AJHL Announces 2012 Playoff Series: Saints vs. Thunder

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to announce the schedule for the 2012 AJHL Enerflex Cup Playoff Series between Spruce Grove and Drayton Valley. The North Division Semi-Final between the Spruce Grove Saints and Drayton Valley Thunder will begin on March 6th in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

The Saints earned a first round bye in the North Division for a fourth consecutive year. The Saints were first in the AJHL North Division with 100 points. Drayton Valley finished in 6th spot with 60 points. The Thunder moved on to sweep the 3rd placed Lloydminster Bobcats in Round One of the 2012 AJHL Playoffs. Spruce Grove won the regular season series over Drayton Valley with a 6-0 record.

All series in Round Two are best-of-seven with the highest ranked seed awarded home ice advantage.

Spruce Grove Saints (1) vs. Drayton Valley Thunder (4)
Game # Date Home Team Time
Game 1 March 6, 2012 Spruce Grove 7:00 PM
Game 2 March 8, 2012 Spruce Grove 7:00 PM
Game 3 March 10, 2012 Drayton Valley 7:30 PM
Game 4 March 12, 2012 Drayton Valley 7:30 PM
Game 5* March 14, 2012 Spruce Grove 7:00 PM
Game 6* March 16, 2012 Drayton Valley 7:30 PM
Game 7* March 18, 2012 Spruce Grove 7:00 PM

* if necessary

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons have also advanced to Round Two in the North Division, and will play the winner of the Round One Series between Bonnyville and Sherwood Park. The South Division Semi-Finals will feature Brooks versus the Calgary Canucks and Okotoks vs. Olds. The playoff schedule is available on the AJHL website.

Round Two: March 6th – March 18th
The first place team will play the lowest place team remaining in their division and the next highest placed team will play the other team in a best-of-seven series. (1 vs. 4 & 2 vs. 3)

Round Three: League Semi-Finals – March 23rd – April 3rd
The remaining two teams in each division will playoff for the title of Division Champion and advance to the League Final. (1 vs. 4 & 2 vs. 3)

Round Four: League Final – April 6th – April 16th
The North Division Champion and the South Division Champion will compete in the League Final for the 2012 AJHL Enerflex Cup.

The 2012 AJHL Playoff Schedule, Playoff Bracket, and head to head stats for each series are available on the AJHL website www.AJHL.ca. Watch each game of the 2012 AJHL Playoffs live on AJHL Pay Per View at www.AJHL.ca.