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AJIHL news: 8 October 2017

The start of the 2017-18 season is getting closer however the AJIHL have yet to announce the full season schedule and the participating teams. Here is what we know so far:

Teams
– The Adelaide Generals have held a training camps on 22 September, 29 September and 5 October.
– The Brisbane Blitz will be holding training camps on 25 October and 1 November.
– The Melbourne Glaciers are expected to return for the 2017-18 season.
– The Perth Sharks will again represent Western Australia in the league. Ice Hockey WA have also mentioned they may reform the Perth Pelicans as an exhibition team which will play games against the Sharks between AJIHL tournaments.
– Currently no confirmation on the Sydney teams however Brisbane have two Sydney tournaments scheduled for December.

Schedule
– Adelaide tournament: 21-22 October. Venue: Adelaide Ice Arena. Known participants: Adelaide Generals, Melbourne Glaciers
– Perth tournament: 9-10 December. Venue: Unknown. Known participants: Adelaide Generals, Perth Sharks
– Sydney tournament #1: 9-10 December. Venue: Unknown. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Sydney tournament #2: 16-17 December. Venue: Unknown. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Brisbane tournament #1: 24-25 February. Venue: Iceworld Boondall. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Brisbane tournament #2: 10-11 March. Venue: Iceworld Boondall. Known participants: Brisbane Blitz
– Finals: 15-18 March. Venue: O’Brien Group Arena

In other news Sebastian Gobeil has been announced as the head coach for the Brisbane Blitz for the upcoming season. Gobeil was the teams assistant coach last season and replaces Darryl Dunsford in the head coach role. The Blitz are expected to announce the rest of the management team in the coming weeks.

2017 AW2SCS: Finals

The finals of the 2017 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Show Case Series have finished with Western Australia defeating the New South Wales Bombers 7-1 in the grand final. The win gives Western Australia their first AW2SCS title, having finished third last season. The Melbourne Dragons finished in third place after defeating the Canberra Pirates in a shootout and the Brisbane Blaze finished fifth after beating the Adelaide Valkyries 3-0. The finals were held at the O’Brien Group Arena and saw each team compete in two games against two teams outside of their own division to complete the regular season. Following the completion of the regular season the teams progressed to the playoffs with qualifying based on their final position in the league standings.

Following the playoffs Western Australia competed in an exhibition game against the Melbourne Ice Women. The Ice won the game 3-2. The game was held as part of Western Australia’s bid to enter the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League in the 2018-19 season.

For more information see the eSportsdesk webpage and the competition’s Facebook page. Also see Thor Technology’s Youtube page for the grand final between Western Australia and the New South Wales Bombers.

Regular season
– Melbourne Dragons 1-2 Brisbane Blaze (13:15, 23 September 2017)
– Adelaide Valkyries 0-9 New South Wales Bombers (14:30, 23 September 2017)
– Western Australia 10-1 Canberra Pirates (15:45, 23 September 2017)
– Brisbane Blaze 7-0 Adelaide Valkyries (17:00, 23 September 2017)
– New South Wales Bombers 2-13 Western Australia (18:15, 23 September 2017)
– Canberra Pirates 2-3 Melbourne Dragons (19:30, 23 September 2017)

Playoffs
– SF1: Western Australia 7-1 Melbourne Dragons (20:45, 23 September 2017)
– SF2: New South Wales Bombers 2-1 Canberra Pirates (10:00, 23 September 2017)
– 5th/6th Placement: Brisbane Blaze 3-0 Adelaide Valkyries (13:15, 24 September 2017)
– BMG: Melbourne Dragons 2-1 SO Canberra Pirates (14:30, 24 September 2017)
– GMG: Western Australia 7-1 New South Wales Bombers (15:45, 24 September 2017)

Exhibition
– Melbourne Ice Women 3-2 Western Australia (17:00, 24 September 2017)

League standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Western Australia 10 10 0 0 20
New South Wales Bombers 10 7 1 2 15
Canberra Pirates 10 4 1 5 9
Melbourne Dragons 10 4 0 6 8
Brisbane Blaze 10 3 0 7 6
Adelaide Valkyries 10 1 0 9 2

East Division standings

Team GP W T L PTS
New South Wales Bombers 10 7 1 2 15
Canberra Pirates 10 4 1 5 9
Brisbane Blaze 10 3 0 7 6

Western Division standings

Team GP W T L PTS
Western Australia 10 10 0 0 20
Melbourne Dragons 10 4 0 6 8
Adelaide Valkyries 10 1 0 9 2

Note: Games consist of three 18 minute periods with no stop clock and a two minute break between periods. The competition is open to players over the age of 14 however AWIHL players must have league approval before competing.

Last updated 24 September 2017

2017 AIHL playoffs

The 2017 AIHL playoffs have finished with the Melbourne Ice defeating the CBR Brave 4-1. The win gives the Ice their fourth Goodall Cup and their first since 2012. The Ice progressed to the final after defeating the Melbourne Mustangs 4-2 in the semifinals while the Brave defeated the Perth Thunder 6-2 in their semifinal. For the fifth year running the finals are sponsored by Air Canada.

The Melbourne Ice’s Sebastian Ottosson was named the finals most valuable player. Also announced was Skaters Network Local Player of the Year which was awarded to Joey Hughes of the Melbourne Ice.

For more information the AIHL website.

– SF1: Melbourne Mustangs 2–4 Melbourne Ice (15:00, 2 September 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– SF2: CBR Brave 6–2 Perth Thunder (18:00, 2 September 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– GF: CBR Brave 1–4 Melbourne Ice (15:00, 3 September 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)

Last updated 3 September 2017

2017 AIHL season: Round 18

The final round of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Perth Thunder, Melbourne Ice, Sydney Ice Dogs and Sydney Bears. The Ice finish the regular season in first place on 71 points, 14 ahead of the second placed Thunder. Next week are the Goodall Cup playoffs with the Ice taking on the Mustangs and the Thunder playing the Brave in the two semifinals.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 18 results:
– Adelaide Adrenaline 3-11 Perth Thunder (16:30, 26 August 2017, Perth Ice Arena)
– CBR Brave 2-5 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 26 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 3-2 Newcastle Northstars (17:00, 26 August 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Melbourne Mustangs 5-6 Sydney Bears (17:00, 26 August 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– CBR Brave 2-5 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 27 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Adelaide Adrenaline 1-12 Perth Thunder (16:30, 27 August 2017, Perth Ice Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 2-4 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 27 August 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)

Standings at the end of Round 18:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 28 22 2 1 3 71
Perth Thunder 28 16 3 3 6 57
CBR Brave 28 13 3 1 11 46
Melbourne Mustangs 28 11 2 3 12 40
Sydney Ice Dogs 28 12 0 0 16 36
Sydney Bears 28 8 3 3 14 33
Newcastle Northstars 28 7 3 3 15 30
Adelaide Adrenaline 28 6 1 3 18 26

Last updated 27 August 2017

2017 AIHL season: Round 17

Round 17 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Bears, CBR Brave, Melbourne Ice and Perth Thunder. The Ice maintain their 14 point lead at the top of the standings while the Brave and Mustangs secure the final two playoff spots. Next week all eight teams are in action across seven games for the final round of the 2017 regular season.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 17 results:
– Sydney Bears 3-2 SO Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 19 August 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– CBR Brave 8-1 Newcastle Northstars (17:00, 19 August 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Melbourne Ice 4-1 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 19 August 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Perth Thunder 5-4 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 19 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Perth Thunder 5-1 Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 20 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 6-4 Newcastle Northstars (16:00, 20 August 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Sydney Bears 3-0 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 20 August 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– CBR Brave 6-1 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 20 August 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)

Standings at the end of Round 17:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 26 20 2 1 3 65
Perth Thunder 26 14 3 3 6 51
CBR Brave 26 13 3 1 9 46
Melbourne Mustangs 26 11 2 3 10 40
Sydney Ice Dogs 26 10 0 0 16 30
Sydney Bears 27 7 3 3 14 30
Newcastle Northstars 27 7 3 3 14 30
Adelaide Adrenaline 26 6 1 3 16 23

Last updated 20 August 2017

2017 AIHL season: Round 15

Round 15 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League has finished with wins for the Sydney Bears, Adelaide Adrenaline, Melbourne Ice, Sydney Ice Dogs and Perth Thunder. The Ice remain on top of the standings, eleven points clear of the second placed Thunder. The Thunder are the second team to qualify for the 2017 Goodall Cup playoffs while the Adrenaline are now officially out of finals contention. Next week five teams are in action across four games while the Thunder, Adrenaline and Bears sit the round out on a bye.

The round also saw the Adelaide Adrenaline wearing an Adelaide Avalanche themed jersey as part of their heritage round. For more information see club’s weekend rundown article and the Adrenaline’s Facebook page on how to bid for one of the jerseys.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 15 results:
– Sydney Bears 5-3 Sydney Ice Dogs (20:00, 4 August 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Perth Thunder 3-4 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 5 August 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Newcastle Northstars 4-7 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 5 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 4-2 CBR Brave (17:30, 5 August 2017, Phillip Ice Skating Centre)
– Newcastle Northstars 1-4 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 6 August 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Perth Thunder 4-2 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 6 August 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)

Standings at the end of Round 15:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 22 17 2 1 2 56
Perth Thunder 24 12 3 3 6 45
CBR Brave 22 10 3 1 8 37
Melbourne Mustangs 22 9 2 3 8 34
Sydney Ice Dogs 23 10 0 0 13 30
Newcastle Northstars 24 7 3 3 11 30
Sydney Bears 25 6 2 3 14 25
Adelaide Adrenaline 24 6 1 2 15 22

Last updated 6 August 2017

2017 AIHL season: Round 14

Round 14 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Perth Thunder, Melbourne Ice, CBR Brave, Melbourne Mustangs and Newcastle Northstars. The Ice remain on top of the standings, eight points clear of the second placed Thunder. The Ice are also the first team to qualify for the 2017 Goodall Cup playoffs after their second win of the weekend. Next week seven teams are in action across six games while the Mustangs sit the round out on a bye.

The round also saw the Melbourne Ice hold a Swedish themed day on 30 July. The Swedish theme included the Ice wearing a blue and gold coloured variant of their jersey.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 14 results:
– Melbourne Mustangs 2-3 SO Perth Thunder (16:30, 29 July 2017, Perth Ice Arena)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 1-4 Melbourne Ice (17:00, 29 July 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– CBR Brave 7-4 Sydney Bears (17:00, 29 July 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Sydney Ice Dogs 2-4 Melbourne Ice (16:00, 30 July 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Mustangs 4-1 Perth Thunder (16:30, 30 July 2017, Perth Ice Arena)
– Sydney Bears 4-7 Newcastle Northstars (17:00, 30 July 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)

Standings at the end of Round 14:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 20 15 2 1 2 50
Perth Thunder 22 11 3 3 5 42
CBR Brave 21 10 3 1 7 37
Melbourne Mustangs 22 9 2 3 8 34
Newcastle Northstars 22 7 3 3 9 30
Sydney Ice Dogs 21 9 0 0 12 27
Sydney Bears 24 5 2 3 14 22
Adelaide Adrenaline 22 5 1 2 14 19

Last updated 30 July 2017

2017 AIHL season: Round 13

Round 13 of the 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the CBR Brave, Melbourne Mustangs, Melbourne Ice, Newcastle Northstars and Sydney Ice Dogs. The Ice remain on top of the standings, four points clear of the second placed Thunder. Next week seven teams are in action across six games while the Adrenaline sit the round out on a bye.

Round 13 was also the league’s pride round which was held to help raise awareness for the LGBTIQ community. As part of the round the Mustangs wore a pride themed rainbow jersey in their Saturday game against the Northstars.

For more information see the AIHL website.

Round 13 results:
– CBR Brave 10-5 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:30, 22 July 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Newcastle Northstars 3-6 Melbourne Mustangs (17:00, 22 July 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 4-3 Sydney Bears (17:00, 22 July 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)
– Newcastle Northstars 4-1 Melbourne Mustangs (16:00, 23 July 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– CBR Brave 4-1 Adelaide Adrenaline (16:00, 23 July 2017, Adelaide Ice Arena)
– Melbourne Ice 3-4 Sydney Ice Dogs (17:00, 23 July 2017, Macquarie Ice Rink)

Standings at the end of Round 13:

Team GP W SOW SOL L PTS
Melbourne Ice 18 13 2 1 2 44
Perth Thunder 20 11 2 3 4 40
CBR Brave 20 9 3 1 7 34
Melbourne Mustangs 20 8 2 2 8 30
Sydney Ice Dogs 19 9 0 0 10 27
Newcastle Northstars 21 6 3 3 9 27
Sydney Bears 22 5 2 3 12 22
Adelaide Adrenaline 22 5 1 2 14 19

Last updated 23 July 2017