Australia men’s national under-20 ice hockey team

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia finish second

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost to Iceland 1-4 in the gold medal game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. As a result Australia finish the tournament in second place for the second year in a row. Forward Yannic Lodge was named best Australian of the game. Sebastian Woodlands was named best goaltender of the tournament after posting the top save percentage of 90.32. In the other games of the day Turkey defeated Mexico 4-2 to finish third, Bulgaria beat New Zealand 6-1 for fifth and Chinese Taipei got an 5-4 overtime win over South Africa to come in seventh. Iceland’s win means they are promoted to Division II Group B for 2021, their first time back to Division II Group B since 2015.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Playoffs
Bronze: Turkey 4-2 Mexico (17:00, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
Gold: Iceland 4-1 Australia (20:30, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Placement round
7th place: South Africa 4-5 OT Chinese Taipei (10:00, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
5th place: Bulgaria 6-1 New Zealand (13:30, 19 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Final standings
1. Iceland – promoted to Division II Group B
2. Australia
3. Turkey
4. Mexico
5. Bulgaria
6. New Zealand
7. Chinese Taipei
8. South Africa

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia win semifinal

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have defeated Mexico 8-3 in their semifinal of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Captain Kenshin Hayashi scored four goals and was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Iceland defeated Turkey 5-2 in the second semifinal, while in the placement round Bulgaria beat Chinese Taipei 8-1 and New Zealand picked up a 2-1 win over South Africa. Australia and Iceland will now play for gold and promotion to Division II Group B. The last time these two teams met was at the 2019 World Championships where Australia lost 4-5 in overtime. In the other upcoming games Turkey and Mexico will playoff for bronze, Bulgaria and New Zealand compete for fifth and South Africa and Chinese Taipei play for seventh place.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Semifinals
– Australia 8-3 Mexico (17:00, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Iceland 5-2 Turkey (20:30, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

5th to 8th placement
– Bulgaria 8-1 Chinese Taipei (10:00, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– South Africa 1-2 New Zealand (13:30, 18 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia defeat Turkey

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have defeated Turkey 3-2 in their third game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Defenceman Arthur Wang was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day South Africa defeated Chinese Taipei 5-3, Iceland beat New Zealand 10-1 and Mexico picked up a 5-2 win over Bulgaria. Australia finish the preliminary round at the top of the Group B standings and Iceland finishes at the top of Group A. Mexico pick up the final playoffs spot following their win against Bulgaria and join Australia, Iceland and Turkey in the semifinals. The remaining four teams move onto the 5th-8th placement round. The teams have a rest day today and return on Saturday where Australia take on Mexico in the semifinals.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Results
– South Africa 5-3 Chinese Taipei (10:00, 16 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– New Zealand 1-10 Iceland (13:30, 16 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Australia 3-2 Turkey (17:00, 16 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Mexico 5-2 Bulgaria (20:30, 14 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Iceland 3 3 0 0 0 9
Mexico 3 2 0 0 1 6
Bulgaria 3 1 0 0 2 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 0 3 0

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 3 3 0 0 0 9
Turkey 3 2 0 0 1 6
South Africa 3 1 0 0 2 3
Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 0 3 0

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia shutout Chinese Taipei

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have defeated Chinese Taipei 5-0 in their second game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Goaltender Sebastian Woodlands stopped all 19 shots against him to record a shutout and was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Turkey defeated South Africa 6-1, Iceland beat Mexico 5-2 and Bulgaria picked up a 3-2 win over New Zealand. After the second round Australia remain at the top of the Group B standings and Iceland moves into first in Group A. Australia, Iceland and Turkey have now all qualify for the playoffs with the fourth spot to be decided between Bulgaria and Mexico. The teams have a rest day today and return on Thursday where Australia take on Turkey for their final game of the preliminary round. The last time these two teams met was at the 2019 World Championships where Australia won 5-3.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Results
– Turkey 6-1 South Africa (10:00, 14 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Chinese Taipei 0-5 Australia (13:30, 14 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Iceland 5-2 Mexico (17:00, 14 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Bulgaria 3-2 New Zealand (20:30, 14 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Iceland 2 2 0 0 0 6
Mexico 2 1 0 0 1 3
Bulgaria 2 1 0 0 1 3
New Zealand 2 0 0 0 2 0

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 2 2 0 0 0 6
Turkey 2 2 0 0 0 6
Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 0 2 0
South Africa 2 0 0 0 2 0

2020 U20 World Championships: Australia win opening game

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have won their opening game of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament, defeating South Africa 6-1. Forward Jack Ransome was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Turkey shutout Chinese Taipei 3-0, Mexico blanked New Zealand 5-0 and Iceland beat Bulgaria 4-3. After the first round Australia sit at the top of the Group B standings and Mexico leads Group A. Australia take on Chinese Taipei today for their second game of the tournament. The last time these two teams met was at the 2019 World Championships where Australia won 3-2.

Further information:
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Livestreaming on YouTube
Ice Hockey Australia Facebook page

Results
– Turkey 3-0 Chinese Taipei (10:00, 13 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Australia 6-1 South Africa (13:30, 13 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Mexico 5-0 New Zealand (17:00, 13 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)
– Bulgaria 3-4 Iceland (20:30, 13 January 2020, Winter Sports Palace)

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Mexico 1 1 0 0 0 3
Iceland 1 1 0 0 0 3
Bulgaria 1 0 0 0 1 0
New Zealand 1 0 0 0 1 0

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 1 1 0 0 0 3
Turkey 1 1 0 0 0 3
Chinese Taipei 1 0 0 0 1 0
South Africa 1 0 0 0 1 0

Australia U20 defeat HC Bílí Tygři Liberec Juniors

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have won their second exhibition game 5-3 against a mix of under-18 and under-20 players from HC Bílí Tygři Liberec. The Australian’s lost the first of their two exhibition games against HC Bílí Tygři Liberec on 7 January. The game was held at the Home Credit Arena in Liberec and forms part of the teams training camp ahead of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria which begins on 13 January.

– Australia U20 5-3 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec U18 & U20 Mix (9 January 2020, Home Credit Arena)

Further information:
Post from Ice Hockey Australia on the game result
World Championship page on IIHF.com

HC Bílí Tygři Liberec juniors beat Australia U20

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost their exhibition game 3-5 against a mix of under-18 and under-20 players from HC Bílí Tygři Liberec. The game was held at the Home Credit Arena in Liberec and forms part of the teams training camp before the start of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria which begins on 13 January.

– Australia U20 3-5 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec U18 & U20 Mix (7 January 2020, Home Credit Arena)

Further information:
Highlights of the game
Stream of the game
World Championship page on IIHF.com

Australian men’s U20 roster for 2020 World Championships

Ice Hockey Australia have released the roster of the Australian men’s under-20 national team for the upcoming 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. The competition will take place from 13 to 19 January 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria with Australia competing against Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.

For more information see the announcement from Ice Hockey Australia.

Roster
James Barton (Sydney Wolf Pack)
Nathaniel Benson (Carleton Place Jr. Canadians)
Andrew Chen (Adelaide Generals)
Will Clifford (Brisbane Blitz)
Julian Fodor (Sicamous Eagles)
Jeremy Friederich (Adelaide Generals)
Zachery Gumm (Windsor Aces)
Benjamin Handberg
Kenshin Hayashi
Thomas Kiliwnik (Brisbane Blitz)
Connor Lee (Steele County Blades)
Yannic Lodge (Perth Sharks)
Jack Ransome (Sydney Wolf Pack)
Arum Rapchuk (Brisbane Blitz)
Jake Riley (Tranås AIF J20)
Dylan Sables (Sydney Sabres)
James Urweiss (Sydney Sabres)
Arthur Wang (Whitby Fury)
Alexander Wardlaw (Sydney Wolf Pack)
Sebastian Woodlands (Detroit Fighting Irish)

Staff
– Head Coach: Dave Ruck
– Assistant Coach: Jason Kvisle
– Team Manager: Gill McLean
– Team Leader: Paul Kelly
– Team Medical Officer: Tristan Foo
– Equipment Manager: John Lavery

2019 U20 World Championships: Australia finish second

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have lost 1-5 to China in their gold medal match of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. As a result China is promoted to Division II Group B for 2020 while Australia will remain in Division III. Forward Liam Manwarring was named the Australian player of the tournament. In the other games played South Africa defeated New Zealand 5-3 to finish seventh, Iceland beat Chinese Taipei 5-3 to finish fifth and Turkey shutout Bulgaria 6-0 to claim third.

Further information:
Australia U20 Facebook page
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Live streaming details

Playoffs schedule
– Placement 5th-8th 1: Iceland 11–1 New Zealand (10:00, 19 January 2019)
– Placement 5th-8th 2: South Africa 1–7 Chinese Taipei (13:30, 19 January 2019)
– Semifinal 1: Australia 7–4 Bulgaria (17:00, 19 January 2019)
– Semifinal 2: China 12–1 Turkey (20:30, 19 January 2019)
– Placement 7th-8th: South Africa 5–3 New Zealand (10:00, 20 January 2019)
– Placement 5th-6th: Iceland 5–3 Chinese Taipei (13:30, 20 January 2019)
– Bronze: Bulgaria 0–6 Turkey (17:00, 20 January 2019)
– Gold: China 5–1 Australia (20:30, 20 January 2019)

Final standings
– 1. China
– 2. Australia
– 3. Turkey
– 4. Bulgaria
– 5. Iceland
– 6. Chinese Taipei
– 7. South Africa
– 8. New Zealand

Preliminary round: Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 3 2 0 1 0 7
Turkey 3 2 0 0 1 6
Iceland 3 1 1 0 1 5
Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 0 3 0

Preliminary round: Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
China 3 3 0 0 0 9
Bulgaria 3 2 0 0 1 6
South Africa 3 1 0 0 2 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 0 3 0

2019 U20 World Championships: Australia advance to gold medal game

The Australian men’s national under-20 team have beaten Bulgaria 7-4 in their semifinal of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III tournament. Australia now advance to the gold medal match against China who defeated Turkey 12-1 in their semifinal. In the two placement games Iceland beat New Zealand 11-1 and Chinese Taipei beat South Africa 7-1. Both teams will now advance to the 5th-6th placement match while New Zealand and South Africa will playoff for 7th place.

Further information:
Australia U20 Facebook page
Tournament page at IIHF.com
Live streaming details

Playoffs schedule
– Placement 5th-8th 1: Iceland 11–1 New Zealand (10:00, 19 January 2019)
– Placement 5th-8th 2: South Africa 1–7 Chinese Taipei (13:30, 19 January 2019)
– Semifinal 1: Australia 7–4 Bulgaria (17:00, 19 January 2019)
– Semifinal 2: China 12–1 Turkey (20:30, 19 January 2019)
– Placement 7th-8th: South Africa New Zealand (10:00, 20 January 2019)
– Placement 5th-6th: Iceland Chinese Taipei (13:30, 20 January 2019)
– Bronze: Bulgaria Turkey (17:00, 20 January 2019)
– Gold: China Australia (20:30, 20 January 2019)

Preliminary round: Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 3 2 0 1 0 7
Turkey 3 2 0 0 1 6
Iceland 3 1 1 0 1 5
Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 0 3 0

Preliminary round: Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
China 3 3 0 0 0 9
Bulgaria 3 2 0 0 1 6
South Africa 3 1 0 0 2 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 0 3 0