Round 9 of the 2016 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Bears, Newcastle North Stars and Melbourne Mustangs. The Melbourne Ice remain on top of the standings, ten points clear of the second placed Perth Thunder. Next week all eight teams are in action across eight games over the weekend.
The match between the Melbourne Ice and Sydney Bears also served as the third annual Canada Day Classic. The Bears defeated the Ice to win for the third year straight. The Bears won 3-1 in 2014 and in 2015 they defeated the Ice 6-4. The Ice Dogs’ David Dunwoodie competed in his 300th AIHL game in the match at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. Dunwoodie is the second player to pass the 300 game mark, joining the Adelaide Adrenaline’s Greg Oddy.
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Round 9 results:
– Sydney Bears 4 – 3 SO Melbourne Ice (17:00, 25 June 2016, O’Brien Group Arena) Game Card
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1 – 5 Newcastle North Stars (17:00, 25 June 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium) Game Card
– Sydney Bears 2 – 4 Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 26 June 2016, O’Brien Group Arena) Game Card
– Newcastle North Stars 5 – 2 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 26 June 2016, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink) Game Card
Sydney Ice Dogs
– The Ice Dogs have announced the signing of David Dunwoodie for the upcoming 2016 AIHL season. Dunwoodie returns to the Ice Dogs after playing last season for the CBR Brave where he recorded 22 points in 20 games. He first joined the Ice Dogs in 2004 before switching to the Central Coast Rhinos part way through the 2005 season. Dunwoodie then remained with the Rhinos for the 2006 season before returning to the Ice Dogs for 2007 where he remained until the end of the 2014 season.
The CBR Brave have announced the signing of David Dunwoodie and Tomas Manco for the upcoming 2015 AIHL season. Dunwoodie comes to the Brave from the Sydney Ice Dogs and was named the 2014 Australian Player of the Year. Manco returns to the AIHL after leaving the Ice Dogs at the end of the 2013 season for undisclosed reasons.
Dunwoodie becomes the third player from the Ice Dogs to sign elsewhere for the 2015 season after the Newcastle North Stars picked up Robert Malloy and Mitch Bye in December.
The Melbourne Mustangs have won the 2014 Goodall Cup final after defeating the Melbourne Ice 6-1 today at the Medibank Icehouse. The win earns the Mustangs their first Goodall Cup who also won the H Newman Reid Trophy this season after finishing first in the regular season.
Melbourne Ice 1 – 6 Melbourne Mustangs (15:00, 31 August 2014, Medibank Icehouse). Game Card
The 2014 individual awards were also announced today with the Mustangs and Sydney Ice Dogs winning two of the awards each and the Ice and CBR Brave taking home one apiece.