2017 AIHL Review – Week 4 v2.0

Well that was quite the weekend of hockey, right?  It certainly looked like some of the coaches certainly had a chat to their boys, and results varied greatly.  Let’s see what this weeks AIHL Review is like.

Mustangs 0 @ Ice 9, Saturday

I’m wondering if Coach Frantzen got his team to do some reading during the week to fire up his players.  Regardless, it worked an absolute treat.  Joey Hughes with the hat trick, Webster and Backman with two goals apiece, Ethan Cornford with half a dozen penalty minutes, six goals in the third period …. I guess it was league leaders against the cellar dwellers, so what did we expect?

Thunder 4 @ Northstars 1, Saturday

And I said this would go to a shootout!  Three goals from the Thunder in the third (one of which was an empty netter) sealed the win for the visitors from Perth.  Christian Ouellet scored two goals in his AIHL début (including the game winner) with Bernard and Breault with two points each for the victors.  The lone Northstars goal was scored by Harcharik on the power play at the start of the third.

Adrenaline 3 (SO) @ Bears 2, Saturday

Matt “Guitar” Murphy (I’m giving him this nickname after this guy) with 45 saves in his first AIHL appearance lead the Adrenaline to shootout win over the Bears.  Cam Critchlow continued his fine scoring touch with yet another goal, and Greg Oddy is creeping closer to 600 AIHL points with a goal as well.  Noseworthy and Brewer with the goals for the home team.

Adrenaline 7 @ Mustangs 3, Sunday

Greg Oddy scored his 600th career point in the second consecutive demolition of the Mustangs.  The milestone clicked over when Oddy got the assist on Ales Kratoska’s power play goal at 15:17 of the third period.  Josef Rezek scored a hat trick, and Cam Critchlow took outright lead of the AIHL scoring table with a goal and three assists.  Max Langelier-Parent scored two goals and an assist for the Mustangs, who managed to pile on 35 shots in a losing effort.

Thunder 4 @ Bears 8, Sunday

Three goals within 56 seconds powered the Bears to victory over the Thunder.  Jackson Brewer scored 4 points (1 G, 3 A) and Tomas Landa got two goals and an assist for the Bears, while Jessyko Bernard scored two goals and two assists for Perth.  The most amazing thing about this game was how polite it was – only four penalty minutes the entire game, and both of those going against the Thunder.

Ice Dogs 4 @ Northstars 2, Sunday

Rory Rawlyk scored a hat trick and Damien Ketlo made 48 saves on 50 shots as the Ice Dogs defeated the Northstars in Newcastle.  Scott Stephenson picked up the other goal as well as an assist for the Ice Dogs, while Jonatan Ruth and Joe Harcharik scored for the Northstars.

2017 AIHL Review – Week 4

This weekend’s games delivered a varied range of outcomes across the country, from shootout wins to goalfests.  How did your team go?  Let’s have a look at what happened with this week’s AIHL Review of Week 4.

Bears 5 (SO) @ Thunder 4, Saturday

This was a close game, with the Bears coming out on top in a shootout.  Schlamp scored a power play goal at 1:15 of the third, and Nick Rivait scored to tie it with 33 seconds to go after the Thunder were up 4-2 with 12 minutes to go.  Cameron Todd scored two goals for the Bears, while Rob Haselhurst had a goal and an assist for the Thunder.  Anthony Kimlin made 22 saves on 26 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.846 to earn the shootout win, while Peter Di Salvo made 40 saves on 44 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.909.

Ice 2 @ Mustangs 1, Saturday

The Ice take the first Derby of the year in a game that could be summed up as a goalie battle – Dayne Davis and Nic Novysedlak played amazing games.  Dayne Davis got the win for the Ice, making 22 saves on 23 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.957 and making some amazing saves.  Nic Novysedlak made 34 saves on 36 shots, for a 0.944 Save Percentage and worked his heart out the whole game.  Jeremy Brown scored both of the Ice goals, and Bourke scored his 100th AIHL goal for the only Mustangs goal.

Northstars 3 @ Brave 4, Saturday

Well, the Brave tried their best to lose this one, as they gave up a 3-1 lead in the third period to the Northstars.  But with 45 seconds to go, Wudrick puts the Brave ahead and seal the win.  Brian Bales for the Brave scored 4 points (1 G, 3 A), and Felix Poulin scored 2 goals for Newcastle.  At the end of the first, both Matthew Harvey and Hamish Powell were ejected for fighting, but the rest of the game only had 16 penalty minutes so it wasn’t the angry game fighting ejections usually indicate.

Adrenaline 1 @ Ice Dogs 5, Saturday

The Ice Dogs got the jump on the Adrenaline as they got out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the second, and eventually ran out winners 5-1.  Grant Toulmin and Dave Upton both had a goal and an assist each.  Ellisse Carini finished the scoring with the empty netter right at the end.  A positive for Adelaide was Cam Critchlow, continuing his scoring streak and going bar down for the lone Adrenaline goal.  Damien Ketlo was the winning goalie for Sydney, making 31 saves on 32 shots, for a 0.969 Save Percentage.   Peter King was the losing goalie for the Adrenaline, making 28 saves on 32 shots, for a Save Percentage of 0.875.

Adrenaline 5 @ Mustangs 9, Sunday

Well this was a crazy game.  Fourteen goals scored, two power play goals, two Mustangs short-handed goals, no hat tricks, Damien Bright’s 100th AIHL game, and Nic Novysedlak wins his first AIHL game in just over two years (his last win was on the 10th of May, 2015).  Jamie Bourke and Brendan McDowell scored a pair of goals each for the Mustangs, and Cam Critchlow continued his good scoring form with a goal and an assist.  Probably the strangest thing about this game is, if you took out the first period (which ended 4-1), this was a one-goal game.  With this win, all teams have now won a game this season.

Bears 2 @ Thunder 3 (SO), Sunday

The Bears and Thunder play their third shootout result in a row, with Perth taking the result in this one.  Simon Kudla scored first for the Thunder, followed by a terrific end-to-end run by Rob Haselhurst to make it 2-0 (with goalie Peter Di Salvo getting an assist on the goal).  Tomas Landa picked up a loose puck to bring the Bears to within a goal, and Jackson Brewer was left unmarked on the back post for the Bears for the equaliser.  Di Salvo stopped all three shootout attempts, and Ben Breault was the lone shootout scorer to win it.

Northstars 4 @ Ice Dogs 3, Sunday

Newcastle managed to hold off a fast-finishing Ice Dogs, winning 4-3 in Macquarie.  Matt Marantz scored two goals  and Stephen Kuhn chipped in with three assists.  For the Ice Dogs, Strat Allen picked up two goals and an assist, Grant Toulmin with a goal and an assist, and David Upton with three assists.  Odd statistic – the Northstars have five players in the top eight scorers in the League, but have only two regulation wins.

2017 AIHL Week 3 – Review

Week 3 of the 2017 AIHL season is now behind us, and it left me with the question: Are the Mustangs still in the league?  This is their second week off in a row, and they could very well be a different team when they play the Ice next week.  But rather than dwelling on the teams that didn’t play, let’s see how things turned out for those that did in this week’s AIHL Review.

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2017 AIHL Week 2 – Review

So Week Two finally got all teams playing in the League, so we have now had a look at how every team has played.  And with the exception of the Mustangs, all teams have had their first taste of sweet, sweet victory in 2017.  And I’m sure it’s not going to be long before the Mustangs join the rest of the competition in the victor’s circle (I’m staying away from a “Viktor’s circle” pun).

So this is how the weekend went down:

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