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    Saturday, 17-05-2008
    Melbourne Ice - Sydney Bears; 3-4
    1-0 11:49 M. Beaton (L. Webster) PP
    1-1 13:23 V. Rubes (M. Wand, J. Gribben) PP
    1-2 20:26 B. Nelson-Bond (A. Esposito, J. Gribben) PP
    1-3 30:20 V. Rubes (J. Gribben, R. Franchini) PP
    2-3 31:54 M. Beaton (S. Corbett, T. Powell) SH
    2-4 32:25 M. Schlamp (Vl. Stransky, J. Gribben)
    3-4 35:36 T. Powell (M. Beaton, S. Corbett)

    Gk: S. Denman - J. Daugulis; SVS: 14 - 27
    Pen: 9x2 +1x10 - 6x2

    Canberra Knights - Newcastle Northstars; 2-3 SO
    1-0 00:45 J. Falin (unassisted)
    1-1 05:26 G. Andre (C. Nicholson, R. Starke) PP
    1-2 29:07 C. Nicholson (BJ. Pelkey, G. Andre)
    2-2 43:12 M. Rummukainen (A. Clayworth, M. Raita)

    Gk: L. Fiveash - M. Ezzy; SVS: 29 - 20
    Pen: 7x2 - 8x2

    Adelaide Avalanche - Central Coast Rhinos; 3-4 SO
    1-0 02:20 G. Oddy (J. Keane)
    2-0 10:09 K. Crowder (B. Sannemo, M. Villani)
    2-1 19:40 J. Omark (unassisted)
    2-2 40:18 L. Hackett (unassisted) PP
    2-3 42:54 D. Shaw (S. Kummu, J. Omark)
    3-3 43:14 M. Villani (D. Manning, K. Crowder)
    3-4 45:00 SO

    Gk: O. Martin - M. Cleasson; SVS: 20 - 26
    Pen: 6x2 + 1x10 - 2x2 + 1x10

    Sunday, 18-05-2008
    Melbourne Ice - Central Coast Rhinos; 6-4
    1-0 04:27 K. Teague (R. Tremblay, L. Webster)
    2-0 08:38 G. Sturrock (S. Hardy, G. Mayer)
    3-0 11:53 V. Hughes (T. Powell, I. Skenderjia) PP
    3-1 24:49 S. Adams (S. Cole-Clark)
    3-2 30:37 J. Omark (K. Klym, B. Nicholson) PP
    4-2 34:15 L. Webster (unassisted)
    4-3 36:12 K. Klym (B. Nicholson)
    4-4 37:04 K. Klym (D. Shaw)
    5-4 43:06 L. Webster (D. Ferguson) PP
    6-4 44:59 T. Powell (I. Skenderjia) EN

    Gk: S. Denman - M. Cleasson; SVS: 19 - 25
    Pen: 7x2 - 11x2

    Newcastle Northstars - West Sydney Ice Dogs; 2-3 SO
    0-1 09:18 B. Thomas (J. Zvonicek)
    1-1 27:26 C. Nicholson (R. Starke, M. Carberry) PP
    1-2 31:23 S. Herbert (M. Barrett, T. Sheddon)
    2-2 39:37 M. Carberry (C. Nicholson) SH
    2-3 SO

    Gk: M. Ezzy - B. Luker; SVS: 28 - 27
    Pen: 5x2 - 7x2 + 1x10

    Adelaide Avalanche - Sydney Bears; 3-4
    0-1 03:02 V. Rubes (Vl. Stransky) PP
    1-1 09:38 J. Keane (B. Sannemo, G. Oddy)
    1-2 20:39 M. Schlamp (Vl. Stransky, V. Rubes) PP
    1-3 21:47 V. Rubes (R. Franchini)
    2-3 25:43 J. Keane (P. Lindgren)
    3-3 31:58 G. Oddy (P. Lindgren)
    3-4 42:01 A. Esposito (Vl. Stransky, V. Rubes)

    Gk: C. Elf - J. Daugulis; SVS: 21 - 24
    Pen: 5x2 + 1x10 - 3x2

    Melbourne Ice lost to Sydney once again in what had to be one of the most boring games in history, I voluntarily left at the end of the 2nd to go home and help look after our newborn (yes it was that bad).
    Newcastle ended its losing streak with new import Colin Nicholson showing some real promise.
    Cleasson had a whale of a game in Adelaide, shutting down all the Avalanche shooters in the shootout.

    On Sunday, Melbourne once again played a rather uninspired game against a very good Rhinos squad, they added an empty netter to make the score respectable.
    Todd Stephenson notched a shootout winner against Newcastle.
    And unfortunately, people in Adelaide are only just mastering rudimentary long distance communications (ie. smoke signals) so all I know is the score.
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    New import has arrived for Canberra Knights. Matti Luoma has arrived from HC Salamat of Mestis. He's a beanpole and has oodles of talent. I've only seen a glimpse of what he has to offer but I certainly think Knights fans should be excited. He should be one of the top imports in the AIHL this year (I haven't seen Nicholson yet but I've heard he is half decent).

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    Saturday, 24-05-2008
    Adelaide Avalanche - Canberra Knights; 3 - 2 SO

    1-0 02:31 G. Oddy (unassisted)
    2-0 25:30 K. Crowder (G. Oddy, D. Huxley) PP
    2-1 31:33 M. Lliona (J. Kitchen, M. Rummukainen) PP
    2-2 34:57 J. Falin (M. Raita, J. Kitchen) PP
    3-2 45:00 SO

    Gk: C. Elf - T. Kela; SVS: 25 - 22
    Pen: 4x2 + 1x10 - 7x2 + 3x10

    Newcastle Northstars - West Sydney Ice Dogs; 4 - 5 SO
    1-0 03:08 R. Starke (C. Nicholson, BJ. Pelkey)
    1-1 04:28 F. Angyal (B. Thomas, D. Dunwoodie)
    1-2 09:17 F. Angyal (B. Thomas, D. Dunwoodie)
    2-2 10:28 C. Nicholson (M. Carberry)
    2-3 19:00 F. Angyal (T. Sheddon, B. Thomas) PP
    3-3 21:29 G. Buckley (C. Minson)
    4-3 32:46 C. Nicholson (BJ. Pelkey, M. Carberry)
    4-4 44:14 T. Sheddon (C. Sekura, F. Angyal)
    4-5 45:00 SO

    Gk: M. Ezzy - J. Herbert; SVS: 20 - 30
    Pen: 4x2 +1x5 + 1x10 - 5x2 + 1x5 + 1x10

    Sunday, 25-05-2008
    West Sydney Ice Dogs - Newcastle Northstars; 1-3

    0-1 14:41 M. Carberry (C. Nicholson, R. Starke) PP
    1-1 17:46 M. Barrett (A. Wilson, F. Angyal) PP
    1-2 21:16 BJ. Pelkey (G. Buckley, M. Price)
    1-3 44:08 BJ. Pelkey (unassisted)

    Gk: B. Luker - M. Ezzy; SVS: 24 - 24
    Pen: 5x2 +1x10 - 1x2

    Melbourne Ice - Canberra Knights; 2 - 3 SO
    0-1 07:26 J. Kitchen (A. Clayworth, M. Lliona) PP
    1-1 13:23 L. Webster (R. Tremblay, I. Skenderjia) PP
    2-1 28:27 R. Tremblay (K. Teague, L. Webster)
    2-2 37:53 M. Lliona (J. Falin, J. Kitchen) PP
    2-3 45:00 SO

    Gk: D. Phillips - T. Kela; SVS: 18 - 32
    Pen: 8x2 + 1x10 - 4x2
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    Seems to me the scores are looking somewhat lower and closer than in past seasons... is this true, and if so would this have something to do with improved quality of goaltending, better defense tactics or just reduced offensive capability?
    At least, I'm looking at this and I'm thinking we might not be seeing players at the end of the season now averaging 3 or 4 points per game...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steigs View Post
    Seems to me the scores are looking somewhat lower and closer than in past seasons... is this true, and if so would this have something to do with improved quality of goaltending, better defense tactics or just reduced offensive capability?
    At least, I'm looking at this and I'm thinking we might not be seeing players at the end of the season now averaging 3 or 4 points per game...
    Well I don't know about 4 points a game but the last couple years the top two or three players (generally imports) get about 3 points a game. Then there is a step down and the next best players (usually locals such as Oddy, Rubes, Webster) average about 2 points per game.
    Webster, Oddy and Stransky are all hovering at about the 2.5 mark while some imports like Kummu, Angyal, Tremblay, Royer, Lliona and Nicholson all look capable of reaching that mark. I certainly think there is more of an emphasis on goalies than there has been in the past with Melbourne and Newcastle the only teams who don't have an import goalie.
    I think the biggest thing in the lowering of the scores is the greater parity around the league. All the teams (depending on how the Gold Coast imports turn out) have a good chance of winning any game, Canberra and Central Coast have really taken a step up from last year and it basically means that there are fewer blow outs.

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    My feeling is the quality of import players is down overall this season. The other factor is the usual strong teams are struggling and the struggling teams are strong :)

    I think the league is better from an equality point of view this year. Hopefully it will also be higher in standard, although lacking a little in the top-level imports we've had.

    Very interesting is that the top scorer so far this year is Lliam Webster, with Greg Oddy only playing occassionally and on a weaker side this year.

    The naturalised Czechs in the Bears team will be dominant, and I expect Colin Nicholson from Newcastle to be one of the top 5 by season's end.

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    BTW the official site for the AIHL is in development but the temp site is up and running.
    The data is all there, you just have to pu up with the annoying ads.

    http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/f...leagueID=11464

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    Seems like a really nice site, very helpful for sure!

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    It's been a few weeks since the Div II Worlds...

    Any noticeable spike or wave of increased interest in it's wake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    It's been a few weeks since the Div II Worlds...

    Any noticeable spike or wave of increased interest in it's wake?
    Can't say I've noticed much in Victoria at least. IHA and IHV haven't exactly made the most out of what could've been a great boost for ice hockey. It didn't even get on the news in Victoria. However, there is an article at NHL.com.

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    i'm just checking ou the rosters
    i'm missing Brian Ballman, who played for Adelaide last season.
    Has he stopped playing hockey ??

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    Saturday, 31-05-2008
    Sydney Bears - Central Coast Rhinos; 5-4
    1-0 00:37 V. Stransky (M. Wand)
    1-1 02:39 S. Kummu (K. Klym, A. Hartly) PP
    1-2 05:17 B. Cole-Clark (K. Klym, J. Chalker)
    1-3 14:14 D. Shaw (unassisted) PP
    2-3 16:34 J. Gribben (unassisted) PP
    3-3 17:35 V. Rubes (R. Franchini, V. Stransky)
    3-4 21:25 B. Cole-Clark (L. Hackett, J. Chalker)
    4-4 33:53 A. Esposito (W. Jayawardene, P. Shumak)
    5-4 34:00 W. Jayawardene (J. Gribben)

    Gk: J. Daugulis - M. Cleasson; SVS: 15 - 26
    Pen: 9x2 - 10x2 + 3x10

    Canberra Knights - Newcastle Northstars; 1-7
    PERIOD 1
    0-1 03:40 BJ. Pelkey (C. Nicholson, M. Carberry)
    0-2 12:31 G. Andre (G. Oprea, C. Minson)
    0-3 12:47 BJ. Pelkey (G. Buckley, M. Price)
    1-3 13:58 A. Howard (M. Lliona, M, Rummukainen) PP
    1-4 14:26 C. Nicholson (BJ Pelkey, M. Carberry) SH
    1-5 21:11 BJ Pelkey (M. Carberry, C. Nicholson)
    1-6 31:03 BJ Pelkey (M. Carberry)
    1-7 35:20 BJ Pelkey (M. Carberry, C. Nicholson)

    Gk: T. Kela (L. Fiveash in 36:11) - M. Ezzy (M. Vaughan in 39:44);
    SVS: 15, 4 - 15, 2; Pen: 7x2 - 7x2

    Adelaide Avalanche - West Sydney Ice Dogs; 3-5
    0-1 05:11 S. Stephenson (F. Angyal)
    1-1 06:03 P. Lindgren (G. Oddy, K. Crowder) PP
    1-2 09:04 T. Sheddon (unassisted)
    2-2 22:26 G. Oddy (S. Greer) SH
    2-3 26:55 S. Stephenson (T. Sheddon)
    2-4 32:55 T. Sheddon (S. Stephenson, B. Luker)
    2-5 36:42 F. Angyal (A. White, B. Luker) PP
    3-5 41:56 B. Sannemo (P. Lindgren)

    Gk: C. Elf - B. Luker; SVS: 20 - 19
    Pen: 9x2 + 1x20 + 1x25 - 8x2 + 2x10 + 2x25

    Sunday, 01-06-2008
    Melbourne Ice - West Sydney Ice Dogs; 4-2
    1-0 11:57 P. Matus (T. Powell, S. Corbett) PP
    1-1 12:53 S. Stephenson (F. Angyal, B. Cliff) SH
    1-2 18:46 S. Stephenson (D. Dunwoodie) PP
    2-2 19:30 R. Tremblay (unassisted)
    3-2 39:21 L. Webster (K. Teague, S. Laforet) PP
    4-2 43:50 T. Powell (unassisted)

    Gk: D. Phillips - J. Herbert; SVS: 17 - 30
    Pen: 7x2 - 7x2 + 1x10

    Sydney Bears - Canberra Knights; 5-4
    1-0 04:42 R. Franchini (J. Gribben, V. Rubes)
    2-0 13:01 B. Nelson-Bond (unassisted)
    3-0 20:52 R. Franchini (J. Gribben, V. Stransky) PP
    3-1 21:11 A. Howard (J. Gavin, O. Rozdarz) SH
    4-1 25:09 V. Rubes (V. Stransky, R. Franchini)
    4-2 27:37 O. Rozdarz (A. Howard)
    4-3 38:35 M. Raita (A. Howard)
    5-3 41:13 V. Stransky (V. Rubes) PP
    5-4 43:12 D. Lewis (M. Johnston) PP

    Gk: J. Daugulis - T. Kela; SVS: 17 - 13
    Pen: 7x2 + 1x10 - 6x2
    Last edited by Bagratid; 09-06-2008 at 09:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznthstar View Post
    BTW the official site for the AIHL is in development but the temp site is up and running.
    The data is all there, you just have to pu up with the annoying ads.

    http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/f...leagueID=11464
    mmmmmh..... I do not realy like this page.....

    - Game #2, Knights vs Avs (score 0:4), the goalscorers are still not added
    http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/h...&gameID=554828

    - Game #8, Blue Tongue vs Knights (score 3:4), the penalized player from the Knights are still not added....
    http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/h...&gameID=557138

    - Game #10, Ice vs Avs (score 6:5SO), shots-on-goal are missing (ok, maybe they forgott to calculate this, when the game was running....)
    http://www.esportsdesk.com/leagues/h...&gameID=557140

    - several times, when players get a 5' PIM, they forgott to add the 20' PIM or they wrote "5'+10' Game Misconduct". But the Game Misconduct is 20'.

    I found all the missing infos in combination with other pages in the Net.

    They're only small "mistakes", but for all statistician very bad. If the statistic is at the end of the season not 100% correct, you can forgett the statistic...

    The page from the last years were in my opinion better..... also the player biographies (lot of the names are wrong written....)
    Cheers, Franco

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    Some of the problems are due to differences between North American and IIHF hockey, 20 minutes is not available as an option for any penalties, nor 25.

    Others may be data entry errors.

    The website from last year is gone. It was tremendously expensive and the website owner was difficult to deal with. The new site is still in development, and requires some patience before it's up to standard.

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    The other thing to watch out for is the fact that any statistics from double point games are counted twice. Somebody needs to tell the stats guys that double point games are just our way of getting around expensive road trips. The players aren't actually playing two games :P (Webster wont be complaining, he's got 4 extra points in the scoring race because of it).

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    Adelaide Avalanches

    what happens with the Av's?? They played the last two games only with ten players and one GK???
    Cheers, Franco

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    what happens with the Av's?? They played the last two games only with ten players and one GK???
    Yeah, we're wondering the same thing. Not very fair to the host teams to show up so short handed.

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    Australia Looking for some more infos...

    who can tell me more (dob, pob, position, height, weight) about the following players??

    Avs

    Bourgeault B
    Riley Michael (GK)
    Prettyjohn Nick(GK)
    Williams Brandon (D)
    Van Camp Brad (D)
    Chandler Scott (D)
    Clark Nick (D)
    Greer Sean (D)
    Smith Corey (F)
    Brown Nathan (F)
    Carstens Darren (F)
    Reese Tristan (F)
    Wise Adam (F)
    Dunning Tamias (F)
    Madsen David (F)

    some infos (place of born) are sometimes available...

    Central Coast Rhinos

    Hennessey Corey (GK)
    Gleeson Chris (GK)
    Matheson Carbin (D)
    Walsh Mark (D)
    Drew Ben (D)
    Dyke George (F)

    Melbourne Ice

    Giaque Alain (GK)
    Phillips Dahlen (GK)
    McLachlan Lee (F)
    Tremblay Ryan (F)

    Newcastle North Stars

    Brokeman Jose (GK)
    Formosa Ryan (GK)
    Price Matt (D) missing only dob
    Morrisson Ben (F) missing only dob
    Stanger Tim (F)
    Kocher Matthias (F)
    Vickers Matt (F) missing only dob
    Carberry Mark(F) missing only dob
    Andre Gabriel(F) missing only dob
    Doré Luke (F)
    Boyd Kevin (F) missing only dob

    Sydney Bears

    Daugulis John (GK)
    Stevenson Colby (D)
    McDermott Luke (D)
    Robertson Brad (F)
    Cross Thomas (F)

    Western Sydney Ice Dogs

    Becken Al (GK)
    Bright Matthew (GK)
    Hornacek Patrick (D)
    Campbell David (D)
    Sheddon Tyler (F)
    Gibson Jason (F)
    Angyal Frank (F)
    Connelly Scott (F)
    Cliff Billy (F)
    McGregor Shannon (F)
    Niha Beau (F)


    Thanks in advance
    Cheers, Franco

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    Saturday, Jun. 7, 2008
    Canberra Knights - Sydney Bears; 6-5
    0-1 03:35 J. Gribben (A. Esposito) PP
    0-2 04:15 R. Franchini (P. Shumak) PP
    0-3 06:44 V. Stransky (V. Rubes, R. Franchini)
    1-3 07:47 J. Falin (M. Lliona)
    2-3 11:20 M. Raita (A. Clayworth) PP
    3-3 13:45 J. Falin (M. Rummukainen)
    4-3 27:33 O. Rozdarz (M. Rummukainen) SH
    4-4 29:50 R. Franchini (M. Wand, V. Stransky) PP
    5-4 33:45 L. Philps (unassisted)
    6-4 43:27 M. Raita (T. Kela) EN
    6-5 43:55 V. Stransky (unassisted)
    Gk: T. Kela - J. Daugulis; SVS: 19 - 25
    Pen: 7x2 + 1x10 - 3x2 + 1x5 + 1x20

    Central Coast Rhinos - Adelaide Avalanche; 5-2
    1-0 09:03 S. Kummu (D. Shaw, J. Omark)
    2-0 12:53 J. Omark (D. Shaw, S. Kummu)
    2-1 13:12 P. Lindgren (C. Smith)
    2-2 17:48 J. Keane (C. Kinch, P. Lindgren) PP
    3-2 21:01 S. Kummu (unassisted)
    4-2 30:36 S. Kummu (D. Shaw, J. Omark)
    5-2 33:04 M. Wrankmore (unassisted)
    Gk: M. Cleasson - C. Elf; SVS: 27 - 27
    Pen: 8x2 - 2x2

    Newcastle Northstars - Gold Coast Bluetongues; 10 - 3
    1-0 03:50 C. Nicholson (BJ Pelkey, M. Gilchrist)
    1-1 09:17 J. Conner (G. Royer, R. Orosz)
    2-1 12:18 BJ Pelkey (G. Buckley, C. Nicholson)
    3-1 17:33 BJ Pelkey (M. Gilchrist, C. Minson)
    4-1 20:08 C. Nicholson (G. Buckley, R. Starke) PP
    5-1 21:17 C. Nicholson (G. Buckley, S. Oultram) PP
    5-2 25:35 D. Upton (J. Bale, B. Crumm)
    6-2 27:33 M. Gilchrist (C. Nicholson, BJ Pelkey)
    6-3 35:29 B. Lachance (J. Conner, N. Jones) SH
    7-3 36:05 M. Carberry (M. Price)
    8-3 37:53 C. Nicholson (G. Buckley, M. Gilchrist) PP
    9-3 40:13 M. Gilchrist (BJ Pelkey, C. Nicholson) PP
    10-3 40:55 G. Oprea (C. Minson, M. Carberry) PP
    Gk: M. Ezzy (M. Vaughan in 37:50) - S. Mustonen (C. Anderson in 37:50);
    SVS: 17, 5 - 23, 4; Pen: 5x2 - 9x2 + 1x10 + 1x20
    Note: The AIHL website says Anderson played the whole game, just for the record Mustonen pulled himself with 7:50 to go, I don't know what's going on with the stats.

    Sunday, Jun. 8, 2008
    Central Coast Rhinos - Gold Coast Bluetongues; 4-5

    West Sydney Ice Dogs - Adelaide Avalanche; 2-1
    0-1 04:35 J. Keane (D. Peterson)
    0-2 25:23 B. Bourgeault (unassisted)
    1-2 30:58 S. Stephenson (M. Strang, F. Angyal)
    Gk: J. Herbert - C. Elf; SVS: 16 - 36
    Pen: 2x2 + 1x5 + 1x20 - 7x2 + 1x5 + 1x20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    who can tell me more (dob, pob, position, height, weight) about the following players??
    I can't help you specifically for all of them because I'm rather busy right now with travel and research but I can tell you Sean Greer and Scott Connelly both played for the Australian u18 team in 2007. Same with Dahlen Phillips in 2005. McLachlan and Becken both played for the Australian men's team back in 2003 and Tristan Reese has played juniors for Australia as an inliner. I know its not a tonne of help but at least for those guys their dob, height, weight, position etc will be at IIHF.com

    And a big weekend for Melbourne Ice with a road double header including a double points game up in Newcastle. To compound the problem Melbourne have lost Matus, Jones and McLachlan to the Inline Worlds. Travis Woods and Jamie Bourke have got the call up for the show which is great considering the last junior to get a game with Melbourne Ice in the last two years is Mikey Beaton. Both will most likely play on forward because they lack the speed for a large ice surface so Melbourne will most likely end up running a 5 man D.

    Further news on the new rink in the Docklands, the soil is going to be turned by November this year and its hoped that the new rink will be ready the following November. Its great to here they've actually started planning the building phase but I'll believe it when I see it ...

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    The North Stars are unchanged tonight except for Captain Ray Sheffield's return from a broken foot bone when hit was hit by a wide slap-shot back in early May.

    Great boost for Newcastle with only Jeff Byrne to return from injury, otherwise a full squad and several young players to choose from.

    In regards to the scoresheet from last weekend: Mustonen did play most of the game but the scorers got it wrong, and the referee signed it off, making it official that CJ Anderson played the whole game. I spoke to the referee (who's also Referee in Chief) and he confirmed that the stats need to be as they are on the sheet, incorrect or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznthstar View Post
    The North Stars are unchanged tonight except for Captain Ray Sheffield's return from a broken foot bone when hit was hit by a wide slap-shot back in early May.

    Great boost for Newcastle with only Jeff Byrne to return from injury, otherwise a full squad and several young players to choose from.

    In regards to the scoresheet from last weekend: Mustonen did play most of the game but the scorers got it wrong, and the referee signed it off, making it official that CJ Anderson played the whole game. I spoke to the referee (who's also Referee in Chief) and he confirmed that the stats need to be as they are on the sheet, incorrect or not.
    Peter I have nothing but respect for you and the great job you and other volunteers do but I really hope that you were joking about the stats in your last sentence. The league must have a protocol so that this and situations like it can be put right. I notice that the scoring error on an Ice Avs game has been rectified recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithy66 View Post
    Peter I have nothing but respect for you and the great job you and other volunteers do but I really hope that you were joking about the stats in your last sentence. The league must have a protocol so that this and situations like it can be put right. I notice that the scoring error on an Ice Avs game has been rectified recently.
    Not even the same problem. The error in the Ice - Avalanche game was just a matter of the Avalanche not being awarded a point for the shoot out loss. The problem with the goalie stats (as stupid as it may sound) is that once a score sheet is signed off it is a legally binding document. Last year a ref actually got remove from reffing AIHL games because he went back and altered a game sheet after he had signed off on it.

    In other news:

    June 15, 2008
    Double-point games
    A quorum of team members have voted to make individual stats singular. This isn't entirely possible with this data system so for now we are experiementing with using a phantom player for previously played games or leaving a game without individual stats on new ones. Teething problems are likely so this may not be the final solution. None of the solutions are likely to reproduce the way the stats were done for DPG's last season.

    Score: Me 1, World 0.
    I have got my way although I doubt the change had anything to do with my endless whining both publicly and privately.

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    I don`t want to get into a scrap over what is or what is not a legally binding document or whether or the Avs / Ice mistake was an apple or an orange. The fact remains that the powers that be are aware that an error has been made in this instance and that we should have a method for rectifying it without anyone getting the sack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithy66 View Post
    I don`t want to get into a scrap over what is or what is not a legally binding document or whether or the Avs / Ice mistake was an apple or an orange. The fact remains that the powers that be are aware that an error has been made in this instance and that we should have a method for rectifying it without anyone getting the sack.
    That would seem to be the logical course of action. However, both the IHA president and Chief Referee (bless his soul) are the two biggest sticklers for rules I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

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    Official AIHL Release: Adelaide Avalanche
    Official Press Release: 16th June 2008

    Adelaide Avalanche Withdraw from 2008 Season
    The Australian Ice Hockey League has been informed by the Adelaide Avalanche that due to financial and administrative reasons, the Avalanche are withdrawing from the remainder of the 2008 season. The AIHL Board is currently investigating various options in regards to the team’s continuance in the AIHL. It is very unlikely that this weekend’s games will go ahead involving the Avalanche, who were the visiting team at Canberra (Knights) and Penrith (Bears). Should it be possible to retain the Adelaide team in the 2008 season, all efforts will be made to reschedule these games. Investigations and meetings are ongoing and more information will be forthcoming in the next 7-10 days regarding the fate of the Adelaide Avalanche.


    This is tragic news for the AIHL which has been slowly been gaining credibility and stability. I had heard a number of rumours from both players and fans in Adelaide the IHSA was considering pulling out of the AIHL but I thought it was nothing more than pessimistic rumour-mongering. It's particularly devastating because several of the national team players (Oddy, Harding, Martin, Delsar and Keane) as well as several young stars (Huxley, Greer, Zolatarev etc) play in Adelaide and the loss of a top tier team will mean they no longer have the best quality competition to play against.

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    ouch...sad news!

    Ok, Avalanche has main responsability but also AIHL plays a role in this: season started one month ago, how the league can't considered financial situation in Adelaide before to accept inscription of team.
    I guess in april financial troubles were almost similar...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagratid View Post
    Score: Me 1, World 0.
    I have got my way although I doubt the change had anything to do with my endless whining both publicly and privately.
    No, nothing to do with it. Some team members wanted it, others didn't. When they finally put together a vote it came out in favour of not awarding double individual stats for DPGs.

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    ANNOUNCEMENT – Adelaide Avalanche Ice Hockey Pty Ltd (“Adelaide Avalanche”)
    Tuesday 17 June 2008


    Dear AIHL Board / Team owners

    The owner of Adelaide Avalanche (Alan Yarrow) today officially announces that the team will not be travelling this weekend to play against the Canberra Knights and the Penrith bears.

    The owner of Adelaide Avalanche also announces today that the Adelaide Avalanche will be withdrawing from the remainder of the 2008 AIHL competition as a result of a number of factors as follows:
    • Withdrawal of support from major sponsor for 2008 season;
    • Resignation of the majority of our volunteer staff;
    • Lack of support from team members; and
    • Increased costs imposed by the Ice Arena

    The Adelaide Avalanche had secured the support of BDO Kendalls as the major sponsor for the 2008 season until recently. As a direct result of an incident involving two officials from Ice Hockey Australia (“IHA”), BDO Kendalls have withdrawn their sponsorship and continuing support for the 2008 season. This incident was also the catalyst for the resignation of five of the key volunteer staff of Adelaide Avalanche. As this incident is currently being investigated by IHA, the Adelaide Avalanche are unable to comment further.

    With the exception of a handful of current players, the inability to gain individual “player sponsors” for the current season has resulted in the team’s inability to travel. As other team owners will be aware, trading budgets for the Ice Hockey season rely on a number of factors. Without adequate player sponsors, the Adelaide Avalanche are unable to fund the interstate trips for the remainder of the season.

    The continuing inflexibility of the Ice Arena has had a detrimental effect on the Adelaide Avalanche’s ability to train appropriately this season. Increased costs for the season and a lack of support from the Ice Arena have finally had an impact.

    The owner of the Adelaide Avalanche would like to apologise for the late notice of this announcement and for any inconvenience suffered by the other teams as a result. All of our options have been explored and this decision was not taken lightly.

    The reasons for and wider implications of our decision to withdraw from the 2008 competition should be considered by the Board of the Australian Ice Hockey League (“AIHL”) as a matter of urgency.

    The Adelaide Avalanche wish all remaining teams every success in the 2008 competition and in the finals series.




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    any word on the nature of this "incident" that seems to have precipitated this situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steigs View Post
    any word on the nature of this "incident" that seems to have precipitated this situation?
    I am personally aware of this "incident" and it is real and serious however until everything has been sorted out with management and the IHA the less said the better for everyone involved. I hate to be so secretive but until the incident is made public I don't think its appropriate to talk about it. Hope it gets resolved soon as possible and Adelaide gets back on the ice before the end of the season. The club folding made the news so their is potential for a major sponsor to step forward.

    In other news: Adelaide defender and Australian representative Josh Harding is out for the season with a knee injury.

    Melbourne Ice has acquired 22 year old attacking defenseman Kirk Brooks from Canada. He made his debut on the recent road trip and by all accounts proved himself. Given that Melbourne Ice's greatest weakness is a slow and somewhat unimaginative defense core this is great news.

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    I think the "incident" is given more weight than it's worth in the demise of the club, but that's just my guess.

    Sounds like there's a shitfight between the two parties in the local paper ATM, which does nothing for the credibility of the sport, though funnily enough it's about the only press they've received this season.

    I think we'll get an Adelaide side back in the comp. Just a question of when, and if it can be while this current season is still running?

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    Half Season Review:

    Top Scorers

    TeamGPGAP
    1. Vladan StranskyBears13111728
    2. BJ PelkeyNewcastle Northstars09141024
    3. Colin NicholsonNewcastle Northstars07091524
    4. Vladimir RubesBears13101222
    5. Lliam WebsterMelbourne Ice10110718

    Top Goalies

    TeamMinGAAvgSOSV%
    1. Christopher ElfAdelaide Avalanche360222.751.892
    2. Matt EzzyNewcastle Northstars556352.830.887

    Adelaide Avalanche:
    Problems with team management, Greg Oddy not playing regularly, Cas Delsar breaking his leg in the first 20 minutes of the season and star defender Josh Harding suffering a season ending knee injury doesn't make for a great first half. Christopher Elf has played great and a number of younger players have got a chance to play regularly.

    Canberra Knights:
    Played beyond anyone's expectations. Juha Falin has been a rock in defense with Rummukainen and Clayworth. Rozdarz has gone from a marginal AIHL player to a consistent producer. Luoma is a fantastic pick up as is Kela in goal. Ended Bears undefeated streak and beat Melbourne Ice at home.

    Central Coast Rhinos:
    A far more professional unit this year than previously seen in the AIHL. Claesson has stolen more than a few games in goal while Kummu, Klym, Omark and Hartly have all made contributions. Dan Shaw has consistently produced. Rhinos are unlucky that they aren't higher up on the ladder. Australian junior rep Andrew Waite has arrived to give more depth as has Beau Taylor.

    Gold Coast Blue Tongues:
    An atrocious start to the season including to thrashings with the other team scoring 10 goals including a double pointer against West Sydney will make it difficult to make the playoffs. However, after the arrival of Royer, Lachance and Crumm the Blue Tongues have won their last three including beating the Bears twice (9-1 and 5-4). Playing in the smaller Gold Coast Iceland seems to suit the young, hard checking Blue Tongues. 19 year old Jack Conner has been a standout in addition to Ross Howell who was brilliant even when everything around him was falling to bits.

    Melbourne Ice:
    Started out the season in great form. However, in recent weeks the team's performance has become more erratic. Fortunes rise and fall on the performance of Tremblay and Webster as the second line has struggled with its consistency. Still some questions about defense, especially playing away from home. Denman continues to shine although he is still prone to the occasional bad game or sloppy goal.

    Newcastle Northstars:
    Struggled early but with the arrival of new imports they are the hottest team in the league at the moment. Have scored 27 goals in their last three games with 23 of them coming from the line of Pelkey, Nicholson and Gilchrist. Rob Starke has played great all season long. Minson and Kimbley have stepped up and Ray Sheffield should be back from a broken foot to centre the second line.

    The Bears:
    Led by the duo of Stransky and Rubes the Bears were undefeated for 11 straight games. Daugulis has been a giant in goal while Wand and Gribben have been consistently putting up points from the blue line. They like to play a wide attacking game where they blow the opponents out of the water with goal after goal. Got beaten twice by a young, hard hitting Blue Tongues team so expect to see a lot more teams trying to pummel The Bears into the ice.

    West Sydney Ice Dogs:
    Much like Melbourne Ice they come out hard but have struggled with consistency. Have a great group of local players who have consistently led the team. Probably the most talented defense in the league with Australian representatives Wilson, White, Manco and Dunwoodie are part of the reason they have the second stingiest defense in the league behind Newcastle. 15 year old Billy Cliff has played all but 1 games this season.
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    Saturday; 14-06-2008
    Gold Coast Blue Tongues - The Bears; 9 - 1

    1-0 02:31 B. Spillane (R. Orosz, C. Martin)
    2-0 07:52 G. Royer (B. Lachance)
    3-0 18:15 D. Upton (J. Bale) PP
    4-0 21:26 K. Sullivan (B. Lachance, R. Howell) PP
    5-0 23:07 B. Spillane (R. Orosz, R. Howell)
    6-0 27:57 G. Royer (B. Lachance, R. Howell) PP
    7-0 30:19 G. Royer (B. Lachance, J. Conner)
    8-0 35:03 G. Royer (B. Lachance) PP
    9-0 37:09 J. Conner (B. Lachance, G. Royer)
    9-1 38:52 V. Stransky (M. Schlamp) PP
    Gk: S. Mustonen - J. Daugulis (D. Wardle in 30:00);
    SVS: 34 - 16, 14; Pen: 8x2 - 8x2 + 1x10

    Newcastle Northstars - Melbourne Ice; 8 - 3

    0-1 04:13 I. Skenderjia (A. Taylor, S. Hardy)
    1-1 04:46 BJ Pelkey (M. Gilchrist, C. Nicholson)
    2-1 10:37 M. Gilchrist (S. Oultram) PP
    3-1 11:46 M. Gilchrist (C. Nicholson, R. Starke)
    4-1 15:19 M. Gilchrist (BJ Pelkey, M. Price)
    5-1 15:26 M. Gilchrist (C. Nicholson, BJ Pelkey)
    6-1 15:49 BJ Pelkey (M. Gilchrist, C. Nicholson)
    7-1 18:21 R. Starke (S. Oultram, M. Gilchrist) PP
    7-2 27:14 D. Moore (unassisted)
    7-3 34:56 K. Teague (L. Webster, R. Tremblay) PP
    8-3 43:15 BJ Pelkey (C. Nicholson, R. Starke) PP
    Gk: M. Ezzy - S. Denman; SVS: 23 - 20;
    Pen: 9x2 + 1x10 - 6x2 + 1x10

    Canberra Knights - Central Coast Rhinos; 2 - 4
    1-0 06:23 A. Howard (L. Philps, J. Falin) PP
    1-1 19:45 S. Kummu (K. Klym, M. Claesson) PP
    2-1 21:05 M. Luoma (B. Taylor, M. Raita)
    2-2 36:36 B. Taylor (K. Klym, A. Hartly) PP
    3-2 41:31 A. Hartly (S. Kummu, K. Klym) PP
    4-2 44:28 K. Klym (A. Hartly, M. Claesson)
    Gk: T. Kela - M. Claesson; SVS: 18 - 30;
    Pen: 0x2 - 8x2 + 1x10

    Sunday; 15-06-2008
    Gold Coast Blue Tongues - The Bears; 5 - 4
    1-0 14:23 J. Conner (G. Royer, B. Crumm)
    1-1 15:50 R. Franchini (V. Stransky) PP
    2-1 21:52 D. Upton (R. Howell, B. Crumm)
    2-2 26:14 V. Stransky (V. Rubes, R. Franchini)
    2-3 28:15 R. Franchini (M. Wand)
    3-3 30:55 D. Burke (J. Conner, B. Lachance)
    4-3 36:50 B. Crumm (J. Bale, D. Burke)
    4-4 38:12 M. Schlamp (V. Rubes) PP
    5-4 44:20 R. Howell (B. Crumm, G. Royer)
    Gk: S. Mustonen - J. Daugulis; SVS: 34 - 23;
    Pen: 7x2 - 4x2

    West Sydney Ice Dogs - Melbourne Ice; 5 - 4


    Central Coast Rhinos - Canberra Knights; 2 - 5

    0-1 15:26 M. Luoma (M. Raita)
    1-1 16:03 B. Taylor (J. Chalker, S. Adams)
    1-2 19:29 J. Falin (A. Clayworth, M. Raita) PP
    2-2 20:27 S. Kummu (J. Omark)
    2-3 21:06 M. Luoma (M. Raita)
    2-4 30:52 M. Luoma (M. Raita)
    2-5 32:34 M. Luoma (M. Rummukainen)
    Gk: M. Claesson - L. Fiveash; SVS: 24 - 24;
    Pen: 3x2 - 4x2
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    Press release from SAISF

    MEDIA RELEASE
    Tuesday 24th June, 2008


    Following recent negotiations with the AIHL, the IceArenA has secured a licence to submit a team, the ADELAIDE A’s, into the Australian Ice Hockey League.

    As a result of the recent withdrawal of the Adelaide Avalanche team from the 2008 season, IceArenaA has negotiated to take over immediately and fulfil the existing game schedule for the remainder of 2008.

    While faced with some immediate challenges, we view this investment as beneficial to the growth and longevity of Ice Hockey in S.A. for both competitors and spectators.

    At this stage, the management of the IceArenA is looking at the development of its ice hockey team as being a two stage process. Firstly we will be focused on reaching the finals in the 2008 season. This will be followed by a focus on redeveloping our team structure, marketing and sponsorship avenues in order to provide an exciting team for the 2009 season and beyond.

    In joining with the AIHL, we look forward to our involvement in such a vibrant national competition and would like to take this opportunity to thank the fans of South Australia for their past and ongoing support.

    We welcome all enquiries in reference to tickets and /or sponsorship for the current season and regarding future endeavours.


    IceArenA
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    23 James Congdon Drive Thebarton SA 5031
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    http://www.icearena.com.au

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    Adelaide A's are in Melbourne today to take on the Ice.

    It'll be interesting to see which of the old salts they've wheeled out of the wardrobe to fill the skates!

    Live AudioVisual stream from the Blue Tongues game at 3.30pm AEST (less than an hour away) versus Rhinos, Ice vs. A's will be live audio (www.melbourneice.com for the link) from around 5.30 i think the time was... 4.30 tomorrow Ice/A's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznthstar View Post
    Adelaide A's are in Melbourne today to take on the Ice.

    It'll be interesting to see which of the old salts they've wheeled out of the wardrobe to fill the skates!

    Live AudioVisual stream from the Blue Tongues game at 3.30pm AEST (less than an hour away) versus Rhinos, Ice vs. A's will be live audio (www.melbourneice.com for the link) from around 5.30 i think the time was... 4.30 tomorrow Ice/A's.
    I'd assume (and hope) that they'd look to get the core of the "other" Adelaide team... especially including the NT members.
    What a disaster that situation has been, it's great to see it find some sort of resolution... hopefully this can stabilize things.

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    I listened in to the game tonight and they had pretty much the same crew as were playing for the Avalanche, plus the return of Greg Oddy (from the NT) and Cass Delsar (NT prelim squad).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznthstar View Post
    I listened in to the game tonight and they had pretty much the same crew as were playing for the Avalanche, plus the return of Greg Oddy (from the NT) and Cass Delsar (NT prelim squad).
    see, now THAT is what I'm talking about. good to hear.
    How'd they do?

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    There are rumours that the A's will pick up McKenna, Walsh and Thilthorpe who are all NT quality guys who are mucking around in the local senior league however so far they haven't played. Adelaide did have Eric Lien out in both games playing as a forward which still tickles me since when I played he was the goalie for the Avalanche.

    The prospect of those guys coming out and playing is great for Adelaide since they are all fan favourites and are likely to boost the dismal attendances Adelaide has been getting recently.

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    Walsh, McKenna and Thilthorpe playing local senior league? ....damn.
    NT caliber? They're all former NT players, right?

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    Saturday, 21-06-2008
    Gold Coast Blue Tongues - Newcastle Northstars; 0 - 5
    0-1 10:27 G. Buckley (BJ Pelkey) PP
    0-2 20:55 G. Buckley (M. Price)
    0-3 23:43 C. Nicholson from (M. Ezzy)
    0-4 30:18 C. Nicholson (M. Gilchrist) SH
    0-5 34:05 C. Nicholson (M. Gilchrist) PP
    Gk: S. Mustonen (C. Anderson in 34:00) - M. Ezzy;
    SVS: 34, 7 - 37, 14; Pen: 11x2 + 1x10 - 7x2

    The Bears - West Sydney Ice Dogs; 6 - 1
    1-0 00:44 V. Stransky (unassisted)
    2-0 06:22 M. Wand (V. Rubes, V. Stransky)
    3-0 13:25 R. Franchini (V. Stransky)
    4-0 13:48 V. Rubes (V. Stransky)
    5-0 29:44 V. Rubes (V. Stransky, M. Wand)
    6-0 39:41 M. Wand (V. Rubes, V. Stransky)
    6-1 43:28 M. Strang (B. Thomas)
    Gk: J. Daugulis - J. Herbert (A. Becken in 15:00);
    SVS: 12 - 2, 6; Pen: 13x2 + 1x10 - 10x2 + 2x10

    Sunday, 22-06-2008
    Gold Coast Blue Tongues - Newcastle Northstars; 4 - 5 SO
    1-0 05:22 G. Royer (unassisted) SH
    1-1 06:42 M. Gilchrist (R. Starke, G. Buckley) PP
    1-2 14:11 C. Minson (G. Buckley)
    1-3 25:21 M. Gilchrist (M. Carberry, R. Starke) PP
    2-3 28:53 R. Howell (M. Bertossa, D. Burke)
    3-3 32:43 G. Royer (J. Conner)
    4-3 40:19 G. Royer (B. Lachance, J. Conner) PP
    4-4 43:00 M. Gilchrist (M. Carberry, G. Andre) PP
    4-5 45:00 SO
    Gk: S. Mustonen - M. Ezzy; SVS: 49 - 38;
    Pen: 9x2 + 2x10 - 1x2

    Central Coast Rhinos - Canberra Knights; 0 - 2
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    McKenna hasn't played for the NT but he did coach them to Gold in Div II this year.
    McKenna played in the Asian league last NH summer, don't know if he's returning to Korea for a 3rd season or not.
    I might email and ask him :)

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    urrr... good point by you. but a former NHL-er is a guy you might want to extend a passport to soon as you get a chance, no?

    on a serious note though, he definitely seemed to have an impact on the NT, first promotion, history-making etc etc.
    now to see if he can do what the Koreans couldn't: stay up.

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    urrr... good point by you. but a former NHL-er is a guy you might want to extend a passport to soon as you get a chance, no?

    on a serious note though, he definitely seemed to have an impact on the NT, first promotion, history-making etc etc.
    now to see if he can do what the Koreans couldn't: stay up.
    McKenna may already have an Aussie passport, I certainly expect he's a perm resident as he live here with his Canadian wife in Adelaide.

    No doubt he'd help out a newly reborn Adelaide A's side filling in on D and screening on the PP.

    I thought the best thing McKenna did with the NT this year was clean house. He made sure the players knew that what you did yesterday means nothing. He picked the best players from the camp in front of him, and cut some guys who'd previously been in the team for rookies.

    Turns out it worked. I thought it was a gutzy move and was spot on.

    Yes now it's a huge task to stay up in Div I. Croatia and Lithuania will be very hard to beat, let alone the other three.

    The good news is they've already started preparation :)

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    Yes, i will be hard for Australia to stay up in division I, but never say never. But i will participate more, when championship will be closing in

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    The new AIHL website is up and online although not fully completed.

    Some detail like profile info and photos is missing, plus a few tweaks to interface and menues etc.

    Stats and stories are up and online, and all teams have been reminded that if they want their stuff published they have to send it in with photos.

    http://www.theaihl.com.au

    We tried to get a better domain name but there are squatters on everything and it's too damn slow and expensive to get them off.

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    There's been a rescheduling of one game.

    Tomorrow's game in Adelaide has been delayed by 8 days.

    The Bears will now be flying in for the game versus the A's on Sunday the 20th of July, starting at 3.30pm.

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    Australia

    This new round will be interesting now as we're on the run to the finals.

    Adelaide A's

    With a new team ownership with mostly the same players plus some old salts dragged out of retirement the new Adelaide A's have been fairly successful, winning 3 games worth in shoot outs last weekend for 6 from a possible 9 points.

    A's have the potential to upset teams but when they go on the road soon will be the main determining factor on their likelyhood of climbing the ladder far enough to make the top 4 teams.

    Canberra Knights

    Knights benefitted by a two-game default by the Avalanche (now the A's) but still seem the least likely to make the finals. They've been hurt by missing players due to the World In-line Hockey events overseas.

    They're a good side this year though and can break somebody's finals chances if underestimated.

    Central Coast Rhinos

    There are two black horses in this finals run, and the Rhinos are one of them. OK, perhaps black rhinos rather than horses. They have a good solid side, are working well under their 2-dad coaching team, and their imports are quality.

    The Rhinos have the best winning % (39) outside of the top 4, below fourth-placed Newcastle who have 51%. Significantly, the Rhinos have three games to play against Newcastle before season's end.

    One of those games is today, and with the Newcastle North Stars without their starting goalie (Ezzy) and previous top scorer (Nicholson) the Rhinos are probably favourites to win tonight's game on the Central Coast.

    Gold Coast Blue Tongues

    The other black horse in this run is the Gold Coast Blue Tongues. At a win % of 35% they seem out of reach of the top eight but most games remaining are home games where they've previously shell-shocked the almost perfect Bears 2 games to 0.

    The Blue Tongues have some key imports, are big, tough and speedy, but seem to be inconsistent at times. Inconsistencies have mainly come from penalty trouble or goaltending lapses.

    They can pull it together, and can be devastating when they do.

    Melbourne Ice

    Melbourne are comfortably sitting in 2nd place and with their home ice advantage are very unlikely to lose that place. Melbourne have a good back office with lots of support, and although their rink is by far the least desireable facility in the AIHL, it does give them some advantages with it's tiny size and bouncy runners.

    Melbourne are pretty much guaranteed a finals place.

    Newcastle North Stars

    Newcastle are traditionally good season finishers and after missing Ezzy and Nicholson, two of their most key players, for at least 4 weeks they will need to get their grove back quickly on their return. The best the North Stars have done since the injuries on the Gold Coast weekend is a shoot out loss.

    Ezzy is expected to return next weekend to play the Bears and Rhinos at home, Nicholson probably not until the bye weekend in August.

    The North Stars have only 3 away game remaining from their final 9.

    The Bears (Penrith)

    The Bears have had some administrative problems lately but the recent forfeit of the Avalanche game has given them an almost unassailable lead at the top of the AIHL ladder.

    The Bears do have some tough games ahead, including three against the North Stars who are playing far better than when the Bears survived a comeback from Newcastle in May, plus a trip to Melbourne and Adelaide.

    Bears are pretty much guaranteed a finals place while they keep taking the ice.

    Western Sydney Ice Dogs

    The Dogs are in third and have overcome their mid-season wobbles (typical of Ice Dogs seasons) to firm up their position. Dogs have been shakey at times but some close wins against bottom 4 were kicked off by a thrashing of the wounded North Stars back in June.

    The Ice Dogs face a crucial test this weekend. It's a rare thing that the Ice Dogs come up against a team that's significantly bigger and tougher than their own, although both teams are missing their heavyweight leaders; Wilson for the Dogs and Burke for the Tongues.

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