2012 WHL PLAYOFFS ROUND ONE SCHEDULES

Mar 12, 2012 - 16:36 GMT

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today the dates and game times for the opening round of the 2012 WHL Playoffs. The 2012 WHL Playoffs are presented by Kal Tire and Husky, Prestige Partners of the Western Hockey League.  Please find attached a one page document listing all eight of the 2012 WHL Playoffs round one schedules, plus the 2012 WHL Playoffs logo for use during the first and second rounds.

Note - Game four of the Kamloops Blazers - Victoria Royals Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final (Series F), originally scheduled for Thursday, March 29, has been moved to Wednesday, March 28.  Change is reflected below and in the attached document.

CLICK HERE for 2012 WHL Playoffs Brackets on the WHL website

2012 WHL PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND

Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
EDMONTON vs. KOOTENAY
(Series A)

Game 1 - Fri Mar 23 7:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton
Game 2 - Sun Mar 25 5:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton
Game 3 - Wed Mar 28 7:00 PM Edmonton at Kootenay
Game 4 - Thurs Mar 29 7:00 PM Edmonton at Kootenay
Game 5 - Sun Apr 1 2:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton **
Game 6 - Tues Apr 3 7:00 PM Edmonton at Kootenay **
Game 7 - Wed Apr 4 7:00 PM Kootenay at Edmonton **

Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
MOOSE JAW VS. REGINA

(Series B)

Game 1 - Fri Mar 23 7:00 PM Regina at Moose Jaw
Game 2 - Sat Mar 24 7:00 PM Regina at Moose Jaw
Game 3 - Tues Mar 27 7:00 PM Moose Jaw at Regina
Game 4 - Wed Mar 28 7:00 PM Moose Jaw at Regina
Game 5 - Fri Mar 30 7:00 PM Regina at Moose Jaw **
Game 6 - Sat Mar 31 7:00 PM Moose Jaw at Regina **
Game 7 - Mon Apr 2 7:00 PM Regina at Moose Jaw **

Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
CALGARY VS. BRANDON

(Series C)

Game 1 - Thurs Mar 22 7:00 PM Brandon at Calgary
Game 2 - Fri Mar 23 7:00 PM Brandon at Calgary
Game 3 - Sun Mar 25 6:00 PM Calgary at Brandon (MTS Centre, Winnipeg)
Game 4 - Tues Mar 27 7:00 PM Calgary at Brandon (MTS Centre, Winnipeg)
Game 5 - Thurs Mar 29 7:00 PM Calgary at Brandon ** (MTS Centre, Winnipeg)
Game 6 - Sun Apr 1 4:00 PM Brandon at Calgary **
Game 7 - Tues Apr 3 7:00 PM Brandon at Calgary **

Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
MEDICINE HAT VS. SASKATOON
(Series D)

Game 1 - Fri Mar 23 7:30 PM Saskatoon at Medicine Hat
Game 2 - Sat Mar 24 7:30 PM Saskatoon at Medicine Hat
Game 3 - Tues Mar 27 7:00 PM Medicine Hat at Saskatoon
Game 4 - Wed Mar 28 7:00 PM Medicine Hat at Saskatoon
Game 5 - Sat Mar 31 7:30 PM Saskatoon at Medicine Hat **
Game 6 - Mon Apr 2 7:00 PM Medicine Hat at Saskatoon **
Game 7 - Wed Apr 4 7:00 PM Saskatoon at Medicine Hat **

Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final
TRI-CITY VS. EVERETT

(Series E)

Game 1 - Fri Mar 23 7:05 PM Everett at Tri-City
Game 2 - Sat Mar 24 7:05 PM Everett at Tri-City
Game 3 - Tues Mar 27 7:05 PM Tri-City at Everett
Game 4 - Wed Mar 28 7:05 PM Tri-City at Everett
Game 5 - Sat Mar 31 7:05 PM Everett at Tri-City **
Game 6 - Mon Apr 2 7:05 PM Tri-City at Everett **
Game 7 - Wed Apr 4 7:05 PM Everett at Tri-City **

Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final

KAMLOOPS VS. VICTORIA
(Series F)

Game 1 - Fri Mar 23 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops
Game 2 - Sat Mar 24 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops
Game 3 - Tues Mar 27 7:05 PM Kamloops at Victoria
Game 4 - Wed Mar 28 7:05 PM Kamloops at Victoria
Game 5 - Fri Mar 30 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops **
Game 6 - Mon Apr 2 7:05 PM Kamloops at Victoria **
Game 7 - Wed Apr 4 7:00 PM Victoria at Kamloops **

Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final
PORTLAND VS. KELOWNA
(Series G)

Game 1 - Fri Mar 23 7:00 PM Kelowna at Portland (Memorial Coliseum)
Game 2 - Sat Mar 24 7:00 PM Kelowna at Portland (Memorial Coliseum)
Game 3 - Tues Mar 27 7:05 PM Portland at Kelowna
Game 4 - Thurs Mar 29 7:05 PM Portland @ Kelowna
Game 5 - Sat Mar 31 7:00 PM Kelowna @ Portland ** (venue TBD)
Game 6 - Mon Apr 2 7:05 PM Portland @ Kelowna **
Game 7 - Wed Apr 4 7:00 PM Kelowna @ Portland ** (Memorial Coliseum)

Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Final

VANCOUVER vs. SPOKANE
(Series H)

Game 1 - Fri Mar 23 7:30 PM Spokane at Vancouver
Game 2 - Sat Mar 24 7:00 PM Spokane at Vancouver
Game 3 - Tues Mar 27 7:05 PM Vancouver @ Spokane
Game 4 - Wed Mar 28 7:05 PM Vancouver @ Spokane
Game 5 - Fri Mar 30 7:30 PM Spokane @ Vancouver **
Game 6 - Sun Apr 1 6:00 PM Vancouver @ Spokane **
Game 7 - Wed Apr 4 7:00 PM Spokane @ Vancouver **

** - if necessary

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2012 WHL Playoff Format

The WHL's Eastern and Western Conferences will use a Conference playoff format in the 2011-12 season.

The first place teams in the two Divisions in each Conference will receive the top two playoff seeds based on regular season points. The next six Clubs in each Conference, based on regular season points, will receive the 3rd - 8th playoff positions. The Clubs will be paired 1 - 8, 2 - 7, 3 - 6, and 4 - 5 in a best-of-seven series.

The first place Clubs in each Division will only be guaranteed the top two playoff seeds in the first round.

As in previous seasons, the format for the remaining three rounds of the WHL playoffs will remain the same.

The four Clubs winning first round series in each Conference will advance to the second round, where they will be ranked in order of regular season points. The Clubs will be paired 1 - 4, and 2 - 3 in best of seven series.

The two Clubs winning second round series in each Conference will advance to the third round (WHL Conference Championships), where they will be ranked in order of regular season points. The Clubs will be paired 1 - 2 in a best of seven series.

The Eastern and Western Conference Champions will advance to the best of seven WHL Championship Series, with the Club having the most regular season points receiving home ice advantage.

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2012 WHL Tie-Breaking Procedure

The Western Hockey League announced today the tie-breaking procedure should there be two, three or more WHL Clubs with the same number of points in either Conference in the final WHL Standings.

a) In the event two Clubs finish tied in total points in WHL standings, the edge goes to the Club with the most victories.  If that is a tie, it will go to the Club with the most points in games between the two Clubs during the regular schedule.  If the two Clubs are still even, the edge goes to the Club with the highest ratio when taking goals for and subtracting goals against in regular season play.  If it is still a tie, the edge will go to the Club with the highest ratio when taking goals for and subtracting goals against in games played between the two Clubs in regular schedule play.

b) In the event three (3) or more Clubs finish tied in total points in WHL standings, the edge goes to the Club with the most victories.  Should the Clubs have won the same number of games, then the higher position shall be awarded to the Club having the greatest ratio when taking goals for and subtracting goals against in regular schedule play.  If the Clubs are still tied, the total records of the Clubs against each other will be used with the Club with most points having the edge.  If it is still even, the Club with the most victories among the Clubs will have the edge.  If the Clubs are still tied, the Club with the highest ratio when taking goals for and subtracting goals against in regular season play among the Clubs will advance.

NOTE: When only two Clubs remain tied, (a) will be used to break the tie.

c)  In the event two Clubs are tied in points for the last playoff position, then these Clubs will play a sudden-death game in the home arena of the Club having won the most games in WHL standings.  If the Clubs are tied in wins, (a) will be used to select the home site.

d)   In the event three or more Clubs are tied in points for the last playoff position, (b) will be used to advance or eliminate one or more Club(s) and the remaining two Clubs will follow (c) to determine where the sudden-death game will be played.