We're rolling on with the ECL 8 Lite Playoffs and now we've come along to the second round, where also the top 16 seeded teams get to jump in on the action. At this point, the 32 best teams of ECL 8 Lite remain to battle for Pro division spots in ECL 9. The second round of the playoffs will start today on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 and end on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.
According to section 5.6.1 of the ECL 8 Rulebook, 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 a best of seven manner and the higher seeded team will play the first game at home. (10.7.2 ECL Rules).
Here are the matchups for round 2 of the ECL 8 Lite Playoffs:
(2.) Old Farts vs. Poston Fruits (36.)
(3.) Dystopia vs. SKA Hokurit (35.)
(5.) Blackdawgs vs. Club Savage (33.)
(6.) Last Period vs. Western Express (31.)
(7.) Perttilan Kommandot vs. LammasLauma (28.)
(8.) Nearbird Fighters vs. Beast Hockey (27.)
(9.) Elamam Kiekko vs. Farminaattori (26.)
(10.) Puck Panthers vs. Me Carvoset (25.)
(11.) We Kings vs. EV Fuessen eSports (24.)
(12.) Saucer Hockey vs. Kaukosen Luistin (23.)
(13.) The Dudes vs. Reaperr (22.)
(14.) Oton Letkutemppu vs. Finnish Hockey Legends (21.)
(15.) N0 Name vs. Vesa Pompa HC (20.)
(16.) Cheers Hockey vs. Suomen Sonnit (19.)
(17.) Mighty French Roosters vs. Chatbox (18.)
League Administration rulings in Round 1:
Due to the team not being able to put 6 players on the ice for the rest of this season, they will be disqualified. This result in the best seeded team from the regular season (Prowlers) moving on to the 3rd round of the playoffs. (You can read more about the events that led to this here.)
Suomen Sonnit vs Stayhard Stallions:
LA got the information about Suomen Sonnit goaltender (cyberg-kzn) switching traits during a disconnected game and the new one that followed. This is not allowed according to rule 11.11 Player Disconnects
Additionally, players must not change positions or builds (including traits / specializations, height or weight) used between disconnected games.
This will result in a 1 game ban for the goaltender (cyberg-kzn) and it will be served during their first game in Round 2. The trait switching was only reported 3 days after the game was reported and the score of the game will stand.
Atomic Hamsters vs Mighty French Roosters:
In this case Atomic Hamsters had several games with connection issues and decided to not play the final games of the series on Wednesday. This day was also the deadline for the 1st round of the playoffs. Roosters were still available and wanted to finish the series on this night. LA member Hennisch, who is a member of Atomic Hamsters, was excluded in all discussions and voting related to the decision in order to come to an unbiased view of the situation.
According to rule 11.9 Connection Issues
Teams can leave a game before the 2-minute mark of the first period if they experience significant lag, a player had disconnected during those 2 minutes, or if other glitches appear. If this occurs, the game should of course be started again, with a different host if the team experiencing the lag asks for it. This process can only be used 2 times for a given game. On the 3rd attempt the game must be played regardless of lag for either team.
This rule wasn't followed in this case, Hamsters continued to play their games past the 2 minute mark even though connection issues had appeared. In the end, this resulted in 1 walk over win to Mighty French Roosters, which resulted in their team going to the 2nd round.
Play hard and fair out there, see you on the ice!
Your NHLGamer Editor,