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Tie-breaking criteria

Elite League

In the event of teams being equal on points the following criteria will decide the final league ranking;

i. Total number of points.

ii. Total number of games won in regulation time.

iii. Total number of all games won (regulation, overtime and penalties).

iv. The results of games played between the relevant teams by applying points won, games won in regulation time, all games won (regulation time/overtime/penalties), in that order of priority.

v. Fewest regulation losses.

vi. Using away games: – points won, games won in regulation time, all games won (regulation time/overtime/penalties), in that order of priority.

vii. Goals scored.

viii. Goal Difference

ix. Fewest Penalty Minutes (Fair Play)

x. In the unlikely event of teams still being equal, teams will be ranked by the drawing of lots. Any prize monies determined by the position in a league or group by this means will be shared equally by the tying teams.

xi. Where a group of two or more teams is tied, then whenever a team can be eliminated due to the above order of priority, it shall be, by applying each of the above stages in order of such priority.

Challenge Cup


For the 2019/2020 EIHL Season, the Challenge Cup competition sees the 10 clubs split into three groups are as follows:

Group A – Belfast Giants, Dundee Stars, Fife Flyers, Glasgow Clan
– Top 3 teams advance to Quarter-Finals
– Teams play 1 home and 1 away game against other teams in the group

Group B – Cardiff Devils, Coventry Blaze, Guildford Flames
– Top 2 teams advance to Quarter-Finals
– Last-ranked team moves to ‘Play-In’ round
– Teams play 2 home and 2 away games against other teams in the group

Group C – Manchester Storm, Nottingham Panthers, Sheffield Steelers
– Top 2 teams advance to Quarter-Finals
– Last-ranked team moves to ‘Play-In’ round
– Teams play 2 home and 2 away games against other teams in the group

Group Stage games must produce a winner – overtime and, if necessary, shootouts will be played if the game is tied after 60 minutes.

In the event of teams being equal on points the following criteria will decide the final group ranking;

i. Total number of points.

ii. Total number of games won in regulation time.

iii. Total number of all games won (regulation, overtime and penalties).

iv. The results of games played between the relevant teams by applying points won, games won in regulation time, all games won (regulation time/overtime/penalties), in that order of priority.

v. Fewest regulation losses.

vi. Using away games: – points won, games won in regulation time, all games won

(regulation time/overtime/penalties), in that order of priority.

vii. Goals scored.

viii. Goal Difference

ix. Fewest Penalty Minutes (Fair Play)

x. In the unlikely event of teams still being equal, teams will be ranked by the drawing of lots. Any prize monies determined by the position in a league or group by this means will be shared equally by the tying teams.

xi. Where a group of two or more teams is tied, then whenever a team can be eliminated due to the above order of priority, it shall be, by applying each of the above stages in order of such priority.

‘Play-In’ Round
Teams finishing 3rd in Groups B & C will play a one-off game for a place in the Quarter-Finals. The team with the better group stage record (as per tie-breaking criteria above) will have the option of home ice advantage.

Knockout Stages
The top seeded team from group A, B and C automatically move on to the Knockout stage seeded 1 – 3 according to their win percentages in the group stage. The remaining 5 teams are ranked 4 – 8 according to the same principle. If any teams have equal win percentages, they shall be split according to the following criteria:

i. Total number of points.

ii. Total number of games won in regulation time.

iii. Total number of all games won (regulation, overtime and penalties).

iv. Fewest regulation losses.

v. Using away games: – points won, games won in regulation time, all games won

(regulation time/overtime/penalties), in that order of priority.

vi. Goals scored.

vii. Goal Difference

viii. Fewest Penalty Minutes (Fair Play)

ix. In the unlikely event of teams still being equal, teams will be ranked by the drawing of lots. Any prize monies determined by the position in a league or group by this means will be shared equally by the tying teams.

x. Where a group of two or more teams is tied, then whenever a team can be eliminated due to the above order of priority, it shall be, by applying each of the above stages in order of such priority.

All games in the Quarter- and Semi-Finals are aggregate-scoring, home and away series. Overtime will only be played if the score is tied on aggregate after 60 minutes have been played in the return leg. In both stages, the option of home ice advantage for the return leg will be given to the higher-seeded team.

In the Semi-Finals, the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed for the first pairing; and the two remaining teams play in the second pairing.

Final

The Final will be held at Cardiff’s Viola Arena on 8 March.

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