The ECL 9 Neo Playoffs are nearing the end, but before we reach that point we still have a pair of very interesting semifinal matchups to be played. The semifinals will start on Thursday the 9th of January 2020 and end on Wednesday the 15th of January 2019.
For the relevant rules regarding these playoffs, please find extracts from section 5.7 and 10.7.2 of the ECL 9 Rulebook below. Essentially, each series will be a best-of-five and the higher seeded team will play 'at home' first, then alternate back and forth with the lower seeded team.
5.7 ECL Neo Playoffs
In ECL Neo, 16 teams will make the playoffs. These 16 teams will be made up of the top 4 from each of the 4 groups. As is the case with the ECL Lite, the teams will be seeded based on finishing position within their group, as well as the tiebreakers mentioned in 11.3.
All playoff-style games in Elite, Pro, and Lite will take place as a best-of-7 series, with Neo being-best-of 5. In which the higher seeded team will play at home first. Afterwards, the right to play at home will alternate.
Without further ado, here are the matchups for the semifinals of the ECL 9 Neo Playoffs:
As always, NHLGamer would like to wish good luck to all remaining teams!