FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2021
UPDATED January 26, 2021
LIGHTNING HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 PLAYOFF DETAILS
The Lightning High School Hockey League (LHSHL) announced today the format and schedule for the 2020-2021 Lightning Cup Playoffs. Following the conclusion of the regular season, 12 of the 20 LHSHL varsity teams will compete in a 4-round single elimination bracket en route to the Lighting Cup Final. The format remains the same as the LHSHL used for the 2019-20 season.
Final standings within each Conference and Division (2 Divisions per Conference) will be used to determine the 12 playoff qualifiers as well as seeding, with a total of 6 teams coming from the Western Conference, and 6 teams coming from the Eastern Conference. To qualify for the playoffs, teams finishing in 1st and 2nd place in their respective Divisions will earn an automatic bid in the postseason, the remaining 2 qualifiers in each Conference will be determined based on overall standings within the Conference and will qualify for the postseason as wild cards.
Playoff qualifiers will follow a bracket that begins within their own Division, to a Conference final, and finally on to the Lightning Cup Final where the top teams from each Conference will meet for the championship. Teams finishing in 1st place within their Division earn a -BYE- through the first round, while 2nd place teams will face off against wild card teams. The lower ranked wildcard team will take on the higher ranked 2nd place team, while the higher ranked wildcard team will take on the lower ranked 2nd place team. Wildcard teams will remain in the Divisional bracket they are placed in for the remainder of the playoffs.
The Lightning Cup Playoffs will begin on Friday, January 29, 2021, and will conclude on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The playoff game schedule is as follows:
ROUND 1 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021
ROUND 2 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2021
ROUND 3 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021
ROUND 4 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021
NOTE: While these dates and times have been booked and confirmed with each of the listed Rinks, the LHSHL Playoff Dates are subject to change.
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