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bet-at-home ICE Hockey League – game mode season 2021-22

The 2021/22 season in the bet-at-home ICE Hockey League will begin on Friday, 17 September 2021. The regular season will be played in two round robins of 52 games per team and will be completed at the end of February. This means 26 home games per team and thus at least one more than in the past season. Thus, all 14 teams will play against each other four times in a total of 364 matches. The regular game days of Tuesday, Friday and Sunday will be adhered to.

Pre-playoffs for the first time
The teams in first to sixth place after 52 match days will qualify directly for the quarterfinals. The teams in seventh to tenth place will play "best-of-3" pre-playoffs, with the seventh-placed team choosing whether to play the ninth or tenth-placed team. The winners of the two series complete the field of participants for the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinal pairings will continue to be determined by a playoff pick. In this, the top 3 teams select their opponent after the regular season. The fourth-placed team is not available for selection and will face the team that was not chosen in the pick.

From the quarterfinals onwards "best-of-7"
The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played in "best-of-7" mode. The team that has collect first four wins is one round further.

In the semifinals, the top-ranked team will face the team with the lowest ranking of the regular season (and who ist still in the competition).


Update 16.11.2021:
After the withdrawal from the iClinic Bratislava Capitals during the ongoing season, it was decided to change the scoring of the regular season to the point average system. This approach is the fairest solution for all teams after extensive consultation - to the whole report.

An overview of the point average system:
As before, a win in the regular season will be awarded three points for the winner, and a drawn game will be awarded one point for both teams. The winner in overtime or in the penalty shootout will receive an additional point.

The ranking in the regular season is now based on the point average (quotient of points earned and number of games scored - rounded to three decimal places) instead of absolute values as before. The final ranking after the end of the regular season will be calculated as before according to the Gamebook Fundamental Rules Part II League Play § 5.

Ranking differential with equal points average after the regular season:
i. Higher amount of points in the direct duel(s)
ii. Better goal difference in the direct duel(s)
iii. Higher number of scored goals in the direct duels (applicable for more than 3 teams)
iv. If two or more teams are still level, the higher overall number of wins after regular time within the subgroup will be considered.
v. If two or more teams are still level, the higher number of overall wins after regular time will be considered.
vi. If two or more teams are still equal, league coefficient will be considered

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