The Playoffs begin with a Round Robin format. Teams will be awarded bonus points before the round robin begins, depending on their finishing rank from the regular season. Each team will play the other teams once. The top 4 teams will advance to a 1 game elimination semi-finals round. Top seeds will play lower seeds. Winners of the semi-final matches will play in a best 2 of 3 series Championship Final.
Points Awarded to Teams for their Regular Season Play:
1st Place will start the Round Robin with 5 points.
2nd Place will start the Round Robin with 4 points.
3rd Place will start the Round Robin with 3 points.
4th Place will start the Round Robin with 2 points.
5th Place will start the Round Robin with 1 point.
During Round Robin play, teams will be awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. There is no Overtime or Shootout during Round Robin play.
During Semi-Final matches, if a game is tied after regulation time (Two 23 minute periods), an NHL-style shootout will occur. If the game hasn't been decided after 3 shooters, teams may choose any player to shoot. Players can shoot multiple times (after the 3 shooters).
If the game is tied after regulation time during the Championship Game, a sudden death Overtime period will be played (Teams will not change ends, the OT period length will be 40 minutes if no team scores). If a winner has not been determined after the Overtime period, a shootout (similar to the semi-final shootout format) will be performed to determine the winner.
Playoff Standings will be determined by Total Points. The tie breakers will go as follows:
4. Losses (who has less)
6. Regular Season Head-to-head
7. Regular Season Standings