Jan. 25, 2014
Nineteen PCAHA Bantam teams, currently playing in 5 Flights, are eligible for Tier 3 Provincial Playoff competition this year, hosted by West Kelowna, March 16-21. One team is currently playing in Flight 3, five in Flight 4, seven in Flight 5, four in Flight 6 and two in Flight 7.
PCAHA teams are placed in regular season Flights based on their competitive ranking after eight preseason games. This placement is reviewed at the Christmas break and teams moved up or down for the stretch run of 8 games if necessary.
PCAHA placement into various Flights is based solely on intra-league competition, regardless of a team’s Provincial Tier rank which is determined by BC Hockey, the provincial body which oversees all BC Minor Hockey Association Leagues. BC Hockey’s Tier ranking is based primarily on the size of an individual MHA.
For example, large associations such as Surrey, North Vancouver, Van TBirds, Abbotsford are automatically placed in Tier 1 for provincials. Their second teams in Tier 2, third teams in Tier 3 and so on. Whereas a smaller associations such as Port Moody and Mission, with a smaller pool of player to draw from, are automatically placed in a lower Tier for Provincial Playoff competition.
The idea is to create parity between teams from various sized communities.
The Winter Clubs are automatically placed in Tier 1.
After the regular season ends, PCAHA teams are reseeded for provincial playoffs, based on their Tier rank as determined by BC Hockey.
Teams are ranked on basis of final standings, with Flight 1 teams ranked ahead of Flight 2 teams, Flight 2 teams ranked ahead of Flight 3 teams and so on.
PCAHA teams eligible for Tier 3 2013-14 Provincials:
Flight 3 (1) Langley MHA “A3”,
Flight 4 (5) Abbotsford MHA “A3”, Arbutus Club “A1”, Coquitlam MHA “A3, North Shore WC MHA “A3”, Sunshine Coast MHA “A1”,
Flight 5 (7) Burnaby Winter Club MHA “A3”, Chilliwack MHA “A3”, Cloverdale MHA “A3”, Semiahmoo MHA “A3”, Surrey MHA “A3”, Vancouver TBirds “A3”, West Vancouver A1
Flight 6 (4) Mission MHA “A2”, North Vancouver MHA “A3”, Ridge Meadows MHA “A3, Vancouver MHA “A2
Flight 7 (2) North Delta MHA “A2”, South Delta MHA “A3”,
Playoff Format for PCAHA Bantam Tier 3, 2013-14 Season:
Teams 1-13 are given a bye in the first round. Teams 14-19 play a single elimination game, with 14 vs 19, 15 vs 18, and 16 vs 17, to be completed by Feb 9.
In round two, the 13 bye teams and the 3 winners of the 14-19 round in another single game elimination round, with 1st ranked team playing 16th ranked team, 2nd vs 15th, and so on. First round winners are re-ranked based on final standings. This round to be completed by Feb 13.
Round three is a four point series, with the eight teams emerging from round two playing off , 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, etc. First team to win 4 points advances. There are no sportsmanship points allocated for playoff games. This round to be completed by Feb. 27.
Round four is the Championship Final 4 Series, a single round robin competition featuring the four third round winners. To be completed by March 4.
Champion and runner-up advance to the Provincial Championships in West Kelowna, March 15-21.