The Ice take care of a very young and inexperienced Ice Dogs team.
The Ice Dogs are kinda like a learner driver right now – they know what to do, they can do it, but they just need more time and more practice to get better. Unfortunately, they got overwhelmed by a Ferrari-driving Melbourne Ice team.
I dust off the crystal ball (which I’d never used before) and take to the numbers to see if I can predict the outcomes of the AIHL Finals series. Disclaimer: I have no idea who will win, and I completely understand the theory that “the finals are independent from regular season play”. But hey, it’s fun to prophecize.
With the Ice taking a week off, we cross to the newly-created River Road Hockey News desk to keep you updated on what happened around the league.
The Ice take all the points from a road trip to Sydney as they face the Ice Dogs and the Bears.
River Road Hockey S1 E4 — The Ice Dogs come back to Melbourne, but the results are totally different from last time. Austin McKenzie with the hat trick, and Gustaf Huth playing a great game.
River Road Hockey S1 E2 — The Ice take on the visiting Sydney Ice Dogs, who rolled into town with a mission. And I got to meet new import defenseman Jeff Smith.
It’s weird, y’know. Here in Melbourne, we are spoilt for choice with hockey at various levels. The Ice are three-time reigning AIHL champions, and the Women’s team have just secured their second Joan McKowen trophy in the AWIHL. We had the introduction of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League, which was won by the Sydney Maple Leafs in a tense shoot-out over the Melbourne Red Wings. Add to that all of the state-league teams run by Ice Hockey Victoria, and it is a rare weekend I spend away from an ice rink.