The Empire playoffs will be the 3rd weekend in March at the Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ
The 16 best teams* in the League will convene at this event.
The format will be 4 pools of 4 teams each playing in a round robin format:
The four pools will be
One game on Thursday, March 14
Two games on Friday March 15
Semi Finals with top team from each pool on Saturday March 16
Championship on Sunday March 17, with winner taking League Championship and advancing to Nationals in Minnesota.
* The 16 best teams will be determined by the KRACH ranking system. You can google KRACH and read as much or as little about it as you like.
"We are using this system because the League plays an unbalanced schedule, where every team's schedule has been tailored somewhat to accommodate travel and budgets. With 31 teams, some teams never play each other while some teams play each other 8 times.
The KRACH ranking for each team is an odds number. For example if there are only 2 teams and the odds are 3:1 that the Cows beat the Ducks, then the Cows rank is 3 and the Ducks rank is 1. For convenience, we always let the average rank=100, so in this example, the Cows would be 150 and the Ducks would be 50.
In a simple schedule where the Cows play the Ducks 20 times and go 15-5, you can see how you might compute odds. The results of a 21st game would change the odds and the KRACH ranking. The new KRACH would be either Cows (152.3809524) Ducks (47.61904762) or Cows(142.8571429) Ducks (57.14285714