The Melbourne Ice have won the 2018 Hockey Festival’s Warrior Cup, defeating the Melbourne Mustangs 3-2 in the final. The Hockey Festival was hosted at the O’Brien Group Arena by the Melbourne Ice with a round-robin on day one and the playoffs on day two. The top two teams of the round-robin advanced to the final while the bottom two played off for third. The Mustangs finished on top of the standings at the end of day one but fell to the Ice in the final. The Adelaide Adrenaline defeated the CBR Brave in their playoff to pick up third place.
– Melbourne Ice 1-2 Melbourne Mustangs (12:00, 14 April 2018)
– CBR Brave 0-3 Melbourne Ice (13:00, 14 April 2018)
– Adelaide Adrenaline 3-1 CBR Brave (14:00, 14 April 2018)
– Melbourne Mustangs 3-4 SO Adelaide Adrenaline (15:00, 14 April 2018)
– Melbourne Mustangs 3-1 CBR Brave (16:00, 14 April 2018)
– Melbourne Ice 6-2 Adelaide Adrenaline (17:00, 14 April 2018)
– Third place: CBR Brave 2-4 Adelaide Adrenaline (13:00, 15 April 2018)
– Final: Melbourne Ice 3-2 Melbourne Mustangs (14:30, 15 April 2018)
The Melbourne Ice have defeated the Melbourne Mustangs 3-2 in an exhibition match at the O’Brien Group Arena. It is the third year in a row that the Ice have won the annual exhibition game having defeated the Mustangs 8-1 in 2017 and 5-1 in 2016.
– The schedule for the upcoming hockey festival has been released. The festival will be played at the O’Brien Group Arena and will involve the Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs, CBR Brave and Adelaide Adrenaline. For the schedule see the announcement from the Melbourne Ice.
The Melbourne Glaciers have won the 2018 AJIHL playoffs, defeating the Adelaide Generals 3-1 in the final. The Glaciers entered the playoffs in last place in the regular season standings and were drawn against the Perth Sharks in the qualifying round. The Glaciers beat the Sharks 5-4 in a shootout and advanced to the semifinals against the Brisbane Blitz, where they were also forced to a shootout and won 2-1. The Generals advanced to the final after defeating the Sydney Sabres 5-0 in their semifinal and were the defending champion. In the final the Glaciers took a 2-0 lead in the first period and held it until midway through the third with the Generals getting one back. The Glaciers however scored an empty net at the end of the period to claim their first AJIHL Championship.
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.
Round 10 of the 2017-18 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season has finished with all six teams picking up at least one win. The Adelaide Generals finish at the top of the league standings and claim the regular season title for the second year in a row. The Blitz finish the season in second place and pickup the Northern Division title. Tomorrow the playoffs begin with the qualifying finals and semifinals, followed by the grand final on Sunday.
Results (all times local)
– Adelaide Generals 3-0 Sydney Sabres (08:45, 15 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Glaciers 1-3 Sydney Wolf Pack (10:30, 15 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Perth Sharks 4-5 Brisbane Blitz (14:00, 15 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Adelaide Generals 6-5 SO Sydney Wolf Pack (15:45, 15 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Perth Sharks 4-3 Sydney Sabres (08:45, 16 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Glaciers 4-3 Brisbane Blitz (10:30, 16 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Perth Sharks 2-5 Sydney Wolf Pack (12:15, 16 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Adelaide Generals 5-1 Brisbane Blitz (14:00, 16 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Melbourne Glaciers 0-2 Sydney Sabres (15:45, 16 March 2018, O’Brien Group Arena)
– The Ice and Mustangs will compete in an exhibition game at the O’Brien Group Arena on 7 April as part of their pre-season warm up.
– The following week the Ice, Mustangs, Adrenaline and Brave will take part in a hockey festival at the O’Brien Group Arena. The festival will run on 14 and 15 April and feature eight games.
Round 7 of the 2017-18 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Sabres, Perth Sharks, Melbourne Glaciers and Brisbane Blitz. With their two wins from the weekend the Blitz move back into first place in the Northern Division standings, while the Adelaide Generals lead both the Southern Division and the league. Next week the Sharks host the Generals at the Cockburn Ice Arena.
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 2 of the 2017-18 Australian Junior Ice Hockey League season has finished with all four teams in action picking up at least one win. The Adelaide Generals and Sydney Sabres sit at the top of their Division standings, while the Generals lead the league standings with 15 points. Next week the Perth Sharks host the Melbourne Glaciers in a three game series and the Brisbane Blitz travel to Penrith to take on the Sydney Wolf Pack.
Round 2 also saw the Perth Sharks take on the Perth Pelicans in the first of a four game exhibition series. The Sharks won the game 8-1.
Round 2 results
– Adelaide Generals 3–1 Melbourne Glaciers (14:15, 2 December 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Wolf Pack 0–4 Sydney Sabres (15:00, 2 December 2017, Penrith Ice Palace)
– Adelaide Generals 5–3 Melbourne Glaciers (19:45, 2 December 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Adelaide Generals 4–7 Melbourne Glaciers (13:15, 3 December 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Sydney Sabres 2–3 SO Sydney Wolf Pack (15:00, 3 December 2017, Penrith Ice Palace)
– Perth Sharks 8–1 Perth Pelicans (18:15, 1 December 2017, Perth Ice Arena)