2012–13 AJIHL season

The 2012–13 AJIHL season is the first season of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League. It ran from 20 October 2012 until 17 February 2013, with the finals running from 3 March 2013 until 10 March 2013. The AJIHL is the highest Australian national junior ice hockey competition.

2012–13 AJIHL season
LeagueAustralian Junior Ice Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration20 October 2012 – 10 March 2013
Number of games14
Number of teams4
Total attendance1,326
Regular season
PremiersMelbourne Red Wings
Top scorerBrendan McDowell (Red Wings)
AJIHL Champions Trophy
ChampionsSydney Maple Leafs
  Runners-upMelbourne Red Wings
AJIHL seasons
← Beginning

League businessEdit

On 18 September 2012 Ice Hockey Australia announced the formation of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League with the league starting its inaugural season on 20 October 2012.[1] On 22 September 2012 they announced that the league would consist of four teams for the first season – Melbourne Blackhawks, Melbourne Red Wings, Sydney Lightning and the Sydney Maple Leafs, with teams being operated by their respective state governing body, the Victorian Ice Hockey Association and the New South Wales Ice Hockey Association respectively.[2] Games are set to be held in the Melbourne, Penrith and Sydney.[3]

Following the games on 9 December 2012 there is an eight-week stoppage to allow for the festive period and for the 2013 IIHF World U20 Championships program which runs from December until the end of January.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on 20 October 2012 and ran through to 17 February 2013 before the teams compete in the playoff series.[3]

OctoberEdit

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
1 20 October 2012 18:45 Sydney Lightning 3–5 Melbourne Blackhawks Melbourne 150 [1]
2 20 October 2012 20:30 Sydney Maple Leafs 2–7 Melbourne Red Wings Melbourne 150 [2]
3 21 October 2012 15:23 Sydney Maple Leafs 0–4 Melbourne Blackhawks Melbourne 60 [3]
4 21 October 2012 17:00 Sydney Lightning 5–3 Melbourne Red Wings Melbourne 60 [4]

NovemberEdit

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
6 9 November 2012 20:00 Melbourne Red Wings 1–2 Melbourne Blackhawks Melbourne 75 [5]
5 10 November 2012 19:00 Sydney Maple Leafs 0–4 Sydney Lightning Penrith [6]
7 11 November 2012 17:00 Sydney Lightning 5–4 Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [7]
8 11 November 2012 14:30 Melbourne Blackhawks 3–4 Melbourne Red Wings Melbourne 94 [8]
10 23 November 2012 20:00 Melbourne Blackhawks 2–4 Melbourne Red Wings Melbourne 52 [9]
9 24 November 2012 19:00 Sydney Lightning 4–3 (SO) Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [10]
11 25 November 2012 19:30 Sydney Maple Leafs 1–4 Sydney Lightning Penrith [11]
12 25 November 2012 13:15 Melbourne Red Wings 3–1 Melbourne Blackhawks Melbourne 75 [12]

DecemberEdit

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
13 1 December 2012 17:00 Melbourne Blackhawks 4–3 Sydney Lightning Penrith [13]
14 1 December 2012 18:45 Melbourne Red Wings 2–1 Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [14]
15 2 December 2012 08:30 Melbourne Blackhawks 6–3 Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [15]
16 2 December 2012 17:00 Melbourne Red Wings 2–3 (SO) Sydney Lightning Penrith [16]
18 7 December 2012 20:00 Melbourne Red Wings 2–4 Melbourne Blackhawks Melbourne [17]
17 8 December 2012 17:00 Sydney Maple Leafs 2–1 Sydney Lightning Penrith [18]
19 9 December 2012 17:00 Sydney Lightning 4–5 Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [19]
20 9 December 2012 13:15 Melbourne Blackhawks 5–2 Melbourne Red Wings Melbourne [20]

FebruaryEdit

Game Date Time Away Score Home Location Attendance Recap
21 2 February 2013 17:00 Sydney Lightning 2–1 Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [21]
22 2 February 2013 20:02 Melbourne Blackhawks 3–5 Melbourne Red Wings Melbourne 84 [22]
23 3 February 2013 17:00 Sydney Maple Leafs 3–4 (SO) Sydney Lightning Penrith [23]
24 3 February 2013 13:15 Melbourne Red Wings 3–1 Melbourne Blackhawks Melbourne 59 [24]
25 16 February 2013 17:00 Melbourne Blackhawks 4–0 Sydney Lightning Penrith [25]
26 16 February 2013 18:45 Melbourne Red Wings 5–6 Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [26]
27 17 February 2013 08:30 Melbourne Red Wings 4–3 Sydney Lightning Penrith [27]
28 17 February 2013 17:00 Melbourne Blackhawks 0–3 Sydney Maple Leafs Penrith [28]

StandingsEdit

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GDF PTS
Melbourne Red Wings 14 8 0 1 5 47 41 +6 25
Melbourne Blackhawks 14 8 0 0 6 44 36 +8 24
Sydney Lightning 14 5 3 0 6 45 41 +4 21
Sydney Maple Leafs 14 4 0 2 8 34 52 −18 14

Source

Player statisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in regular season points.[4]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
  Brendan McDowell Melbourne Red Wings 14 26 7 33 +24 14
  Austin McKenzie Melbourne Blackhawks 14 20 11 31 +26 48
  Matt Stringer Melbourne Red Wings 12 10 12 22 +19 8
  Scott Clemie Sydney Maple Leafs 14 10 7 17 +14 18
  Tyler Kubara Sydney Maple Leafs 9 7 12 19 +16 2
  Paul Lazzarotto Melbourne Blackhawks 14 11 7 18 +15 0
  Jack Carpenter Melbourne Blackhawks 14 5 11 16 +14 46
  Todd Cameron Sydney Lightning 11 7 8 15 +11 38
  Steven Naidovski Sydney Maple Leafs 12 6 4 10 +8 24
  Chris Fahy Melbourne Red Wings 8 0 10 10 +6 39

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in regular season goals against average.[5]

Player Team GP TOI W L OTL GA SO SV% GAA
  McKenzie Hill Melbourne Blackhawks 12 538:52 7 5 0 29 2 .836 2.77
  James McKendrick Melbourne Red Wings 13 525:51 6 6 0 35 0 .844 3.00
  Rhett Kelly Sydney Lightning 9 316:06 4 3 0 24 1 .847 3.08
  Jake Burgess Sydney Maple Leafs 8 361:22 4 2 1 26 1 .845 3.24
  Marco Tomasello Sydney Lightning 9 313:13 4 4 0 24 0 .793 3.33

PlayoffsEdit

The 2013 playoffs started on 3 March 2013 with the final being held on 9 and 10 March 2013. Following the end of the regular season the teams will play their opposing state team in the semi-finals. The winners move on to play each other in a best-of-two final being held at the Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne.[3] Melbourne Red Wings and Sydney Maple Leafs both progressed to the finals after winning their semi-final game. The Maple Leafs won the first game of the finals while the Red Wings won the second game tying the two game series.[6] As a result, the two teams entered a sudden death overtime period. Scott Clemie scored the game-winning goal in the 13th minute of the period, with the Maple Leafs winning the first AJIHL season. Clemie was named the AJIHL Finals MVP.[7]

Semi-finalsEdit

3 March 2013
17:00
Sydney Maple Leafs7–2
(2–0, 3–2, 2–0)
Sydney LightningPenrith Ice Palace
3 March 2013
15:00
Melbourne Red Wings7–3
(1–1, 2–1, 4–1)
Melbourne BlackhawksMedibank Icehouse
Attendance: 150

FinalEdit

9 March 2013
17:02
Melbourne Red Wings2–7
(0–2, 1–2, 1–3)
Sydney Maple LeafsMedibank Icehouse
10 March 2013
13:27
Sydney Maple Leafs4–5 (OT)
(2–1, 1–3, 1–0, 0–1)
Melbourne Red WingsMedibank Icehouse
Attendance: 120
10 March 2013
15:20
Sydney Maple Leafs1–0Melbourne Red WingsMedibank Icehouse
Attendance: 120

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AJIHL is here". Hewitt Sports Network. 18 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  2. ^ "AJIHL Teams Announced". Hewitt Sports Network. 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  3. ^ a b c d "AJIHL Schedule released". Hewitt Sports Network. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
  4. ^ "Ice Hockey Australia Scoring Leaders AJIHL 2012". Pointstreak.
  5. ^ "Ice Hockey Australia Goalie Leaders AJIHL 2012". Pointstreak.
  6. ^ "Cinderella Finish For Maple Leafs at AJIHL Finals". Hewitt Sports Network. 10 March 2013. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  7. ^ "Sydney Maple Leafs v Melbourne Red Wings". Pointstreak Sports Technologies. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.

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