The Alberta Junior Hockey League announced today the South Division schedule for Round One of the 2013 AJHL Gas Drive Playoffs. The best-of-five first round series will begin on Wednesday, March 6th.
The top seven teams in each division qualified for the 2013 AJHL Playoffs. The AJHL Regular Season Champion Brooks Bandits have captured the South Division and earned a bye for the second straight year. The Spruce Grove Saints have earned a first round bye in the North Division for a fifth consecutive season.
The highest ranked seed is awarded home ice advantage in the opening round of the 2013 playoffs. The teams will playoff as follows: 2nd versus 7th place, 3rd versus 6th place, and 4th versus 5th place.
Okotoks Oilers (2) vs. Olds Grizzlys (7)
Game 1 March 6, 2013 @ Okotoks 7:00 PM
Game 2 March 7, 2013 @ Okotoks 7:00 PM
Game 3 March 9, 2013 @ Olds 7:30 PM
Game 4 March 10, 2013 @ Olds 7:30 PM*
Game 5 March 12, 2013 @ Okotoks 7:00 PM*
Camrose Kodiaks (3) vs. Calgary Mustangs (6)
Game 1 March 6, 2013 @ Camrose 7:30 PM
Game 2 March 7, 2013 @ Camrose 7:30 PM
Game 3 March 9, 2013 @ Calgary 7:00 PM
Game 4 March 10, 2013 @ Calgary 7:45 PM*
Game 5 March 12, 2013 @ Camrose 7:30 PM*
Drumheller Dragons (4) vs. Canmore Eagles (5)
Game 1 March 6, 2013 @ Drumheller 7:30 PM
Game 2 March 7, 2013 @ Drumheller 7:30 PM
Game 3 March 9, 2013 @ Canmore 7:00 PM
Game 4 March 10, 2013 @ Canmore 7:00 PM*
Game 5 March 12, 2013 @Drumheller 7:30 PM*
* if necessary
The first place team in each division at the completion of the regular season will receive a bye to Round Two of the AJHL Playoffs. The first place team in each division 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.
Round Three: League Semi-Finals
The remaining two teams in each division will playoff for the title of Division Champion and advance to the 2013 AJHL Gas Drive Cup Final.
Round Four – AJHL Gas Drive Cup: League Final
The North Division Champion and the South Division Champion will compete in the League Final for the 2013 AJHL Gas Drive Cup.
The North Division schedule will be released shortly, followed by the announcement of all 2013 AJHL League Award Winners on March 5th.
The 2013 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 2013 AJHL Gas Drive Playoffs LIVE on AJHL Web TV at www.AJHL.ca.