New Zealand men’s national ice hockey team

New Zealand shutout Melbourne Ice in Game 4 of exhibition series

The Melbourne Ice have lost to the New Zealand national team 0-9 yesterday at the O’Brien Group Arena. The game was the final of four exhibition games that New Zealand are competing in as part of their training camp for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament which is set to begin in Auckland on 4 April.

Schedule
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-4 SO New Zealand (19:00, 24 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 3 – 1 New Zealand (19:00, 25 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 4 New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 0 – 9 New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

Mustangs defeat New Zealand in Game 3 of exhibition series

The Melbourne Mustangs defeated the New Zealand national team 5-4 yesterday at the O’Brien Group Arena. The game was the third of four exhibition games that New Zealand are competing in as part of their training camp for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament which is set to begin in Auckland on 4 April. The remaining game will see New Zealand face-off against the Melbourne Ice again on 30 March.

Schedule
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-4 SO New Zealand (19:00, 24 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 3 – 1 New Zealand (19:00, 25 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 4 New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice – New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

Ice beat New Zealand in Game 2 of exhibition series

The Melbourne Ice defeated the New Zealand national team 3-1 yesterday at the O’Brien Group Arena. The game was the second of four exhibition games that New Zealand will compete in as part of their training camp for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament which is set to begin in Auckland on 4 April. The two remaining games will see New Zealand face-off against the Mustangs again on 28 March and Melbourne Ice on 30 March.

Schedule
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-4 SO New Zealand (19:00, 24 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 3 – 1 New Zealand (19:00, 25 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs – New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice – New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

Mustangs defeat New Zealand in opener of exhibition series

The Melbourne Mustangs have defeated the New Zealand national team 5-4 following a shootout at the O’Brien Group Arena. Tonight’s game was the first of four exhibition games that New Zealand will compete in as part of their training camp for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament which is set to begin in Auckland on 4 April. The three remaining games will see New Zealand face-off against the Melbourne Ice on 25 March and 30 March and against the Mustangs again on the 28th.

Schedule
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-4 SO New Zealand (19:00, 24 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice – New Zealand (19:00, 25 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs – New Zealand (20:00, 28 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice – New Zealand (19:00, 30 March 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

Australia to compete in 2017 Winter Games NZ

The Australian national team will take part in the 2017 Winter Games NZ in a three game series against New Zealand. The games are scheduled for 31 August, 2 September and 3 September at Queenstown Ice Arena. Formally known as the New Zealand Winter Games, the 2017 edition is the fifth of the event with ice hockey previously featured in 2009 and 2011. The 2009 competition saw Australia and New Zealand win a game apiece with New Zealand taking the gold medal in a shootout decider. The 2011 competition increased to three teams with China joining Australia and New Zealand. Australia finished in first place with New Zealand second. For more information see the article on Stuff.co.nz

Ice to also host New Zealand

Following on from the Mustangs announcement the Melbourne Ice have announced that they will also compete in two exhibition games against the New Zealand men’s national team. The games will be held on 25 and 30 March at the O’Brien Group Arena, serving as New Zealand’s warm up for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament.

Mustangs to host New Zealand in two game series

The Melbourne Mustangs will host the New Zealand men’s national team in a two game exhibition series at the O’Brien Group Arena on 24 and 28 March. The games will be held as a warm up for New Zealand who host the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Auckland from 4 to 10 April. New Zealand last visited Australia in April 2015 where they played a three game series against the Perth Thunder, losing one game to two.

2016 World Championships: Australia win Division II Group B

The Australian men’s national team have defeated New Zealand 6-2 in their final game of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B tournament, finishing first in the standings and earning promotion back to Division II Group A for 2017. Anthony Kimlin was named best player of the match and best goaltender of the tournament. Paul Baranzelli was named the tournaments best defenceman and Wehebe Darge was selected as the best Australian player of the tournament and the tournament MVP. In other games of the day Israel beat Bulgaria 5-3 and Mexico defeated North Korea 5-3. Bulgaria, who finished the tournament in last place, is relegated to Division III for 2017.

See also: Mighty Roos claim gold by Trevor Allen at IIHF.com

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

  • Australia 6 – 2 New Zealand (13:00, 15 April 2016, Ice Dome). Game Card

Standings

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Australia 5 4 1 0 0 14
Mexico 5 4 0 1 0 13
Israel 5 2 0 0 3 6
New Zealand 5 2 0 0 3 6
North Korea 5 2 0 0 3 6
Bulgaria 5 0 0 0 5 0

Thunder lose final Tri-Series game

The Perth Thunder have lost the third and final game of the Tri-Series against the New Zealand national team, going down 2-6. Despite the loss the Thunder win the series two games to one. A notable absence from the Thunder roster for Game 3 was Patrick O’Kane who returned to Melbourne after Sundays 7-2 win.

  • Game 1: Perth Thunder 8 – 3 New Zealand (16:30, 4 April 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Game 2: Perth Thunder 7 – 2 New Zealand (16:30, 5 April 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Game 3: Perth Thunder 2 – 6 New Zealand (18:30, 7 April 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card

See our post from 4 April on Games 1 and 2 for the original team line-ups.

Perth Thunder v New Zealand: Game 1 & 2

The Perth Thunder have defeated the New Zealand national team in Games 1 and 2 of the Tri-Series at the Perth Ice Arena. The two wins gives the Thunder the series win with one game to play.

  • Game 1: Perth Thunder 8 – 3 New Zealand (16:30, 4 April 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Game 2: Perth Thunder 7 – 2 New Zealand (16:30, 5 April 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card
  • Game 3: Perth Thunder – New Zealand (18:30, 7 April 2015, Perth Ice Arena). Game Card: Not Available

Team lineups:

No. Name No. Name
Perth Thunder New Zealand
1 Mark McCann 1 Richard Parry
2 Alastair Punler 2 Jamie Lawrence
4 Samuel Wilson 5 Michael Attwell
5 Bradley Young 6 Mitchell Frear
6 Toni Kluuskeri 7 Maxwell Macharg
9 David Ruck 8 Connor Harrison
10 Greg Hyde 9 Berton Hains (C)
11 Kaden Goulds 10 Nicholas Henderson
12 Riccardo Del Basso 11 Jeremy Chai
14 David Kudla 12 Remy Sandoy
15 Carl Pollard 13 Andrew Hay
16 Jonathon Bremner 14 Callum Burns
18 Patrick O’Kane 15 George Coslett
19 Mitchell Levitt 16 Gino Heyd
20 Kieren Webster 17 Dale Harrop
21 Tomas Sak 18 Ian Wannamaker
22 Anthony Nottle 19 Bradley Apps
25 Lyndon Lodge 20 Jaden Pine-Murphy
26 Luc Daigneault 21 Joshua Hay
27 Jamie Woodman 22 Jordan Challis
28 John Caputo 23 Tomas Tappin
29 Daniel Wilkinson 24 Andrew Cox
30 Charlie Smart