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The 2012 Trans-Tasman Champions League was the inaugural tournament between the Australian Ice Hockey League and the New Zealand Ice Hockey League played on July 7 and 8, 2012. It was held at the Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne. Each league fielded their best two teams from the 2011 season, and in a single field game round robin, played against the teams of the other league. The Southern Stampede finished fourth after losing both games and finishing with a minus 18 goal differential, Botany Swarm finished third after losing both games but finishing with a goal differential of minus six, and the Newcastle Northstars finished second after winning both games and finishing with a plus 11 goal differential. The Melbourne Ice finished in first place with a 2-0 record and a +13 goal differential.

BackgroundEdit

The Trans-Tasman Champions League was first announced in August 2011 by the Australian Ice Hockey League and the New Zealand Ice Hockey League. The 2012 Trans-Tasman Champions League was held on 7 and 8 July at the Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The tournament consisted of four teams, two from each of the represented leagues. The Australian Ice Hockey League was represented by the Melbourne Ice, the 2011 regular season and Goodall Cup winner, and the Newcastle North Stars, the runner-up of the 2011 Goodall Cup. The New Zealand Ice Hockey League was represented by the Botany Swarm, the 2011 regular season and Birgel Cup winner, and the Southern Stampede, the runner-up of the 2011 Birgel Cup.[1] Teams played two games during the tournament with both games being played against the opposing league teams.[1] Prior to the start of the tournament it was announced that the City of Melbourne had signed as the official sponsors for the tournament.[2] The Melbourne Ice won the tournament after winning both of their games and finishing with the best goal difference in the tournament.[3] Newcastle finished second after winning both of their games against the New Zealand teams but fell short of first place based on goal difference. Both New Zealand teams failed to win either of their games however the Botany Swarm finished ahead of the Southern Stampede with a better goal difference.[4]

StandingsEdit

Rk Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GDF PTS
1 Melbourne Ice 2 2 0 0 0 20 7 +13 6
2 Newcastle North Stars 2 2 0 0 0 17 6 +11 6
3 Botany Swarm 2 0 0 0 2 8 14 –6 0
4 Southern Stampede 2 0 0 0 2 5 23 –18 0

FixturesEdit

All times local.

7 July 2012
16:00
Southern Stampede 2 – 12
(0–5, 1–3, 1–4)
Melbourne Ice Medibank Icehouse
Attendance: 720
7 July 2012
19:30
Botany Swarm 3 – 6
(0–1, 2–2, 1–3)
Newcastle North Stars Medibank Icehouse
Attendance: 280
8 July 2012
16:00
Southern Stampede 3 – 11
(2–3, 1–5, 0–3)
Newcastle North Stars Medibank Icehouse
8 July 2012
19:30
Botany Swarm 5 – 8
(4–3, 1–2, 0–3)
Melbourne Ice Medibank Icehouse
Attendance: 750

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the top ten skaters sorted by points, then goals, assists, and the lower penalties in minutes.[5]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM POS
Flag of Canada Jeremy Boyer Newcastle North Stars 2 4 6 10 0 F
Flag of the United States Brian Bales Newcastle North Stars 2 3 7 10 2 F
Flag of the United States Doug Wilson Melbourne Ice 2 1 7 8 6 D
Flag of Canada Jason Baclig Melbourne Ice 2 3 4 7 0 F
Flag of Australia Hughes, JosephJoseph Hughes align=left| Melbourne Ice 2 3 4 7 8 F
Flag of Canada Matt Armstrong Melbourne Ice 2 3 4 7 25 F
Flag of Australia Beau Taylor Newcastle North Stars 2 5 1 6 2 F
Flag of Australia Webster, LliamLliam Webster align=left| Melbourne Ice 2 2 4 6 6 F
Flag of Canada Robbie Lawrance Newcastle North Stars 2 0 6 6 2 D
Flag of New Zealand Huber, CharlieCharlie Huber align=left| Botany Swarm 2 1 4 5 0 F

GoaltendersEdit

Goaltenders are sorted based on save percentage.[6]

Player Team MIP SOG GA GAA SVS%
Flag of Australia Martin, OlivierOlivier Martin align=left| Newcastle North Stars 120 64 6 2.25 0.906
Flag of Australia Denman, StuartStuart Denman align=left| Melbourne Ice 60 18 2 1.50 0.889
Flag of New Zealand Nothling, ZakZak Nothling align=left| Botany Swarm 120 87 14 5.25 0.839
Flag of Australia Dahlen Phillips Melbourne Ice 60 24 5 3.75 0.792
Flag of New Zealand Aston Brookes Southern Stampede 120 85 23 8.63 0.729

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Australia vs New Zealand in all new Ice Hockey Showdown. Australian Ice Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  2. City of Melbourne - Official TTCL Supporter. Australian Ice Hockey League (2012-06-07). Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  3. Melbourne Ice win innaugural Trans Tasman Champions League. Australian Ice Hockey League (2012-07-08). Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  4. Standings. Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  5. Leading Players. Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  6. Leading Goalies. Australian Ice Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.

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