With the announcement yesterday of the NIHL1 playoff competitions, attention turns today to NIHL2! The EIHA today confirmed the format of the playoff competitions for both divisions of the third tier as follows:
In the North, the Laidler division will be going straight to a top-four playoff weekend, to be held in Widnes in the weekend of 14-15 April.
In the South, the Wilkinson division will have a best of 8 competition on the weekend of 14-15 April before the final four teams head to Bracknell for the Southern playoffs finals weekend to held 21-22 April.
Note that for the South the playoff final will also be the game which decides which team has the automatic right to be promoted to NIHL1 this season (as per the 2017-18 rules of competition p23, rule A6.2 for anyone interested). However, for North, the team that finishes top of the league will qualify).
482days will be reporting live from both playoff final weekends in Widnes (for our first ever live reporting on the NIHL North!) and Bracknell and we’re really excited to see what the top teams in NIHL2 can offer.
4 successive weekends of playoff finals! Woohoo – we can’t wait!!
The EIHA press release text can be found below.
Full press release statement
The LMC for National Ice Hockey League is pleased to be able to confirm playoff arrangements for teams in NIHL 2.
There will be two separate playoff championships, one in the North and one in the South.
For NIHL North 2 (Laidler) the top four sides from the league table will qualify for the NIHL North 2 Finals Weekend. This will be held at Planet Ice Widnes on April 14/15.
For sides in NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) the top eight sides from the league table will qualify for the playoff first round. This will take the format of 1 v 8, 2 v 7, 3 v 6 and 4 v 5 over two legs, aggregate score. The four winners will then advance to the NIHL South 2 Finals Weekend. This will be held at John Nike Leisuresport, Bracknell on April 21/22.
The format for each Finals weekend will see two semi finals on the Saturday with the winners playing the Playoff Final on Sunday.
Ticket prices are the same for both North and South weekends. A weekend pass is £15 for adults and £8 for concession. Individual day tickets are Saturday £12/£6, Sunday £9/£5.
The exact go live date for purchasing tickets will be confirmed along with face off times for the games in due course.