Nikki Sharp

Sharp and Langille qualify for 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Nikki Sharp and Riley Langille have both qualified for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games’ Individual Skills Challenge after posting the highest scores among Australia’s qualifiers. Sharp’s qualifying score was also highest in the world women’s ranking, while Langille ranked 34th in the men’s ranking. Australia currently has two allocated positions at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games but are hoping to be allocated more places based on time. In the women’s ranking Ebony Brunt, Molly Lukowiak and Courtney Mahoney ranked 25th, 44th and 78th respectively. In the men’s ranking Sai Lake came in at 84th.

Further information:
Ice Hockey Australia post
YOG Skills Challenge Results on IIHF.com
Global Skills Challenge – Ranking Women on IIHF.com
Global Skills Challenge – Ranking Men on IIHF.com

2019 U18 Women’s World Championship: Australia finish fourth

The Australian women’s national under-18 team have lost 2-6 to Chinese Taipei in their bronze medal match of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Group B Qualification tournament. Nikki Sharp was named best Australian player of the match and Emily Davis-Tope was selected as best Australian player of the tournament. In the other games played Spain shutout Turkey 7-0 in their placement game to finish fifth and South Korea beat Kazakhstan 4-3 after a shootout to win the gold medal and earn promotion to Division I Group B for 2020.

Further information:
Australia Women U18 Facebook page
Tournament page at IIHF.com (includes livestream details)

Playoffs schedule
– Placement 5th-7th: Turkey 1-0 Mexico (13:00, 16 January 2019)
– Semifinal 1: South Korea 5-2 Australia (16:30, 16 January 2019)
– Semifinal 2: Kazakhstan 3-1 Chinese Taipei (20:00, 16 January 2019)
– Placement 5th-6th: Turkey 0-7 Spain (13:00, 18 January 2019)
– Bronze: Chinese Taipei 6-2 Australia (16:30, 18 January 2019)
– Gold: Kazakhstan 3-4 SO South Korea (20:00, 18 January 2019)

Final standings
– 1. South Korea
– 2. Kazakstan
– 3. Chinese Taipei
– 4. Australia
– 5. Spain
– 6. Turkey
– 7. Mexico

Preliminary round: Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 0 6
Australia 2 1 0 0 1 3
Turkey 2 0 0 0 2 0

Preliminary round: Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS
South Korea 3 3 0 0 0 9
Chinese Taipei 3 1 1 0 1 5
Spain 3 1 0 1 1 4
Mexico 3 0 0 0 3 0