2011–12 AWHL season

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2011–12 AWHL season
League American West Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 30, 2011 – March 10, 2012
Number of games 144[1]
Number of teams 6
Total attendance 94,968[1]
Average attendance 659[1]
Regular Season
Season champions Missoula Maulers (1st)
Lewis & Clark Cup
Champions Helena Bighorns (1st)
  Runners-up Missoula Maulers
AWHL seasons
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The 2011–12 AWHL season was the 1st season for the newly formed American West Hockey League. The AWHL was formed in the summer of 2011 by teams breaking away from the Northern Pacific Hockey League. The league shares a similar area as the America West Hockey League that merged into the North American Hockey League in 2003. Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, and Helena all originated in the old AWHL and now appear in the current AWHL.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Final Standings[edit]

American West Hockey league
GP W L OTL1 OTL2 SOL GF GA Pts
1 Missoula Maulers 48 41 6 0 0 1 253 102 83
2 Helena Bighorns 48 39 6 1 1 1 279 85 79
3 Billings Bulls 48 26 17 3 1 1 202 187 53
4 Gillette Wild 48 23 23 0 2 0 196 218 46
5 Bozeman Icedogs 48 14 34 0 0 0 131 207 28
6 Great Falls Americans 48 1 46 1 0 0 97 359 2

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Playoffs[edit]

AWHL Semifinals[edit]

Missoula defeated Gillette in six games to advance to the AWHL Championship. Helena defeated Billings in five games to also advance.[4][5]

AWHL Championship[edit]

Helena swept Missoula in four games in the AWHL Championship to earn the first American West Hockey League championship.[6]

USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championship[edit]

The Helena Bighorns, Missoula Maulers, and Billings Bulls won the right to represent the AWHL at the 2012 USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Tournament. Each team played 3 games in their pool, with the winners of each pool advancing to the national semifinals.[5][7]

Helena Bighorns[edit]

Helena won two games and lost one in pool play and did not advance to the semifinals.[8]

Missoula Maulers[edit]

Missoula won two games and lost one in pool play and did not advance to the semifinals.[8][9]

Billings Bulls[edit]

Billings won all three games in their pool and advanced to the semifinals. They lost their semifinal game 4-2 to the eventual national champion Atlanta Knights of the EJHL South.[5][8][10]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "AWHL 2011-12 League Attendance". AWHL. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Staff (June 14, 2011). "American West Hockey League Accepted As Newest Addition To USA Hockey Juniors". NBC Montana. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "AWHL Standings 2011/2012". AWHL. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "AWHL Playoff Bracket". AWHL. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bulls lose in semifinals at national tournament". Billings Gazette. April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bighorns Sweep the AWHL Championship". AWHL. April 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "AWHL Teams Set for Nationals". AWHL. March 25, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "AWHL Post Respectful Showing at 2012 National Tourney". AWHL. March 25, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Maulers come home empty from Nationals". KPAX.com. April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Knights Dominate the 2012 Junior A Nationals". atlantajuniorknights.com. April 5, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.