NIHL Playoff format announced
The National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) are pleased to confirm details for the 2017/18 season finale, the NIHL Final Four.
This event takes place at Coventry’s Skydome Arena on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 7/8 April and will decide the league’s first National champion.
Following a three-week playoff campaign in the NIHL North and South featuring the top eight sides in each division, the respective playoff finalists will head to Coventry to contest the Final Four weekend.
Saturday’s schedule will see the NIHL North 1 playoff champions take on the South 1 playoff runners up in the first semi final at 1300 before the reverse fixture, NIHL South 1 playoff champion versus North 1 runners up completes the lineup at 1700.
On Sunday the first game at 1230 is an NIHL 2 Championship game between the League winners of Laidler (North 2) and Wilkinson (South 2) divisions. This is followed by the NIHL Final Four ‘Grand Final’ at 1630 with the winners being crowned National champion.
Tickets for the Final Four weekend will be on sale exclusively from the Skydome box office from 10am on Monday February 26th and are priced at £38 for adults and £20 for concessions.
The Skydome box office is 02476 630693 (Option 0). A link for online purchases will be available in advance of tickets going on sale.
Enquiries for hospitality boxes should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Ticket sales will initially be staggered using the following schedule:
Monday February 26th – 10am
Cardiff Fire – Block 15
MK Thunder – Block 15
Swindon Wildcats – Block 13
Monday February 26th – 2pm
Invicta Dynamos – Block 10
London Raiders – Block 11
Streatham IHC – Block 11
Tuesday February 27th – 10am
Bracknell Bees – Block 12
Peterborough Phantoms – Block 14
Nottingham Lions – Block 6
Tuesday February 27th – 2pm
Basingstoke Bison – Block 9
Billingham Stars – Block 1
The Dragons – Block 6
Solihull Barons – Block 1
Wednesday February 28th – 10am
Blackburn Hawks – Block 2
Sheffield Steeldogs – Block 4
Telford Tigers – Block 5
Wednesday February 28th – 2pm
Hull Pirates – Block 3
Solway Sharks – Block 2
Whitley Warriors – Block 7
League manager Richard Carpenter said:
“The NIHL Final Four is set to be a fitting conclusion to the season, with the best four NIHL 1 playoff sides battling out for our first true National title. The NIHL 2 championship game is a great addition to the programme and another intriguing North v South battle.
“We’re grateful to Planet Ice for their help in making the arrangements and I’m sure supporters will agree the tickets are priced very well for four competitive fixtures with the very best NIHL sides on show.
The LMC for National Ice Hockey League is pleased to be able to confirm playoff arrangements for teams in NIHL 2.
There will be two separate playoff championships, one in the North and one in the South.
For NIHL North 2 (Laidler) the top four sides from the league table will qualify for the NIHL North 2 Finals Weekend. This will be held at Silverblades Widnes on April 14/15.
For sides in NIHL South 2 (Wilkinson) the top eight sides from the league table will qualify for the playoff first round. This will take the format of 1 v 8, 2 v 7, 3 v 6 and 4 v 5 over two legs, aggregate score. The four winners will then advance to the NIHL South 2 Finals Weekend. This will be held at John Nike Leisuresport, Bracknell on April 21/22.
The format for each Finals weekend will see two semi finals on the Saturday with the winners playing the Playoff Final on Sunday.
Ticket prices are the same for both North and South weekends. A weekend pass is £15 for adults and £8 for concession. Individual day tickets are Saturday £12/£6, Sunday £9/£5.
The exact go live date for purchasing tickets will be confirmed along with face off times for the games in due course.
League manager Richard Carpenter said: “The EIHA and NIHL is delighted to work with our partners in Widnes and Bracknell to deliver these key events and create this unique Championship Series of three successive weekends of tournament hockey.
“We are fortunate to have two rinks that not only have the enthusiasm to host the events, but the professionalism and experience to carry out the delivery to a high standard.
“The playoffs will provide an exciting, competitive conclusion to the NIHL 2 season for clubs in both divisions.”
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