2016 NA3HL Playoff format announced for upcoming playoffs and Silver Cup Tourney

2016 NA3HL Playoff format announced for upcoming playoffs and Silver Cup Tourney

By Kevin Scott

FRISCO, TX., February 8, 2016 — The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced today their schedule and format for the 2016 NA3HL Playoffs and the Silver Cup Tournament Championship.

2016 Divisional Semi-Finals:

In the Divisional Semi-Finals, the top four teams in each of the six divisions will make the playoffs based on their regular season standings. The top seed in the division will face the #4 seed and the #2 seed will challenge #3 seed in a best-of-three series (teams that wins twice) with the two winning clubs advancing to the Divisional Finals. The semi-finals will start no earlier than Thursday, March 17th and must finish no later than Sunday, March 20th.

#4 seed vs. #1 seed

#3 seed vs. #2 seed

2016 Divisional Finals:

The two winning teams from the Divisional Semi-Finals will meet in a best-of-three series (team that wins twice) to determine who advances to the 2016 Silver Cup Championship Tournament. The semi-finals will start no earlier than Thursday, March 24th and must finish no later than Sunday, March 27th.

Silver Cup Wildcard:

After the Divisional Finals conclude, the six teams that lost the Divisional Finals series will be ranked 1-6 based on their regular season totals and regular season tie-breaking procedures will be used if necessary. The top two ranked teams will be declared the Silver Cup Wildcard teams and will be the seventh and eighth seeded teams at the Silver Cup Tournament.

Silver Cup Tournament:

The six divisional playoff champions and the two wildcard teams will compete in the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship Tournament slated to begin Wednesday, March 30th and finish with the championship game on Sunday, April 3rd from the Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Romeoville, Illinois. The six divisional playoff champions will be seeded according to their season point totals with the two wild card teams seeded seventh and eighth based on their season point totals. The round robin tournament will feature two pools with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi-finals, where they will play the other top two teams from the other pool. The winners will face each other in the Championship game on Sunday, April 3rd. If there is a tie after the round robin tourney, tie-breaking procedures will be utilized.

2016 Silver Cup Championship Schedule: (Times Not Announced)

Pool A:  #1 seed, #4 seed, #5 seed, 2nd Wildcard

Pool B:  #2 seed, #3 seed, #6 seed, 1st Wildcard

Wednesday, March 30th

#1 vs. 2nd Wildcard

#2 vs. 1st Wildcard

#3 vs. #6

#4 vs. #5

Thursday, March 31st

#1 vs. #5

#2 vs. #6

#3 vs. 1st Wildcard

#4 vs. 2nd Wildcard

Friday, April 1st

#1 vs. #4

#2 vs. #3

#5 vs. 2nd Wildcard

#6 vs. 1st Wildcard

Saturday, April 2nd

Pool A (1st) vs. Pool B (2nd)

Pool B (1st) vs. Pool A (2nd)

Sunday, April 3rd

Championship Game: Winners from April 2nd.

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