SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —
The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) has introduced its playoff format, and the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals will stay within the Eastlink South Division.
The Capitals are longtime members of the Eastlink North Division, which consists of 5 New Brunswick groups. Attributable to COVID-19, the Caps joined six Nova Scotia groups within the South Division for the 2020-21 season.
The objective is to have the division winners meet in a last sequence to find out the Canadian Tire Cup champion.
“We expect, based mostly on the format, that (the ultimate sequence) will doubtless be the final two weeks in Could,” stated Capitals normal supervisor Pat McIver. “We’re optimistic that come then we can play (New Brunswick groups).”
The post-season will start with the groups enjoying a round-robin schedule inside their division to finalize seeding. Groups will play all groups of their division as soon as.
With the regular-season schedule concluding on April 10, the South Division will start round-robin play on April 14, with the North Division beginning April 18.
“If we go to Yarmouth, Yarmouth received’t be coming to Summerside,” stated McIver.” It is the luck of the draw, however the good factor is there’s something to play for.”
Again Dwelling Wednesday
- The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals are scheduled to host the league-leading Yarmouth Mariners at Eastlink Enviornment at the moment and Thursday
- Each video games will begin at 7 p.m.
- This can mark the Caps’ first motion since a participant on the workforce examined constructive for COVID-19 on March 22
- McIver stated he expects that participant to be recovered and cleared to play at the moment
- McIver stated everybody who has been following the work-isolation guidelines with the Caps have examined unfavourable 3 times for the reason that constructive take a look at
- The Capitals had been anticipated to return to practising early this week
- The Capitals are 13-5-2 (won-lost-overtime losses). Yarmouth brings a 23-8-1 report to Summerside
Who performs who?
On the finish of round-robin play, the first-place workforce within the South Division will obtain a bye whereas the opposite groups – two vs. seven, three vs. six, 4 vs. 5 – will meet within the three quarter-final sequence. The winners of these three sequence, and the first-place workforce, will conflict within the semifinals to resolve who performs for the division title.
Within the North Division, the fourth- and fifth-place groups following round-robin play will play a quarter-final sequence. The highest three groups will obtain byes to the semifinals.
“The 2020-21 common season has not been an everyday season,” stated MHL president Steve Dykeman in a media launch. “Our gamers and workforce workers have persevered by an unprecedented interval.All playoff sequence, together with the ultimate, will likely be best-of-five.
“With the adjustments in restrictions all through the area over the previous 5 months, groups have hardly ever been on a fair enjoying discipline.
“The spherical robin will permit us to reset the sector whereas sustaining a bonus for groups who fared higher through the common season.”
The highest two groups in every division will obtain bonus factors within the round-robin standings as a reward for his or her regular-season play. The ultimate regular-season standings will likely be determined by successful share as a consequence of some groups enjoying extra video games than others.
Rewards for successful
The Fred Web page Cup Jap Canadian junior A hockey championship match level system will likely be used for the spherical robin. That features three factors for a regulation-time win, two factors for an time beyond regulation win and one level for an time beyond regulation loss.
All round-robin video games tied on the finish of regulation time will likely be determined by time beyond regulation solely. Groups will play five-on-five and can begin with a 10-minute interval, adopted by 20-minute durations.
McIver stated quite a lot of discussions went into the playoff format. He acknowledged it’s a distinctive 12 months. He added he feels the round-robin format will likely be enjoyable for the followers and supply groups with further video games to organize for the playoffs.
“I didn’t wish to see a round-robin (format) the place anyone received eradicated, and that’s not going to occur,” stated McIver.