The 2017/18 Big Six Hockey League regular season is in the books and after a 24-game schedule, grinding out games with limited rosters and injured players, it's time for the postseason.
Only the Arcola/Kisbey Combines will be on the outside looking in when playoffs start on Wednesday, as they finished in last place in the 9-team league and did not qualify.
This year's playoff will feature the familiar "1st through 8th" playoff system, with the top-seeded team playing the bottom-seeded team throughout the three playoff rounds.
The quarterfinal round will be a Best-of-3 series, the semi-final round a Best-of-5 series, and the championship final a Best-of-7 series.
1) Carnduff Red Devils (39 points) vs 8) Carlyle Cougars (7 points)
Season Series: Carnduff swept Carlyle in their three games, winning by a combined total of 20-5. (7-1 on Nov. 4th, 6-2 on Nov. 25th, 7-2 on Feb. 11th)
This is the first playoff meeting between the two teams since the 2006/07 Big Six championship. That year, the Carnduff Red Devils defeated the Carlyle Cougars in overtime of Game #7 to win the title.
GAME #1 - @ Carnduff, Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 8pm
GAME #2 - @ Carlyle, Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 8pm
GAME #3 - TBA
2) Redvers Rockets (36 points) vs 7) Oxbow Huskies (20 points)
Season Series: Redvers swept Oxbow in their three games, winning by a combined total of 22-8. (11-3 on Nov. 21st, 4-2 on Dec. 6th, 7-3 on Jan. 9th)
This is the first playoff meeting between the two teams since the 2010/11 Big Six Quarterfinal. That year, Redvers defeated Oxbow 3-1 in Game 5 to win the series (3-2).
GAME #1 - @ Redvers, Thursday, Feb. 15th at 8pm
GAME #2 - @ Oxbow, Sunday, Feb. 18th at 8pm
GAME #3 - @ Redvers, Wednesday, Feb. 21st *if necessary
3) Bienfait Coalers (33 points) vs 6) Midale Mustangs (24 points)
Season Series: Bienfait took the season series (2-1) over Midale, winning the last two games handily. (3-2 Midale on Nov. 21st, 7-3 Bienfait on Dec. 12th, 6-1 Bienfait on Jan. 23rd)
These two teams have had many meetings over the past decade, with the last coming in the 2015/16 quarterfinal. That year, Bienfait defeat Midale 8-4 in Game 4 to win the series (3-1).
GAME #1 - @ Bienfait, Friday, Feb. 16th at 8pm
GAME #2 - @ Midale, Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 8pm
GAME #3 - @ Bienfait, Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 8pm *if necessary
4) Yellow Grass Wheat Kings (32 points) vs 5) Wawota Flyers (32 points)
Season Series: Wawota took the season series (2-0-1) over Yellow Grass, with two games needing extra time to decide the winner. (5-3 Wawota on Nov. 12th, 6-5 OT Yellow Grass on Dec. 3rd, 3-2 SO Wawota on Jan. 7th)
This is a rematch of last year's Big Six Championship. The Wheat Kings made it all the way to the final in their first season in the Big Six, but ultimately fell in four straight games to Wawota who repeated as champions.
GAME #1 - @ Yellow Grass, Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 8pm
GAME #2 - @ Wawota, Monday, Feb. 19th at 8pm
GAME #3 - @ Yellow Grass, Wednesday, Feb. 21st at 8pm *if necessary