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.
– Jake Riley has been added to the Adrenaline roster after returning from Canada. Riley spent the 2017-18 season playing for A21 Academy in the Prep School Hockey Federations U18 league where he recorded nine points in 20 games.
– Darren Corstens has also been added to the roster after training with the club for the last month. Corstens recorded eight goals and five assists from 20 games for the club in 2017.
Jake Riley has finished the Qualification phase of the Men’s Skills Challenge in ninth place after completing his remaining four skills. The second day of the Men’s Qualification included Skating Agility, Fastest Shot, Passing Precision and Puck Control. Riley finished with nine points, ten behind the winner Sebastian Cederle of Slovakia. As a result of his ninth place qualification Riley fails to advance to the Grand Final however he is the first reserve should one of the finalists be unable to compete.
Madison Poole will be on the ice today to compete in the Women’s Skills Challenge Grand Final after she finished third in the Qualification phase. The Grand Final will see the top eight competitors tested again in all six skills.
The 2016 Winter Youth Olympics Ice Hockey Skills Challenge got underway yesterday in Lillehammer, Norway. Australia is represented by Jake Riley in the Men’s Skills Challenge and by Madison Poole in the Women’s Skills Challenge. Both competitions are currently in the Qualification phase with the Men’s running on the 13th and 15th and the Women’s running on the 13th and 14th.
After completing the Fastest Lap and Shooting Accuracy skills Jake Riley is currently sitting in fifth place out of sixteen overall. In the Fastest Lap he scored only one point and finished in ninth place while in the Shooting Accuracy Riley scored three points and finished in third place. Riley currently has four points in total, three behind the leader Natan Vertes from Hungary.
In the Women’s Skills Challenge Madison Poole is currently sitting in second place out of sixteen after completing the Fastest Lap and Shooting Accuracy skills. Poole won the Fastest Lap and scored the maximum five points while in the Shooting Accuracy she finished in fifth place and scored two points. Poole currently has a total of seven points, equal with the leader Sena Takenaka of Japan.
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.