The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its schedule and format for the 2013 NA3HL Playoffs and Silver Cup Championship.
NA3HL Divisional Playoffs
The clubs are seeded within their own division based upon their finish in the NA3HL regular-season standings. The top four clubs from each division qualify for the playoffs. The Club seeded first in each division will compete in a best-of-five series with the fourth seeded Club in the same division. The Club seeded second in each division will compete in a best-of-five-series against the Club seeded third in the same division. The #1 and #2 seeds will have home ice advantage in the first round. The two Clubs in each division that win a divisional playoff series will advance on to the Silver Cup Championship. The Divisional Semi-Final round may begin no earlier than March 14th and conclude no later than March 24th.
Silver Cup Championship Tournament format
The NA3HL Silver Cup Championship will feature six teams and be played at the Fox Valley Ice Arena, Geneva, Illinois, from March 27-30. The six divisional semi-final playoff series winners will be placed in two, three-team pools. Teams will be seeded according to their finish in the NA3HL regular season standings. A round-robin format will be used, with the teams playing the other two teams within their pool. The top team in each pool after round robin competition will advance on to play for the Championship. The bottom four teams at the conclusion of round robin play will be eliminated from the tournament. In the event of a tie after round-robin play, a tiebreaking procedure adopted in the rules and regulations shall be used to break the tie.
Pool A: #1 seed, #3 seed, #6 seed
Pool B: #2 seed, #4 seed, #5 seed
Wed, March 27: #1 vs. #6, 5:00pm; #2 vs. #5, 8:00pm
Thu, March 28: #3 vs. #6, 2:00pm; #4 vs. #5, 5:00pm
Fri, March 29: #1 vs. #3, 3:00pm; #2 vs. #4, 6:00pm
Sat, March 30: Championship, Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner. 1:00pm
The winner of the NA3HL Silver Cup will then advance to play in the USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championship being held in Rochester, Minnesota from April 4-8.