium 2 0 0 0 2 0
China 2 0 0 0 2 0
Iceland 2 0 0 0 2 0

2018 World Championships: Australia beat Iceland

The Australian men’s national team have beat Iceland 3-0 in their opening game of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Defenceman Per Daniel Göransson scored the opening goal and was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Serbia defeated Belgium 4-1 and the Netherlands beat China 7-0. At the end of day one Australia sit third in the standings while the Netherlands lead with the best goal difference. Australia take on Belgium today for their second game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2017 World Championship Division II Group A tournament where Australia won 3-0.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 3-0 Iceland (13:00, 23 April 2018, IJssportcentrum). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Netherlands 1 1 0 0 0 3
Serbia 1 1 0 0 0 3
Australia 1 1 0 0 0 3
Belgium 1 0 0 0 1 0
Iceland 1 0 0 0 1 0
China 1 0 0 0 1 0

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

2018 World Championship program announced

The locations and dates for the 2018 World Championship program have been announced with Ice Hockey Australia again entering a team in each category. A change to the Women’s World Championships which increased the number of teams in the top division has resulted in no relegation for 2018. As a result Australia will remain in the Division II Group A tournament.

Men’s (Division II Group A): Tilburg, Netherlands, 23-29 April 2018.
– Opponents: Netherlands, Serbia, Belgium, Iceland and China.
Men’s U20 (Division III): Sofia, Bulgaria, 22-28 January 2018.
– Opponents: China, Iceland, New Zealand, Israel and Bulgaria.
Men’s U18 (Division II Group A): Tallinn, Estonia, 1-7 April 2018.
– Opponents: Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Korea and Great Britain.
Women’s (Division II Group A): Bled, Slovenia, 7-13 April 2018.
– Opponents: Netherlands, Great Britain, North Korea, Slovenia and Mexico.
Women’s U18 (Division I Group B): Krynica, Poland, 6-12 January 2018.
– Opponents: France, Denmark, Poland, Great Britain and China.