February 16, 2018
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 Planet Ice 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.”