The first playoff round of the Spring League has nearly ended. So far we haven't seen that many upsets, but who knows - maybe things will change in the second round as soon as the big guns will enter the race. Will there be a choke, sorry, I mean Tampa Bay fiasco?
As you probably noticed and/or experienced, the PSN network had some downtime on Thursday, the 13th of June 2019, which was set to be the last game day for the first round. Three series' are left to be played as they had planned to play the remaining games on the evening where the downtime occurred. Due to this unforeseen PSN downtime, we have decided to extend the first round until Monday, 17th of June 2019 23:59 CEST. As some second round pairs are already clear, these matchups can start playing on Sunday, 16th of June 2019 and the whole second round has to be played by Wednesday, 26th of June 2019. Please note that due to this generous amount of time for the second round, do not expect any additional time if you plan poorly.
The last three remaining series of the first round are:
- #22 Blackdawgs vs EV Duisburg #43 (Series 1:1)
- #31 Silver Sword Griffins vs UnderRated Lekstuga #34 (Series 2:0)
- #32 Wolverines HC vs SOPPAJENGI #33 (Series 2:2)
- 1st round: Sunday, 09.06.2019 until Monday, 17.06.2019 23:59 CEST
2nd round: Tuesday 18.06.2019 until Wednesday, 26.06.2019 23:59 CEST (however confirmed pairs may start sooner)
League Administration would like to announce the following rulings on below cases:
Deadly Phantoms HC vs ExBox
DPH had a 2:0 series lead over ExBox and the teams agreed to finish the series on Tuesday 11th of June. After first delaying the decisive games by 30 minutes, ExBox informed DPH at the delayed starting time that they won't have the players to finish the series and that ExBox will forfeit the remaining game. Deadly Phantoms HC receives a WO win and are therefore qualified for the second round.
Raccoon Rampage vs United Crew
Raccoon Rampage had a 2:0 series lead over United Crew. After the second game, which United Crew quit in the third period, United Crew informed Raccoon Rampage that they won't play the third game and leave them the last remaining win. Therefore the WO is awarded for Raccoon Rampage and they have also qualified for the second round. LA would like to remind all teams that quitting mid-game and/or giving up during a series is poor sportmanship and unacceptable behavior from a team.
Playoffs Round 2:
#1 Written In The Stars vs HC Unknown Diamond #39
#2 Symphony vs The Black Jacks #35
#3 Butterfly Effect vs Wolverines HC #32
#4 Northern Ascendancy vs Silver Sword Griffins #31
#5 Invictus vs Company of Geeks #29
#6 The Next Gen vs Cannonieris #28
#7 Checkmate vs AIK Hockey #27
#8 Reality Check HC vs Virtual Horizons eSports #25
#9 MUKIMIEHET vs TIKI TALK #24
#10 Unlucky Boys HC vs Horror Hockey #23
#11 Supernatural vs Blackdawgs #22
#12 Almost Famous vs Raccoon Rampage #21
#13 Six Sticks Misfits vs Gotham Knights #20
#14 Vesa Pompa HC vs GHETTO FIREBIRDS #19
#15 Nordic Stars vs LIONHEARTS #18
#16 Cheers Hockey vs Deadly Phantoms HC #17
All matchups are a best-of-5 series, so you need 3 wins to advance to the next round. The higher ranked team has the home ice advantage.
Captains of the teams which didn't qualify for the playoffs: After asking for your opinion about lower tier playoffs, we would like to announce that we have decided to not host lower-tier playoffs in this season. There weren't enough teams that wanted to participate in the lower tier playoffs and with the Summer Cup around the corner (info will be released as soon as we know all the relevant details), it didn't make sense for us to go through all of that trouble for only a handful of teams. That being said, a big thank you to the teams for their activity in responding to this inquiry!