NAHL Weekend Preview: Division Finals, Part 2
The NAHL Division Finals continue this weekend as the best of five series roll on to find out which four teams will be at the 2021 Robertson Cup Championship.
One of those four teams was determined on Thursday night as the Maine Nordiques claimed the East Division playoff title thanks to a 4-1 win in Game 3, sweeping their best of five series against the Maryland Black Bears.
The four divisional playoff champions will advance to play at the 2021 Robertson Cup Championship in Blaine, Minnesota from June 18-22. The Robertson Cup is awarded to the national playoff champion of the NAHL.
It was another big week for commitment news as three more NCAA Division commitments were announced this past week. That brings bringing the current season total to 335 players (including a new record of 281 Division I commitments) who are playing in the league and are committed to playing NCAA hockey in 2020-21.
All 2021 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoff games can be viewed live on HockeyTV
Division Finals (Best of 5)
The two Clubs in each division that won a division semi-final series shall compete in a best-of-five series against each other. The division finals may begin no earlier than Thursday, June 3, 2021 and conclude no later than Monday, June 14, 2021. 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.
Central Division Finals (best of 5)
#1 Aberdeen Wings vs. #2 Bismarck Bobcats (Aberdeen leads series, 2-0)
Game 1: Bismarck 3 @ Aberdeen 5
Game 2: Bismarck 1 @ Aberdeen 4
Game 3: Friday, June 11 @ Bismarck, 7:15pm
Game 4: Saturday, June 12 @ Bismarck, 7:15pm*
Game 5: Monday, June 14 @ Aberdeen, 7:15pm*
East Division Finals (best of 5)
#2 Maine Nordiques vs. #4 Maryland Black Bears (Maine wins series, 3-0)
Game 1: Maryland 1 @ Maine 4
Game 2: Maryland 1 @ Maine 4
Game 3: Maine 4 @ Maryland 1
Midwest Division Finals (best of 5)
#3 Minnesota Magicians vs. #4 Kenai River Brown Bears (Minnesota leads series, 2-0)
Game 1: Kenai River 2 @ Minnesota 3
Game 2: Kenai River 2 @ Minnesota 7
Game 3: Friday, June 11 @ Kenai River (NSC Super Rink), 7:00pm
Game 4: Saturday, June 12 @ Kenai River (NSC Super Rink), 7:00pm*
Game 5: Sunday, June 13 @ Minnesota, 6:00pm*
South Division Finals (best of 5)
#1 Shreveport Mudbugs vs. #3 Wichita Falls Warriors (Shreveport leads series, 2-0)
Game 1: Wichita Falls 3 @ Shreveport 4
Game 2: Wichita Falls 0 @ Shreveport 2
Game 3: Friday, June 11 @ Wichita Falls, 7:05pm
Game 4: Saturday, June 12 @ Wichita Falls, 6:05pm*
Game 5: Sunday, June 13 @ Shreveport, 7:11pm*
Playoff Overtime Procedure: During 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.
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.