2012–13 EIHL season

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2012–13 EIHL season
LeagueElite Ice Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember - March
Regular season
ChampionsNottingham Panthers
Playoffs
ChampionsNottingham Panthers
Challenge Cup
ChampionsNottingham Panthers
Conferences
Gardiner championsBraehead Clan
Erhardt championsBelfast Giants
EIHL seasons

The 2012–13 Elite Ice Hockey League season was the tenth season of the Elite Ice Hockey League. The regular season began on Saturday 8 September 2012 and ended on Sunday 24 March 2013, followed by the Play-Offs which culminated in the end-of-season Play-Off Finals on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2013.[1]

This season saw the introduction of a new two conference format, in which the ten participating teams were split into two conferences of five teams. The Gardiner Conference, named after former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Charlie Gardiner, comprised the five northernmost mainland teams (Braehead Clan, Dundee Stars, Edinburgh Capitals, Fife Flyers and Hull Stingrays) and the Erhardt Conference, named after the captain of the British 1936 Winter Olympics gold medal winning team Carl Erhardt, comprised the four southernmost mainland teams (Cardiff Devils, Coventry Blaze, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers) and one team from Northern Ireland (Belfast Giants).[2] The most prestigious honour remained the overall League Championship, awarded to the team with the most points gained from all league games (conference and inter-conference games). The season also included the end-of-season Play-Offs and the Challenge Cup.

Nottingham Panthers proved to be the dominant team of the season, clinching the Elite League Championship – their first British League Championship title for 57 years – when they defeated their nearest challengers Belfast Giants 5–3 at the Odyssey Arena on Friday 15 March 2013. However, the Giants would prevent the Panthers achieving a regular season double of League and Conference titles by shading a very close Erhardt Conference title race on regulation time wins after both teams finished level on points. The Gardiner Conference proved even more exciting with all five teams never being more than a few wins apart, at one stage towards the end of the season only one point separating first and last place. Braehead Clan eventually ran out Conference Champions in a very successful first season for the new two-conference format.

The Challenge Cup was won for the fourth successive season by Nottingham Panthers, clinching their second honour of the season by defeating Sheffield Steelers 5–3 on aggregate in the two-legged final. The Panthers then overcame a big scare at the hands of Fife Flyers in the Play-Off Quarter-Finals to defeat Cardiff Devils in the Semi-Finals and then Belfast Giants 3–2 in overtime in the Final. This third successive Play-Offs victory also gave them the treble of League Championship, Play-Offs and Challenge Cup, the first time the treble has been won since Coventry Blaze's success in 2004–05.

This season was the 10th Anniversary of both the EIHL League and the EIHL Play-Offs. In what is referred to as the 'Final Four Weekend', the Semi-Finals and Final of the Play-Offs were played on consecutive days at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2013.

Team Information[edit]

TEAM CONFERENCE CITY/TOWN ARENA CAPACITY
Belfast Giants Erhardt Northern Ireland Belfast Odyssey Arena 8,300
Braehead Clan Gardiner Scotland Glasgow Braehead Arena 3,750
Cardiff Devils Erhardt Wales Cardiff Cardiff Arena 2,500
Coventry Blaze Erhardt England Coventry SkyDome Arena 3,000
Dundee Stars Gardiner Scotland Dundee Dundee Ice Arena 2,400
Edinburgh Capitals Gardiner Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Ice Rink 3,800
Fife Flyers Gardiner Scotland Kirkcaldy Fife Ice Arena 2,414
Hull Stingrays Gardiner England Hull Hull Arena 3,150
Nottingham Panthers Erhardt England Nottingham National Ice Centre 6,900
Sheffield Steelers Erhardt England Sheffield Motorpoint Arena 8,500

Regular season[edit]

The League Championship was played for over 52 games, each team playing teams in their own conference eight times (four home and four away) and teams in the other conference four times (two home and two away).

The Conference Championships were played for over 32 games, each team playing teams in their own conference eight times (four home and four away).

Teams were awarded two points for a win (in regulation time, overtime or shoot-out), one point for a tie (in regulation time but loss in overtime or shoot-out) and no points for a loss (in regulation time). Teams level on points were separated by (1) total number of games won in regulation time, (2) total number of all games won, (3) results between teams or (4) fewest losses.[3]

The top eight teams in the League Championship qualified for the Play-Offs.[4]

Results[edit]

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Braehead Clan
All results by date
5–2
3–4
6–3
4–3
6–3
6–1
3–4
1–4
4–3
5–3
3–4
5–1
4–3
2–1
4–1
1–2
2–3
2–6
5–7
2–6
5–2
4–5
1–5
0–5
2–7
4–5
Dundee Stars
All results by date
5–3
4–1
2–4
3–0
3–2
5–4
2–0
2–3
3–4
6–5
4–1
5–4
3–2
2–1
8–7
5–0
2–5
0–2
1–9
4–2
2–3
3–4
1–5
1–4
3–4
1–3
Edinburgh Capitals
All results by date
1–4
8–4
5–3
5–2
5–2
3–4
8–2
4–2
5–2
2–3
7–2
2–4
4–3
1–3
6–2
9–5
1–4
3–2
4–2
3–6
0–1
6–2
0–5
1–6
2–3
2–3
Fife Flyers
All results by date
5–1
2–3
1–3
4–1
1–2
6–3
5–0
5–3
2–1
4–1
7–1
5–1
4–3
3–2
5–1
4–2
1–3
4–1
4–2
5–4
3–2
3–2
3–5
2–10
4–2
3–6
Hull Stingrays
All results by date
4–5
6–4
2–7
3–2
1–3
4–3
5–1
5–3
6–3
1–0
2–3
4–3
5–4
3–2
5–2
3–1
1–4
2–3
2–1
2–4
2–7
4–1
1–3
1–3
2–4
1–3
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Belfast Giants
All results by date
4–3
2–6
2–1
2–5
9–1
5–0
5–1
3–0
5–4
5–4
6–3
4–1
5–4
5–0
4–1
4–3
2–5
8–2
3–2
2–3
3–5
5–2
1–5
3–0
1–4
3–1
Cardiff Devils
All results by date
3–4
5–1
4–2
3–2
4–1
4–5
4–0
3–1
2–1
2–3
0–4
4–3
3–4
3–5
5–2
1–4
4–3
2–3
2–1
2–3
2–4
3–6
3–4
2–1
1–2
4–5
Coventry Blaze
All results by date
5–1
2–0
6–0
4–1
5–2
3–2
4–3
6–3
2–1
3–2
5–4
5–8
0–2
2–4
2–1
3–4
3–6
4–3
5–2
0–8
1–4
2–6
3–4
0–3
5–3
3–8
Nottingham Panthers
All results by date
5–4
7–3
5–1
8–1
10–0
1–2
7–1
5–3
6–0
8–4
3–5
3–2
6–1
4–5
4–2
5–0
4–1
4–3
4–2
4–3
1–0
8–3
2–3
3–2
4–2
2–0
Sheffield Steelers
All results by date
7–3
7–2
5–4
3–1
1–2
2–3
4–2
3–0
4–0
4–3
5–4
2–1
1–2
2–3
2–4
2–3
5–4
4–3
7–5
3–4
3–2
4–2
1–2
9–4
2–4
5–2
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Grid Colours: Blue = league & conference games; Pink = league games.

Result Colours: Black = regulation time result; Green = overtime result; Red = shoot-out result.

League Standings[edit]

PS TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA WROS LROS L10 STK
1 Nottingham Panthers 52 42 9 1 85 232 111 35–1–6 9–0–1 9–1–0 W2
2 Belfast Giants 52 37 10 5 79 191 132 33–1–3 10–2–3 8–2–0 W3
3 Sheffield Steelers 52 35 14 3 73 184 133 28–5–2 14–0–3 5–4–1 L1
4 Coventry Blaze 52 24 22 6 54 156 181 18–3–3 22–4–2 5–5–0 L3
5 Cardiff Devils 52 21 23 8 50 160 168 16–4–1 23–2–6 1–8–1 L1
6 Edinburgh Capitals 52 22 26 4 48 149 184 18–1–3 26–3–1 6–4–0 W2
7 Fife Flyers 52 23 27 2 48 154 176 17–2–4 27–1–1 5–5–0 W3
8 Braehead Clan 52 20 26 6 46 163 200 16–0–4 26–6–0 3–5–2 L1
9 Dundee Stars 52 19 27 6 44 138 194 14–3–2 27–2–4 3–7–0 L3
10 Hull Stingrays 52 17 26 9 43 137 185 15–2–0 26–2–7 5–5–0 W1

Conference Standings[edit]

Gardiner Conference

PS TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA WROS LROS L10 STK
1 Braehead Clan 32 17 12 3 37 109 102 14–0–3 12–3–0 4–5–1 L1
2 Fife Flyers 32 17 13 2 36 108 95 13–2–2 13–1–1 5–5–0 W3
3 Dundee Stars 32 17 14 1 35 102 111 12–3–2 14–0–1 3–7–0 L3
4 Hull Stingrays 32 14 11 7 35 97 111 12–2–0 11–1–6 6–3–1 L1
5 Edinburgh Capitals 32 15 14 3 33 109 106 13–0–2 14–2–1 6–3–1 W2

Erhardt Conference

PS TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA WROS LROS L10 STK
1 Belfast Giants 32 21 6 5 47 116 89 18–0–3 6–2–3 8–2–0 W3
2 Nottingham Panthers 32 23 8 1 47 119 81 17–0–6 8–0–1 8–2–0 W2
3 Sheffield Steelers 32 18 12 2 38 104 89 14–2–2 12–0–2 6–4–0 L1
4 Coventry Blaze 32 9 18 5 23 87 134 7–2–0 18–4–1 3–6–1 L2
5 Cardiff Devils 32 9 18 5 23 83 116 6–3–0 18–1–4 0–9–1 L1

Team Records[edit]

Play-Offs[edit]

The Quarter-Finals were played over two legs, home and away. The Semi-Finals and Final were played over a single leg at a neutral venue, the National Ice Centre, in the 'Play-Off Finals Weekend'.

The Play-Off seeds were (1) Nottingham Panthers, (2) Belfast Giants, (3) Braehead Clan, (4) Sheffield Steelers, (5) Coventry Blaze, (6) Cardiff Devils, (7) Edinburgh Capitals and (8) Fife Flyers (in order of League Champions, best Conference Champions, second best Conference Champions, final League Championship positions respectively).[5]

Quarter-Finals[edit]

TEAM 1 TEAM 2 1ST LEG 2ND LEG AGGREGATE
Nottingham Panthers Fife Flyers 2–4 3–0 (5–4)
Belfast Giants Edinburgh Capitals 3–1 4–3 (7–4)
Braehead Clan Cardiff Devils 7–5 2–7 (9–12)
Sheffield Steelers Coventry Blaze 3–2 2–4 (5–6)

Nottingham Panthers vs Fife Flyers

Nottingham Panthers win 5–4 on aggregate.


Belfast Giants vs Edinburgh Capitals

Belfast Giants win 7–4 on aggregate.


Braehead Clan vs Cardiff Devils

Cardiff Devils win 12–9 on aggregate.


Sheffield Steelers vs Coventry Blaze

Coventry Blaze win 6–5 on aggregate.


Semi-Finals[edit]

TEAM 1 TEAM 2 VENUE SINGLE LEG
Nottingham Panthers Cardiff Devils National Ice Centre 6–3
Belfast Giants Coventry Blaze National Ice Centre 5–1

Nottingham Panthers vs Cardiff Devils


Belfast Giants vs Coventry Blaze


3rd Place Play-Off

TEAM 1 TEAM 2 VENUE SINGLE LEG
Coventry Blaze Cardiff Devils National Ice Centre 11–5

Coventry Blaze vs Cardiff Devils


Final[edit]

TEAM 1 TEAM 2 VENUE SINGLE LEG
Nottingham Panthers Belfast Giants National Ice Centre 3–2

Nottingham Panthers vs Belfast Giants


Challenge Cup[edit]

The First Round comprised two groups of five teams, each team playing teams in their own group twice (once home and once away), totalling eight games.

In the First Round group games, teams were awarded two points for a win (in regulation time, overtime or shoot-out), one point for a tie (in regulation time but loss in overtime or shoot-out) and no points for a loss (in regulation time). Teams level on points were separated by (1) total number of games won in regulation time, (2) total number of all games won, (3) results between teams or (4) fewest losses.[6]

The top four teams from each First Round group qualified for the Quarter-Finals. The Quarter-Final ties were decided by final group positions (A1-B4, B1-A4, A2-B3, B2-A3). The Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final were all played over two legs, home and away.

Due to scheduling constraints, some League Championship games doubled up as Challenge Cup games.

First round[edit]

Group A

Results (All Group Game results by date)

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Belfast Giants 3–2 2–1 9–1 5–1
Braehead Clan 3–2 5–2 6–3 4–3
Dundee Stars 2–5 2–1 3–2 1–0
Edinburgh Capitals 1–4 4–3 3–5 2–4
Fife Flyers 1–3 5–1 5–2 2–0
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Result Colours: Black = regulation time result; Green = overtime result; Red = shoot-out result.

Standings

PS TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA WROS LROS L4 STK
1 Belfast Giants 8 7 1 0 14 33 12 7–0–0 1–0–0 4–0–0 W7
2 Braehead Clan 8 4 3 1 9 25 24 4–0–0 3–1–0 3–1–0 W3
3 Fife Flyers 8 4 4 0 8 21 18 4–0–0 4–0–0 0–4–0 L4
4 Dundee Stars 8 4 4 0 8 18 23 4–0–0 4–0–0 2–2–0 L1
5 Edinburgh Capitals 8 1 7 0 2 16 36 0–1–0 7–0–0 0–4–0 L6

Group B

Results (All Group Game results by date)

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Cardiff Devils 2–3 3–4 6–5 7–6
Coventry Blaze 2–1 6–5 3–1 1–2
Hull Stingrays 7–5 4–2 2–4 3–6
Nottingham Panthers 4–2 4–3 6–0 3–2
Sheffield Steelers 4–3 7–2 4–2 4–3
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Result Colours: Black = regulation time result; Green = overtime result; Red = shoot-out result.

Standings

PS TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA WROS LROS L4 STK
1 Sheffield Steelers 8 6 1 1 13 35 24 4–1–1 1–0–1 2–1–1 W1
2 Nottingham Panthers 8 5 1 2 12 30 22 5–0–0 1–2–0 2–1–1 W2
3 Coventry Blaze 8 4 4 0 8 22 26 3–0–1 4–0–0 0–4–0 L4
4 Hull Stingrays 8 3 4 1 7 27 36 3–0–0 4–0–1 2–2–0 W2
5 Cardiff Devils 8 2 5 1 5 29 35 0–1–1 5–0–1 1–3–0 W1

Quarter-Finals[edit]

TEAM 1 TEAM 2 1ST LEG 2ND LEG AGGREGATE
Belfast Giants Hull Stingrays 3–1 5–4 (8–5)
Sheffield Steelers Dundee Stars 2–4 7–0 (9–4)
Braehead Clan Coventry Blaze 2–2 4–3 (6–5)
Nottingham Panthers Fife Flyers 3–2 5–2 (8–4)

Belfast Giants vs Hull Stingrays

Belfast Giants win 8–5 on aggregate.


Sheffield Steelers vs Dundee Stars

Sheffield Steelers win 9–4 on aggregate.


Braehead Clan vs Coventry Blaze

Braehead Clan win 6–5 on aggregate.


Nottingham Panthers vs Fife Flyers

Nottingham Panthers win 8–4 on aggregate.


Semi-Finals[edit]

TEAM 1 TEAM 2 1ST LEG 2ND LEG AGGREGATE
Belfast Giants Nottingham Panthers 1–5 3–4 (4–9)
Sheffield Steelers Braehead Clan 4–2 4–2 (8–4)

Belfast Giants vs Nottingham Panthers

Nottingham Panthers win 9–4 on aggregate.


Sheffield Steelers vs Braehead Clan

Sheffield Steelers win 8–4 on aggregate.


Final[edit]

TEAM 1 TEAM 2 1ST LEG 2ND LEG AGGREGATE
Sheffield Steelers Nottingham Panthers 1–4 2–1 (3–5)

Sheffield Steelers vs Nottingham Panthers

Nottingham Panthers win 5–3 on aggregate.


Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Points
PLAYER TEAM PLAYED GOALS ASSISTS POINTS
Canada David Ling Nottingham Panthers 57 35 60 95
Finland Sami Ryhänen Dundee Stars 56 29 65 94
Canada Ash Goldie Braehead Clan 56 34 46 80
Canada Bobby Chaumont¹ Fife Flyers 55 30 50 80
Canada Mike Wirll Dundee Stars 57 35 43 78
Canada Chris Blight Cardiff Devils 59 21 54 75
Canada Jeff Legue Sheffield Steelers 60 34 39 73
Canada Stuart MacRae Cardiff Devils 59 27 45 72
Slovakia René Jarolín Edinburgh Capitals 56 31 40 71
Canada Jereme Tendler Hull Stingrays 58 43 27 70
Canada Bruce Graham Nottingham Panthers 56 37 31 68
Canada Mac Faulkner Cardiff Devils 45 35 30 65
United States Casey Haines Fife Flyers 45 24 40 64
Canada Kris Hogg Fife Flyers 55 29 32 61
United States Noah Clarke Belfast Giants 54 21 40 61
Canada Jason Silverthorn Hull Stingrays 57 21 40 61
Slovakia Richard Hartmann Edinburgh Capitals 53 23 37 60
Canada Matt Francis Nottingham Panthers 57 22 37 59
Canada Jason Pitton Fife Flyers 50 24 34 58
Canada Shawn Limpright Sheffield Steelers 58 21 37 58
¹Season statistics (club statistics: Braehead Clan 18–9–7–16, Fife Flyers 37–21–43–64).
Goaltenders
PLAYER TEAM PLD W L T GA SO SV% GAA
United States Craig Kowalski Nottingham Panthers 54 42 11 1 108 7 .918 2.07
United Kingdom Stephen Murphy Belfast Giants 40 26 11 3 96 3 .914 2.42
United States John DeCaro Sheffield Steelers 55 36 14 4 136 3 .911 2.47
United States Phil Osaer Cardiff Devils 40 19 16 4 112 1 .909 2.81
Canada Bryan Pitton Fife Flyers 52 24 26 1 147 2 .907 2.89
Denmark Peter Hirsch Coventry Blaze 59 28 28 2 184 2 .914 3.15
Slovakia Tomáš Hiadlovský Edinburgh Capitals 51 22 29 0 166 0 .901 3.27
Canada Nic Riopel Dundee Stars 56 23 29 3 184 3 .915 3.33
United Kingdom Ben Bowns Hull Stingrays 54 18 28 8 180 1 .905 3.35
Canada Garrett Zemlak¹ Belfast Giants 45 24 19 0 148 4 .896 3.38
¹Season statistics (club statistics: Braehead Clan 30-12-17-0-116-0-.883–3.95, Belfast Giants 15-12-2-0-32-4-.926-2.22)

Play-Offs[edit]

Points
PLAYER TEAM PLAYED GOALS ASSISTS POINTS
Canada Chris Blight Cardiff Devils 4 7 8 15
Canada Shea Guthrie Coventry Blaze 4 6 4 10
Canada Stuart MacRae Cardiff Devils 4 0 10 10
Israel Max Birbraer Cardiff Devils 4 4 3 7
Canada Dustin Cameron Coventry Blaze 4 3 4 7
Canada Adam Henrich Coventry Blaze 4 3 4 7
United Kingdom Craig Peacock Belfast Giants 4 3 4 7
Canada Bruce Graham Nottingham Panthers 4 3 3 6
Canada Kevin Saurette Belfast Giants 4 3 3 6
Canada David Ling Nottingham Panthers 4 2 4 6
Canada Ash Goldie Braehead Clan 2 4 1 5
United Kingdom Mark Richardson Cardiff Devils 4 2 3 5
Canada Gerad Adams Cardiff Devils 4 1 4 5
United States Eric Werner Nottingham Panthers 4 1 4 5
United Kingdom David Clarke Nottingham Panthers 4 0 5 5
Canada Jesse Gimblett Cardiff Devils 4 3 1 4
United States Noah Clarke Belfast Giants 4 2 2 4
United Kingdom Colin Shields Belfast Giants 4 2 2 4
Latvia Toms Hartmanis Braehead Clan 2 0 4 4
Canada Jordan Krestanovich Braehead Clan 2 0 4 4
Goaltenders
PLAYER TEAM PLD W L T GA SO SV% GAA
United Kingdom Stephen Murphy Belfast Giants 4 3 1 0 8 0 .924 1.94
Canada Bryan Pitton Fife Flyers 2 1 1 0 5 0 .935 2.52
Denmark Peter Hirsch Coventry Blaze 4 1 2 0 13 0 .911 3.86
Canada Chris Whitley Cardiff Devils 4 1 2 0 19 0 .826 5.73
Canada Daren Machesney Braehead Clan 2 1 1 0 12 0 .854 6.00

Season Awards[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

AWARD WINNER TEAM
Player of the Year Canada David Ling Nottingham Panthers
Coach of the Year Canada Corey Neilson Nottingham Panthers
Fans Player of the Year Canada David Ling Nottingham Panthers
British Player of the Year United Kingdom David Clarke Nottingham Panthers
Netminder of the Year United States Craig Kowalski Nottingham Panthers
Defenceman of the Year Canada Mike Schutte Coventry Blaze
Forward of the Year Canada David Ling Nottingham Panthers
Top Goalscorer Canada Jereme Tendler Hull Stingrays
Top Points Scorer Canada David Ling Nottingham Panthers

All-Star Teams[edit]

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
PLAYER TEAM PLAYER TEAM
United States Craig Kowalski Nottingham Panthers Canada Nic Riopel Dundee Stars
Canada Mike Schutte Coventry Blaze Canada Derek Keller Fife Flyers
Canada Robby Sandrock Belfast Giants United States Eric Werner Nottingham Panthers
Canada Mac Faulkner Cardiff Devils Canada Ash Goldie Braehead Clan
Canada David Ling Nottingham Panthers Canada Bruce Graham Nottingham Panthers
Canada Jereme Tendler Hull Stingrays Finland Sami Ryhänen Dundee Stars

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