Thunder Ultimate Ice Hockey Challenge coaches expecting fast games

Darin Bryce.
Markus Frankenberger.
Darin Bryce. Markus Frankenberger.

COMPETITIVE, “hard hitting” and fast paced is how the coaches of the second annual Ultimate Ice Hockey Challenge (UIHC) are describing the competition ahead of selecting their teams.

Perth Thunder assistant coach Darin Bryce, of Wembley Downs, and Under-20s national junior team head coach Markus Frankenberger, of Bateman, will coach the Northern Stars and Southern Suns respectively.

Bryce said each team would have division one, premier and Perth Thunder players so he anticipated “good pace, high intensity and pretty hard hitting at times” throughout the three-game series.

He said he expected more Thunder players to sign up for the competition following their exit from the Australian Ice Hockey League on the weekend after losing to the Northern Stars 3-2.

Frankenberger, a UWA lecturer, said players took the series seriously and competed hard to win the challenge.

He said he expected players from Australia’s junior players to be chosen in teams.

The coaches will finalise their teams on September 7.

Profits from this year’s UIHC will be donated to Telethon via The Harcourts Foundation.

Ultimate Ice Hockey Challenge

Game 1 – October 15 Cockburn Ice Arena

Game 2 – October 22 Perth Ice Arena, Malaga

Game 3 – October 29 Cockburn Ice Arena

Tickets: Adult $20, child $10 or Championship Pass adult $45, child $15. Visit www.uihc.com.au.

Entertainment: Performances by the National Synchronised Ice Skating Team