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Goaltender Skills Bulletin

This Goaltender Skills Bulletin is derived from the teachings at the IHA National Development Camps held earlier this year. With ice rinks starting to open up, the fundamental teachings are a great place to start when getting goalies back on to the ice.

Goaltender Skills Bulletin

EOI – Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) & Marketing and Promotions Director (MPD)

Ice Hockey Australia (IHA), seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for the following volunteer positions:

Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO)

Member Protection Officer

Marketing and Promotions Director (MPD)

Marketing and Promotions Director

All applications are to be emailed to the Executive Officer, Ice Hockey Australia no later than 15th June 2020

IHA National Championships 2020

IHA are pleased to announce the dates and locations for the IHA National Championships 2020:

Women’s Tournament (New)
27th – 30th May 2020
Cockburn Ice Arena, WA

Syd Tange Tournament
8th – 11th July 2020
Cockburn Ice Arena, WA

Phil Ginsberg Tournament
6th – 9th August 2020
Thebarton Ice Arena, SA

Kurt DeFris Tournament
20th – 23rd August
Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, NSW

Jim Brown
15th – 18th October
O’Brien Ice Arena, VIC


Australian National Junior Team – Tour of Sofia, Bulgaria

It seems so long ago, but just over a month ago the Australian National Junior team fell just short in Sofia, Bulgaria losing in the Gold Medal game for the second year in a row.

The Aussies started the tournament against South Africa. The team didn’t start the game with the same intensity as their training camp in Liberec, Czech Republic. The Aussies were down 1-0 at the end of the first period having only taken six shots on the South African net. During the ice-cut the coaches had some words to say in the dressing room and as a result the boys stepped up outshooting the South Africans 16-0 in the second period and scoring 5 unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead. The third period was an even affair with both teams tying for shots (8-8) and the Aussies would finish with one more goal in the third to win that period and win the game 6-1.

Goal Scorers:
1. Connor Lee from Jake Riley
2. Zach Gumm
3. Jake Riley from Connor Lee
4. James Barton from Andrew Chen & Ben Handberg
5. Alexander Wardlaw from Thomas Kiliwnik & Kenshin Hayashi
6. Alexander Wardlaw from Thomas Kiliwnik & Andrew Chen
GAME MVP: Jack Ransome


The next day it was Australia vs Chinese Taipei. The team recovered fine with no injuries against South Africa. This game was a lot tighter than the overall score line suggested. Chinese Taipei whilst small were quick and they took it to the Aussies. Their goal tender faced an onslaught the whole game facing 37 shots for five goals. Similar to the first game the Aussies did most of the damage in the second period, this time it was four unanswered goals from 14 shots. In the third period the Aussies took their foot of the gas and Taipei outshot the team 9 to 6 and managed to keep us to the lone goal in the third. Aussie veteran goalie Seb Woodlands earning the shutout.

Goal Scorers:
1. Yannic Lodge from Alexander Wardlaw
2. Connor Lee from Yannic Lodge & Alexander Wardlaw
3. Jack Ransome from Ben Handberg & Nathaniel Benson
4. Alexander Wardlaw from Yannic Lodge & Kenshin Hayashi
5. Jake Riley from James Barton & James Urweiss
GAME MVP: Seb Woodlands


A day off and the team headed up the mountain for some fun in the sun snow. After a 40-minute gondola ride to the top of the mountain the boys were able to stretch their legs and roll around in the snow. It was a good chance to get out of the hotel and throw some snowballs at each other.

Day four and it was the top of the round clash versus a strong team from Turkey. Turkey has defeated South Africa 6-1 (same score line as us) and defeated Chinese Taipei 3-0. The Aussies started poorly; it was becoming evident that we were a slow starting team that did most of the damage in the second period. The first period we were outshot 12 to 8 and the Turks were on the board first on the power play.

It was back to the dressing room and some more positive reinforcement to reenergise the team and they came out in the second period scoring 3 goals, one even strength, one power play and one short-handed. AGAIN the third period the boys seem to take their foot off the gas and allowed Turkey to steal a goal 3:29 into the third period however the Aussies would shut it down and steal the win in a fast game 3-2.

Goal Scorers:
1. Jake Riley from Zach Gumm
2. Connor Lee from Thomas Kiliwnik & Nathaniel Benson
3. Alexander Wardlaw
GAME MVP: Arthur Wang


Wahoo, the Aussies finish top of Pool B and move into the Semi Finals and place the second seed of pool A who would later become Mexico. The boys in white knew they had their work cut out for them as Mexico was the team that dropped from Division II to Division III and was looking to move up. After another day off, it gave the team a chance to study more video of their opponents and time for some more team bonding. Connor Lee had been struck down by gastro and would never really recover for the rest of the tournament. Connor dug deep to play but his energy levels took a huge toll on his body and his speed was sacrificed.

The semi-final was here and what a game it was. Mexico came out flying, scoring 2:37 into the game and then again at the 7-minute mark to take a 2-0 lead. Perhaps this was the spark the Aussies needed who would rally for three goals to finish off the period and outshoot the Mexicans 9 to 3 and up 3-2 on the scoreboard.

Aussie goalie Seb Woodlands knew he had to be better allowing 2 goals on 3 shots and the second period would see the tables turn. The Mexicans would outshoot the Aussies 11 to 6 but it was the Australian Captain Kenshin Hayashi that would do all the damage scoring three goals in the second period to make four in total.

The third period saw the Australians regain the shot count outshooting the Mexicans 9 to 6 and the Aussies weren’t done, already up 6-2 the team kept rolling scoring another two goals to take an 8-2 lead. Some sloppy play with four and half minutes remaining saw two Aussies head to the box for some 2-minute minor penalties and gifted the Mexicans a late power play goal. The semi-final would finish 8-3 to the Australian team and a medal in the 2020 Division III World Championships.

Goal Scorers:
1. Zach Gumm from Jake Riley & Dylan Sables
2. Ben Handberg from Arthur Wang & Nathaniel Benson
3. Kenshin Hayashi from Yannic Lodge
4. Kenshin Hayashi from Yannic Lodge
5. Kenshin Hayashi from Jake Riley & Will Clifford
6. Kenshin Hayashi from Alexander Wardlaw & Thomas Kiliwnik
7. Julian Fodor from James Barton & Jack Ransome
8. Ben Handberg from Zach Gumm & Dylan Sables
GAME MVP: Kenshin Hayashi


The gold medal game was here, and the team had to face a quick, big and touch Iceland team. Iceland had followed the same path disposing of every team in their wake. The went through undefeated in Pool A defeating Bulgaria (4-3), New Zealand (10-1), Mexico (5-2) and in their respective semi-final defeated Turkey 5-2.

They were fast and disciplined but we had a game plan that would counter act this play. Unfortunately, it didn’t work to plan and they outshot us 26-16. The game started off according to plan, the players were buying into the system, clearing the puck out of the quickly however a small error by the Aussie defence saw Iceland score with 1:52 remaining in the first period to take a 1-0 lead into the break.

History was on our side; we knew we were a second period team. 2:07 into the second period we were gifted with a power play as Iceland served a two-minute minor for ‘too many players’ on the ice. 40 seconds later the Aussies were left shaking their head when Iceland shifted the momentum back in their favour as they scored a short-handed goal through Axel Orongan (highest point scorer) and easily the fastest guy in the tournament. This broke the Aussies back and we were never able to recover from this. Orongan would then score on the power play 6:20 remaining in the second period and the team was down 3-0 going into the third period.

The coaches rallied behind the players, tried to get inside their heads and shift the momentum our way however the first whistle of the third period (17 seconds in) Iceland scored and the team could feel the game slipping out of reach. Three minutes later Jack Ransome took some of the load off the top six forwards and scored his second goal of the tournament to give the Aussies some hope however we could never recover, and Iceland was awarded the Gold Medal and promotion to division II.

Goal Scorers:
1. Jack Ransome from James Barton & Thomas Kiliwnik
GAME MVP: Yannic Lodge


Jake Riley was named Australian best player of the tournament.

Australian Goalie Seb Woodlands was named best goalie of the tournament.

Final Standings:
Gold – Iceland
Silver – Australia
Bronze – Turkey


Written by Jason Kvisle (WM20s Assistant Coach) 

IIHF Women’s World Championship: Australia 6 defeats Iceland 1

24 February 2020, by GORDON WITT





Australia has defeated Iceland 6-1 to begin their world championship campaign on a winning note. Michelle Clark-Crumpton and Shona Green each found the net twice, Natalie Ayris recorded a goal and two assists, and Tess Reynolds also found the back of the net. Goaltender Olivia Last saved 22 of the 23 shots she faced to record the win.

First Period

Australia pressured Iceland from the outset, utilising an effective forecheck to maintain offensive zone time. Although they failed to convert on an early powerplay, their hard work paid off after just 3:45. Natalie Ayris passed the puck from Gretzky’s office to Tash Farrier, her shot generated a rebound, which Michelle Clark-Crumpton deposited past Karitas Halldorsdottir and into the net.

3:45 1-0 Australia – Michelle Clark-Crumpton


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Michelle Clark-Crumpton (Perth Inferno) opens the game for @icehockeyaus!

Australia continued to push for an insurance marker, forcing Iceland to take penalties for holding the stick at 7:54, and holding an opponent at 11:59. Iceland would kill off the former powerplay but not the latter. Kjartansdottir was in the box for just 25 seconds before Shona Green doubled the lead. Iceland attempted to clear the puck but it went only as far as Georgia Moore. Halldorsdottir could only parry her shot from just inside the blueline, which Green backhanded over her pad and into the net.

12:24 2-0 Australia – Shona Green


Less than two minutes later Iceland were digging the puck out of their own net yet again. This time an aggressive forecheck allowed Eiland Kenyon to generate a turnover, the puck found Tess Reynolds in the slot and the doctor went top shelf glove-side to make it 3-0.

14:13 3-0 Australia – Tess Reynolds


Iceland got their first powerplay of the period when Clark-Crumpton went to the box for holding but Iceland were unable to convert with the numerical advantage. Clark-Crumpton exited the box, stayed on the ice and was rewarded 44 seconds later with her second goal of the contest. A shot by Ayris from the point led to a rebound to the right faceoff circle which Natalie Ayris collected and sent a beautiful cross-crease pass for Clark-Crumpton to one-time into the net past a diving Halldorsdottir.

19:25 4-0 Australia – Michelle Clark-Crumpton (2)


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In the dying seconds of the 1st Clark-Crumpton nets her 2nd of the game!!! @icehockeyaus

In the dying seconds of the 1st Clark-Crumpton nets her 2nd of the game!!! @icehockeyausThe period ended with Australia leading the shot-count 12-6 (66.67% shot share). Three of the four goals were a result of rebounds and the fourth was off a defensive zone turnover in the slot. Iceland were on the verge of being routed if they could not find a way to control rebounds and clear the front of the net.

Second Period

Iceland started the period with a different goaltender between the pipes, Birta Helgudottir replaced Halldorsdottir. 40 seconds later, Shona Green raced to a loose puck on the half-wall and skated in alone on Helgudottir. There was an option in front for the cross crease pass which Helgudottir had to be aware of and drifted to cover the pass. Green instead pulled the puck back to her forehand and fired it near post for her second goal.

20:40 5-0 Australia – Shona Green (2)



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Shona Green (@MelbourneIceMIW) joins Clark-Crumpton in the Hat-Trick Watch club

1:33 later Australia lit the lamp once again in 4-on-4 action. Natalie Ayris collected her own rebound and put it through the sprawling Helgudottir’s wickets. I am crediting Ayris with the goal here as she is listed as the scorer on the IIHF website. However, Women’s Sports Highlights credits Shona Green with the goal. With the grainy footage it is hard to tell whether it is Ayris (#18) or Green (#10), so Women’s Sports Highlights may also be right.

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Only the most partisan of Australian supporters couldn’t help but feel sorry for the hosts, failing to score on home ice is a bitter pill to swallow for fans in attendance. As much as I would have liked to see an Oliva Last shutout, it was also nice to see Iceland get a consolation goal. Converting on some rare sustained offensive zone time, Iceland were able to generate a rebound from the point that wasn’t cleared and Sunna Bjorgvinsdottir’s shot squeaked through Last and into the net. Iceland were finally on the board.

38:37 6-1 Australia – Sunna Bjorgvinsdottir


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ICELAND SCORES!!!! The home crowd loves it and is ready to cheer their team in the 3rd period

Shots were more even in the period, Australia with a slight 10-9 advantage for the period (52.6% shot share) and 22-15 lead for the game (59.46% shot share).

Third Period

Both teams seemed content to see time wind down, Australia rolled their lines and focused on maintaining their structure and playing smart two-way hockey. The defense stifled Iceland’s chances, keeping shots to the outside. The period ended with a 9-8 shot advantage for Australia (52.9% shot share), meaning they ended the contest with a comfortable 57.4% shot share.

Final Thoughts and What’s Next

This was a truly dominant display by the Australian team. As someone who has watched a lot of AWIHL games over the past few months, it was a real treat personally to watch these same incredible athletes play for their country. They outworked and out-skilled Iceland in an overpowering performance.

Next up for Australia is a matchup with Turkey and potentially a familiar face protecting the Turkish goal, Sydney Sirens goaltender Sera Dogramaci. Dogramaci was instrumental in helping Turkey defeat the Ukraine in overtime by a score of 3-2; Turkey was outshot 32-25 in the contest. The matchup could see two Sydney Sirens goaltenders in action, with Tina Girdler a possible starter for Australia.

Credits and our thanks go to:
Hockey Embassy
Women’s Sports Highlights