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Bulls headed to Robertson Cup Championship

April 25, 2011

The Amarillo Bulls locked up the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) third berth to the upcoming Robertson Cup Championship Tournament after their 3-1 victory over the Topeka RoadRunners in the decisive Game 5 of the South Division finals of the Robertson Cup Playoffs on Monday night.

Amarillo’s series victory, coupled with the Michigan Warriors’ 2-1 Game 5 victory over the St. Louis Bandits in the North Division finals, means the Warriors and the Central Division playoff champion Bismarck Bobcats, who downed the Coulee Region Chill, 3-1, in Game 5 of the Central Division finals, will play a best-of-three play-in series to determine the league’s fourth and final berth to the event, which will be held from May 3-7 in Topeka, Kan.

Given the NAHL’s new playoff format this season, the RoadRunners receive an automatic bid to the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament as hosts and are the No. 4 seed as a non-division playoff champion.

As the West Division champions with the highest regular-season point total of the remaining playoff teams, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (83 points) also receive a berth to the event and are the No. 1 seed.

As the South champions with the second-highest regular-season point total of the remaining playoff teams, Amarillo (78 points) is the No. 2 seed at the tournament.

As the two remaining playoff teams with the fewest points in the regular season, Michigan (76) and Bismarck (67) will play in the best-of-three play-in series. The winner will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament as the No. 3 seed.

View the Robertson Cup Playoffs Format here.

View the Robertson Cup Playoffs Bracket here.

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