The Australian Ice Hockey League have announced the winners of the final threee awards for the 2018 season. The Sydney Bears took out two categories with Anthony Kimlin named goaltender of the year and Ron Kuprowsky named coach of the year. The CBR Brave took out the remaining category with Wehebe Darge named Skaters Network local player of the year.
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.
– Melbourne Ice goaltender Tara Woods has been named the Skaters Network Player of the Month for October. Woods played in the team’s season opener against the Brisbane Goannas and recorded a shutout, making 17 saves.
– The AWIHL officially announced the launch of their new website yesterday. For more information see the article from the IHA.
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.
Melbourne Ice forward Shona Powell has been named the AWIHL Skaters Network Player of the Month for February. Powell finishes the regular season in fifth place in terms of points with nine goals and thirteen assists from seven games.
Round 7 of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with wins for the Sydney Sirens and Melbourne Ice. The Sirens remain on top of the standings, ten points clear of the second place Brisbane Goannas. The Sirens two wins also hands them the 2016-17 regular season title with two games still to play. Competition resumes on 18 February with the Goannas hosting the Ice at Iceworld Boondall.
In other news the Sydney Sirens Stephanie Cochrane has been named the January Skaters Network Player of the Month. Cochrane recorded two goals and two assists in the Sirens January games against the Melbourne Ice.
The Brisbane Goannas goaltender Ashleigh Brown has been named the AWIHL Skaters Network Player of the Month for December. Brown played in one of the two Goannas games in December, earning her first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win against the Adelaide Rush. Brown is currently tied for the lead with the Sydney Sirens Sera Dogramaci in both save percentage and goals against average. Both players currently have a save percentage of 96.6 and a 0.83 goals against average.
Round 4 of the 2016-17 Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Sydney Sirens defeating the Melbourne Ice in both games at the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink. The Sirens remain on top of the standings, seven points clear of the second placed Ice. Next week the Adelaide Rush travel to Queensland to take on the Brisbane Goannas in a double header at Iceworld Boondall.
In other news the Sydney Sirens Sharna Godfrey has been named the seasons first Skaters Network Player of the Month. Heading into Round 4 Godfrey is the leading goal scorer and sits third for total points with eight goals and two assists.
The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League have announced the renewal of their partnership with Skaters Network for the upcoming 2016-17 season. As part of the deal the league will announce an AWIHL Skaters Network Player of the Month over the course of the season. The 2016-17 season gets underway on 29 October with the Sydney Sirens hosting the Adelaide Rush and the Melbourne Ice taking on the Brisbane Goannas in Melbourne.