Playoffs begin for adult hockey
Adult league hockey playoffs begin this week at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena with a few strong favorites in the Emerald Bay Division and a healthy dose of uncertainty in the Fallen Leaf Division.
The SD’s finished atop the Emerald Bay, or “A” league, division at 10-2-0 to clinch the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
The SD’s defeated the Storm 7-3 in their final game Dec. 3, and will now face the same team in the first round of the playoffs tonight at 9:15.
The Storm finished the regular season in fourth place (5-6-1), the last spot to qualify for the playoffs.
The Americans (8-4-0) finished league play in second place, narrowly defeating the Lakers 9-8 on Nov. 20 and winning their final game 7-3 against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs, who finished third in the Emerald Bay Division at 6-6, will battle the No. 2-seed Americans again on Wednesday in the semis at 9 p.m. in what will likely be one of the best Emerald Bay playoff games.
The Lakers, despite coming on toward the end of the year, finished their season 0-11-1.
The Emerald Bay championship takes place Dec. 15 at 9 a.m.
In the Fallen Leaf Division, or “B” division, Meek’s/Steamers easily clinched first place (9-1-1), winning its last four games. They haven’t lost since Oct. 30, when Play it Again surprised them 4-3.
Meek’s/Steamers will play fourth-seeded Sports Ltd. Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the league semifinals.
Sports Ltd. went 2-9 for the year and finished last out of four teams in the Fallen Leaf Division. But they’ve also won two of their past three games, beating Play it Again 7-5 on Nov. 13 and the Bus Drivers 7-3 on Nov. 20. They lost their final game against the league champ Meek’s/Steamers team 10-4 on Dec. 4.
Play it Again finished runner-up in league play at 5-5-1, narrowly edging out the Bus Drivers, who finished league play third at 5-6.
Play it Again has had its moments of glory, tying the Meek’s/Steamers team 3-3 on Sept. 18. They also lost 3-2 to the league leaders on Oct. 9. If there is a predictable matchup in the league championship, Meek’s/Steamers and Play it Again are it.
However, the Bus Drivers crushed Play it Again 11-5 on Dec. 4. Then again, they lost to Sports Ltd. the game before, so there’s no telling which game the Bus Drivers will bring when they face Play it Again in the semis on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.
The winners of the semis will advance to the Fallen Leaf Division championship on Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.
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