The Adelaide Adrenaline’s Niko Suoraniemi, the Mustangs’ Jack Wolgemuth and Newcastle North Stars John Kennedy have been named as the nominees for the 2014 AIHL Defenceman of the Year Award.
The Melbourne Ice’s Jeremy Brown, the Thunder’s Jamie Woodman and the North Stars’ Hayden Sheard have been named as the nominees for the 2014 AIHL Rookie of the Year Award.
The Sydney Bears’ held their 2014 Team Awards night yesterday. Ben DiMarco won the most valuable player award, Sean Hamilton Steen was named the Best Forward, Spencer Austin the Best Defenceman, Jarrod Smith the Rookie of the Year and Daniel Palmkvist won the Chad Martin Award for Impact Player of the Year
The Australian under-18 team have won the gold medal of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group A tournament after defeating New Zealand 6-0 in their final game. The win which saw Australia finish the tournament three points clear of Israel in second place and earned them promotion to the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship Division II Group B tournament. Australia took the lead early in the game with Hayden Sheard scoring the second minute. Sheard scored again in the eigth minute and Jake Knott got one past the New Zealand goaltender to finish the first period 3-0. Australia doubled their lead in the second period with goals from Kieren Webster, Luke Zvonicek and Casey Kubara. The third period remained scoreless with the game ending 6-0 and Nicholas Mizen recording the Australia’s only shutout of the tournament. Luke Zvonicek was named best Australia player for the game.
Australia 6 – 0 New Zealand (20:00, 30 Mar 2014, Winter Sports Palace, Sofia). Game Card
In the other games of the day Chinese Taipei beat Mexico 2-1 and Israel finished with a 7-2 win against Bulgaria. Australia finished the tournament in first place on 12 points followed by Israel, Chinese Taipei, Bulgaria, Mexico and New Zealand. Following the completion of the tournament awards were handed out by the IIHF directorate with Daniel Pataky being named the Best Defenceman of the tournament. Best goaltender went to Bulgaria’s Dimitar Videnov and Ilya Spektor of Israel won the Best Forward award. Casey Kubara was selected by the coaches as Australia’s best player of tournament.
The Australian National under-18 team competed in an exhibition game yesterday against Czech team HC Vítkovice Steel U18. Australia lost the game 2-8, with the teams goals coming from Anthony Barnes, off an assist from Kieren Webster, and second scored by Hayden Sheard, with the assist from Casey Kubara. HC Vítkovice took the lead early in the game scoring two goals in the first period. By the second period HC Vítkovice had extended their lead, scoring another three in response to Australia’s one. The third period finished in similar fashion with the Czech team again putting on three goals to Australia’s one.
The team have one more day of training in Ostrava before they travel to Sofia, Bulgaria for the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship Division III Group A tournament.