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Summer Wrap – Round 4

Comanches vs Ice Wolves 5 (Div 5)

Comanches vs Ice Wolves 5 (2017)
On Friday night the Comanches took on the Ice Wolves – an early goal in the first saw the Ice Wolves take the lead, and they followed with two more before the end of the period. Comanches initially found it hard to keep the puck in the offensive zone, but the second period saw improvement, and many more attempts and shots at net. The efforts were rewarded when a shot from a wide angle by Edison Tooley passed by the Ice Wolves goalie, earning the defenseman his first goal for the year. Despite increasing the forward pressure and some opportunities at net, the Comanches were outskated and outplayed, falling 8-1. Shout out to our officially appointed Captain Melissa Glenwright, and Alternates Matt Curtis and Ryan Kaye.

Bullharks vs Mohicans(Div 4)
The Mohicans played the Bullsharks at 3.45pm on Saturday – we knew before the game started it was going to be a tiring one with only four players on the bench. A tough game from start to finish, the Bullsharks piled on goals for the whole game. However the Mohicans focused on their own game and had some periods of good offensive cycling. Despite the 14-0 loss, we take heart from the effort put in by the whole team, especially by goalie Samantha Bennett who had a lot of work to do. There were lessons learnt and we move on to the next game.

Demons vs Apaches (Div 3)
Apaches faced off against Demons 3 on Saturday night and were ready for a tough game. Demons dominated from the start and although Braves had a number of chances around the front of the net, efforts were not forthcoming. A valiant fight was put up by our replacement goalie Jacob, however our opponents peppered him with 16 shots for 6 goals. The final score 6-0, a tough loss, yet not reflective of the Braves relentless effort.

Cherokees vs Ice Wolves 3 (Div 3)
The Ice Wolves are the division’s hottest team right now, whose record prior to the midnight showdown was 3-0 and 18 for and 5 against. Rather selfishly, one of our key D-Men (Kat Pullin) had a wedding to attend on Saturday ,which was compounded by the absence of yet another defensive option in Liam Patrick. The team knew it would be a hard task but after a cup of Horlicks and a bed time story we were ready to play, with two forwards falling back to fill in the defensive void in Kittens Place and Tom Lawler.

Initially the Cherokees got off to a strong start in the first period but the tide turned and the Wolves scored their first on a lucky bounce with 03.50 left in the period. The break soon followed and the Kees, although down, were not disheartened. The aim through he second period was to maintain pressure at the points and look for breakaway opportunities. This however didn’t happen. Three goals in the space of 8 minutes put the team on the back foot despite the great defensive play. However with 51 seconds left in the second there was a breakthrough. Richard Burt with the apple to set up key man, Big Fetz (Josh Facchini), coming through with his first of the season to get the monkey off his back, and hopefully the first of many for the season.

Up next is the Champs at the slightly more agreeable time of 1.15pm on Saturday. With the Cherokees beginning to find their feet and structure it’s hopeful that a primetime performance could be on the way during the matinee time slot.

Jets Potatoes vs Navajos (Div 2)
The Navijos took to the ice against the Jet Potatoes in round 4 in what became a very heated match. Struggling to get forward pressure earlier this season, the Navajos showed more puck control, patience and confidence right from the start of the first period, putting the Jets on the back foot. Both teams peppered the goalies early, with the Jets eventually getting one past near the end of the first. The Navs came out is the second with the same style and effort, continuing to improve breakouts and forward pressure. Neither team troubled the scorers in the second, however the pressure from both teams was evident as the penalty count started to creep towards its eventual total of 23, including one Jets player being ejected. The Jets managed another goal in the third to go make it 2-0. The Navs didn’t give up at any point, clawing one back through Brad Pyers off the sticks of Simon Holmes and Daniel Layton. The Navs had the best of it right until the siren but failed to score the equalizer eventual going down 2-1. Conor O’Brien filled in net taking 21 shots for the 2 goals.

Sharks vs Kiowa (Div 1)
Another midweek Oakleigh game for the Kiowa this Tuesday night – this time facing a strong Sharks outfit that has had a couple of big wins early this season. With only nine skaters, it was always going to be tough game.

The first period was rock solid defending from Kiowa with the Sharks scoring just 1 goal to lead 1-0 at the end of the first – a period where the the number of Kiowa shots registered on net did not quite reflect the offensive pressure put on by the team. in which i think the scorers were asleep registering the shots on as 4-0 for the period.

Captain Mike Killip evened up the scores in the second period with a great individual effort to get through the defence, but unfortunately two quick goals by the Sharks and then a third on the power play just before the break left the Sharks with a 4-1 lead.

Despite weary legs, a tough contest was had throughout the third period, and despite having to double shift at times, the Kiowa managed another ten shots on goal, with the last of those efforts a great goal from from Chris Bridget, skating from the defensive end to eventually score. Goaltender Conor O’Brien was rewarded for his part in setting up the play with an assist on the scoresheet. The final score was 8-2, with Conor O’Brien officially facing 33 shots, but putting in an effort genuinely felt like it was over 40.

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.

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

Braves at the Goodall Cup Finals

Good luck Mustangs!! The Braves are represented in today’s 2017 Australian Ice Hockey League semi final between Melbourne Mustangs and Melbourne Ice by current and alumni players including Andy Belic, Brendan McDowell, Matt Stringer, Corey Stringer, Troy Robertson and Fraser Carson.

We are also represented in the officiating crew, with Fraser Ohlson getting the call up to act as a linesman for the game.

Best of luck to all!

Finals Bound!

Congratulations to the following teams for making the Winter 2017 finals:

  • Premier League – finished the round-robin in 2nd place
  • Senior B – finished the round-robin in 2nd place
  • Senior C – finished the round-robin in 4th place

Our Senior A team made a late run for finals but narrowly missed out.

Best of luck to all teams!