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Lads, Jokers, Souldiers Draw 1st Blood as Beau's Boys Upset Humiliation
Posted By: uuhadood
Sunday, February 25, 2018

 
TORONTO - In a pivotal scene from the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the hero sips from a cup he believes to be the Holy Grail. An ancient knight then affirms his decision saying, "You have chosen wisely." For the Lads, Jokers and Wheatfield Souldiers, those same words rang true on opening night of the 2018 UUHA Playoffs, as the three teams rolled over their selected opponents by a combined score of 15-5. (This was the league's first post-season in which the top teams were able to choose their opening-round opponent - see Pick Your Opponent article below.) For the Humiliation vs. Beau's Beer Hack series, however, the skate was on the other foot, as the 5th-place Hack edged the 4th-place Humiliation 2-1 in their opening game.
 
In fairness, the Humiliation didn't choose the Hack as their opponent so much as they were paired with Beau's Boys after the three higher finishing teams had made their selections. On this night, the arranged marriage got off to a rocky start for the Humiliation as veteran Hacker Stefan Barkley put his side up 1-0 with an unassisted power-play tally late in the opening frame. Regular Season league scoring leader Aaron Foster made it 2-0 late in the 2nd (with Chris Barkley assisting), but the Humiliation managed to halve that lead two-and-a-half minutes later when Luke Scheer converted a set up involving Mike Thompson and Alex Hewitt to get one past Hack goalie Aaron Brophy. The defensive battles would continue through to the final buzzer as the Hack held on to collect 2 points in the two-game, first-to-three-points series. The two teams will settle things at 7:00 pm this coming Saturday, March 3 at Upper Canada College.
 
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2018 Playoff Structure Affords 1st Round Losers 2nd Chance at Finals Berth
Posted By: uuhadood
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

 
TORONTO - It ain't over until it's over. And for teams who lose their opening-round series in this season's UUHA Playoffs, the dream of hoisting the UUHA Championship Cup won't necessarily be dashed until after the Quarter Finals, if at all.
 
In a departure from previous year's post-season formulas, the 2018 UUHA Playoff format will see teams that lose their opening round series afforded a second opportunity to make the Finals, providing they win all of their remaining games - including a St. Patrick's Day double-header at Upper Canada College. Opening-round winners, meanwhile, will take each other on at Maple Leaf Gardens on Friday, March 9 with the two victors advancing directly to the Semi Finals two weeks later. Their vanquished counterparts will prove themselves worthy of a Semis berths in a pair of Quarter Final games on Saturday, March 17th. The whole shebang wraps up on Saturday, April 7 at UCC with the Consolation Final, the Bronze Medal Game and, capping off the evening - and the season - the Championship Final at 9:00 pm. If any of that sounds confusing, check out the graphic below for clarification.
 

 
 
UUHA Board of Given'rs Adopts 'Pick Your Opponent' Playoff Format
Posted By: uuhadood
Friday, February 02, 2018

 
TORONTO - The UUHA's Board of Given'ers has agreed to try out a new playoff format that will see the top-seeded teams choose their opponents for the opening round of the 2018 Playoffs. Inspired by a recent, similar move on the part of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), the decision was made at last week's Winter Meeting of the UUHA BoG, which took place in the luxurious and well-appointed confines of McCormick Arena's Nixon Room.
 
According to the new format, the team finishing in 1st place in the 2017/18 Regular Season standings (currently occupied by the Jokers) will, rather than automatically being paired with the 8th place team, be afforded the opportunity to select any other UUHA team to face in the opening round of the 2018 Playoffs. (That opening round, incidentally, remains a two-game, first-to-three-points affair, after which the two teams move on to a winners or losers bracket, depending on the outcome.) After the 1st place team has selected an opponent, the next highest finishing team will select an opponent from any of the remaining teams, until all four pairings have been made. Unlikely though the scenario may be, the 1st place team could even select the 2nd place team as their opening round opponent, just to shake things up. In the event of that transpiring, the team finishing the Regular Season in 3rd spot overall would then select its opponent, and so on. The format has the potential to stoke rivalries and create some compelling storylines, however, many observers expect the opening-round pairings to ultimately reflect the standard 1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th (etc.) pattern. Opening round selections will be made no later than noon on Sunday, Feb. 18 (the day after the final games of the 2017/18 Regular Season). Team pairings for the remainder of the 2018 UUHA Playoffs will, like the SPHL model, revert to seedings based on final Regular Season standings.
 
Depending on how the new format is received, it may or may not be implemented for future UUHA seasons. Additionally, other playoff format tweaks are currently under consideration by the UUHA BoG, including a 'Backdoor' provision that would afford a second opportunity for opening round losers to win their way back into contention for the Championship Final.

The SPHL is a 10-team professional hockey league based in Huntersville, North Carolina. Founded in 2004, the SPHL was the first league to introduce 3-on-3 overtime - a concepts initially derided by other pro leagues, but eventually adopted by the NHL. The current SPHL champions are the Macon Mayhem. 
 

2018 Playoffs League Leaders
GOALS
Steve Levine
Jokers Hockey Club
3
Ian Seeton
Parkdale Hockey Lads
1
Gary Rideout Jr.
Jokers Hockey Club
1
Derek Scott
Jokers Hockey Club
1
Adrian Cavan
Jokers Hockey Club
1
ASSISTS
Gary Rideout Jr.
Jokers Hockey Club
3
Kyle Welton
Parkdale Hockey Lads
2
Jason Abrams
Parkdale Hockey Lads
2
Fabian Ruzic
Parkdale Hockey Lads
2
Craig Hughson
Jokers Hockey Club
2
POINTS
Gary Rideout Jr.
Jokers Hockey Club
4
Steve Levine
Jokers Hockey Club
3
Jason Abrams
Parkdale Hockey Lads
3
Kelly McCaig
Wheatfield Souldiers
2
Mike Harkness
Wheatfield Souldiers
2
GOALIES (GAA)

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