Melbourne Mustangs

Melbourne Mustangs 2019 roster

The Melbourne Mustangs have released their roster for the 2019 season.

New players to the team include Michael Breedveld (Melbourne Ice), Lachlan Cincotta, Tristian Darling (Dunedin Thunder), Justin Dixon, Thomas Flack (St. Michael’s College), Travis Fullerton (Guildford Flames), Logan Gallacher, Christian Isackson (Wheeling Nailers), Lee Lambert (Blackhawks IHC), Jaxson Lane (Canterbury Red Devils), Maxime Langelier-Parent, Cooper Metcalf, Jaden Pine-Murphy (Melbourne Ice), Parker Thomas (University of Saskatchewan) and Josh Van Douwen.

While dropped from the roster are Ben Davies (Guildford Flames), Brett Ferguson (Guildford Flames), Luke Fisher, Jermaine Joyce (Melbourne Ice), Nikita Kolesnikovs (Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs), Paul Lazzarotto (Melbourne Ice), Nicholas Novysedlak (Sydney Ice Dogs), Petri Pitkänen (Liikunnan Riemu) and Aleksi Toivonen.

Roster
#2 Michael McDowell
#7 Christian Isackson
#8 Andrew Erzen
#9 Jaxson Lane
#10 Gavin Birchler
#11 Matt Stringer
#13 Vadim Virjassov
#14 Michael Breedveld
#15 Jackson McCoy
#16 Troy Robertson
#19 Damien Bright
#20 Thomas Flack
#21 Bradley Apps
#23 Jamie Bourke
#24 Mitch Humphries
#25 Michael McMahon
#26 Tristian Darling
#29 Brendan McDowell
#37 Parker Thomas
#40 Travis Fullerton
#49 Matt Anderson
#51 Sean Jones
#85 Stephen Belic
#86 Jaden Pine-Murphy
#89 Patrick O’Kane
#91 Maxime Langelier-Parent
#97 Lee Lambert
Lachlan Cincotta
Justin Dixon
Logan Gallacher
Josh Van Douwen
Cooper Metcalf

2019 AIHL season: Round 1

Round 1 of the 2019 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Bears, Melbourne Mustangs, Melbourne Ice and CBR Brave. The Mustangs sit at the top of standings, edging out the second placed Brave on goal difference. Next week all eight teams are in action across seven games.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Results (all times local)
– Sydney Bears 8-3 Sydney Ice Dogs (16:45, 20 April 2019, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Adelaide Adrenaline 2-6 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 20 April 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– Adelaide Adrenaline 5-6 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 21 April 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)
– CBR Brave 4-1 Sydney Bears (17:00, 21 April 2019, Macquarie Ice Rink)

Standings

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Mustangs 1 1 0 0 0 3
CBR Brave 1 1 0 0 0 3
Melbourne Ice 1 1 0 0 0 3
Sydney Bears 2 1 0 0 1 3
Sydney Ice Dogs 1 0 0 0 1 0
Adelaide Adrenaline 2 0 0 0 2 0
Newcastle Northstars 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perth Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated 21 April 2019

Mustangs defeat Ice in exhibition match

The Melbourne Mustangs have defeated the Melbourne Ice 4-2 in an exhibition match at the O’Brien Icehouse. The win for the Mustangs breaks the Ice’s three year winning steak of their annual exhibition game.

– Melbourne Mustangs 4-2 Melbourne Ice (13 April 2019, O’Brien Icehouse)

Hockey X 2019

The Melbourne Mustangs have won Hockey X 2019’s Warrior Cup, defeating the Melbourne Ice 3-1. Hockey X 2019 was an invitational tournament hosted by the Melbourne Ice at the O’Brien Icehouse. The tournament was first held in 2018 under the name of Hockey Festival: Melbourne and features eight short form games over two days. The CBR Brave, Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs all returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland All-Stars make their first appearance at the tournament while the Adelaide Adrenaline didn’t receive an invite after appearing in 2018.

Brendan McDowell of the Melbourne Mustangs was named best player of the tournament and Logan Gallacher, also from the Mustangs, was named best junior player.

Further information:
Hockey X website

Round-robin
– Melbourne Ice 2-4 Melbourne Mustangs (13:15, 30 March 2019)
– Queensland All-Stars 1-2 Melbourne Ice (14:15, 30 March 2019)
– Queensland All-Stars 2-3 SO CBR Brave (15:15, 30 March 2019)
– Melbourne Mustangs 4-1 CBR Brave (18:00, 30 March)
– Melbourne Mustangs 8-0 Queensland All-Stars (19:00, 30 March 2019)
– Melbourne Ice 6-0 CBR Brave (20:00, 30 March 2019)

Playoffs
– Third place game: CBR Brave 3-0 Queensland All-Stars (13:00, 31 March 2019)
– Grand final: Melbourne Mustangs 3-1 Melbourne Ice (14:30, 31 March 2019)

Round-robin standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Melbourne Mustangs 3 3 0 0 9
Melbourne Ice 3 2 0 1 6
CBR Brave 3 0 1 2 2
Queensland All-Stars 3 0 1 2 1

Last updated 31 March 2019

Ice Dogs sign Novysedlak

The Sydney Ice Dogs have announced the signing of Australian goaltender Nicholas Novysedlak for the 2019 season. Novysedlak has played ten games in the AIHL since joining in 2010 and averages a 0.842 save percentage and 5.38 goals against average. He has previously played for the Gold Coast Blue Tongues, Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs. For more information see the announcement from the club.

Mustangs sign Fullerton and Isackson

The Melbourne Mustangs have announced the signing of goaltender Travis Fullerton and forward Christian Isackson for the upcoming 2019 season. Fullerton has spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Guildford Flames in the Elite Ice Hockey League where he currently has a 0.908 save percentage from 22 games. Isackson started the 2018-19 season playing for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL before being released after one game.

In other news the Mustangs have signed on Isuzu Australia as a sponsor for the 2019 season.

AIHL news: 14 January 2019

Melbourne Ice/Melbourne Mustangs
– The Ice have announced that goaltender Jaden Pine-Murphy has left the club to join the Melbourne Mustangs in order to push for their starting goaltender position. Pine-Murphy played 72 games for the Ice from 2013 to 2018, averaging a save percentage of 0.890. For more information see the announcement from the club.