This weekend brings the final four games of the AWIHL regular season and much is at stake. Here is a look at the AWIHL table heading into our final games.
The only team locked into their position is the third-placed Melbourne Ice. As the top-four teams make the playoffs, their playoff spot is assured. The Melbourne Ice are at home to face off against the Adelaide Rush, who are currently top of the table on points percentage. Adelaide will need three points to cement their position at the top of the table. Should they fail to secure three points, the Sydney Sirens will be regular season champions.
Rush veteran forward, Natalie Ayris shared her thoughts on the weekends games:
“We are extremely pumped to play this weekend since it’s our first games back from Christmas break. I’m super excited to be playing Melbourne, they are a strong team but so are we. We have all been training hard on and off the ice. It’s going to be a tough couple of games this weekend but we are sticking to our game plan and we’re up for the challenge!”Natalie Ayris
An intriguing matchup will take place in Perth as the Perth Inferno face off against the Brisbane Goannas. Perth played well last week against the Melbourne Ice and their play this season has been deserving of more than the solitary point in the standings. Last Sunday night saw some controversy as the Inferno vs Ice game ended 6-6 after regulation. Inexplicably the game went to three-on-three overtime instead of a penalty shoot-out. The Inferno would win the game, temporarily giving them two points in the standings but earlier this week an adjustment was made.
Commissioner Melissa Rulli made the following statement regarding the situation:
The decision makes things slightly more difficult for the Perth Inferno in their playoff push. Perth will now need to get two wins against Brisbane to secure their place in Melbourne for finals weekend on February 1 and 2.
If you are able to get to the games at Docklands in Melbourne, or Cockburn in Perth, definitely do so, you will be glad you did. If you live out of town or are otherwise unable to make it to the arena, make sure you watch the games via YouTube and subscribe to the AWIHL channel.
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