Summer Wrap: Round 3

Apaches vs Ice Wolves (Div 3)
Apaches faced off against Ice Wolves for what was sure to be a feisty match up. The fans weren’t disappointed. Expecting a very tough match the Apaches brought their game faces and held the Ice Wolves to only the one goal in the tightly fought first period. Two goals past our skilful fill-in goalie Samantha in the second proved Ice Wolves as PK experts in the second. Eight penalties for rough play and other misdemeanours in the one period was not enough to slow our opponents down. Luckily Patrick Fah’s tenacity for rebounds was rewarded with the only goal for Braves to end the second. Ice Wolves managed another goal in the dying moments of the game thanks to the leading goal scorer on their side. The final 4-1 scoreline was not reflective of the effort displayed by the Apaches in some very fierce situations. The team was very happy with the result along with the very obvious headway the team is making to soon become a true force to be reckoned with.

Mohicans vs Pirates (Div 4)
On a very late Thursday night the Mohicans faced a very experienced side in the Pirates. We knew it would be a tough game from the get go with the Pirates putting on 18 shots to 3, but the team managed to hold them to one goal. It was more of the same in the second with the Pirates taking another 18 shots, returning three goals, but the period ended with a nice breakway goal from Steve Osborne assisted by Callum Pullyblank to bring the scoreline to 1-4. Another three goals conceded in the third, brought teh final result to a 1-7 loss, in a tough game against a highly organised team. MVP of the match was Mat Peagram who faced a crazy 59 shots in net making 52 saves.

Demons 3 vs Cherokees (Div 3)
The last game of grading and it was the Cherokees vs Demons 3, with Jacob Hoch filling a vacancy in net. Richard Burt (A.K.A Burty), scored an incredible goal within the first period to begin the game and start the team off with some momentum. It was answered by Demons who scored just before the end of the first. Throughout the game it was back and forth with goals from both teams, with Tom Lawler & Jack Martin scoring the other 2 goals for the Kees. A couple of penalties allowed the Demons to get ahead, and stay there for the remainder of the game. Despite a 3-5 loss, the team continues to improve, with this game being the best of the short season so far.

Tigersharks vs Navajos (Div 2)
This week’s battle for the Navajos was always going to be a challenge on the big ice with the regular roster whittled down to only 11 skaters and [Enter Stage Right] our new goalie, Justin Powell. With the locker room banter squared away and the energetic pre-game speech taking effect Navajos headed out giddy with enthusiasm to do battle with the Tiger Sharks. For this journo, the key standout was the new bloke Justin, who definitely got his monies worth, stopping 33 shots … So high five JP as it could have been much uglier. Our warrior-women were not to be out-done. Debi Hansberry (straight off the film set in her latest “Gun-show” episode), Sharon Orgad (who was very nearly a late scratching from the bookies) and our very own Elastoplast pin up girl Bianca Cassar definitely made a statement setting the tone with healthy work ethic, tenacity and “pint-sized” grit that has the punters and analysts in a whirlwind of excitement for the season to come … it was great to watch.

Conceding 20 for 2 in the first period (38 shots over the game) was clearly not in the master plan. This team has a player mix representative of every level of game-time experience … so the cogs aren’t naturally going to lineup. When the final numbers came in this week it did highlight a key stat … we are getting better as a team every shift, every game. With legs burning and heads still firmly in the game, we came back in the last period to out hassle, out shoot and bedazzle our opposition with some great moments at both ends of the rink. After some near misses, the Navajos only goal of the night came from very composed corner work by Sharon Orgad passing tape-to-tape to Simon Holmes hovering at the top of the slot who tagged the goalies pad for a rebound that was decisively ambushed by Mark Samwells who made sure it went in. When the final siren sounded the scoreboard voted 5-1 to the Tiger-sharks.

Comanches vs Jets Force (Div 5)
The Comanches faced off against Jets Force in the final round of grading games. Sadly the team went down 9-0 but not without a fight. After a tough first period the Comanches started to pick up the pace and apply more pressure to the Jets, who were a skilful team for div 5. Special mentions go to Gary the Goalie who had some spectacular saves, blocking a total 23 attempts by the Jets. Also to Chris Beards for, not only playing his first game in defence, but switching part way through to forward. Stars went to: Ryan Kaye 3, Alan Taylor 2, and Jackie Muckner 1.

Hellas vs Kiowa (Div 1)
A 10.30pm game on a Sunday night was always going to be tough, especially against a strong team like the Hellas and with only 10 skaters taking the ice. Kiowa put up a strong fight against the physical team, unfortunately going down 12-1 by the end of the game. A standout performance from all, especially fill in goalie Ajay Hill, who didn’t concede a single goal during a 5 on 3 penalty kill despite plenty of shots from the Hellas. Stand in coach Daniel Fuentes ensured the team that goals would come in our favour if we kept playing the way we were and sure enough they did in the final 3 minutes, with a power play goal from Chris Bridgett, assisted by James Pattison, ruining the opposition’s chance of a shut out.

Summer Wrap – Round 2

Apaches vs Makos (Div 3)
The Apaches took on the Makos in Round 2. In a tight and hard fought game, we went down 3-1. The Makos got out to an early 2-0 lead before Tim Ryan scored his first goal for the Apaches on a beautiful deflection. The Apaches threw everything at the Makos goalie in Period 3 but weren’t able to score again. The Makos scored a junk goal with seconds left to put the game on ice. It was a much more disciplined effort from the team after the penalty party in Round 1. The skating effort from all players was outstanding. Three stars went to Adrian Keen for great positional play, Tim Ryan for getting on the score sheet and Daniel Marshall for stout defence. Apaches are 0-2 after two very close losses. It doesn’t get any easier in Week 3 with a meeting the Ice Wolves who have scored 14 goals in their first two matches.

Kiowa vs Demons 1 (Div 1)
After a good first round win Kiowa looked to continue that into week two. It was quickly evident that the Demons were a younger, faster and more talented team. The first period was a hard slog that went scoreless. The Demons registered the game’s first goal midway through the second period before a great individual effort from Dan Tome (A: Chris White) making deking the goalie look easy to even up the score late in the period. Again the hard slog continued as the Braves managed to kill off two penalties, but looked to run out of legs conceding 3 goals to the Demons in the last 10 minutes of the game to go down 4-1. Connor O’Brien with another great game in the pipes facing 34 shots.

Bombs vs Mohicans (Div 3)
On Saturday afternoon the Mohicans faced the Bombs. It was a tough first period with the Bombs going 2 goals up to 0 by the first intermission. The 2nd period was just as difficult with the Bombs putting on another 3 goals to make it 5-0 at the 2nd break. The team rallied for the third period, with Sam Harrison scored a nice goal assisted by Jason Morter, whilst holding the Bombs scoreless, for a final result of of a 1-5 loss. Big thanks to Mat Peagram in net who made some huge saves. MVP was Niki Pheasant with amazing efforts every shift.

Saints 5 vs Comanches (Div 5)
Another tough day at the office for the Comanches with an even shorter bench than round one. The Comanches gave up an early goal in the first, but very quickly equalized with a great goal by Bruce Christie – the first for the Comanches team this season. Saints scored three in the second to make it 4-1 which ended up being the final result. The Comanches managed to keep their speed and pace with the Saints throughout the third and our defense kept us in the fight the whole way through even with their double and triple shifts. Special mentions to Nadya Ergorova for doubling down as a center and winger, as well as Alan Taylor and Melissa Glenwright for alternating as both an offensive and defensive skater throughout the game. The whole team gave 110% intensity through all three periods and pushed the Saints hard. Can’t be prouder of their efforts.

Wolverines vs Cherokees (Div 3)
The Cherokees took to the ice to hunt the Wolverines, a team renowned to be packed full of wheelie fast (previously inline) skaters – this was going to be tough. The Wolverines scratched together goal number 1 early in the first period, however our own Sam Barlow returned fire with a devastating wrist shot to even the playing field. The Cherokees quick goal had only riled the Wolverines. The ‘skunk bears’ (Wikipedia: “Wolverines”, 2017) became super ‘skunk bears’ and were too much for the Cherokees to handle. Although some great battles on the boards were fought, and many noteworthy shots were taken, the Wolverines defeated the Cherokees 7-1. The Cherokees will bandage their wounds and take to the ice for a practice this week before entering the wrath’s of hell to bless the Demons Friday week.

Navajos vs Saints 2 (Div 2)
Playing another Sunday night game, the Navajos squared off against the Saints at Oakleigh. Learning from their last loss they came out looking to improve their game. The first period was kept scoreless, with a rough start of the period the Navajos found themselves with more zone time and a few scoring chances. The 2nd period went much the same way, but due to the Navajos feeling sorry for the Saints let them have a few quick goals, ending the period 0-2. The third period came and went with the Saints scoring one more to end the game a 0-3 loss for the Navajos. After coming off an 1-8 loss the Navajos improved their game and are showing signs of greater things to come.

Summer Wrap – Round 1

Kiowa vs Dynamos (Div 1)
What a start Kiowa got off to in Division 1, with a strong line up and helmed by coach Andrew McKendrick, it was Jono Gourlay leading the charge in the first period with 2 goals. Stefan Friscic got the second period underway with the Braves 3rd before the Dynamos charged back with three goals in as many shots. The Kiowa earned a penalty shot at the end of the second period, with Dan Tome deking the goalie to put the team up 4-3. The third period went all the Braves way, adding 6 more goals to the scoreline, 2 each to Mike Killip and James White, and singles to Pete Gravelle and Sam Birkett for a 10-3 WIN! Connor O’brien faced 24 shots in net in his Div 1 debut.

Navajos vs Summerhawks (Div 2)
On Sunday, the Navajos took on the Summerhawks at Oakleigh. Under the guidance of coach Daniel Fuentes, this newly formed team focused on playing good hockey – they kept their heads up, never gave up, and improved every shift. Down 0-6 at the end of the second period, intensity and pressure helped slow the Summerhawks down, and the Navajos were able to gain control of the puck and start making plays. Down 0-8 a few minutes into the third period, the Navajos upped the physicality and kept grinding, and their determination paid off with a beautiful goal by Adam Donlon assisted by Andrew ‘Flip’ Kirkham to deny the Summerhawks a shutout, with the game ending 1-8. With so much grit and intensity, great things await this team.

Cherokees vs Blackhawks 47s (Div 3)
The Cherokees first game under coach Spike Black ended in a 3-1 loss – a result that doesn’t reflect how competitive the match really was. The Blackhawks scored on their first shift but the Cherokees returned fire through Will ‘Kittens’ Place on a beautiful high shot, after being released by a slick pass from D-man Liam Patrick. Down two defencemen through absences, goaltender Mat Peagram had his work cut out for him, but played fantastically to keep the Cherokees in the game. The team will be better for the run, with some rustiness worked out, and ready for next week’s game.

Champs vs Apaches (Div 3)
A new look Apaches, led by coach Dylan McKenzie, faced off against the returning premiers The Champs in Division 3. A tough tussle ensued as each team was eager to assert their mark on the game… and each other, with it minor penalties being a regular feature. The Champs opened the scoring in the 2nd shortly after the start of the period, only to be bettered by Dylan ‘Shep’ Sheppard’s quick hands, putting one in the back of the net off a rebound in the slot a few minutes later. The physicality of the match continued, although each team weathered the PK strongly, the penalty count reached 11 before the game was done. The Champs managed to land another goal at even strength to take the lead halfway through the third and while there were a couple of breakaway chances, Apaches were unable to come up with another goal, going down 2-1. The team is very thankful for Matt Peagram getting between the pipes in back-to-back games, and putting forth a strong performance whilst facing 22 shots.

Mohicans vs Saints 4 (Div 4)
The Mohicans, and new coach Leigh Crossley, had a huge opening game at Oakleigh on Sunday. In the first period Jason Morter opened up the scoring with a power play goal before Sam Harrison made it 2-0 at even strength after the first. With a goal being given up in the second period to bring the scoreline to 2-1, it was going to making things interesting in the final period. Both teams came out running, but it was the Mohicans who came out on top, with Justin Kuyken socring early in the period to make the final score 3-1. A shout out to Sarah Marshall on a strong performance and Samantha Bennett on getting the W on her debut in net.

Demons 4 vs Comanches (Div 5)
The Comanches, led by new coach Dominic Zielinski, opened their summer season facing off against the Demons 4 team. Despite having a short bench the team fought well to keep the pace with the Demons throughout the game and gave their all, despite falling 4-0. Some excellent saves from goaltender Gary Christieson helped keep us in the fight. Captain Matt Curtis showed incredible leadership and led charge on the backline and Alternate Melissa Glenwright displayed great offensive and passing skills; as well as debutant Alan Taylor whose constant push into the offensive zone gave the team some good scoring chances. Overall great performances by everyone in the team, and looking forward to seeing progress through the rest of the season.

Comanches vs Demons, 2017. Photo: Sarah Noach
The Comanches, 2017. Photo: Sarah Noach

Winter Presentation Night

The Braves celebrated another successful Winter season at our Presentation Night on 7th October 2017, in a year that saw three teams make finals, and the Premier League team win the H.H.Kliener trophy. Congratulations to all of our award winners!

Mick Costello Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Player
Lindsay Nash

Phil McKay Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Non-Player
Simon Holmes

Premier League
Highest Points Scorer: Kevin Robertson
Most Valuable Player: Chris Ong Tone
Best Defenseman: Michael McDowell
Coaches Award: Evan Connard

Senior A
Highest Points Scorer: Travis Dangstorp
Most Valuable Player: Travis Dangstorp
Best Defenseman: Steve Wright
Coaches Award: Leigh Crossley

Senior B
Highest Points Scorer: Paul Zame
Most Valuable Player: Conor O’Brien
Best Defenseman: Luke Goulding
Coaches Award: Alex Milton

Senior C
Highest Points Scorer: John Belic
Most Valuable Player: Kenneth Chan
Best Defenseman: Matt Troedel
Coaches Award: Sharon Orgad

Venue Change – Annual General Meeting and Presentation Night

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the proprietor’s control, the The James is no longer available on the night of Saturday 7th October, so we are switching to a new venue in the city.

The AGM (Saturday, 5.30pm) and Presentation Night (Saturday, 7pm) will now be held at The Mill – Upstairs, 71 Hardware Lane, Melbourne.

Please note that the following nominations have been received for the Braves Committee:

Vice President – Daniel Fuentes
Secretary – Bianca Cassar

We are still accepting nominations for both positions, as well as Ordinary Member roles, up until the commencement of the meeting.

If you are interested in contributing to the direction of the club, or wish to nominate someone for a role, please advise Shelly Clarkson at secretary@bravesicehockey.org.au

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/945437832261161