Winter Playoff Info

The top teams from the regular season will advance to the 2019-20 Winter Playoffs. The tournament will be held Sunday, April 19 through Sunday, April 26.

Playoff Schedule

2019-20 Winter Playoff Schedule

Format

A:
Top four teams advance to playoffs
One pool of four teams, round robin (3 games each)
Top two pool play records to Tier Championship
Post-season tournament berth to regular season and playoff champions (playoff runners-up if same team)

B1:
Top four teams advance to playoffs
One pool of four teams, round robin (3 games each)
Top two pool play records to Tier Championship
Post-season tournament berth to regular season and playoff champions (playoff runners-up if same team)

B2:
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
Post-season tournament berth to each team in the Tier Championship

B3:
Top five teams from each division advance to playoffs
One pool of ten teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for pools/seeds
Top four pool play records advance to Semi-Finals
Semi-Final winners advance to Tier Championship
Post-season tournament berth to each team in the Tier Championship

C1:
Top five teams from each division advance to playoffs
One pool of ten teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for pools/seeds
Top four pool play records advance to Semi-Finals
Semi-Final winners advance to Tier Championship
Post-season tournament berth to each team in the Tier Championship

C2:
Top five teams from each division advance to playoffs
One pool of ten teams, round robin, cross-divisional play (3 games each)
See below for pools/seeds
Top four pool play records advance to Semi-Finals
Semi-Final winners advance to Tier Championship
Post-season tournament berth to each team in the Tier Championship

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 pools/seeds
Each pool winner plus next best (wild card) record advance to Semi-Finals
Semi-Final winners advance to Tier Championship
Post-season tournament berth to each team in the Tier Championship

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
Post-season tournament berth to each team in the Tier Championship

D2:
Top four teams advance to playoffs
One pool of four teams, round robin (3 games each)
Top two pool play records to Tier Championship
Post-season tournament berth to regular season and playoff champions (playoff runners-up if same team)

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Seeds for B2, 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 B3, C1, C2 Tiers:

Seed Team Seed Team
#1East 1st Place#2West 1st Place
#3East 2nd Place#4West 2nd Place
#5East 3rd Place#6West 3rd Place
#7East 4th Place#8West 4th Place
#9East 5th Place#10West 5th Place

Seeds for C3 Tier:

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

For A, B1, 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

Qualifications

• Players must play a minimum of five regular season with the team to be eligible for playoff games.
• Players may only play on one team per tier. If a player is rostered on multiple teams in a tier, the Captain must declare, by notifying the Tier Administrator prior to the playoffs, which team the player will participate with in the playoffs. Players are not eligible to participate with the other team, even if his/her declared team is eliminated from contention.
• Captains must notify the Tier Administrator in advance if a sub goalie will be used. Sub goalies may not participate with more than one team in a tier in the playoffs unless previously authorized by AHA.
• Uniform compliance, as described in the AHA Rules Addendum, will be strictly enforced during the playoffs.

Post-Season Tournament Berth

At the conclusion of the Winter Playoffs, two teams from each tier (A-D2) receive a post-season tournament berth.
• Teams can select a tournament of their choice; AHA will pay for the tournament.
• Tournament must be identified within six months of the conclusion of the Winter League Playoffs.
• Tournament berth may be used in AHA Hockey Tournament Series.