The Sydney Bears have announced the signing of rookies Daniel Taylor and Taegan Rippon for the 2019 season. Taylor has previously played only in the Queensland state leagues while Rippon is currently playing for the Sydney Wolf Pack in the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League. For more information see the announcement from the club.
– The Brave have announced the signing of Canadian goaltender Matt Hewitt for the upcoming 2018 season. Hewitt has spent the last five seasons playing for the University of British Columbia in the U Sports system. Hewitt finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 0.920 save percentage from 20 games. For more information see the announcement from the club
– The Brave have also made two further goaltender changes. The club announced the signing of Jakob Doornbos as their reserve goaltender and dropped last seasons starting goaltender Aleksi Toivonen from the roster. Doornbos has spent the 2017-18 season playing for the Sydney Wolf Pack in the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League where he recorded a save percentage of 0.917 from eight games. Toivonen has been playing for Paimion Haka in 2. Divisioona.
– Dylan Pope will debut for the club this weekend against the Sydney Ice Dogs. Pope spent last season playing for the Adelaide Falcons in the South Australian A Grade and most recently competed in his second season with the Adelaide Generals of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League.
– Sean Greer returns to the roster for the first time this season and Graham Charbonneau returns after missing last week due to family commitments.
– For more information see the club website.
Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Canadian defenceman Rory Rawlyk for the remainder of the season. Rawlyk spent the 2016-17 season playing for ASC Corona Brasov of the MOL Liga and the Florida Everblades and Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. He has also previously competed in the American Hockey League and Elite Ice Hockey League. For more information see the article by Juno Tsalis.
- The Sunday Times have revealed that the Thunder have signed goaltender Mark Guggenberger for the remainder of the 2015 season. Guggenberger is expected to arrive this week and replaces interim goaltender Peter Di Salvo who left the club last week due to international commitments. Guggenberger has spent the 2014-15 season playing in the ECHL for the Fort Wayne Komets and Gwinnett Gladiators and has also previously played in the American Hockey League and Central Hockey League.
- Mark McCann made his debut start in a regular season game for the club a day after making his debut on the ice after coming on as a replacement for starting goaltender Daniel Wilkinson. McCann has previously started for the Thunder in Game 3 of their exhibition series against New Zealand back in April. He has previously played two seasons in the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League for the Perth Sharks and three seasons in the Western Australian Super League for the Cockburn Blackhawks.
The Sydney Ice Dogs have continued to announce new player signings with Jarrod Smith and Cameron Smith added to the roster for the 2015 season. Jarrod Smith played for the Sydney Bears last season and most recently completed his second season with the Sydney Wolf Pack in the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League. Cameron Smith competed in the East Coast Super League last season with the Sydney Heat and like Jarrod has just finished his second season with the Wolf Pack.
The Sydney Wolf Pack have won the 2015 AJIHL Finals after defeating the Perth Pelicans 7-6 in overtime. The Wolf Pack advanced to the grand final against the Pelicans after they defeated the Melbourne Glaciers 1-0 in the preliminary final. The win gives the Wolf Pack their second title after the team won the inaugural AJIHL Playoffs in 2013, known then as the Sydney Maple Leafs.
For a write up on the finals see the article by Stephen White over at theAIHL.com.
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- Melbourne Glaciers 0 – 1 Sydney Wolf Pack (17:00, 28 February 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
- Perth Pelicans 6 – 7 OT Sydney Wolf Pack (15:45, 1 March 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
The State finals have finished with the Perth Pelicans and Melbourne Glaciers advancing to next weeks 2015 AJIHL finals. The Pelicans defeated top of the ladder Sharks 6-4 to advance to the finals while the Glaciers beat the Whalers 5-2. The New South Wales final was held last week with the Sydney Wolf Pack claiming their spot in the finals with a 3-0 win over the Sabres. As the highest placed qualifier from the regular season the Glaciers advance straight to the grand final on 1 March while the Pelicans and Wolf Pack will playoff in the preliminary final for their chance in the grand final.
Edit: Appears that the predictions we made on who was versing who in the finals were incorrect. The Pelicans advance straight to the grand final while the Wolf Pack take on the Glaciers in the preliminary final. This is due to the AJIHL basing the rankings for the playoffs on interstate games, rather then the entire regular season standings. See below for the interstate standings.
- Vic Final: Melbourne Glaciers 5 – 2 Melbourne Whalers (17:00, 21 February 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
- WA Final: Perth Sharks 4 – 6 Perth Pelicans (17:00, 21 February 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
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*Used to determine the rankings of the AJIHL playoffs or simple put which of the qualifiers advance straight to the grand final and which teams have to play the preliminary.
The final round of the 2014-15 AJIHL season has finished with wins for the Melbourne Glaciers, Perth Pelicans and Perth Sharks. Following their wins the Sharks moved into first place in the standings and claimed the regular season title. The two Perth teams finish the season with only 13 games played after their 15 November game had to be cancelled and plans to reschedule the game never materialised. Next week the two Perth teams take on each other in the Western Australian final and the Melbourne teams face-off in the Victorian final.
In the playoffs the Sydney Wolf Pack defeated the Sydney Sabres 3-0 in the New South Wales final. The Wolf Pack now advance to the AJIHL finals which are to be held on 28 February and 1 March at the Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne.
Round 13 results:
- Perth Pelicans 7 – 0 Melbourne Whalers (16:30, 14 February 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
- Perth Sharks 5 – 4 Melbourne Glaciers (18:15, 14 February 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
- Perth Sharks 8 – 3 Melbourne Whalers (07:00, 15 February 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
- Perth Pelicans 4 – 5 Melbourne Glaciers (08:45, 15 February 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
- NSW Final: Sydney Sabres 0 – 3 Sydney Wolf Pack (17:00, 15 February 2015, Penrith Ice Palace). Game Card
Standings at the end of Round 13:
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Round 12 of the 2014-15 AJIHL has finished with wins for all teams in the league except the Melbourne Glaciers. The Sydney Sabres remain on top of the standings and are now four points clear of the second placed Perth Sharks. Next week the two Melbourne teams are in Perth to take on the Pelicans and the Sharks. The playoffs also kick off next weekend with the New South Wales final being held at the Penrith Ice Palace.
Round 12 results:
- Sydney Sabres 5 – 3 Melbourne Whalers (17:00, 7 February 2015, Penrith Ice Palace). Game Card
- Sydney Wolf Pack 2 – 0 Melbourne Glaciers (18:45, 7 February 2015, Penrith Ice Palace). Game Card
- Perth Sharks 3 – 4 SO Perth Pelicans (18:30, 7 February 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
- Sydney Wolf Pack 3 – 5 Melbourne Whalers (08:30, 8 February 2015, Penrith Ice Palace). Game Card
- Sydney Sabres 4 – 3 Melbourne Glaciers (17:00, 8 February 2015, Penrith Ice Palace). Game Card
- Perth Pelicans 1 – 4 Perth Sharks (18:30, 8 February 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
Standings at the end of Round 12:
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Round 11 of the 2014-15 AJIHL season has finished with wins for all six teams in the league. The Sydney Sabres remain in first place, two points ahead of the Perth Sharks and Melbourne Glaciers. Next week the two Melbourne teams are in Sydney and the Perth teams take on each other in a double header.
Round 11 results:
- Perth Sharks 6 – 3 Sydney Sabres (16:30, 31 January 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
- Perth Pelicans 2 – 1 Sydney Wolf Pack (18:15, 31 January 2015, Xtreme Ice Arena). Game Card
- Melbourne Whalers 1 – 2 Melbourne Glaciers (17:00, 31 January 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
- Perth Pelicans 1 – 2 Sydney Sabres (07:15, 1 February 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
- Perth Sharks 3 – 4 Sydney Wolf Pack (08:55, 1 February 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
- Melbourne Glaciers 3 – 4 SO Melbourne Whalers (17:00, 1 February 2015, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
Standings at the end of Round 11:
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