2014 AIHL season

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2014 AIHL season
League Australian Ice Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 12 April 2014 – 31 August 2014
Regular season
H Newman Reid Trophy Melbourne Mustangs
Season MVP Simon Barg (Ice Dogs)
Top scorer Simon Barg
Goodall Cup
Champions Melbourne Mustangs
  Runners-up Melbourne Ice
Finals MVP Viktor Gibbs Sjödin (Mustangs)
AIHL seasons
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The 2014 AIHL season is the 15th season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL). It ran from 12 April 2014 until 24 August 2014, with the Goodall Cup finals following on 30 and 31 August. The Melbourne Mustangs won both the H Newman Reid Trophy for finishing first in the regular season, and the Goodall Cup after defeating the Melbourne Ice in the final.

League business[edit]

In October 2013 it was confirmed that the Gold Coast Blue Tongues would remain suspended for the 2014 season. The team have until the 2015 season before their licence is reviewed.[1] On 26 February 2014 Canberra Knights owner John Raut announced that the team had folded operations effective immediately and would not be competing in the upcoming 2014 season. Raut cited financial costs, lack of local players and poor performance as the reasons behind the move.[2][3] The following day it was announced that the player group headed by captain Mark Rummukainen had approached the league with plans on taking on the club's licence.[4] The following month the league announced that they had granted a provisional licence to a Canberra consortium, which involved the player group, to take on the licence and replace the Knights in the 2014 season. The new team was announced as the CBR Brave.[5] The Melbourne Mustangs announced in March 2014 that they had signed a deal with MOAT: Mental Health Services who will become the teams naming sponsors for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The team's name will change to MOAT: Melbourne Mustangs Ice Hockey Club.[6] Air Canada expanded their sponsorship of the AIHL to the entire 2014 season after last year sponsoring the 2013 finals series.[7] They also announced they will continue to show a highlights package of the 2013 finals series as part of their in-flight entertainment until the end of June.[7] They will then replace it with the 2014 Canada Day Classic between the Sydney Bears and Melbourne Mustangs and the 2014 AIHL finals series.[7]

Exhibition games[edit]

The first exhibition game was held in November 2013 with the Sydney Bears playing a match against former AIHL team, the Central Coast Rhinos. The Rhinos who previously played in the AIHL from 2005 to 2008 went on to win the game 8–4.[8] A second game involving the Bears and Rhinos was held in March 2014 with the Bears winning 8–2.[8] In February 2014 it was announced that the pre season tournament, the Wilson Cup, would be revived.[9] The tournament was last played in 2009 and was won by the Rhinos.[9] The 2014 edition features the Newcastle North Stars, Sydney Bears and the Sydney Ice Dogs.[9] The tournament features a round robin of the three teams and finishes with a final between the top two placed teams. In started on 16 March and finished on 5 April.[9] In the opening game of the Wilson Cup the North Stars defeated the Bears 4-3 in a shootout.[10] The North Stars however lost game two to the Ice Dogs 5-4 in a shootout.[11] In the last game of the round robin the Ice Dogs defeated the Sydney Bears 8-1 and they finished first in the standings.[12] The Ice Dogs were drawn against the North Stars in the final who finished the round robin in second place. The Ice Dogs defeated the North Stars 4-2, winning their first Wilson Cup title.[13] On 27 March the Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs held an exhibition game at the Medibank Icehouse with the Ice defeating the Mustangs 8-3.[14] On April 3 and 5 the Australian national team held two exhibition games against the Mustangs and Ice.[15] The two games were played at the Medibank Icehouse and were held as part of the teams preparation for the 2014 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A tournament being held in Serbia from the 9 to 15 April.[15] Australia won both of the games, defeating the Mustangs 9-3 and the Ice 4-1.[15][16]

Personnel changes[edit]

In November 2013 Melbourne Ice announced that assistant coach Brent Laver has been promoted to the head coach position, replacing Sandy Gardner who had been in the job for only the 2013 season.[17] The team also announced that former player, Glen Mayer had signed on as an assistant coach, along with former Swedish First Division player, Johan Steenberg, who was appointed back in June 2013.[17][18] Just prior to the start of the season Perth Thunder Coach Stan Scott announced that he had stepped down as head coach in order to focus on the General Manager operations of the club. Scott was replaced by Dylan Forsythe as head coach and but remained on the coaching panel as an assistant.[19] After eight games into the season it was announced that Forsythe had stepped down as head coach effective immediately for unknown reasons. He was replaced by Stan Scott who agreed to take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[20] On 24 April 2014 the Sydney Ice Dogs head coach Ron Kuprowsky and his assistants Colin Downie and Brad Andrlon had resigned from their positions.[21] The club appointed Dion Dunwoodie as interim head coach with Mark Page and Anthony Wilson as his assistants. On 9 May 2014 the Ice Dogs signed Andrew Petrie as their new head coach.[22]

Player transfers[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season started on 12 April 2014 and ran through to 1 September 2014 before the top four teams compete in the Goodall Cup playoff series.[51] Game 35 between the Newcastle North Stars and the Sydney Ice Dogs had to be postponed due to the North Stars bus breaking down en route to Liverpool.[52] The game was later rescheduled for 22 June 2014 and will be played at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Newcastle.[53] Game 77 between the Adelaide Adrenaline and CBR Brave had to be postoned after the Adrenalines team bus crashed en route to the Phillip Ice Skating Centre. Head Coach Ryan O'Handley and some players were taken to hospital however none of the injuries were serious. Game 79 which was set to be held the following day between the Adrenaline and the Sydney Bears was also postponed.[54] On 31 July it was announced that both games had been cancelled as the teams involved had been unable to reschedule the games. As a result, the AIHL Commission awarded each team one point for the cancelled games, with the Adrenaline getting one point from each game and the Brave and Bears awarded one point each from their respective games.[55]

The Melbourne Mustangs won the H Newman Reid Trophy after finishing first in the regular season with 54 points.[56] In the final week of the regular season the AIHL released the list of finalists for the 2014 awards.[57] Mathieu Ouelette of the CBR Brave, Jack Wolgemuth of the Melbourne Mustangs and the Sydney Ice Dogs’ Simon Barg were nominated as the Most Valuable Player, with Barg going on to win the award.[57][58] Petri Pitkänen of the CBR Brave, Mathieu Dugas of the Perth Thunder and the Sydney Bears’ Daniel Palmkvist were nominated for the Goaltender of the Year award with Petri Pitkänen being named the winner.[57][58] Niko Suoraniemi of the Adelaide Adrenaline, John Kennedy of the Newcastle North Stars and the Melbourne Mustangs' Jack Wolgemuth were nominated for the Defenceman of the Year award with Wolgemuth being announced the winner.[57][58] Jeremy Brown of the Melbourne Ice, Jamie Woodman of the Perth Thunder and the Newcastle North Stars Hayden Sheard were all nominated as the Rookie of the Year award with Jeremy Brown taking the award.[57][58] David Dunwoodie of the Sydney Ice Dogs won the award for Local Player of the Year.[58]

April[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
1 12 April 17:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 9 – 2 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1000 [1]
2 12 April 17:30 Newcastle North Stars 2 – 0 CBR Brave Canberra 800 [2]
3 13 April 16:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 3 – 6 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 800 [3]
4 13 April 17:00 Sydney Bears 4 – 0 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 800 [4]
5 19 April 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 3 (SO) Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1500 [5]
6 26 April 16:30 Melbourne Ice 3 – 0 Perth Thunder Perth [6]
7 26 April 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 4 – 0 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [7]
8 26 April 17:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 2 – 6 CBR Brave Canberra 800 [8]
9 27 April 15:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 6 – 5 (SO) Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 350 [9]
10 27 April 16:30 Melbourne Ice 3 – 0 Perth Thunder Perth [10]

May[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
11 3 May 16:30 Perth Thunder 4 – 3 (SO) Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [11]
12 3 May 17:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 2 – 4 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 550 [12]
13 3 May 18:00 Newcastle North Stars 1 – 3 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 300 [13]
14 4 May 15:30 Perth Thunder 0 – 1 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [14]
15 4 May 16:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 2 – 5 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 900 [15]
16 10 May 16:30 Sydney Bears 4 – 3 (SO) Perth Thunder Perth [16]
17 10 May 17:00 Melbourne Ice 5 – 3 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 1300 [17]
18 10 May 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 5 – 3 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 300 [18]
19 10 May 17:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 5 – 2 CBR Brave Canberra [19]
20 11 May 16:30 Sydney Bears 3 – 2 Perth Thunder Perth [20]
21 11 May 17:00 CBR Brave 4 – 2 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [21]
22 11 May 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 4 – 10 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 200 [22]
23 17 May 16:30 Newcastle North Stars 6 – 3 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [23]
24 17 May 17:00 Melbourne Ice 6 – 3 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool [24]
25 17 May 17:30 Perth Thunder 1 – 5 CBR Brave Canberra [25]
26 17 May 18:00 Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 1 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 250 [26]
27 18 May 15:30 Newcastle North Stars 2 – 3 (SO) Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [27]
28 18 May 15:30 Melbourne Ice 4 – 2 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 250 [28]
29 18 May 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 7 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 250 [29]
30 18 May 17:00 Perth Thunder 4 – 5 (SO) CBR Brave Canberra [30]
31 24 May 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 2 – 6 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 450 [31]
32 24 May 17:00 CBR Brave 5 – 2 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 700 [32]
33 24 May 18:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 6 – 2 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 850 [33]
34 25 May 16:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 3 – 2 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 300 [34]
36 31 May 16:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 5 – 7 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [35]
37 31 May 17:00 Perth Thunder 2 – 5 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 500 [36]
38 31 May 17:30 Melbourne Ice 2 – 1 (SO) CBR Brave Canberra 800 [37]

June[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
39 1 June 15:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 2 – 0 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [38]
40 1 June 15:30 Newcastle North Stars 4 – 1 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 300 [39]
41 1 June 16:00 Perth Thunder 4 – 1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 350 [40]
42 1 June 17:00 Melbourne Ice 2 – 4 CBR Brave Canberra [41]
43 5 June 16:00 Melbourne Mustangs 8 – 3 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1200 [42]
44 7 June 16:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 1 – 7 Perth Thunder Perth [43]
45 7 June 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 5 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 900 [44]
46 7 June 17:30 Sydney Bears 1 – 4 CBR Brave Canberra 800 [45]
47 8 June 15:30 Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 3 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [46]
48 8 June 16:30 Adelaide Adrenaline 2 – 6 Perth Thunder Perth [47]
49 14 June 17:00 Melbourne Ice 4 - 7 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [48]
50 14 June 17:30 Sydney Bears 6 – 8 CBR Brave Canberra [49]
51 15 June 15:30 Melbourne Ice 6 – 4 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 450 [50]
52 15 June 17:00 CBR Brave 3 – 6 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 220 [51]
53 21 June 16:30 Melbourne Mustangs 5 – 3 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [52]
54 21 June 17:00 Perth Thunder 5 – 0 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [53]
55 21 June 16:30 Sydney Bears 1 – 2 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 300 [54]
56 21 June 17:00 CBR Brave 2 – 3 (SO) Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1000 [55]
35 22 June 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 4 – 1 Sydney Ice Dogs Newcastle [56]
57 22 June 15:30 Perth Thunder 5 – 6 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 300 [57]
58 22 June 15:30 Melbourne Mustangs 6 – 3 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [58]
59 22 June 16:00 CBR Brave 6 – 5 (SO) Melbourne Ice Melbourne 1000 [59]
60 28 June 17:00 Sydney Bears 3 – 1 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 950 [60]
61 28 June 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 6 – 2 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [61]
62 28 June 17:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 4 – 1 CBR Brave Canberra 900 [62]
63 29 June 16:00 Sydney Bears 2 – 1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 850 [63]
64 29 June 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 3 – 2 (SO) Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 350 [64]

July[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
65 5 July 16:30 Newcastle North Stars 5 – 7 Perth Thunder Perth [65]
66 5 July 16:30 Melbourne Ice 0 – 4 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [66]
67 5 July 17:00 CBR Brave 7 – 4 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 700 [67]
68 5 July 17:00 Sydney Bears 2 – 4 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 400 [68]
69 6 July 15:30 Melbourne Ice 2 – 3 (SO) Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [69]
70 6 July 16:00 CBR Brave 3 – 4 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 380 [70]
71 6 July 16:30 Newcastle North Stars 1 – 4 Perth Thunder Perth [71]
72 12 July 17:00 Sydney Bears 0 – 4 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 450 [72]
73 12 July 17:00 CBR Brave 4 – 5 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 450 [73]
74 13 July 16:00 Sydney Bears 1 – 10 Melbourne Ice Melbourne [74]
75 13 July 17:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 5 – 4 (SO) Newcastle North Stars Newcastle 700 [75]
76 19 July 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 3 – 6 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 700 [76]
77 19 July 17:30 Adelaide Adrenaline Cancelled CBR Brave Canberra [note 1]
78 19 July 18:00 Perth Thunder 4 – 1 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 300 [77]
79 20 July 15:30 Adelaide Adrenaline Cancelled Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [note 1]
80 20 July 16:00 Newcastle North Stars 4 – 5 Melbourne Ice Melbourne [78]
81 20 July 17:00 Perth Thunder 3 – 5 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 250 [79]
82 26 July 16:30 CBR Brave 3 – 1 Perth Thunder Perth [80]
83 26 July 16:30 Sydney Bears 4 – 6 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [81]
84 26 July 17:00 Melbourne Ice 2 – 4 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [82]
85 27 July 15:30 Sydney Bears 1 – 8 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [83]
86 27 July 16:30 CBR Brave 5 – 3 Perth Thunder Perth [84]
87 27 July 17:00 Melbourne Ice 3 – 2 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 300 [85]

August[edit]

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
88 2 August 16:30 Melbourne Mustangs 3 – 1 Perth Thunder Perth [86]
89 2 August 17:30 Newcastle North Stars 2 – 3 CBR Brave Canberra [87]
90 3 August 15:30 CBR Brave 12 – 4 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 250 [88]
91 3 August 16:30 Melbourne Mustangs 7 – 4 Perth Thunder Perth 500 [89]
92 3 August 17:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 3 – 5 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [90]
93 9 August 17:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 2 – 4 Melbourne Ice Melbourne [91]
94 9 August 17:00 Perth Thunder 4 – 5 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [92]
95 9 August 17:30 Melbourne Mustangs 4 – 2 CBR Brave Canberra [93]
96 9 August 18:00 Sydney Ice Dogs 8 – 0 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills 400 [94]
97 10 August 16:00 Adelaide Adrenaline 1 – 3 Melbourne Ice Melbourne [95]
98 10 August 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 2 – 4 CBR Brave Canberra [96]
99 10 August 17:00 Perth Thunder 8 – 2 Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 250 [97]
100 10 August 17:00 Sydney Bears 2 – 6 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [98]
101 14 August 17:00 Melbourne Ice 5 – 1 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 1500 [99]
102 16 August 16:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 3 – 1 Perth Thunder Perth [100]
103 16 August 16:30 CBR Brave 2 – 5 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [101]
104 16 August 17:00 Newcastle North Stars 3 – 6 Melbourne Mustangs Melbourne 900 [102]
105 17 August 15:30 CBR Brave 2 – 6 Adelaide Adrenaline Adelaide [103]
106 17 August 16:00 Newcastle North Stars 2 – 7 Melbourne Ice Melbourne [104]
107 17 August 16:30 Sydney Ice Dogs 6 – 3 Perth Thunder Perth [105]
108 23 August 17:00 Perth Thunder 5 – 4 (SO) Melbourne Ice Melbourne [106]
109 23 August 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 4 – 1 Newcastle North Stars Newcastle [107]
110 23 August 18:00 CBR Brave 3 – 2 Sydney Bears Baulkham Hills [108]
111 24 August 16:00 Perth Thunder 3 – 2 Melbourne Ice Melbourne 550 [109]
112 24 August 17:00 Melbourne Mustangs 3 – 4 (SO) Sydney Ice Dogs Liverpool 550 [110]

Standings[edit]

Qualified for the playoffs
Team GP W OTW T OTL L GF GA GDF PTS
Melbourne Mustangs 28 17 0 0 3 8 108 88 +20 54
Melbourne Ice 28 14 3 0 3 8 104 88 +16 51
CBR Brave 28 14 2 1 2 9 106 89 +17 49
Sydney Ice Dogs 28 14 2 0 1 11 116 97 +19 47
Adelaide Adrenaline 28 10 5 2 1 10 94 90 +4 43
Newcastle North Stars 28 11 0 0 2 15 87 106 –19 35
Perth Thunder 28 9 2 0 2 15 94 94 0 33
Sydney Bears 28 6 1 1 1 19 68 125 –57 22

Source

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the ten top skaters sorted by points, then goals.[59]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM POS
Simon Barg Sydney Ice Dogs 26 23 46 69 20 F
Stephen Blunden CBR Brave 24 36 32 68 59 F
Anton Kokkonen CBR Brave 25 17 42 59 18 F
Mathieu Ouellette CBR Brave 22 17 40 57 16 F
David Dunwoodie Sydney Ice Dogs 28 20 33 53 151 F
Chris Wilson Newcastle North Stars 23 17 32 49 96 F
Cody Danberg Newcastle North Stars 28 17 31 48 77 F
John Clewlow Sydney Ice Dogs 23 22 23 45 64 F
Patrick O'Kane Melbourne Mustangs 28 21 23 44 14 F
Stuart Stefan Perth Thunder 28 14 30 44 40 F

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage with a minimum 40% of the teams ice time.[60]

Player Team MIP SOG GA GAA SVS% SO
Mathieu Dugas Perth Thunder 1396 1099 92 3.30 0.916 1
Jaden Pine-Murphy Melbourne Ice 876 446 39 2.23 0.913 2
Petri Pitkänen CBR Brave 1227 764 72 2.93 0.906 0
Daniel Palmkvist Sydney Bears 1040 806 80 3.85 0.901 1
Harrison May Newcastle North Stars 1295 881 89 3.44 0.899 1

Goodall Cup playoffs[edit]

The 2014 playoffs started on 30 August 2014, with the Goodall Cup final being held on 31 August. Following the end of the regular season the top four teams advanced to the playoff series with the Melbourne Mustangs and CBR Brave making their debut playoff appearance, along with the other two finalists the Melbourne Ice and Sydney Ice Dogs.[61][62] All three games were held at the Medibank Icehouse in Docklands, Victoria, the home of the Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs. The series was a single game elimination with the two winning semi-finalists advancing to the Goodall Cup final. The finals were sponsored by Air Canada who also sponsored the 2013 playoffs.[63] The Melbourne Mustangs won the Goodall Cup for the first time after defeating the Melbourne Ice in the final. Viktor Gibbs Sjödin of the Melbourne Mustangs was named the finals MVP.[64][65]

Semifinals Final
      
1 Melbourne Mustangs 6
4 Sydney Ice Dogs 4
Melbourne Mustangs 6
Melbourne Ice 1
3 CBR Brave 1
2 Melbourne Ice 6

Semi-finals[edit]

All times are UTC+10:00

30 August 2014
15:00
Sydney Ice Dogs4 – 6
(2–1, 0–2, 2–3)
Melbourne MustangsMedibank Icehouse
Attendance: 1500
30 August 2014
18:30
CBR Brave1 – 6
(0–2, 1–2, 0–2)
Melbourne IceMedibank Icehouse
Attendance: 1500

Final[edit]

31 August 2014
15:00
Melbourne Ice1 – 6
(0–1, 0–3, 1–2)
Melbourne MustangsMedibank Icehouse
Attendance: 2000

Notes[edit]

^ 1: Game 77 between the Adelaide Adrenaline and CBR Brave was cancelled after the Adrenalines team bus crashed en route to the Phillip Ice Skating Centre. Game 79 which was set to be held the following day between the Adrenaline and the Sydney Bears was also cancelled. The games which were initially postponed were announced by the AIHL as cancelled after the teams involved had been unable to reschedule the games. As a result, the AIHL Commission awarded each team one point for the cancelled games, with the Adrenaline getting one point from each game and the Brave and Bears awarded one point each from their respective games.[54][55]

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