– The Ice have announced the re-signing of Canadian forward Christina Julien for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Julien has spent the last two seasons playing for the Ice and has recorded 49 points in 23 regular season games. For more information see the announcement from the club
The Melbourne Ice have won the 2018 Joan McKowen Trophy after defeating the 4-2 Sydney Sirens 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.
The final round of the 2017-18 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Brisbane Goannas and Melbourne Ice both picking up a win each in their double header. The regular season finishes with the Sydney Sirens in first place, six points ahead of the Melbourne Ice. The Brisbane Goannas finish in third, edging the Adelaide Rush with less goals against in games between the two teams. Competition resumes on 17 March with the playoffs being held at the O’Brien Group Arena. In the semifinals the Sirens will take on the Rush and the Ice will play the Goannas.
Round 8 of the 2017-18 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with both the Melbourne Ice and Sydney Sirens picking up a win from the double header. The loss for the Sirens in game one is their first since February 2016 where they lost the AWIHL final to the Ice in a shootout. The Sirens remain on top of the standings, six points clear of the second placed Ice. Next week there are no regular season games but the Sydney Sirens host the Perth Inferno in a two game exhibition series in Canterbury and Liverpool.
Round 6 of the 2017-18 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Sirens and Melbourne Ice. The Sirens currently sit on top of the standings, six points clear of the second placed Ice. Competition resumes on 3 February with the Brisbane Goannas hosting the Adelaide Rush in a double header at Iceworld Boondall.
Round 4 of the 2017-18 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League has finished with the Melbourne Ice taking both wins over the Adelaide Rush at the O’Brien Group Arena. The Sydney Sirens remain at the top of the standings, edging out the Ice on win percentage. Next week the Sydney Sirens host the Brisbane Goannas in a double header in Canterbury and Liverpool.
Round 3 of the 2017-18 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Sydney Sirens defeating the Melbourne Ice in both games at the O’Brien Group Arena. The Sirens remain undefeated and now sit six points clear at the top of the standings. Competition resumes on 2 December with the Adelaide Rush hosting the Melbourne Ice in a double header.
– Melbourne Ice goaltender Tara Woods has been named the Skaters Network Player of the Month for October. Woods played in the team’s season opener against the Brisbane Goannas and recorded a shutout, making 17 saves.
– The AWIHL officially announced the launch of their new website yesterday. For more information see the article from the IHA.