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NAHL announces 2019 Robertson Cup Playoff schedule and format

April 10, 2019
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the schedule and format for the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs and Championship. The four divisional playoff champions will advance to play at the 2019 Robertson Cup Championship in Blaine, Minnesota from May 10-14. The Robertson Cup is awarded to the national playoff champion of the NAHL. 
 
All 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoff games can be viewed live on HockeyTV
 
Division Semi-Finals (Best of 5)
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 Division Semi-Finals may begin no earlier than Thursday, April 11, 2019 and must conclude no later than Monday, April 22, 2019. The Club seeded higher in each division semifinal series has the right to host up to three games and the Club seeded lower in each division semifinal series must be able to host at least two games.
 
Central Division Semi-Finals (best of 5) 
#1 Aberdeen Wings vs. #4 Austin Bruins
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Aberdeen, 7:15pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Aberdeen, 7:15pm
Game 3: Friday, April 19 @ Austin, 7:05pm
Game 4: Saturday, April 20 @ Austin, 7:05pm*
Game 5: Monday, April 22 @ Aberdeen, 7:15pm*
 
#2 Minot Minotauros vs. #3 Bismarck Bobcats
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Minot, 7:35pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Minot, 7:35pm
Game 3: Friday, April 19 @ Bismarck, 7:15pm
Game 4: Saturday, April 20 @ Bismarck, 7:15pm*
Game 5: Monday, April 22 @ Minot, 7:05pm*
 
East Division Semi-Finals (best of 5)
#1 Johnstown Tomahawks vs. #4 Northeast Generals
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Johnstown, 7:30pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Johnstown, 7:00pm
Game 3: Wednesday, April 17 @ Northeast, 7:00pm
Game 4: Thursday, April 18 @ Northeast, 7:00pm*
Game 5: Saturday, April 20 @ Johnstown, 7:00pm*
 
#2 Jamestown Rebels vs. #3 New Jersey Titans
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Jamestown, 7:00pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Jamestown, 7:00pm
Game 3: Friday, April 19 @ New Jersey, 7:05pm
Game 4: Saturday, April 20 @ New Jersey, 7:05pm*
Game 5: Monday, April 22 @ Jamestown, 7:00pm*
 
Midwest Division Semi-Finals (best of 5)
#1 Fairbanks Ice Dogs vs. #4 Janesville Jets
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Fairbanks, 7:30pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Fairbanks, 7:30pm
Game 3: If Fairbanks is up 2-0, Friday, April 19 @ Janesville, 7:00pm
Game 3: If series is tied 1-1 or Janesville is up 2-0, Sunday, April 14 @ Fairbanks, 5:00pm
Game 4: April 19 or 20 @ Janesville, 7:00pm*
Game 5: April 20 or 21 @ Janesville, 3:00pm*
 
#2 Minnesota Magicians vs. #3 Springfield Jr. Blues
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Minnesota, 7:05pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Minnesota, 7:05pm
Game 3: Friday, April 19 @ Springfield, 7:05pm
Game 4: Saturday, April 20 @ Springfield, 6:05pm*
Game 5: Monday, April 22 @ Minnesota, 7:05pm*
 
South Division Semi-Finals (best of 5)
#1 Amarillo Bulls vs. #4 Corpus Christi IceRays
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Amarillo, 7:05pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Amarillo, 6:05pm
Game 3: Thursday, April 18 @ Corpus Christi, 7:05pm
Game 4: Friday, April 19 @ Corpus Christi, 7:05pm*
Game 5: Monday, April 22 @ Amarillo, 7:05pm*
 
#2 Lone Star Brahmas vs. #3 Shreveport Mudbugs
Game 1: Friday, April 12 @ Lone Star, 7:30pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 13 @ Lone Star, 7:30pm
Game 3: Friday, April 19 @ Shreveport, 7:11pm
Game 4: Saturday, April 20 @ Shreveport, 7:11pm*
Game 5: Monday, April 22 @ Lone Star, 7:00pm*
 
*if necessary
 
Playoff Overtime Procedure: During the all Robertson Cup playoff games, if the score is tied after three periods of play the following overtime procedure shall take place. Teams shall return to their dressing room and the ice shall be resurfaced. A fifteen-minute intermission shall take place. A twenty-minute, sudden death, overtime period shall be played with five skaters a side. The game shall terminate upon a goal being scored and the Club scoring declared the winner. If no goal is scored, the same procedure as above shall be repeated until a winner has been determined.
 
Division Finals (Best of 5)
The two Clubs in each division that won a division semifinal series shall compete in a best-of-five series against each other. The division finals may begin no earlier than Thursday, April 25, 2019 and conclude no later than Sunday, May 5, 2019. Clubs shall cooperate to schedule division final series competition. The higher seeded Club will have the right to host up to three games. The lower seeded Club must be able to host a minimum of two games.
 
NAHL Robertson Cup Championship
The four divisional playoff champions will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship, which will be held at the Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota. Clubs will be seeded 1-4 based upon their finish in the NAHL regular-season standings. If necessary, the tie-breaking policy adopted in the NAHL Rules and Regulations will be applied to determine the final seeding. The game schedule will be as follows: The #1 Seed will face the #4 seed in a best of three series. The #2 seed will face the #3 seed in a best of three series. The two series winners will advance on to a one-game playoff to determine the Robertson Cup Champion. The event will begin on Friday, May 10th and conclude on Tuesday, May 14th.

 

 
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