Keesha Atkins

2018 AWIHL playoffs

The Melbourne Ice have won the 2018 Joan McKowen Trophy after defeating the Sydney Sirens 4-2 in the grand final. The Ice advanced to the final after defeating the Brisbane Goannas 5-1 in the semifinals while the Sirens progressed with a 7-4 win over the Adelaide Rush. The win gives the Ice their sixth title and first since 2016.

Following the final the league also handed out the player awards. The Sydney Sirens’ Stephenie Cochrane was named the Skaters Network Player of the Year and Erin Beaver won best defenceman. Best goaltender was awarded to Keesha Atkins of the Adelaide Rush and the Rush’s Ashley Pelkey was named best forward. The Melbourne Ice’s Marnie Pullin won the Nellie Gee Rookie of the Year and Jessica Pinkerton was the highest posts scorer.

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Semifinals
– Adelaide Rush 4-7 Sydney Sirens (15:00, 17 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Brisbane Goannas 1-5 Melbourne Ice (17:30, 17 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)

Third place game
– Brisbane Goannas 2-1 Adelaide Rush (14:30, 18 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)

Grand final
– Melbourne Ice 4-2 Sydney Sirens (17:00, 18 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)

Last updated 18 March 2018

2017 U18 Women’s World Championship: Australia promoted

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have won their final game of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Group B Qualification tournament, defeating Romania 10-0. Forward Madison Poole was named best Australian player of the match and goaltender Keesha Atkins best Australian player of the tournament. In the other game of the day Spain defeated Mexico 3-2. Australia finish the tournament in first place and are promoted to Division I Group B for 2018.

For more information on the tournament see the page at IIHF.com.

– Australia 10-0 Romania (16:30, 29 January 2017, Palacio del Hielo Txuri Urdin). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 3 3 0 0 0 9
Spain 3 2 0 0 1 6
Mexico 3 1 0 0 2 3
Romania 3 0 0 0 3 0

Italy defeat Australian U18 Women

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost their second game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Qualification tournament, losing to Italy 0-8. Keesha Atkins was named best Australian player of the match. In other games of the day Great Britain beat Poland 3-1, Kazakhstan shutout Romania 15-0 and Austria defeated China 3-1. After the end of the second round Australia is sitting last in Group B, six points behind leaders Italy, while Kazakhstan lead Group A. The teams now have a rest day and return to the ice on Sunday with Australia taking on Great Britain in the last of their group matches.

For more information see the tournament page at IIHF.com or follow the team on their Facebook page.

  • Australia 0 – 8 Italy (15:15, 8 January 2016, Nockhalle). Game Card

Group A standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 0 6
Austria 2 2 0 0 0 6
China 2 0 0 0 2 0
Romania 2 0 0 0 2 0

Group B standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Italy 2 2 0 0 0 6
Great Britain 2 1 0 0 1 3
Poland 2 1 0 0 1 3
Australia 2 0 0 0 2 0