Thursday, July 5, 2012 - Submitted by Peter Lambert
The first ever Trans Tasman Champions League, this Saturday and Sunday, will bring hockey fans a taste of the "big time" with some changes and facilities reminiscent of the NHL and IIHF tournaments.
The tournament format of the TTCL has allowed the AIHL to put together the games without some of the compromises necessary in the 100+ game AIHL regular season.
Fans will enjoy 20 minute stop-time periods, meaning teams will need to play 3-4 lines to keep up the pace with the competition. Additionally, there will be up to two 5 minute overtime (sudden death) periods before going to shoot out.
The NZIHL teams will be allowed to play their regular limit of five imports, while the Australian teams are limited to their usual four.
With only four games amongst four teams, the likelyhood of a tie situation is high, and IIHF rules apply.
If competition points are equal, ties are broken by comparing the leaders by goals and goal differentials.
Off the ice, game coverage will include commentary and a strong media coverage with strong interest from Victorian mainstream media.
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