The league just passed 500 games played for 2015. Showing a steady decline over the season, the percentage of lopsided games is down to a season low 28%. So your odds of seeing a blowout are diminishing. However, as teams drop out of the playoff hunt, I thought you might want to have a list of games with playoff implications. Some teams are merely biding their time until the post season… Tahoma, Bellevue, Sehome-Bellingham, Wenatchee, Gig Harbor and Sumner have all clinched the #1 seed in their respective conferences. Emerald Ridge has clinched their #2 and Bainbridge has locked up their #3. But there’s still 32 teams whose fate is up in the air the next few days. Let’s jump right into it, starting with tonight (Friday)
Friday May 8th
Kingco has four seeds up for grab. Mercer Island visits Issaquah at 8pm for the #2 & #3 seeds. Woodinville hosts Skyline at 8pm for the #4 and #5 seeds, although if Skyline loses then their game against Bothell on Tuesday could be for #5. Bothell has an 8pm start at Eastlake in a game they must win to stay alive.
Kamiak visits Stanwood for a 6pm game that will determine the Wesco/NW#2 & #3 seeds
FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Mercer Island is the Kingco #2 seed. Issaquah is the #3 seed. Skyline is the #4 and Woodinville is the #5. Kamiak is the Wesco/NW #2 seed. If Stanwood wins 1 of their 2 remaining games, they are the #3 seed.
Eastern Conference #1 seed Wenatchee plays at Mt. Spokane at 7pm. If Mt. Spokane can win, they would gain the #2 seed if Gonazaga Prep loses against Lewis & Clark on Saturday.
In Kingco, Lake Washington will be the #1 seed with a win at Juanita at 7pm. If the Rebels win though, they can get the top position with a victory in any of their remaining games. Regardless, these two teams have locked up the two playoff positions.
In SPSL, Peninsula will clinch at least a #3 seed with a victory at Auburn Riverside at 7pm. Even if they lose the game, as long as it’s by less than 14, it looks like they’ll hold on to that playoff berth. A/R has a tall order, beat Penninsula by at least 15 or you’re out of the playoffs.
The Wesco/NW conference race still has four teams vying for three spots. Monroe travels to Burlington-Edison for a 7pm game. The winner gets a berth, if B-E loses they’re out. If Monroe loses they still have mathematical life. Meadowdale hosts D1 Snohomish at 7pm, if they can win, they’ll have the inside track to the #1 seed.
FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Lake Washington is the #1 Kingco seed, Juanita is #2. Peninsula clinches a playoff berth while knocking Auburn Riverside out. Lynden, Monroe and Meadowdale have clinched Wesco/NW playoff berths.
Saturday May 9th
In Metro the top two seeds will be decided at Eastside Catholic when they host Seattle Academy in an 7:30pm start. Winner is #1, loser #2.
Eastern Conference – Gonzaga Prep can clinch the #2 seed with a win against Lewis & Clark. The Bulldogs host the game starting at 1pm
Monday May 11th
Metro – Overlake hosts Providence with a 5:30pm faceoff. If the Owls win by more than 1 goal, they gain the #1 seed. Otherwise they are #2 and Providence gets the top spot
Wesco/NW – Lynden travels to Monroe for a 7pm game to determine the #2 & #3 seeds.
Tuesday May 12th
In Kingco Skyline hosts Bothell at 8pm
SPSL – White River would clinch a #2 seed with a victory in their 7pm game at Auburn Riverside.
Central South – Camas hosts Columbia River at 8pm. Depending on how CR’s weekend games went, this could be for the last conference playoff berth
There you have it, that’s the best shot I’ve got at the remaining games. Take your family out and watch a game with playoff implications. The excitement and tension will be awesome and the boys will be playing their hearts out. If you’re interested, I’ve included links to the playoff brackets as well:
If you want to do your own calcuations, ’cause frankly, I could be wrong on some of these, here’s the link to the current league standings:
Also, I’ve included below the tiebreaker formulas. They’re not that complicated, they’re just complicated to read, if that make any sense…
12.10 TIE-‐BREAKERS for PLAYOFF STANDINGS:
12.10.1 Two Team Tie-Breaks:
- Head-to-head (best win-loss percentage in games between the teams involved).
- Head-to-Head Goal Differential (best GD in games between the teams involved).
- Overall Least Goals Allowed (in league scheduled games only)
*No team will be eliminated from playoffs on tie-breakers beyond head-to-head (#1). These will be used only when determining seeding for teams already assured a playoff berth. If teams have split regular season series and are tied for last playoff berth then play-in game will occur at a neutral site to break the tie.
12.10.2 Three Team Tie-Breaks:
- Head-to-head (best win-loss percentage in games among the teams involved).
- Head-to-Head GD (best GD in games among the teams involved).
- Overall Least Goals Allowed (in league games only)
*No team will be eliminated from playoffs on tie-breakers beyond head-to-head (#1). These will be used only when determining seeding for teams already assured a playoff berth. If any teams involved are not assured a playoff berth, a three-way tie occurs and tie is not broken by head-to-head (#1) then a three team miniplayoff will occur.
12.10.3 THREE TEAM MINI-PLAYOFF: (Any three team mini-playoff will be played at location as determined by league)
- Each team will play two halves; 1 half (2 twelve min. quarters) against each of the other teams involved.
- Coin Flip will determine which team sits first. Each team flips coin, odd man out sits first.
- Winner of first game has option to sit or play back to back.
- Teams will be allotted a 15 minute warm-up/rest period in between each mini-game.
- If tied after the 24 minutes of play, teams will play sudden-victory (4 min periods) until tie is broken.
A) If tie-break is for ONE playoff berth I. team winning both of its mini-games advances II. if all 3 still tied (beat each other in a circle), then best GD is declared winner
B) If tie-break is for TWO playoff berths I. team winning both of its mini-games is top seed, team finishing 1-1 is next seed II. if all 3 still tied (beat each other in a circle), then worst GD is out III. head-to-head result of mini game between teams advancing determines seeds
12.11 HOSTING PLAYOFF GAMES – HOME FIELD
12.11.1 Higher seed hosts; if both teams have same seed #, then team with better record in all league schedule games ( conference and non-conference) will host
12.11.2 If seed # and records are equal then team from stronger conference (based on overall conference W-L percentage, including all league scheduled conference and non-conference games, will host
12.11.3 Playoff teams will be responsible to split the costs of the referees until the semifinals, at which point the league will cover the cots of the officials.