Ever since our beloved Arenex went down in December, the NWBHL has been in scramble mode. We've landed a new place to play in Central City, but the
search has continued for other venues that would suit our needs. I can honestly say that the search has been quite difficult. The majority of places have turned us down flatly, fearing that
ball hockey would do damage to their floors, or are already fully booked up. With that said I have formulated a plan that would permit us to finish our season in Central City with
a full playoff session. This does mean we will have to chop the regular season game down to 14 games to make the finances work. Each team will be at the 14 game mark after another
two weeks of action, enabling us to start the playoffs on Saturday, Feb 11th. With this sudden change in format, we're going to give every team an honest shot at the postseason, so check out the
playoff format listed below.
Playoff Format - A Div
Playoff Format - B Div
The top two teams will receive a first round bye, while the bottom four will play a single elimination (3 vs 6, 4 vs 5) to see who moves on to the semis. Then we will
return to the usual best-of-three series to determine our finalists and eventual champion.
The bottom two teams will face off in a single elimination contest to
determine the fourth seed. From there we move to the standard best-of-three semis and finals.
3 On 3 OT!
Due to the decreased schedule and the overall chaos of this season, the minimum game requirement for playoff eligibility will be dropped down to 2 games for a player and 1 for a goalie.
We have less leeway at this facility for going over our allotted time, so we will need to get some fast
results for the games that go to overtime. With that said, I am excited to introduce 3 on 3 OT for this playoffs!