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

Braves reclaim H.H.Kleiner Trophy!

The Braves and the Jets went head to head in a best of three Grand Final Series in the 2017 IHV Premier League, with the Braves securing the title in two games!

Game 1
A large crowd attending O’Brien Group Arena on Friday 15th Septmber for the first game of the IHV Premier League Grand Final. After coach Simon Holmes alternated the goaltending throughout the season, Shane Murphy was given the nod to start in net. The game got off to a tense start and puck possession was evenly distributed. But it was the Braves who got the first goal – when Kevin Robertson, assisted by Corey Stringer and Ant Collins, pounced on a rebound in the final minute of the first period. The momentum continued early into the second when Chris Drake (Kevin Robertson) opened up his account from the slot to make it 2-0 on an early power play. Chris Drake (Corey Stringer) picked up his second at the 11 minute mark, while Kevin Robertson scored unassisted on the next shot on goal. It was cruise control for the Braves, when Kevin Robertson rounded off his hattrick with another solo effort at 3.17, and almost made it four when he skated through the defence only to see his shot hit the crossbar. The Jets regrouped at the start of the 3rd period to get a goal, but were unable to establish any kind of momentum. They scored a second to bring the scores to 5-2, but it was shortlived, as Chris Drake (Trenton Dalvean) roofed a shot to give the Braves a 6-2 victory. Shane Murphy faced 21 shots for 2, while Michael James faced 26 for 6.

Game 2
After controlling the game on Friday night, the Braves reset for Game 2 on Monday night. And as expected, it was a closer game – with the Jets having nothing to lose, they had dialled it up a notch. The Braves lost Andy Belic for much of the first period when he snapped a skate blade (following from Evan Connard doing the same in Game 1). With scoring opportunities few and far between, it was the Braves who opened up their account 12 minutes in when Steve Belic capitalised on the work of Michael McDowell and Corey Stringer. The team went close to doubling the lead on a power play two minutes later. The team looked set to head into the break with a 1-0 lead, but the Jets scored at 0.14 when the back door was left open. Period 2 saw the Braves add to their account early on – as Trenton Dalvean (Steve Belic, Chris Drake) found the net, and slides into the boards. However the Jets were able to score once again to bring it to 2-2. With scores level, the space closed up for both teams, as each tried to grind out another goal. It was the Braves who were successful, as Andy Belic scored from Kevin Robertson at 1.32, to see the Braves hold a slim 3-2 lead. The final period saw opportunities at both ends, the Braves were unable to make the most of two power plays, while Shane Murphy did his best to keep the Jets out. In the end, the Braves were too good, and finished the game with a 3-2 victory in Game 2, and a 2-0 series win, to reclaim the H.H.Kleiner Trophy from the Jets in the IHV Premier League. Shane Murphy faced 16 shots for 2, with league Best Goaltender and MVP Michael James facing 25 for 3.

Presentation Night – Saturday 7th October
Help us celebrate the victory at the Braves end of season Presentation Night! RSVP online on our Event Page by October 1st.

The Braves claim the 2017 IHV Premier League title!

Braves headed to the Premier League Grand Final!

Premier League
After a lacklustre performance against the Blackhawks in an 8-3 loss the previous week, the Braves were eager to turn the tables when facing the team again, this time for a spot in the Grand Final. The boys got off to a great start with the first shot of the game, and then the first goal, with Corey Stringer scoring inside of 90 seconds, off the back of a Kevin Robertson assist. The Blackhawks jumped ahead 2-1, but the team kept its composure, before Trenton Dalvean converted on the power play (Chris Drake, Corey Stringer) to even the score leading into the 2nd period. The Hawks had a couple of chances, but were found lacking, with the Braves able to hold firm on a 4 minute penalty kill. The third period saw the Braves turn up the heat, with Dalvean collecting his second of the night tipping in a shot from Corey Stringer, to give the team a 3-2 lead.  The Blackhawks tried to bounce back, but Shane Murphy made a few big saves, including stacking the pads to deflect a shot fired from short range. The Braves continued to mount pressure, and were able to successfully keep the puck in the offensive zone, before two penalties to the Blackhawks handed the Braves a 5-on-3 power play. Trenton Dalvean collected his hattrick, with thanks again to Corey Stringer, and despite a penalty box mixup that saw the second Blackhawks player also be permitted to exit, the Braves did it again, this time at even strength, with Andy Belic setting up Chris Ong Tone. The Braves ended the game with a well deserved 5-2 win off 35 shots, with Shane Murphy facing 16, to earn a place in the grand final series against the Jets.

Game 1 – Friday 15th September at 8:00pm (Join Facebook Event)
Game 2 – Monday 18th September at 7:30pm (Join Facebook Event)
Game 3 – Friday 22nd September at 8:00pm (Join Facebook Event) (if required)

Senior B
Our Senior B team put in a stellar effort to put a 7-1 loss against the Jets a few weeks ago behind them in their opening finals game. The team got out to an early lead with Brian van Luyk (Paul Zame, Luke Goulding) on a power play followed up by Luke Goulding (Paul McCorquodale, James Oliver), before conceding one on a penalty kill. The Jets brought it back to 2-2 in the 2nd period, but Corky took just 42 seconds to help the Braves regain the lead with 12:01 on the clock. Scoring opportunities dried up for the rest of the period, and the Braves held a 3-2 lead. The Jets took just two minutes to add to their account in the third period, but a surging Braves team pulled ahead once again, this time through Paul Zame (McCorquodale, Mathew Blair). However the joy was short-lived, as the Jets drew level, and despite opportunities the buzzer sounded at 4-4. The teams headed to overtime – with both seeking to gain control of the puck, but the Jets coming out successful, scoring three minutes in. The Braves lost 5-4, with Conor O’Brien putting in a solid effort in net, facing 29 shots, with the Jets facing 18.

The B team were not out of the hunt, as they faced the Blackhawks 19 hours later for a chance to progress to the Grand Final. It took just 35 seconds for Paul Zame to open up the lead, with assists to James Oliver and Paul McCorquodale. The Blackhawks scored in the 2nd period, against the run of play, and then again early in the third. The Braves continued to press, and had plenty of puck possession in the offensive zone, but it wasn’t until the final five minutes of the game that a pass from Brian van Luyk found Stefaan White, who had been called up from the Senior C team, to bring the scores level. The game ended 2-2 and the teams could not be split after 5 minutes of extra time, sending the teams to a shootout. Both goaltenders put in huge efforts, sending it to the 8th round, before the Braves were ultimately eliminated from the finals.

Senior C
The Braves faced the Jets in a Senior C game where only the winner was to continue their finals run. The team struggled to hold onto the puck in the first period, but were able to hold firm in defence, keeping it level at 0-0. It was much of the same in the second, before the Jets broke the deadlock with 2:30 remaining. The Braves struggled to find opportunities to get shots on net, before the Jets doubled their lead half way through the third period. The game ended a 2-0 loss for the Braves, with Ajay Hill facing 17 shots, with the Jets 10.