Australia men’s national ice hockey team

2019 World Championships: Australia finish third

The Australian men’s national team have lost 1-2 to Croatia in their final game of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Wehebe Darge was named best Australian player of the game and Rob Haselhurst was awarded best Australian player of the tournament. In other games of the day China beat Belgium 4-0 and Serbia defeated Spain 3-2 in a shootout. Australia finish the tournament in third place, one point behind the leaders Serbia and second placed Croatia. Serbia finishes first ahead of Croatia thanks to their head to head result and is promoted to Division I Group B for 2020. Belgium finishes the tournament in last place and are relegated to Division II Group B.

– Australia 1-2 Croatia (13:00, 15 April 2019, Ice Rink Pionir)

Further information:
Tournament page on IIHF.com
Australian men’s team Facebook page

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Serbia 5 3 1 0 1 11
Croatia 5 3 1 0 1 11
Australia 5 3 0 1 1 10
Spain 5 2 0 2 1 8
China 5 1 0 0 4 3
Belgium 5 0 1 0 4 2

2019 World Championships: Australia defeat China

The Australian men’s national team have defeated China 3-2 in their fourth game of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Defenceman Brian Funes was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Croatia beat Spain 4-3 in a shootout and Serbia defeated Belgium 6-3. After the fourth round Australia remain first on the standings with Serbia moving into second place. The teams have a rest day today and return on Monday where Australia take on Croatia for their final game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2013 World Championships Division II Group A tournament where Australia lost 1-3.

– Australia 3-2 China (13:00, 13 April 2019, Ice Rink Pionir)

Further information:
Tournament page on IIHF.com
Australian men’s team Facebook page

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 4 3 0 1 0 10
Serbia 4 3 0 0 1 9
Croatia 4 2 1 0 1 8
Spain 4 2 0 1 1 7
Belgium 4 0 1 0 3 2
China 4 0 0 0 4 0

2019 World Championships: Australia defeat Spain

The Australian men’s national team have defeated Spain 4-0 in their third game of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Anthony Kimlin stopped all 37 shots against him and was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Croatia beat Belgium 5-2 and Serbia defeated China 6-5. After the third round Australia have moved into first on the standings with Croatia sitting a point behind in second. Australia take on China today for their fourth game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2018 World Championships Division II Group A tournament where Australia won 3-1.

– Australia 4-0 Spain (16:30, 12 April 2019, Ice Rink Pionir)

Further information:
Tournament page on IIHF.com
Australian men’s team Facebook page

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 3 2 0 1 0 7
Croatia 3 2 0 0 1 6
Serbia 3 2 0 0 1 6
Spain 3 2 0 0 1 6
Belgium 3 0 1 0 2 2
China 3 0 0 0 3 0

2019 World Championships: Australia defeat Serbia

The Australian men’s national team have defeated Serbia 3-2 in their second game of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. Rob Haselhurst was named best Australian player of the game. In other games of the day Spain beat Belgium 4-2 and Croatia defeated China 7-0. After the second round Australia have moved up into second on the standings while Spain continues to lead the competition. The teams have a rest day today and return on Friday where Australia will take on Spain for their third game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2017 World Championships Division II Group A tournament where Australia won 5-3.

– Australia 3-2 Serbia (20:00, 10 April 2019, Ice Rink Pionir)

Further information:
Tournament page on IIHF.com
Australian men’s team Facebook page

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Spain 2 2 0 0 0 6
Australia 2 1 0 1 0 4
Serbia 2 1 0 0 1 3
Croatia 1 1 0 0 1 3
Belgium 2 0 1 0 1 2
China 2 0 0 0 2 0

2019 World Championships: Australia lose to Belgium

The Australian men’s national team have lost 3-4 in overtime to Belgium in their opening game of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. In other games of the day Spain beat China 5-3 and Serbia defeated Croatia 3-1. After the first round Australia sit fourth on the standings while Spain leads the competition. Australia takes on Serbia today for their second game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2018 World Championships Division II Group A tournament where Australia won 5-4 in a shootout.

– Australia 3-4 OT Belgium (16:30, 9 April 2019, Ice Rink Pionir)

Further information:
Tournament page on IIHF.com
Australian men’s team Facebook page

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Spain 1 1 0 0 0 3
Serbia 1 1 0 0 0 3
Belgium 1 0 1 0 0 2
Australia 1 0 0 1 0 1
China 1 0 0 0 1 0
Croatia 1 0 0 0 1 0

Powell named Australian captain

Thomas Powell has been named captain of the Australian men’s national team ahead of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament which begins today in Belgrade, Serbia.

Further information:
Tournament page on IIHF.com
Australian men’s team Facebook page

Australia beats Motor Ceske Budejovice

The Australian men’s national team have beaten Motor České Budějovice Junior* 4-2 in an exhibition game in the Czech Republic. The game is being held as part of the teams training camp in České Budějovice, Czech Republic before the start of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament in Belgrade, Serbia which begins on 9 April.

Australia 4-2 Motor České Budějovice Junior* (3 April 2019)

Further information:
IHA post
Tournament page on IIHF.com

*Edit on 4 April, Australia played a junior team of Motor České Budějovice, not their senior team.

Australian men’s roster for 2019 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster of the Australian men’s national team for the upcoming 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A tournament. The competition will take place from 9 to 15 April in Belgrade, Serbia with Australia competing against Belgium, China, Croatia, Serbia and Spain.

Further information:
IHA announcement
Tournament page on IIHF.com

Players
Matt Armstrong (Melbourne Ice)
Jason Baclig (Melbourne Ice)
Jack Carpenter (Melbourne Ice)
Wehebe Darge (CBR Brave)
Brian Funes (Sydney Bears)
Per Daniel Goransson (CBR Brave)
Robert Haselhurst (Newcastle Northstars)
Anthony Kimlin (Sydney Bears)
Mathew Lindsay (Newcastle Northstars)
Robert Malloy (Newcastle Northstars)
Michael McMahon (Melbourne Mustangs)
Kai Miettinen (CBR Brave)
Tommy Powell (Melbourne Ice)
Josef Rezek (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Charlie Smart (Newcastle Northstars)
Beau Taylor
Cameron Todd (University of Jamestown)
Vadim Virjassov (Melbourne Mustangs)
Kieren Webster (Perth Thunder)
Lliam Webster (Melbourne Ice)
Chris Wong (Melbourne Ice)
Jamie Woodman (Perth Thunder)

Staff
– Head coach: Brad Vigon
– Assistant coach: Matti Luoma
– General manager: Ian Webster
– Team leader: Steve Ransome
– Equipment manager: Petr Cirkl
– Doctor: Peter Moore
– Chiropractor: Rod Weiland
– Physiotherapist: Ashleigh Trupiano

2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge: Australia win Game 3

The Australian national team have won the third and final game of the 2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge, beating New Zealand 6-3. Despite the loss New Zealand win the series two games to one. To watch the games see the NZIHL’s YouTube channel.

– Australia 2-4 New Zealand (19:00, 6 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 1-6 New Zealand (19:00, 7 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 6-3 New Zealand (19:00, 8 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)

2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge: New Zealand win Game 2

The New Zealand national team have won the 2018 Trans-Tasman Challenge after defeating Australia 6-1 in Game 2. New Zealand now hold an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three game series with the final game set for tonight. For livestreaming see the NZIHL’s YouTube channel.

– Australia 2-4 New Zealand (19:00, 6 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)
– Australia 1-6 New Zealand (19:00, 7 September, Queenstown Ice Arena)