2011 AIHL season
|2011 AIHL season|
|League||Australian Ice Hockey League|
|Duration||14 April 2011 – 4 September 2011|
|H Newman Reid Trophy||Melbourne Ice|
|Season MVP||Jason Baclig (Melbourne)|
|Top scorer||Addison DeBoer (Canberra)|
|Runners-up||Newcastle North Stars|
The 2011 AIHL season is the 12th season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). It ran from 14 April 2011 until 28 August 2011, with the Goodall Cup finals following on 3 and 4 September. The Melbourne Ice won the H Newman Ried trophy after finishing first in the regular season standings with 65 points. The Ice also won the Goodall Cup final series after defeating the Newcastle North Stars in the final.
During the off-season the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) announced two new teams would be joining the league. The Mustangs IHC were announced to become the eighth team in the AIHL starting in the 2011 season. The Mustangs are based at Docklands, Victoria, the home of the Melbourne Ice. The ninth team, Perth Thunder, were accepted into the league as a provisional member. The Thunder will play exhibition games against other AIHL teams during the 2011 season in order to gain the vote to be accepted for the 2012 season. At the Annual General Meeting it was proposed to increase the length of the games periods from 15 minutes to 20 minutes to be inline with International Ice Hockey Federation rules however the proposal was unsuccessful due to reasons such as costs to the teams and the ability to fill the four lines with AIHL-level players.
On 10 July the game between the Gold Coast Blue Tongues and the Sydney Ice Dogs was cancelled due to an unsafe surface at the Blue Tongues home venue, Bundall Iceland. The AIHL deemed that the Blue Tongues have forfeited the game against the Ice Dogs 5–0, with the Ice Dogs being awarded the full three points.
During the season three teams competed against the AIHL's provisional member, Perth Thunder, in order for the Thunder to gain entry into the league for the following season. In May the Thunder travelled to Adelaide to compete in two games against the Adelaide Adrenaline. They drew the first game 2–2 and won the second 3–0. In June the Melbourne Ice travelled to Perth to compete in two games against the Thunder at the Cockburn Ice Arena. The Ice won the first game 4–3 and lost the second game 3–6 after letting in six goals to none in the final period. In September the Newcastle North Stars traveled to Perth to play the Thunder in a two-game series. The Thunder won both the first and second game 4–2.
The Melbourne Ice won the H Newman Reid Trophy after finishing first in the regular season standings with 65 points. Last years winners, the Newcastle North Stars finished second with 59 points. Jason Baclig of the Melbourne Ice was named the 2011 AIHL MVP edging out the Gold Coast Blue Tongues' Matt Amado and Sydney Ice Dogs' Matt Monaghan.
|1||14 April||20:00||Melbourne Ice||8–4||Mustangs IHC||Melbourne|||
|2||16 April||17:00||Adelaide Adrenaline||3–7||Newcastle North Stars||Newcastle||800|||
|3||16 April||19:30||Mustangs IHC||6–2||Sydney Bears||Penrith|||
|4||17 April||17:00||Adelaide Adrenaline||3 – 2 (SO)||Sydney Bears||Penrith|||
|5||17 April||17:00||Mustangs IHC||6–7||Newcastle North Stars||Newcastle||700|||
|6||23 April||17:30||Newcastle North Stars||7–3||Canberra Knights||Canberra|||
|7||23 April||17:45||Sydney Ice Dogs||2–6||Melbourne Ice||Melbourne|||
|8||24 April||16:15||Sydney Ice Dogs||6–3||Mustangs IHC||Melbourne|||
|9||28 April||20:00||Sydney Bears||2–4||Newcastle North Stars||Newcastle||600|||
|10||30 April||16:00||Newcastle North Stars||6–2||Gold Coast Blue Tongues||Gold Coast|||
|11||30 April||17:30||Melbourne Ice||6–5||Canberra Knights||Canberra|||
|12||30 April||17:45||Adelaide Adrenaline||3–5||Mustangs IHC||Melbourne||250|||
|Qualified for the playoffs|
|Newcastle North Stars||28||18||1||3||6||132||106||+26||0.702||59|
|Sydney Ice Dogs||28||17||2||0||9||124||90||+34||0.655||55|
|Gold Coast Blue Tongues||28||13||1||2||12||120||115||+5||0.512||43|
The 2011 playoffs started on 3 September 2011, with the Goodall Cup final being held on 4 September 2011. Following the end of the regular season the top four teams advance to the playoff series. Melbourne Ice who finished first in the standings was drawn against the Adelaide Adrenaline who finished fourth, while the other semi-final was played between the second and third ranked teams Newcastle North Stars and Sydney Ice Dogs. The series was a single game elimination with the two winning semi-finalists advancing to the Goodall Cup final. All three games were held at the National Ice Sports Centre (Icehouse) in Melbourne, Victoria. The Melbourne Ice won the Goodall Cup for the second year in a row after defeating the Newcastle North Stars in the final. Joseph Hughes of the Melbourne Ice was named the finals MVP.
|Newcastle North Stars||2|
|3||Newcastle North Stars||5|
|2||Sydney Ice Dogs||2|
All times are UTC+10:00
|3 September 2011|
(3–2, 3–0, 2–1)
|Adelaide Adrenaline||Icehouse, Melbourne|
|Stuart Denman||Goalies||Olivier Martin||Referee:|
|6 min||Penalties||8 min|
|3 September 2011|
|Newcastle North Stars||5–2|
(1–0, 2–1, 2–1)
|Sydney Ice Dogs||Icehouse, Melbourne|
|Matthew Ezzy||Goalies||James Herbert||Referee:|
|51 min||Penalties||53 min|
|4 September 2011|
(1–1, 1–0, 1–1)
|Newcastle North Stars||Icehouse, Melbourne|
|Stuart Denman||Goalies||Matthew Ezzy||Referee:|
|6 min||Penalties||4 min|
List shows the ten top skaters sorted by points, then goals.
|Addison DeBoer||Canberra Knights||28||32||53||85||50||F|
|Brit Ouellette||Canberra Knights||26||32||45||77||62||F|
|Peter Cartwright||Newcastle North Stars||28||36||39||75||24||F|
|Matt Amado||Gold Coast Blue Tongues||27||42||27||69||67||F|
|Jason Baclig||Melbourne Ice||28||36||32||68||20||F|
|Brian Bales||Newcastle North Stars||28||34||31||65||26||F|
|Tobias Falk||Gold Coast Blue Tongues||28||29||36||65||26||F|
|Justin Chwedoruk||Newcastle North Stars||28||28||29||57||72||F|
|Joseph Hughes||Melbourne Ice||28||25||31||56||121||F|
|Mike McRae||Gold Coast Blue Tongues||24||19||34||53||87||F|
Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage with a minimum of ten games played.
|Luke Fiveash||Gold Coast Blue Tongues||540||343||38||3.17||88.9||0|
|Matthew Ezzy||Newcastle North Stars||1221||800||92||3.39||88.5||1|
|Olivier Martin||Adelaide Adrenaline||1159||671||82||3.18||87.8||2|
|Chris J. Anderson||Gold Coast Blue Tongues||450||340||47||4.70||86.2||0|
|Sheldon Baerg||Sydney Bears||950||755||109||5.16||85.6||0|
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