Riley and Poole qualify for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Australia’s Jake Riley and Madison Poole have qualified to compete at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway after competing at the recent Global Skills Challenge Summit in Vierumäki, Finland. Riley finished tenth in the Men’s final ranking while Poole finished third in the Women’s final ranking.

For more information see the official International Ice Hockey Federation website and an article on the conclusion of the summit by Henrik Manninen.

Australia U18 win Game One of World Championships

The Australian under-18 team have won their first game of the 2014 IIHF U18 Championship Division III Group A tournament defeating Chinese Taipei 2-1. Australia got on the scorebard first with Anthony Barnes scoring early in the second period. Five minutes later Australia scored on the power play with Kieren Webster recording the teams second goal off an assist from Jamie Campbell. Chinese Taipei got one back early in the third with a goal from Lu Ping-En bringing the score to 2-1. They then pulled their goaltender with less than a minute to go in the game however failed to convert with the man advantage. Daniel Pataky was named best Australian player for the game.

  • Chinese Taipei 1 – 2 Australia (16:30, 24 Mar 2014, Winter Sports Palace, Sofia). Game Card

In the other games of the tournament Israel defeated New Zealand 7-2 and Bulgaria beat Mexico 3-2. Australia is currently third in the standings due to goal difference and are scheduled to play hosts Bulgaria at 20:00 local time tonight.

For more information see the IIHF website.