2012 AIHL season

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2012 AIHL season
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 28 April 2012 – 2 September 2012
Regular season
H Newman Reid Trophy Newcastle North Stars
Season MVP Jeremy Boyer (Newcastle)
Tomas Landa (Bears)
Top scorer Jeremy Boyer
Tomas Landa
Goodall Cup
Champions Melbourne Ice
  Runners-up Newcastle North Stars
Finals MVP Todd Graham (Ice)
AIHL seasons
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The 2012 AIHL season is the 13th season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). It ran from 28 April 2012 until 26 August 2012, with the Goodall Cup finals following on the 1 and 2 September. The Newcastle North Stars won the H Newman Ried Trophy after finishing the regular season with the most points. The Melbourne Ice won the Goodall Cup for the third year in a row after defeating the North Stars in the final.

League business[edit]

During the off-season the Australian Ice Hockey League announced that Perth Thunder had been accepted as a full member of the league expanding the competition to nine teams. The Mustangs IHC changed their name to the Melbourne Mustangs after the AIHL lifted a condition that prohibited the use of "Melbourne" in their team name. The restriction was originally put in place to protect the brand of the Melbourne Ice.[1] It was also announced that from 2012 the league would be split into two conferences in order to manage costs and length of the season.[2] The two conferences where named the Bauer Conference and Easton Conference after the AIHL signed a three-year deal with the Skaters Network who is the distributor of the ice hockey brands Bauer Hockey and Easton. The Bauer Conference will consist of the Canberra Knights, Newcastle North Stars, Sydney Bears, and the Sydney Ice Dogs, while the Easton Conference includes the Adelaide Adrenaline, Gold Coast Blue Tongues, Melbourne Ice, Melbourne Mustangs and the Perth Thunder.[3] Following the announcement of the conference system a change in the finals playoff structure was also announced. The winners of each conference at the end of the regular season would play in a semi-final against the runner-up of the opposing conference with the winners of the semi-finals progressing to the Goodall Cup final.[3] It was also announced a one-year partnership with Virgin Australia in which the airline would become the leagues preferred supplier for the 2012 season.[4] In February 2012 the Sydney Bears announced that they were leaving the Penrith Ice Palace as their home arena and were returning to play their games at the Sydney Ice Arena in Baulkham Hills where they had previously played from 2003 to 2006.[5] In April 2012 the AIHL announced that the Sydney Ice Dogs would be restricted to the dress of only three import players per game, as opposed to the normal four. The restriction is part of the penalties imposed on the club after it breached the AIHL code of conduct during the 2011 Goodall Cup final series in which a player and two team officials were involved in an assault of a Medibank Icehouse security guard.[6][7]

Prior to the start of the regular season, three exhibition games were held. The first game was held between the Mustangs and the Melbourne Ice at the Medibank Icehouse with the Mustangs winning the game 5–2.[8][9] The second and third games were played between the Sydney Bears and the Sydney Ice Dogs, with the Sydney Bears winning the first game 5–2 and the Sydney Ice Dogs winning the second game 5–4 in a shootout.[10][11]

On 3 June, Gold Coast Blue Tongues' home game against the Melbourne Ice at Bundall Iceland was called off after a shortened first period due to an unplayable surface; it was the second such cancellation in less than a year at Bundall Iceland, with 10 July 2011 match between the Blue Tongues and Sydney Ice Dogs cancelled without play for the same reason.[12] After the cancelled game, Gold Coast was evicted from the rink by its owners,[13] and on 8 June, it was announced that its remaining seven home games for the season would be played at Iceworld in Acacia Ridge, Brisbane; the matches will begin at 10:30pm, with a better time unable to be negotiated with the rink due to the short notice of the relocation.[14] Although Melbourne was offered a win by forfeit for the cancelled match, the club agreed instead to reschedule the match to Thursday 23 August, to be played in Melbourne (although technically a Gold Coast home game).[15]

During July there will be a weeks break for the first Trans-Tasman Champions League. The formation of the Trans-Tasman Champions League was announced back in August 2011 between the AIHL and the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL).[16] The series will feature two teams from each the AIHL and the NZIHL each playing the others once with the winner being the team who finishes first in the round-robin standings. The two teams chosen from each league will be the 2011 regular season champions and the winner of the 2011 playoffs. In a situation where the winning of both events is the same the runner up of the playoff final will be selected to represent their respective league.[16]

Player transfers[edit]

Date Player Previous team New team Ref
15 February 2012 Australia Matthew Ezzy Newcastle North Stars Retired [17]
29 February 2012 Australia Olivier Martin Adelaide Adrenaline Newcastle North Stars [18]
9 March 2012 Canada Dan Nicholls Texas Brahmas Adelaide Adrenaline [19]
14 March 2012 Canada Brett Liscomb New Jersey Outlaws Adelaide Adrenaline [20]
14 March 2012 Australia Wehebe Darge Alaska Avalanche Adelaide Adrenaline [21]
14 March 2012 Australia David Manning SUNY-Potsdam Adelaide Adrenaline [22]
14 March 2012 Australia Darren Corstens Viikingit Adelaide Adrenaline [23]
14 March 2012 Czech Republic Tomas Landa HC Risuty Sydney Bears [24]
19 March 2012 Canada Aaron Barton University of Ottawa Adelaide Adrenaline [25]
20 March 2012 United States Kirk Golden Toulouse-Blagnac Sydney Ice Dogs [26]
20 March 2012 United States Casey Mignone Pensacola Ice Flyers Sydney Ice Dogs [27]
27 March 2012 Australia Andrew Crowther Bobcaygeon Bucks Melbourne Ice [28]
27 March 2012 Australia Mitchell Humphries Banff Academy Bears Melbourne Ice [29]
27 March 2012 Australia Todd Graham Connecticut Jr. Wolfpack Melbourne Ice [30]
27 March 2012 Australia Marcus Wong EVU U20 Melbourne Ice [31]
30 March 2012 United States Doug Wilson No team Melbourne Ice [32]
30 March 2012 Netherlands Matt Korthuis HYS The Hague Melbourne Ice [33]
4 April 2012 Canada Jeremy Boyer Quad City Mallards Newcastle North Stars [34]
8 April 2012 Australia Beau Taylor Swan Valley Stampeders Newcastle North Stars [35]
17 April 2012 Canada Robbie Lawrance HYC Herentals Newcastle North Stars [36]
23 April 2012 Australia Shannon McGregor Bobcaygeon Bucks Sydney Ice Dogs [37]
23 April 2012 Australia Gabriel Robledo Sydney Bears Sydney Ice Dogs [38]
24 April 2012 United States John Kennedy Dayton Gems Canberra Knights [39]
24 April 2012 United States Nic Polaski Dayton Gems Canberra Knights [40]
24 April 2012 Canada Lucas Schott Brooklyn Aviators Canberra Knights [41]
29 April 2012 Switzerland Andreas Camenzind Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Gold Coast Blue Tongues [42]
30 April 2012 New Zealand George Huber Botany Swarm Adelaide Adrenaline [43]
29 June 2012 Belgium Mitch Morgan HYC Herentals Adelaide Adrenaline [44]
8 July 2012 Australia Carter Lawrence Notre Dame Argos HR Midget Tier2 Gold Coast Blue Tongues [45]
2012 Australia Michael Smart Toronto Canada Moose Sydney Bears [46]
2012 Canada Kiefer Smiley Mississippi Surge Perth Thunder [47]
2012 Australia Anthony Nottle EHC/2 U20 Perth Thunder [48]
2012 Canada Aaron Wilson Friesland Flyers Perth Thunder [49]
2012 New Zealand Andrew Cox Karhu-Kissat Perth Thunder [50]
2012 United States Phil Ginand Kalamazoo Wings Perth Thunder [51]
2012 Australia Jordan Kyros EHC/2 U20 Perth Thunder [52]
2012 Australia Bradley Young Gold Coast Blue Tongues Perth Thunder [53]
2012 Australia Andrey Zolotarev Viikingit Adelaide Adrenaline [54]
2012 United States Mike Brown Fayetteville FireAntz Canberra Knights [55]
2012 Australia Harrison Byers Ochapowace Thunder Canberra Knights [56]
2012 Australia Tom Letki Gold Coast Blue Tongues Canberra Knights [57]
2012 Australia Kai Miettinen UJK Canberra Knights [58]
2012 Australia Anthony Kimlin Whitby Dunlops Gold Coast Blue Tongues [59]
2012 United States Adam Blanchette Danbury Whalers Gold Coast Blue Tongues [60]
2012 Australia Casey Minson ESC Darmstadt Gold Coast Blue Tongues [61]
2012 United States Tom Pesce Middlebury College Gold Coast Blue Tongues [62]
2012 Canada James Sanford Melbourne Mustangs Gold Coast Blue Tongues [63]
2012 Australia Christopher Wong EPS U17 Melbourne Ice [64]
2012 United States Dean Moore Kramfors-Alliansen Melbourne Mustangs [65]
2012 United States John Sullivan Columbus Cottonmouths Melbourne Mustangs [66]
2012 Canada Kevin Day Solna SK Newcastle North Stars [67]
2012 Australia David Upton Gold Coast Blue Tongues Newcastle North Stars [68]
2012 Australia Chris Slauenwhite Adelaide Adrenaline Sydney Bears [69]
2012 Australia Slavomir Boris Canberra Knights Sydney Bears [70]
2012 Australia Daniel Spina Toronto Canada Moose Sydney Ice Dogs [71]
2012 Canada Oliver Wren SUNY Brockport Melbourne Mustangs [72]
2012 Australia Carter Lawrence Notre Dame Argos HR Midget Tier2 Gold Coast Blue Tongues [45]
2012 Canada Etienne Du Toit No team Gold Coast Blue Tongues [73]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season will start on 28 April 2012 and will run through to 26 August 2012 before the teams compete in the playoff series.[74] The Gold Coast Blue Tongues' final seven home games were relocated from Bundall, Gold Coast to Acacia Ridge, Brisbane after the cancelled match on 3 June. All relocated matches were scheduled to commence at 10:30pm, and the dates of some of the matches were adjusted to accommodate the away teams' travel plans.[75]

The Newcastle North Stars won the H Newman Reid Trophy after finishing the regular season with the most points, 52.[76] On 29 August the AIHL released the list of finalists for the 2012 awards. Matt Armstrong of the Melbourne Ice, Jeremy Boyer of the Newcastle North Stars, Perth Thunder's Kenny Rolph and Sydney Bears' Tomas Landa were nominated for the Most Valuable Player award, with Boyer and Landa both winning the award. Aaron Barton of Adelaide Adrenaline, Anthony Kimlin of the Gold Coast Blue Tongues and Perth Thunder's Kiefer Smiley were nominated for the Top Goaltender award with Anthony Kimlin being named the winner. Adam Blanchette of the Blue Tongues, Scott Levitt of the Melbourne Mustangs and Newcastle's Rob Lawrance were nominated for the Top Defenceman award with Rob Lawrance being announced as the winner. George Huber of the Adrenaline, Greg Bay of the Blue Tongues, the Mustangs' Brendan McDowell and Perth's David Kudla were all nominated for the Rookie of the Year award with George Huber and Greg Bay tying for the win.[77][78]

April[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
1 28 April 16:30 Canberra Knights 3 – 2 (SO) Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 400 [1]
2 28 April 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 6 (SO) Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1700 [2]
3 28 April 18:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 2–5 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [3]
4 28 April 17:00 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 3–4 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 1000 [4]
5 29 April 15:30 Canberra Knights 2–5 Melbourne Ice Melbourne [5]
6 29 April 17:00 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 7–2 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [6]
7 29 April 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 4–6 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool [7]

May[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
8 5 May 16:30 Canberra Knights 4 – 3 (SO) Perth Thunder Perth [8]
9 5 May 16:30 Melbourne Ice 5–6 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [9]
10 5 May 16:00 Newcastle North Stars 2–3 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Gold Coast [10]
11 5 May 17:00 Sydney Bears 2–5 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool [11]
12 6 May 16:30 Melbourne Ice 3 – 2 (SO) Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [12]
13 6 May 15:30 Canberra Knights 4 – 3 (SO) Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne [13]
14 6 May 17:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 7–6 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 800 [14]
15 12 May 16:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 2–1 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Gold Coast 200 [15]
16 12 May 17:00 Perth Thunder 2–4 Melbourne Ice Melbourne [16]
17 12 May 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 8–5 Sydney Bears Newcastle [17]
18 12 May 17:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 4–1 Canberra Knights Canberra 750 [18]
19 13 May 16:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 8–4 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Gold Coast 200 [19]
20 13 May 15:30 Perth Thunder 5–2 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne [20]
21 13 May 17:00 Canberra Knights 1–6 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [21]
22 17 May 19:15 Melbourne Ice 5–1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne [22]
23 19 May 16:30 Perth Thunder 2–5 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 470 [23]
24 19 May 17:00 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 4 – 5 (SO) Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 260 [24]
25 19 May 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 6–3 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 250 [25]
26 19 May 17:30 Sydney Bears 4–1 Canberra Knights Canberra 1000 [26]
27 20 May 16:30 Perth Thunder 2–6 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [27]
28 20 May 15:30 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 4–0 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1000 [28]
29 20 May 17:00 Sydney Bears 4–7 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [29]
30 26 May 16:30 Melbourne Mustangs 3–2 Perth Thunder Perth [30]
31 26 May 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 4–7 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1000 [31]
32 26 May 17:30 Newcastle North Stars 9–5 Canberra Knights Canberra [32]
33 27 May 16:30 Melbourne Mustangs 4–2 Perth Thunder Perth [33]
34 27 May 15:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 2–5 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 970 [34]
35 27 May 17:00 Canberra Knights 2–7 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 175 [35]

June[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
36 2 June 16:00 Melbourne Ice 5–2 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Gold Coast 250 [36]
37 2 June 16:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 4–7 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 450 [37]
38 2 June 17:30 Sydney Bears 3–4 Canberra Knights Canberra [38]
39 3 June 16:00 Melbourne Ice Cancelled Gold Coast Blue Tongues Gold Coast [39]
40 3 June 15:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 5–1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 950 [40]
41 16 June 16:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 2–3 Perth Thunder Perth [41]
42 16 June 17:00 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 6–1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 1000 [42]
43 16 June 17:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 5 – 4 (SO) Canberra Knights Canberra 1000 [43]
44 17 June 16:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 2–5 Perth Thunder Perth [44]
45 17 June 15:30 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 0–6 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1100 [45]
46 17 June 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 3–1 Sydney Bears Newcastle [46]
47 22 June 22:30 Perth Thunder 6–3 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Acacia Ridge 100 [47]
48 23 June 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 2–7 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [48]
49 23 June 18:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 6–4 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [49]
50 23 June 17:30 Melbourne Ice 8–3 Canberra Knights Canberra [50]
51 23 June 22:30 Perth Thunder 6–3 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Acacia Ridge [51]
52 24 June 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 0–2 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 200 [52]
53 24 June 17:00 Melbourne Ice 6–2 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [53]
54 30 June 22:30 Sydney Bears 6 – 5 (SO) Gold Coast Blue Tongues Acacia Ridge 130 [54]
55 30 June 16:30 Melbourne Mustangs 0–10 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 650 [55]
56 30 June 16:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 3–2 Perth Thunder Perth 700 [56]
57 30 June 17:00 Canberra Knights 2–6 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [57]

July[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
58 1 July 16:30 Melbourne Mustangs 3–1 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 650 [58]
59 1 July 15:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 1–9 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1200 [59]
60 1 July 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 4–3 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [60]
61 14 July 22:30 Canberra Knights 1–5 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Acacia Ridge 160 [61]
62 14 July 16:30 Sydney Bears 6–4 Perth Thunder Perth [62]
63 14 July 17:00 Melbourne Ice 1–5 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 800 [63]
64 15 July 15:30 Sydney Bears 2–1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne [64]
65 15 July 17:00 Melbourne Ice 4–3 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 300 [65]
66 21 July 16:30 Newcastle North Stars 2–0 Perth Thunder Perth [66]
67 21 July 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 1–4 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1450 [67]
68 21 July 17:00 Sydney Bears 4–6 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 300 [68]
69 21 July 17:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 6–2 Canberra Knights Canberra [69]
70 22 July 15:30 Newcastle North Stars 3–5 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 750 [70]
71 22 July 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 4–1 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 250 [71]
72 22 July 17:00 Canberra Knights 2–4 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [72]
73 28 July 17:00 Perth Thunder 7–2 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 390 [73]
74 28 July 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 2–5 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [74]
75 28 July 17:00 Sydney Bears 5 – 4 (SO) Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool [75]
76 28 July 17:30 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 1–4 Canberra Knights Canberra [76]
77 29 July 15:30 Perth Thunder 6–3 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1000 [77]
78 29 July 17:00 Canberra Knights 1–9 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [78]
79 29 July 17:00 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 4–0 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 250 [79]
80 29 July 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 2–5 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [80]

August[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
81 3 August 22:30 Melbourne Mustangs 3–5 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Acacia Ridge 110 [81]
82 4 August 17:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 3 – 4 (SO) Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [82]
83 4 August 17:30 Perth Thunder 1 – 2 (SO) Canberra Knights Canberra [83]
84 4 August 22:30 Melbourne Mustangs 3–1 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Acacia Ridge 120 [84]
85 5 August 17:00 Perth Thunder 4–3 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [85]
86 5 August 17:00 Canberra Knights 5–3 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool [86]
87 9 August 19:15 Melbourne Ice 6–1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 1150 [87]
88 11 August 16:30 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 3–2 Perth Thunder Perth [88]
89 11 August 16:30 Sydney Bears 1–5 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 470 [89]
90 11 August 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 5–3 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1150 [90]
91 11 August 17:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 3–2 Canberra Knights Canberra [91]
92 12 August 16:30 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 0–4 Perth Thunder Perth [92]
93 12 August 16:30 Newcastle North Stars 2–4 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 440 [93]
94 12 August 15:30 Sydney Bears 3 – 4 (SO) Melbourne Ice Melbourne 900 [94]
95 18 August 22:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 4–5 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Acacia Ridge 120 [95]
96 18 August 16:30 Melbourne Ice 1–3 Perth Thunder Perth [96]
97 18 August 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 1–0 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 420 [97]
98 18 August 17:30 Newcastle North Stars 7 – 6 (SO) Canberra Knights Canberra [98]
99 19 August 16:30 Melbourne Ice 4–2 Perth Thunder Perth [99]
100 19 August 15:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 6–4 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 385 [100]
101 19 August 17:00 Sydney Bears 4–0 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [101]
102 19 August 17:00 Canberra Knights 7–9 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 250 [102]
39 23 August 19:00 Melbourne Ice 5–3 Gold Coast Blue Tongues Melbourne 450 [103]
103 25 August 16:30 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 5–1 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 410 [104]
104 25 August 17:00 Perth Thunder 4–6 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 600 [105]
105 25 August 17:30 Melbourne Mustangs 3–5 Canberra Knights Canberra [106]
106 26 August 16:30 Gold Coast Blue Tongues 4 – 5 (SO) Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide 450 [107]
107 26 August 17:00 Perth Thunder 4–7 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 350 [108]
108 26 August 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 1–7 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [109]

Standings[edit]

Qualified for the playoffs

Bauer Conference[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GDF PTS
Newcastle North Stars 24 16 2 0 6 120 78 +42 52
Sydney Ice Dogs 24 12 1 2 9 96 99 −3 40
Sydney Bears 24 9 2 1 12 92 93 −1 32
Canberra Knights 24 4 4 2 14 73 116 −43 22

Easton Conference[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GDF PTS
Melbourne Ice 24 15 3 0 6 109 68 +41 51
Adelaide Adrenaline 24 13 1 2 8 96 76 +20 43
Gold Coast Blue Tongues 24 10 0 3 11 81 85 −4 33
Perth Thunder 24 10 0 2 12 81 80 +1 32
Melbourne Mustangs 24 5 1 2 16 54 107 −53 19

Source

Playoffs[edit]

The 2012 playoffs started on 1 September 2012, with the Goodall Cup final being held on 2 September.[74] Following the end of the regular season the top two teams from each conference advance to the playoff series with the winner of each conference playing in the semi-final round against the runner-up of the other conference.[3] All three games were held at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Warners Bay, New South Wales, the home of the Newcastle North Stars. The series was a single game elimination with the two winning semi-finalists advancing to the Goodall Cup final.[79] The Melbourne Ice won the Goodall Cup for the third year in a row after defeating the Newcastle North Stars in the final. Todd Graham of the Melbourne Ice was named the finals MVP.[78]

Semifinals Final
      
1 Adelaide Adrenaline 4
4 Newcastle North Stars 5
Newcastle North Stars 3
Melbourne Ice 4
3 Sydney Ice Dogs 2
2 Melbourne Ice 6

All times are UTC+10:00

Semi-finals[edit]

1 September 2012
15:30
Adelaide Adrenaline4–5
(1–2, 2–1, 1–2)
Newcastle North StarsHunter Ice Skating Stadium
1 September 2012
19:00
Sydney Ice Dogs2–6
(0–3, 1–2, 1–1)
Melbourne IceHunter Ice Skating Stadium

Final[edit]

2 September 2012
16:00
Melbourne Ice4–3
(1–2, 2–0, 1–1)
Newcastle North StarsHunter Ice Skating Stadium
Attendance: 1000

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the ten top skaters sorted by points, then goals.[80]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM POS
Jeremy Boyer Newcastle North Stars 24 25 33 58 22 F
Tomas Landa Sydney Bears 24 19 39 58 6 F
Matt Armstrong Melbourne Ice 24 23 28 51 46 F
Phil Ginand Perth Thunder 23 26 24 50 100 F
Mike McRae Gold Coast Blue Tongues 22 21 29 50 66 F
Ken Rolph Perth Thunder 24 21 26 47 26 F
Greg Oddy Adelaide Adrenaline 22 27 19 46 26 F
Casey Mignone Sydney Ice Dogs 24 24 22 46 66 F
Beau Taylor Newcastle North Stars 24 25 20 45 10 F
Brian Bales Newcastle North Stars 21 21 24 45 14 F

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage with a minimum of ten games played.[81]

Player Team MIP SOG GA GAA SVS% SO
Anthony Kimlin Gold Coast Blue Tongues 519 399 26 2.25 0.935 1
Mike Brown Canberra Knights 718 636 58 3.64 0.909 0
Aaron Barton Adelaide Adrenaline 871 582 55 2.84 0.905 2
Kiefer Smiley Perth Thunder 1026 655 70 3.07 0.893 1
Olivier Martin Newcastle North Stars 944 589 64 3.05 0.891 1

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