AJIHL Season Preview: Melbourne Glaciers
The fourth AJIHL season is just around the corner! The league has spawned some of the AIHL’s up and coming talent in the past and is a great way to see them in action before they hit the top level. If you are in need of a hockey fix and some cheap thrills then the AJIHL is the answer. As the countdown to the season approaches it is only fitting we bring you a preview of what each team can bring. Additions: Darcy Flanagan, Jacob Haley, Joseph Davies, Edwin Johnstone, Caleb Butler Subtractions: Lenny Lee, Sam Hodic, Scott Maloney, David Sowa Last years season ranking = 3rd Last years final ranking = 3rd Forwards Brayden Martin Tim Vanderwolf Peter Colossimo Gavin Birchler (F/D) Joseph Davies Edwin Johnstone Caleb Butler Defence Corey Stringer Bryan Birchler Darcy Flanagan David Foster Jacob Haley Goal Jack Hayes The Glaciers fell short of the AJIHL Grand Final last year and will be keen to get back to work this season for another shot. Whilst they will lose the scoring touch of Lenny Lee (21 points in 16 games) and Sam Hodic (15 points in 15 games), the Glaciers still have plenty of production from their blue line thanks to Corey Stringer (8G,8A in 15 games) and Gavin Birchler (9G,3A in 16 games). Stringer has just come off his AIHL rookie season with the Mustangs and is expected to improve on last year’s totals. He will be backed up by a fellow Mustangs rookie in Jack Hayes in goal who played in 4 games for the big club and managed to collect a win in the process. Hayes was solid in net last season for the club with the 3rd best GAA (1.94), wins (tied second 7) and save percentage (90.6%). Glaciers have picked up Caleb Butler who did spend some time playing with the Melbourne Ice in 2012/2013 and should give the Glaciers a boost up front. Coach Doug Stevenson says fitness and team play will be the keys to success this season. The Glaciers take on the Whalers in their home Darby Thursday Night at the O’Brien Group Arena.