2011–12 Austrian Hockey League season

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2011–12 Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
League Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
Sport Ice hockey
Number of teams 11
Regular season
Winners Black Wings Linz
Champions Black Wings Linz
Runners-up EC KAC
Top scorer István Sofron
Austrian Hockey League seasons

The 2011–12 Austrian Hockey League was a season of the Austrian Hockey League (known as Erste Bank Eishockey Liga - or EBEL league - for sponsorship reasons). The Black Wings Linz won their second Austrian championship after 2003 by defeating the EC KAC in the Playoff-Final four games to one.

Teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Capacity Founded Joined EBEL
Red Bull Salzburg Austria Salzburg Eisarena Salzburg 3,600 1977
Graz 99ers Austria Graz Eisstadion Graz Liebenau 4,050 1999
EC KAC Austria Klagenfurt Stadthalle Klagenfurt 5,500 1909
Black Wings Linz Austria Linz Keine Sorgen Eisarena Linz 3,800 1992
Vienna Capitals Austria Vienna Albert Schultz Eishalle 4,500 2000
Villacher SV Austria Villach Villacher Stadthalle 4,800 1923
Acroni Jesenice Slovenia Jesenice Dvorana Podmežakla 6,000 1948 2006/07
Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia Ljubljana Dvorana Tivoli 4,500 1929 2007/08
SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 Hungary Székesfehérvár Ifjabb Ocskay Gábor Ice Hall 3,600 1960 2007/08
KHL Medveščak Zagreb Croatia Zagreb Dom Sportova / Arena Zagreb 6,000 / 15,024 1961 2009/10
Orli Znojmo Czech Republic Znojmo Hostan Arena 5,500 1933 2011/12

Regular season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

After 40 regular season games, the league was divided into two mid-season groups, who played games amongst each other. The first six teams qualified into the playoffs, but played a further 10 games each in the Placement Round to decide the best rankings. Earlier points were annulled, except for the 1st team receiving +4, the 2nd +3, the 3rd + 2, and the 4th +1 extra initial point(s) for this phase.

The last 5 teams played 8 games each in the Qualifying Round to reach the remaining two playoff spots. Earlier points were annulled except for the 7th receiving + 3, the 8th + 2, and the 9th + 1 extra initial point(s) for this phase. In the playoff games the better placed team at the end of these mid-season groups will have the right to play at home first. In the quarterfinals the 1st ranked team will play against the 8th ranked team, 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th, 4th vs 5th - each in a best-of-seven series.

Key to colours in group tables
Top six placed teams advanced to the Placement Round
Last five placed teams advanced to the Qualifying Round
R Team GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Black Wings Linz 40 29 11 4 147 104 62
2 KHL Medveščak Zagreb 40 24 16 6 135 99 54
3 Red Bull Salzburg 40 24 16 3 144 129 51
4 EC KAC 40 22 18 4 124 114 48
5 Olimpija Ljubljana 40 21 19 3 122 119 45
6 SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 40 20 20 4 132 122 44
7 Villacher SV 40 21 19 0 112 101 42
8 Vienna Capitals 40 17 23 6 120 136 40
9 Graz 99ers 40 19 21 1 112 123 39
10 Orli Znojmo 40 14 26 6 100 137 34
11 Jesenice 40 9 31 7 82 146 25

Placement Round[edit]

EHC Black Wings Linz started with +4, KHL Medveščak Zagreb with +3, EC Red Bull Salzburg with +2 and EC KAC with +1 points.

R Team GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Black Wings Linz 10 6 4 0 32 29 16
2 KHL Medveščak Zagreb 10 5 5 1 31 29 14
3 SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 10 7 3 0 37 26 14
4 Red Bull Salzburg 10 4 6 1 32 42 11
5 EC KAC 10 4 6 0 26 28 9
6 Olimpija Ljubljana 10 4 6 1 35 39 9

Qualifying Round[edit]

Villacher SV started with +3, Vienna Capitals with + 2 and the Graz 99ers with +1 points.

Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advanced to Playoffs
R Team GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Orli Znojmo 8 5 3 1 28 22 11
2 Vienna Capitals 8 4 4 1 30 20 11
3 Villacher SV 8 4 4 0 16 18 11
4 Graz 99ers 8 4 4 1 18 18 10
5 Jesenice 8 3 5 0 19 33 6

Playoffs[edit]

In the semifinals the four winners of the quarterfinals will play as follows: the best ranked club (in the regular season) of the four semifinalists will play against the worst ranked club, the second best ranked club against the second worst ranked club - each in a best-of-seven series. The two winners of the semifinals will play a best-of-seven series in the final round.

If a playoff game is undecided at the end of the regular time after a 17 minutes break a 20-minute "Sudden Victory Overtime" will be played. Should the game still be undecided after the first overtime period after another 17 minutes break a second 20-minute "Sudden Victory Overtime" will be played and so on until the deciding goal is scored. Each team may only use four skaters; however, at least three skaters must be used.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1 Austria Black Wings Linz 4  
8 Austria Vienna Capitals 3  
  1 Austria Black Wings Linz 4  
  6 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 1  
2 Croatia KHL Medveščak Zagreb 4
  7 Czech Republic Orli Znojmo 0  
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)   1 Austria Black Wings Linz 4
  5 Austria EC KAC 1
  3 Hungary SAPA Fehérvár AV 19 2  
6 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 4  
  2 Croatia KHL Medveščak Zagreb 1
  5 Austria EC KAC 4  
4 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2
  5 Austria EC KAC 4  

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