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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!

Round 9: Braves @ Saints

Premier League
On Friday, the Premier League team were on a mission, pouncing on any advantage. The scoring started mid-way through the first period, when Chris Ong Tone toe-dragged the puck to score five-hole. Kevin Robertson (Chris Ong-Tone, Liam McKay) made it 2-0 on the next shot less than a minute later. The Braves made it three goals from three consecutive shots when Kevin Robertson fed the puck to Liam McKay, who converted while shorthanded. The Saints scored to make it 3-1 heading into the break. The 2nd period saw the Braves continue to dominate, with Andrew Belic snatching his deflected shot out of the air and onto his stick to score the Braves’ fourth. Kevin Robertson (Ong Tone) got his second, quickly followed by Andrew Belic (Michael McDowell, Liam McKay). Andrew Belic (Brendan Oakes, Adrian Nash) completed his hattrick minutes later, to close out the period with a 7-1 lead. The third period saw the Braves continue to take advantage of odd-man rushes, even on the penalty kill. The aggressive approach paid off for Andrew Belic, scoring a further two shorthanded goals, to finish with five for the night, in a 9-1 demolition of the Saints. The Braves outshot the Saints 37-20, with Fraser Ohlson in net for the win.

Senior A

Ajay Hill
Saturday’s game saw the Brave’s topsy turvy Senior A form continue – this week struggling against the Saints. The Saints scored three unanswered goals in the first period – two on breakaways, and backed up with another two in the second, before the Braves drew one back late in the period after Travis Dangstorp fed Simon Jokic for the first Braves goal of the game, to see the scoreline read 5-1. The Saints managed another four goals in the third for the 1-9 loss. Ajay Hill, who was stepping up from Senior C, faced 20 shots, with the Saints seeing 18.

Senior B
The Senior B team put forward a dominant display, earning a 9-2 win in their clash against the Saints on Sunday night. Tom Milkovic, assisted by Paul McCorquodale, opened up the scoring midway through the first, with Alex Milton (Paul Zame) adding a second just prior to the period break. The second period saw the team take it up a notch, scoring 4 goals off 11 shots – with James Oliver (Paul Zame) scoring inside the first minute, Paul Zame (unassisted) five minutes later, Oliver and Zame combining again whilst playing 4-on-4, before the Braves changed it up to see Mat Blair score off a Alex Milton assist to see the team head into 3rd with a 6-0 lead. The Saints earned a four-minute advantage midway through the third period after a scuffle in the neutral zone, but the Braves were able to control the puck and successfully kill the penalty. The Saints found the back of the net a minute later, however the Braves were not done – adding two more goals. Alex Milton scored from Tim Stringer and Paul Zame (Paul’s 5th point of the evening) and Paul McCorquodale (Mat Blair, Luke Goulding). The Saints got their second, but Alex Milton nailed the coffin shut with his hattrick goal in the final minute of play, with the scoreboard reading 9-2. The Braves outshot the Saints 34-14, with Alex Healey in net for the win.

Senior C
The first period in Senior C saw plenty of end to end action, but the Braves were getting more shots when they got forward. The sustained effort was finally rewarded when Anthony Thornton scored unassisted. The Saints drew level a few minutes later, however John Belic (Sharon Orgad) restored the lead once more. A goal-line clearance from Maciej Rudowski kept the Braves in front heading into the 2nd. The second period opened with an early goal – Alex Healey putting a laser of a shot on, which was deflected in for Thornton’s second. Owen Pearce added to tally with his shot going five-hole a few minutes later. The third period saw both teams with opportunities but strong defending kept everyone off the scoresheet. The Saints did manage a consolation goal with a minute to go, with the game ending 4-2. Bryan Jeffrey saw 24 shots in the win, to the Saints 37.

Behind the bench with Senior C. #icehockeyvictoria #braveshockey #australianhockey #blackandgold #icehockey

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Braves taking on the world

This week we have three Braves representing their state and country!

Premier League player Ant Collins is in Bratislava, Slovakia, representing Australia at the IIHF Division 1 Inline World Championships, where he and his teammates are gearing up for the semi-finals. You can the tournament schedule here and watch the live stream here.

Meanwhile, Evan Connard (Premier League) and Conor O’Brien (Senior B) are representing Victoria, at the Syd Tange U18 National Tournament in Adelaide. Evan has also been selected as one of three captains. Ice Hockey South Australia are providing a live stream at their Facebook page.

Best of luck to all!