Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box! A new project of Erk’s, there are a combination of written articles and podcast episodes, primarily about the Australian Ice Hockey League.
Erk was originally seriously introduced to the sport in America in January 2014. Since then, he has learnt about the rules and customs of the sports by watching games in the Western Hockey League (WHL), National Hockey League (NHL) & the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).
Regular podcast episodes have now commenced and will be weekly during the remainder of the 2014 AIHL season. Episodes will feature Erk’s opinions in relation to the AIHL, WHL & NHL. Outside the AIHL season (April – September), episodes will be produced less regularly depending on events in the WHL & NHL.Most podcasts will be in the regular Erk style but with some format changes while mirror those of a hockey game. There will be some music on the show as well with intermission entertainment provided (with permission) by The Zambonis. Snippets of other songs from independent and unsigned artists will also feature.
Erk is writing for the Hewitt Sports Network primarily focusing on the AIHL. Erk is writing content based on his two local teams, the Sydney Bears & the Sydney Ice Dogs.
All opinions are those of Erk alone if not stated otherwise and do not reflect the view of any competition, competing club or Hewitt Sports Network. Articles have been reproduced here as a common place to find all of Erk’s articles.
Latest Podcast Episodes
Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 31. Delayed due to Erk being ill, this episode covers the last week of the 2015 AIHL regular season, the Finals Series and the first ever AIHL All Star Weekend. There's a lot to get through on the final episode of Erk To The Penalty Box for 2015 (and possibly ever).
- Saturday: Mustamgs 4 defeated Bears 1
- Saturday: Brave 7 defeated Ice Dogs 2
- Saturday: Adrenaline 5 defeated Thunder 4
- Sunday: Ice 5 defeated Bears 3
- Sunday: Adrenaline 5 defeated Thunder 4 (SO)
- Sunday: North Stars 14 defeated Ice Dogs 0.
All Star Game:
- Semi Final 1: North Stars (1) 4 defeated Brave (4) 3
- Semi Final 2: Ice (2) 1 defeated Thunder (3) 0
- Grand Final: North Stars 3 defeated Ice 2 (OT)
- Team Schlamp 7 defeated Team Bales 3.
Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 30. Erk followed the Bears on their last week in NSW & saw a lot of goals. It was all Bears on Saturday & all North Stars on Sunday. The Top 4 for the AIHL Finals are now confirmed - Newcastle North Stars, Melbourne Ice, Perth Thunder, CBR Brave.
Note - There will not be a further episode between this episode and the AIHL Finals because Erk is in Melbourne for Bears Melbourne roadie (22/23 August) then AIHL Finals (29/30 August).
- Mustangs 9 defeated Adrenaline 5
- Bears 9 defeated Ice Dogs 1
- Brave 6 defeated North Stars 5 (SO)
- Ice 5 defeated Thunder 4 (SO)
- Adrenaline 4 defeated Mustangs 3 (SO)
- North Stars 8 defeated BEars 2
- Ice 6 defeated Thunder 2
Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 29 featuring action on 8/9 August. Erk was on hand for the Bears games against the Mustangs and Ice. Lots of action across the league as the finals fast approach.
- Ice 11 defeated Ice Dogs 1
- Bears 8 defeated Mustangs 6
- North Stars 5 defeated Adrenaline 3
- Thunder 4 defeated Brave 3
- North Stars 3 defeated Adrenaline 2 (SO)
- Ice 3 defeated Bears 2 (SO)
- Mustangs 9 defeated Ice Dogs 1
- Brave 6 defeated Thunder 3
Welcome to episode 28 of Erk To The Penalty Box looking at the Australian Ice Hockey League season of 2015. On this week's episode, a short weekend of action confirmed one team's appearance in the AIHL Finals, a late season fightback and a surprise after-season roadtrip to Newcastle.
- Mustangs 5 defeated Thunder 0
- North Stars 3 defeated Bears 2
- Brave 10 defeated Ice Dogs 2
- North Stars 9 defeated Ice Dogs 1
- Adrenaline 8 defeated Mustangs 7 (SO)
Welcome to episode 27 of Erk To The Penalty Box looking at the Australian Ice Hockey League season of 2015. On this week's episode, Erk makes his play-by-play commentary debut (hear an example at the end of the episode), a team loses their points and two players depart for overseas. The Finals race is interesting however the top 4 seems fairly set for this week at least.
- Mustangs 6 defeated Ice 5 (SO)
- Mustangs 2 defeated North Stars 1
- Brave 7 defeated Bears 3
- Thunder 8 defeated Ice Dogs 0
- Thunder 8 defeated Ice Dogs 2
- North Stars 4 defeated Ice 2
Welcome to episode 26 of Erk To The Penalty Box covering the 2015 AIHL season. Due to illness, there was no episode last week so this episode covers a 2 week period in July. During this period, Erk travelled to Liverpool to see the Ice Dogs host the Mustangs and to Canberra to see the Bears play the Brave.
Saturday 11 July:
- Ice 5 defeated Thunder 3
- North Stars 11 defeated Mustangs 3
- Adrenaline 11 defeated Brave 7
- Sunday 12 July:
- Ice 3 defeated Thunder 2 (SO)
- Brave 6 defeated Adrenaline 5 (SO)
- Mustangs 10 defeated Ice Dogs 1
- Saturday 18 July:
- Brave 6 defeated Bears 3
- Mustangs 8 defeated Ice Dogs 2
- Sunday 19 July:
- Ice 9 defeated Ice Dogs 0
Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 25. On This episode, Erk recaps week 11 of the 2015 Australian Ice Hockey League regular season. Erk was at the 3rd Battle Of Sydney. The finals battle is hotting up!
- Bears 10 defeated Ice Dogs 3
- Mustangs 3 defeated Brave 2 (SO)
- Ice 4 defeated Adrenaline 3
- North Stars 4 defeated Thunder 2
- Brave 5 defeated Mustangs 4
- Ice 3 defeated Adrenaline 1
- Thunder 4 defeated North Stars 2
Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 024 covering week 10 of the 2015 Australian Ice Hockey League season. Erk went to Melbourne to see the Bears play the Ice and Mustangs.
- Ice 5 defeated Mustangs 2
- Bears 6 defeated Ice 4
- Brave 6 defeated Ice Dogs 4
- North Stars 6 defeated Adrenaline 3
- Mustangs 4 defeated Bears 2
- Adrenaline 6 defeated Ice Dogs 0
- North Stars 5 defeated Brave 1
Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 023 covering week 9 of the Australian Ice Hockey League. Erk travelled to 2 Bears home games at 2 different venues. It was a great weekend for some teams on the ice and not so good for some others.
- North Stars 8 defeated Ice 4
- Thunder 4 defeated Mustangs 3
- Bears 4 defeated Brave 3
- Bears 6 defeated Ice 4
- Mustangs 6 defeated Adrenaline 2
- North Stars 5 defeated Ice Dogs 2
Welcome to Erk To The Penalty Box episode 22. Erk saw the first Ice Dogs win of the season and the last meeting between the Bears & Thunder in week 8 of the AIHL season. New imports, coaching changes, shootouts, home games where the away team doesn't need to travel & a lot more.
- Thunder 6 defeated North Stars 5 (SO)
- Ice 3 defeated Brave 1
- Ice Dogs 4 defeated Bears 3 (SO)
- Thunder 4 defeated Bears 2
- Ice 3 defeated Brave 2
- North Stars 9 defeated Ice Dogs 2
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