The EPL season has now ended and the players have hit the golf course for the summer. But how did the 10 teams fair?
A league title and the Cup went back to the Spectrum trophy cabinet making it very successful season. The Flames maybe disappoint that they couldn’t take the playoff title as well but after a first minute injury to starting goalie Mark Lee in the semi final they can probably be forgiven for missing out on this one.
The Phoenix will be rueing the poor start to the season that they made and injuries as the Altrincham team finished runner up after taking the title 12 months ago. The Phoenix will look back at the season and be boosted by the fact they did make the cup semi final and made a first ever appearance in the play off final.
What a difference a year makes. After finishing in the bottom half last season the Steeldogs turned themselves into challengers. They may have run out of steam coming down the stretch but a playoff semi final defeat on penalties and a cup final makes for a not too shabby season at Ice Sheffield. The Steeldogs have also probably been the most talked about side in the EPL if not the UK with antics and tactics of rookie coach Andre Payette.
The season started well with the side topping the table in the early season but then it went sour when it mattered the most. That makes for the season and the final standings to be somewhat painful reading. The Jets had showed that promise but couldn’t fulfil it in the end. However the Jets did win the playoff title for a third time.
Milton Keynes Lightning
The Lightning were hoping for much better from this season than a fifth place. With games in hand in the early part of the season there were signs that they would come up and make a strong league season but those petered out over Christmas. A disappointing league campaign was matched by missing the playoff finals as well.
The Bison’s season never really got going in 2012. Injuries hampered any hopes they may have had before the season started. Once the injuries worries had gone away in about February the Bison did show what they may have been capable off with a full side but it was far too late to mount a challenge on the league table.
The Wildcats on ice performance were vastly improved this season. Ryan Aldridge’s side had managed to lift themselves from playoff spot hopefuls to playoff finals possibles. Whilst the cats couldn’t keep the promise going for a longer run of games they did scare many teams and ended the Manchester Phoenix’s hopes of retaining the title.
After a strong season in 2011 the Phantoms will have hoped for a lot better than an 8th place finish. A disastrous start to season saw them bottom of pile although they did turn it around eventually to make the end of season playoffs by a point.
The season started strongly for the Bees. Sitting in mid table at the start of season the Bees showed that this may be a season were playoff hockey would be a certainty. That was not to be though as the Bees slipped after Christmas and allowed Peterborough to close the gap. A very disappointing end to the season and missing the playoffs will be what the Bees fans will remember.
Every season is a struggle for the Tigers. Operating on the lowest budget in the league the Tigers effort on the ice was not shown on the scoreboard. A few more goals here and there and a few more saves here and there and the Tigers season may have looked a lot more different. The Tigers though will be disappointed to have finish the season so far off the playoffs but with a new title sponsor on board for next season and a good crop of young players a season older the Tigers will be looking to forget 2012 with giant leaps forward in 2013.