AHA Hockey

Winter Playoff Info

The top teams from the regular season will advance to the 2016-2017 Winter Playoffs. The tournament will be held Monday, April 3 through Sunday, April 9.

Playoff Schedule

2016-2017 Winter Playoff Schedule


Format

A:
Top four teams advance to playoffs
One pool of four teams, round robin (3 games each)
Tier Championship Sunday Evening (top two pool play records)

B1:
Top four teams advance to playoffs
One pool of four teams, round robin (3 games each)
Tier Championship Sunday Evening (top two pool play records)

B2:
Top four teams advance to playoffs
One pool of four teams, round robin (3 games each)
Tier Championship Sunday Evening (top two pool play records)

B3:
Top four teams from each division advance to playoffs
Two pools of four teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for pools/seeds
Pool winners advance to Tier Championship Sunday Evening

C1:
Top six teams from each division advance to playoffs
Three pools of four teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for pools/seeds
Semi-Finals (pool winners plus next best pool play record) Sunday Morning
Semi-Final winners advance to Tier Championship Sunday Evening

C2:
Top four teams from each division advance to playoffs
Two pools of four teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for pools/seeds
Pool winners advance to Tier Championship Sunday Evening

C3:
Top four teams from each division advance to playoffs
Three pools of four teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for seeds
Semi-Finals (pool winners plus next best pool play record) Sunday Morning
Semi-Final winners advance to Tier Championship Sunday Evening

D1:
Top four teams from each division advance to playoffs
Two pools of four teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for pools/seeds
Pool winners advance to Tier Championship Sunday Evening

D2:
Top four teams advance to playoffs
One pool of four teams, round robin (3 games each)
Tier Championship Sunday Evening (top two pool play records)

Winter Beginner School::
Championship: Hussars vs Minnesota Ice

Seeds for B3, C2, D1 Tiers:

Pool/Seed Team Pool/Seed Team
A #1East 1st PlaceB #1West 1st Place
A #2West 2nd PlaceB #2East 2nd Place
A #3West 3rd PlaceB #3East 3rd Place
A #4East 4th PlaceB #4West 4th Place


Seeds for C1 Tier:

Pool/Seed Team Pool/Seed Team Pool/Seed Team
A #1C1 East 1st PlaceB #1C1 West 1st PlaceC #1C1 East 2nd Place
A #2C1 West 3rd PlaceB #2C1 East 3rd PlaceC #2C1 West 2nd Place
A #3C1 East 4th PlaceB #3C1 West 4th PlaceC #3C1 East 5th Place
A #4C1 West 6th PlaceB #4C1 East 6th PlaceC #4C1 West 5th Place


Seeds for C3 Tier:

Pool/Seed Team Pool/Seed Team Pool/Seed Team
A #1C3 East 1st PlaceB #1C3 North 1st PlaceC #1C3 West 1st Place
A #2C3 North 2nd PlaceB #2C3 West 2nd PlaceC #2C3 East 2nd Place
A #3C3 West 3rd PlaceB #3C3 East 3rd PlaceC #3C3 North 3rd Place
A #4C3 East 4th PlaceB #4C3 North 4th PlaceC #4C3 West 4th Place


For A, B1, B2, and D2 tiers, the seed correlates to the order of finish in the regular season. (i.e. A #1 = A 1st Place)

Regular Season Tiebreaker

The following criteria will be used to determine seeding for the playoffs.

1) Total points in the regular season
2) Number of wins in the regular season
3) Head-to-Head record between teams in the regular season (Applicable only if equal amount of games have been played between tied teams.)
4) Fewest total penalty minutes in the regular season
5) Fewest goals allowed in the regular season
6) Most goals scored in the regular season
7) Coin toss
(Note: If three teams are tied, once a team is determined as the higher seed, the tie breaker reverts to step 1 of the criteria between two remaining teams if necessary.)

Playoff Rules/Tiebreakers

  • There will be no overtime in round-robin pool play. Pool play games will end in ties and will count in the standings.
  • If at any time the score differential is 6 or greater in the 3rd period, the clock will convert to running time. If at any time the score goes below 6 goals, the clock will revert back to stop time.
  • In Championship games, if at the end of the three periods the score is tied the teams shall play one overtime period of five minutes, running time. If at the end of the overtime period the score is still tied a shootout will take place. Shootout rules are as follows:
    • Following a scoreless five-minute overtime, three players from each team participate in the order the Captain selects. The Home team will elect whether to shoot first or second.
    • Each team takes three shots in alternating fashion. The team with the most goals after those six (or less) shots is the winner.
    • If the score remains tied, the shootout will proceed to a "sudden death" format. No skater may partipate more than once until all other skaters have participated.

    Tiebreakers for pool standings:

    1) Most points
    2) Wins
    3) Head-to-head
    4) Goal differential (6 goals max per game)
    5) Fewest goals against
    6) Fewest minor penalties
    7) Fewest total penalty minutes
    8) Earliest goal scored
    9) Coin toss
    (Note: If three teams are tied, once a team is determined as the higher seed, the tie breaker reverts to step 1 of the criteria between two remaining teams if necessary.)

    For complete rules, refer to the AHA Rules Addendum