The Quad City Jr. Flames clinched the North American 3 Hockey League's (NA3HL) final playoff berth over the weekend, while the St. Louis Jr. Blues won the regular-season title.
The other six teams to qualify for the playoffs are the Peoria Mustangs, Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins, Chicago Hitmen, Toledo Cherokee and Queen City Steam.
The top eight teams at the conclusion of the regular-season qualify for the NA3HL playoffs. The first round of the postseason showcases four best-of-three series in which the No. 1 seed hosts the No. 8 seed; No. 2 hosts No. 7; No. 3 hosts No. 6; and No. 4 hosts No. 5.
The winners of those four series will advance to the Hurster Cup Finals, which will take place from March 24-27 in Toledo, Ohio.
At the Hurster Cup Finals, the four participating teams will play a three-game round robin from March 24-26 with the top two teams at the conclusion of the round robin (most points) advancing to the Hurster Cup championship game, which will be played on March 27.
The two teams that advance to the championship game will earn a berth to the USA Hockey Tier III National Tournament. If one of those two teams is also the NA3HL’s regular-season champion, a third team will represent the league at nationals.