The ECL 8 Lite Playoffs are finally here and we have got some very strong teams that will battle each other for a Pro spot. From each group the teams that finished top 8 will make the playoffs. The first round of the playoffs will start today on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 and end on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019.
According to section 5.6.1 of the ECL 8 Rulebook, the first round of the ECL 8 Lite Playoffs will be played as follows:
In ECL Lite, the top 8 teams from each of the 6 groups will make the playoffs. For each group the top 2 teams will have a bye round and advance directly to round 2. All remaining teams will be seeded according to the tiebreakers mentioned in 11.3. The top 4 teams of these seeded ones will also advance directly round 2. This leaves 32 teams playing in round 1, where the top seed plays the 32nd seed, 2nd seed will play 31st etc. The winning teams will be merged with the bye teams and play the 2nd round, making a total of 32 teams competing in round 2.
Tiebreakers (ECL 8 Rulebook 11.3):
- Wins (including OT-wins)
- Head-to-head record (points in mutual games)
- Goal difference (across all games played)
- Scored goals (across all games played)
After the first round, all remaining teams are again re-seeded.
Every series are played in best of seven games and the highest seeded team will play the first game at home. (10.7.2 ECL Rules).
Here are the matchups for round 1 of the ECL 8 Lite Playoffs:
(17.) Mighty French Roosters vs. Atomic Hamsters HC (48.)
(18.) Chatbox vs. Uncle Dens (47.)
(19.) Suomen Sonnit vs. Stayhard Stallions (46.)
(20.) Vesa Pompa HC vs. Niederrhein Canucks (45.)
(21.) Finnish Hockey Legends vs. Pink Panthers HC (44.)
(22.) Reaperr vs. K A R H U T (43.)
(23.) Kaukosen Luistin vs. Korpens Finest (42.)
(24.) EV Fuessen eSports vs. Campo De Juego (41.)
(25.) Me Carvoset vs. UnderRated Lekstuga (40.)
(26.) Farminaattorit vs. Kouvola Screaming Eagles (39.)
(27.) Beast Hockey vs. Polarbears HC (38.)
(28.) LammasLauma vs. Red Devils HC (37.)
(29.) North Pole Huskies vs. Poston Fruits (36.)
(30.) SKA vs. SKA Hokurit (35.)
(31.) Western Express vs. Rusty Bulls (34.)
(32.) Nordic Nosebleed vs. Club Savage (33.)
Play hard and fair out there, see you on the ice!
ECL Lite Writing Team,
@Tonimo92 & @Willander97